It’s grand when the software companies send us games with a host of cheats and level codes, the details of which we couldn’t possibly reveal to you, our beloved readers. And if it weren’t for Grandslam jotting down all the sub-game codes – and there are plenty – your correspondent would have difficulty in describing the ballroom dancing game, where the participants shuffle around a dance floor to a choice piece of classic music.
He’d have a terrible time explaining how, when the music stops, the players all dive for the spotlight until the last one’s out, rather like musical chairs. It really is one of the most unusual spectacles we’ve ever seen in a computer game. So, thanks Grandslam, for that.
Base Jumpers is a platform game, but if you’ve read the previous paragraph, you will ascertain that it has more to it than simply jumping around ledges. The title refers to an activity which takes place when you reach the summit of the leel ou are tackling. Upon reaching the apex, you hurl yourself off the top of the building with a parachute strapped firmly on yur back.
The aim is to be the last of the four players to pull the rip cord, acquiring points in the process. And on the way down, you can shove your opponents on to flagpoles and chimneys. Yes, it really is rather fun, especially if you’re playing three human opponents, two on each joypad – one using the directional controller, the other the buttons.
Happily, we can announce that the CD32 version is both larger and cheaper than its floppy counterpart. More levels, more sub-games, including jet and bi-plane bashes, a car race and a tank battle.
The two new levels are smashing; the Kung Foo stage is a beat-’em-up-the-ladders affair, while the Therapeutic level looks like cutesy Rodland, but you get a machine and rockets to blast at the heinous fluffy bunnies. And a water pistol!
Base Jumpers doesn’t set the world alight, nor boundaries does it break. The sprite can be difficult to control and some of the sub-games are incredibly difficult, particularly the bi-planer.
However, get four friends huddled around a CD32 and it’s spanking fun, the only disappointment being that once you’re out, you don’t come back – frustrating when you’re left on your own.
But congrats to Grandslam for knocking six quid off the floppy price. Way to go, as they say abroad. No, don’t go expecting the world from BJ, but as a multi-player-platform-games-with-loads-of-sub-games go, it’s a rollicking, er, roller coaster.
The words fast, furious and fun have been banned at AF, so I won’t use it.