BONG! Mortgage rates hit a new high! BONG! Marilyn the infamous singing hamster hits the top of the pop charts! BONG! Famous reporter Foxy Fox kidnapped by Arab sheikh!
Foxy Fox, ages 23, a reporter for the popular magazine Fox and Locks, has disappeared while on the trail of a story in the Sahara desert. Although the Shah Hassan, aged 46, a regular reader of the publication and a public admirer of Foxy, denies all knowledge of the incident, it is rumoured that the Arab business man is behind her disappearance.
Earlier today we spoke to Foxy's fiancee, 21-year-
This is the scenario for the new release from Titus, aptly named Titus The Fox. The game starts in Titus' home town, which is a pretty rough place by all accounts. It seems that the only people in the streets are contract killer hired by Foxy's kidnappers to put paid to our hero's rescue attempt.
Titus has to work his way through the town either by skillfully avoiding all his enemies, or by picking up various objects left around the place in highly inconvenient places, and lob them at his foes. Failing that, Titus can actually pick up an enemy to throw at a member of his own side.
Titus' trip takes him from his home town to the eastern city of Marrakech and back again. A journey consisting of 16 levels of irritation, simply because you get so annoyed with the delicate nature of the control system. One pixel out and you miss that essential platform, or get whacked by a trashcan with a mallet.
Most of the levels involve scooting past your enemies to get to the other side of the screen. You aren't given a clue of where you're meant to be going. Instead, the screen just locks up for a few seconds when you get there, and Titus is magically transported to the next level.
Very similar in both its look and feel to Titus's previous release, The Blues Brothers, this is a platform romp around a toon-
What happens while playing is you fight your way through all the annoying bits, then come across a neat little feature which almost lets you forgive it of its faults. For instance, the look on an enemy's face if you manage to pick him up is well-
Running around the levels there are various special objects and forms of transport for you to pick up to help you on your way. There's a magic flying carpet, springs, bowling balls and a golden scooter, to name but a few. These are usually quite hard to reach but the benefits can be well worth the trouble.
One of the niggly things is that it takes so long to load. After every level it goes through the loading process all over again, including loading the same music and sound effects for the umpteenth time. The music fits the gameplay wll, it has a nice bouncy feel, with the sound effects matching the gameplay to a tee.
Titus The Fox could have been well worth playing if it wasn't for the control system and the immense loading time. With a bit more effort on everybody's part it would have been a classic - as it stands this is just yet another cutie platform game.