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Rupert and the Ice Castle
by Not Known
Bug-Byte Software Ltd
1986
Crash Issue 32, September 1986   (1986-08-28)   page(s) 20

Rupert and his chums are getting some serious hassle from Jenny Frost, Jack's sister. Not content with covering the countryside in an icy blanket, she has also kidnapped Rupert's friends. Bingo, Edward Trunk, Algy and Badger Bill have all been frozen solid and are being held captive in the Ice Castle. Rupert must go to the Ice Castle to defrost them. The only way he can unfreeze his woodland chums is by giving them an ice pill.

Before setting out, Rupert can choose how many ice pills to take with him up to eight are available and select which of the three levels to attempt. Rupert has to climb the ramparts and jump onto icy ridges to try and return his friends to the land of the living.

Apart from the bitter cold inside the Ice Palace, Rupert also has to contend with the traps that Jenny Frost has set to try and trick him into becoming like his frozen friends. Contact with the nasties in the game which include falling icicles, a helicopter and a car robs Rupert one of his precious ice pills. Once all his pills have been used up, Rupert is turned into a block of ice.

The game is over when each level has been completed and all of Rupert's friends have pottered back to Norwood for a hot cup of cocoa in front of a roaring fire.

COMMENTS
Control keys: O left, P right, A pick up, Z jump
Joystick: Kempston, Sinclair
Keyboard play: unresponsive
Use of colour: colourful but without attribute clashes
Graphics: finely detailed
Sound: a few spot effects
Skill levels: one
Screens: 12


'This is a very jolly game. The mufti-coloured Rupert is nice, but it causes clashes which rather spoil the otherwise attractive graphics. The game is nicely packaged, and BUG BYTE have made a good job of the game, though the instructions are a bit on the short side. Rupert and the Ice Castle is certainly nothing amazingly mega-brill, but it's still a good game.'

'Well this is certainly a step up from the last Rupert game. It is a lot more playable and addictive for a start and it§ much easier to get into. The graphics are, on the whole, good. The characters are well designed, move around smoothly and even look like the comic book characters. The backgrounds are very well detailed but the sound is a little disappointing. There are a few spot effects but no tune. Generally, I am quite impressed with this one as it has great addictive qualities and it is very compelling.'

'I can remember seeing Rupert on television ages ago, and he certainly didn't live In an Ice Palace then. He must be climbing the social ladder. The graphics are well coloured and detailed. Attribute clashes are kept to a minimum, usually with a single coloured background. Sound is very poor- I couldn't hear any beeps anywhere - and the keyboard control is very unresponsive. I really didn't like the game much, even though I'm Rupert's biggest fan.'

Use of Computer54%
Graphics47%
Playability47%
Getting Started55%
Addictive Qualities47%
Value for Money54%
Overall50%
Summary: General Rating: A pretty platform game.

Transcript by Chris Bourne

Sinclair User Issue 53, August 1986   page(s) 53

Jack Frost's sister is up to mischief again. She's imprisoned Wupert's chums in blocks of ice while they were visiting Jack at the Ice Castle. What naughtyness. Only Wupert's stock of five magic pills can unfreeze his friends but the bear has to reach each one first.

Each of the four screens (there are three levels) contains platforms, ice puddles and at least one moving obstacle as well as one of Wupert's frozen friends. A line of poetry at the top of the screen tells you which friend he has to rescue.

Be careful of the moving obstacles, such as the ice skates, jumping jacks and bouncing balls. All steal ice pills and if you run out of them you freeze. As you bump into each of Wupert's buddies the screen changes and you see him walk back to the safety of Nutwood. When you've picked up all four of his friends you move to the next level of the game.

Rupert and the Ice Palace is aimed mainly for young children - although adult Rupertophiles will like the characterisation - so it would be wrong to condemn it merely because it is simple to complete. It's a huge improvement on Rupert's dire first micro outing Rupert and the Toymaker's Party. The graphics have a cuddly appeal. I was almost in hysterics when Wupert fell off a level, hit a ghostly rollerskate and skidded across a lake of ice. Almost.

The sound's better too.

There's no music but Bug-Byte has included some Space Invader sound effects, when the bear jumps from level to level. Pity there are no sound effects for the starting sequences.

The decision to bring Rupert out in the summer when there's not a hint of snow in the sky is a bit odd. They could have kept it on ice until winter but, then, that would have kept screaming hoards of Rupert fans waiting for another five months.

It's worth noting, too, that Rupert is also available on a full-price charity compilation tape - Wow Games - in aid of War on Want, together with 13 other games.

Label: Bug Byte
Price: £2.99
Memory: 48K
Joystick: Kempston, Sinclair
Reviewer: John Gilbert

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Overall4/5
Summary: Above average levels-and-ladders, particularly the graphics of Rupert himself. It's too easy though.

Transcript by Chris Bourne

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