When the McCallisters decided to go on vacation, they forgot one important thing... Kevin!
Yes I suppose it had to happen sooner or later. Macalay Culkin, the million dollar star of Home Alone, has been shoved from large screen to computer screen and no doubt he'll be getting another huge juicy cheque through his letterbox for this little escapade.
For any of you out there who have been living in a timewarp or haven't even heard of Home Alone or Macaly Coalbin or whatever the little git is called, I'll give you a rough plot of the film.
By mistake, Kevin (Sir McCauly Cooking) has been left at home, while his parents and the rest of his family go on vacation to Paris. By strange coincidence, when the parents realise Kevin is at home, all the flights back to the good of U S of A are fully booked and all the telephone lines are down. What all this results in is Kevin running around the house stuffing his greedy little face with all sorts of food and doing several other things that his parents wouldn't normally allow.
Now amid all this malarkey (or should that be Macaley) there are two inept burglars, Harry and Marv, trying to rob Kevin's little home - sorry, mansion. Being like any other eight-
The game is in two phases. The first starts at 8 o'clock and Kevin is Home Alone. He knows that Harry and Marv will be arriving at 9 o'clock. So using my wonderful Carol Vorderman mathematical skills, that leaves just one hour for Kevin to set his traps. There are 26 objects for him to find and by using these objects he can set his traps.
This phrase doesn't take a lot of brainpower - it's just a matter of picking up objects and putting them down again. In fact it's so easy, even Jeremy Beadle could do it. You can't just place the objects anywhere you want, but there is a whacking great big yellow cross telling you exactly where to put your devious traps. Somewhere in the house is Kevin's BB gun, which comes in very useful later on.
In phase two the burglars will enter the house and to try to catch Kevin. Kev must avoid Harry and Marv and at the same time lure them through the traps. You must be careful not to trip them yourself, though. The traps will inflict varying amounts of damage on the burglars, but Harry and Marv won't always spring them. The burglars are much more likely to trip traps if they are near Kevin and chasing him.
Kevin can also inflict damage upon the useless duo by firing his BB gun, but you can only damage them once - after that all the other shots simply stop the burglars in their tracks, giving Kevin a chance to run away.
Poor Kevin then just has to last out until his mom gets home.
Home Alone could have been a truly wonderful game, but, and this is a big but, it is too easy.
After playing just a few times the first phase becomes more of a chore than a fun-
There aren't too many sound effects, but what really puts the game down is the awful music which drones on and one and on and Arist... (yes, we get the idea - Ed). The music can be turned off which came as a great relief to everyone in the office. Home Alone can be summed up in one word - 'repetition'. Oh, and give it a capital 'R'.
It's good for one go, but it won't keep you at your computer for months and months and mon... (stop that right this minute - Ed). Plus the game is 1 meg only. Surely more money means better sound and graphics? I want the whole film for that sort of memory!
It could have been one of the best film licences, but Home Alone has walked into the graveyard of doom and jumped inside a coffin beside Darkman, Ghostbusters 2 and other such film licence flops. What a pity. Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha! Bye bye Macalauy!