What a rum old place the sea is. It's big. It's wet and it's full of slimy creatures that bite and sting you. And it's cold. And it's infested with cyborg sharks, lizard women and murderous frogmen. Is it? Well, it is if you happen to be swimming near Madame Q's underwater hide-out. And what's Thunder Jaws about? Swimming into Madame Q's underwater hide-out, that's what. Yikes.
So who is Madame Q? Well, not only is she a heartless and pesky super villainess, but she's also the first person in the 'Q' section in the phone
What we have here, for those who haven't guessed, is a scrolling shoot-'em-up. What a fabulous surprise! We haven't had one of these in the office since, ooh, yesterday.
But, lo and behold, it's a bit of a "spanker". Let's put on our dayglo' beach shorts and wade in deeper... The game is split into two main sections. An underwater swimmy bit, and a nice dry indoors shooty bit. As you make your way towards Madame Q's base, it alternates between the two.
So at the end of each underwater bit you'll reach an indoors section to shoot your way in to, and at the end of each indoors section you'll find, wait for it, a big end-of-
It's a nice concept and it makes the gameplay a little less repetitive. Personally I found the underwater bits a tad easier, but that doesn't mean that they're merely there to fill space between the indoor bits. On both sections the difficulty level is set so that just when you think you've got the hang of it something bigger and meaner comes along and stomps on your head. It makes for some pretty addictive gameplay, I can tell you.
There's the essential two player mode, which makes things easier, and of course you get the collectable weapons which are pretty good, actually. All the usual features from a shooty game but with enough nibbly bits to make it fun, basically.
The graphics are average, but some of the animation on the sharks is verging on the "very dodgy indeed" side. On the indoors section things look up with some much bigger graphics, and much more varied opponents. Unfortunately the pace of the game doesn't seem to have left our heroes any time to change out of their wetsuits, so they tromp through the section looking like outcasts from Rainbow.
Sound is well catered for, with an atmospheric Jaws-
So there you have it, Thunder Jaws is a pretty good shoot-'em-up with a little bit of variety. And lots of fish.