SMOOTH criminal Wacko Jacko has found yet another way to be seen in public without having to leave his oxygen tent. Moonwalker has been a book, a film, a T-shirt, a cuddly toy, a type of dance and now my Emerald Isle homeland has produced a twin disc game.
There are four stages, two viewed from above and two from the side. Each stage is preceded by a good animated sequence and accompanied by short repeating sections of sampled MJ music. A bit like the video really.
The first stage reminds me of my long standing all-time favourite game, Rally-X. Jacko walks around the detailed landscape ina small scrolling window trying to collect parts of his rabbit suit, avoiding the over-zealous attentions of numerous fans.
The next stage adds a motorbike and the occasional flattened pedestrian. Don't stop until you get enough green shiny orbs. Then you can transform into a car and jump over a roadblock.
Game three, and Jacko is clad in white suit, armed with a vicious line in automatic firearms. Sideways scrolling displays the interior of a gaming club where there ain't no sunshine when you're gone.
Making sure the baddies have been blown off the wall is the only way to beat it. When you use all the ammo, more has got to be there when you need it, or its bad news all round.
The final stage is the real thriller. Our heroic plasticised young thing transforms yet again, this time into a robot with which you don't wanna be starting something. You have to convince some nasty kidnapper about the way your young girlfriend makes you feel or she's out of your life and it's farewell, my summer love, for ever.
You will certainly spend more than one day of your life playing this game. The stages are sufficiently different to provide interest and sufficiently tough to make it last. The graphics and animations provide the grab factor and if you are a Jackson fan the sampled music will come as an added bonus.