THE world never tires of games with little men - or far more rarely women, which must mean something - hitting things with other things. The hitting things are usually implements to which there is a right and a wrong end.
The things which are hit are little men similar to your own, but invariably facing the other way. While there may be up to five of your men, there are a seemingly unending supply of chaps willing to lay down their lives for the cause of entertainment.
Tiger Road is pretty much bog standard fare. The party of the first part - that's you, kidda - is Lee Wong, a dab hand with an axe and a generally all right character.
Lee is annoyed that a certain samurai, Ryu Ken Oh, is causing havoc in the village by stealing all the children. At that time the Orient hadn't heard of YTS, so this was considered a bad thin. The children have been stolen to become soldiers for the despot's private army.
Raised from childhood on the values of Truth, Justice and Mom's Lychee Pie, Lee vows to avenge the foul deeds. Or at least get some of the kids back in roughly working order.
The quest is long and hard, the task is onerous and the copywriter unimaginative. So off he goes down Tiger Road, complete with a rather nasty axe, for a quick afternoon's vengeance.
First on the scene are the Usuless Samurai. These little folk just love rushing towards you and exploding on your axe. Next up are the Amazing Exploding Spear Throwers, who throw spears which, amazingly enough, explode. Various new weapons can be picked up, but I expect you expected that. Once past these, you're treated to some rather bad lightning while the new level loads in.
The next bit is the labyrinthine entrance hall to Ryu Ken Oh's castle, where giant night club bouncers hang about and do you no good at all. Disposing of them is more a matter of luck than judgement because the amount of battering they need to explode varies. This levels results in much aggro.
Part three is a quick piece of homage to Donkey Kong. Barrels which roll towards you, can be jumped (difficult) or smashed (easy). At the end of the section is the chappie who is chucking the barrels; a quick flash of the axe and he's history.
Next comes the Hairy Savage bit - he's hairy, and boy is he savage. If you manage to see him off - not easy - the next bit is much the same as all that's gone before, except different.
Tiger Road breaks new ground in unoriginality. The scrolling play area is weeny, as are the sprites. It may play reasonably close to the arcade original, but is that an accolade?
What must be applauded is the sound, which is loud and suitably violent, especially the title tun. I've even loaded up the game just for the tune, not bothering with play it.