There's been a lot of thieving going on in computer games recently, hasn't there? What with Hudson Hawk quipping and robbing his way through Ocean's platformy romp and three bizarre animals nicking jewels in Electronic Zoo's Daylight Robbery. Now US Gold have joined in with the light-
They're luring the youth of today to bathe in the fire and brimstone of Hades. Corrupting the innocent wide-
But before we get too deeply embroiled in the ups and downs of the gameplay, let's take time out to have a mug of steaming Bovril and check out the plot for this festival of thievery.
The two brothers, Robo and Mobo, have just given up their life of crime. Very sensible of the. But of course, things don't stay that way for long. They are contacted by a spooky Mr Big-type bloke who asks them to do some jobs for him. OK, so it's exactly the same plot as Hudson Hawk, but this Mr Big actually wants our heroes to rob his own buildings.
No, he's not trying to fiddle the insurance, but he wants the world's best burglars to test his security systems for him. Cunning, eh? Thus, the orange twosome are ordered to retrieve a set number of obejcts from all of Mr Big's buildings. They must use all of their skill to avoid or stun the guards, dogs and security systems.
Once all the objects in a building are nabbed by either or both of the brothers, the exit opens and you can leg it to the roof to nab a lift from your Bonanza Blimp on to the next level.
So, that's the basic idea of the game, but how well does it work? Very well actually. The graphics are small, because the screen is split in two for the two players, but there are plenty of nice little details to watch out for. They've even managed to keep the ray traced feel to the sprites from the arcade.
The sound isn't quite as good as it could have been, with a fairly crap tune and fe FX, but what really counts is gameplay and Bonanza Brothers has got it where it matters. The relatively simple idea means that it's easy to get into and soon you'll be sneaking around like an expert tea leaf.
With two players, the action really hots up as you race against your mate to collect more objects. An added element of strategy comes in when you get knocked over by a guard. As you sit on your bum, all the objects you pilfered are scattered about you and an unscrupulous partner can nip in and steal them for his or her own ends.
So before you start, it's always best to check that your so-called 'mate' is really on your side, or you could be left to get out of the building alone and empty-
All in all, Bonanza Bruvs is a pretty groovy game. The run-