More plundering of vaults as The Edge disinters its own collection of 'Those You Have Loved'. This one is very much in the 'One Ripsnorter And The Rest's Rubbish' mode, a bit like Virgin's Now Games 4 which we looked at last time. The nerve-tingler there was Dan Dare, and here it's Bobby bearing, a brilliant marbly 3D arcade adventure and one of the best games we've ever seen from The Edge. But then there are the others. Brian Bloodaxe is a platform game of stultifying unoriginality, Starbike is a rip-off of Lunar Jetman, Psytraxx has 1000 rooms but not much in any of 'em, and That's The Spirit is a multi-screen city romp a la Ghostbusters, except without the jokes. If you haven't seen B Bearing, this is good value. Otherwise, steer well clear.
IF YOU LIKE life on The Edge, you'd better not miss Classix 1. This 'collector's edition' brings together all Softek's and The Edge's hits since they first entered the Spectrum software scene to 1984. The star of the package is without a doubt Bobby Bearing, in this 3D Marble Madness-type game the eponymous cute little ball of fun has to rescue his mates. This little wonder picked up nearly every computer award available and makes the package immense value for money. Also hidden away on Classix 1 is The Edge's first adventure, That's The Spirit. It's not often we see adventures on compilations, but maybe Classix 1 has something tor everyone..
Bobby Bearing - 94% Issue 31
Brian Bloodaxe - 86% Issue 14
Starbike - 77% Issue 10
Psytraxx - 69% Issue 10
That's The Spirit - N/R
Yep, it's another compilation with exactly the same name as all the others. (I didn't know there were so many ways to spell classics). I'm sorry Ed, but I'm just not in the mood. I've just had an unhappy love affair, my cat just died and I've just got my finger trapped in the hudojnewx. sorry typewriter. What, oh yeah, the review.
Five games, all re-releases. The pick of the crop, is Bobby Bearing. It was the lest of the Marble Madness derivatives end it's a well-wicked game. The other four unfortunately aren't up to the same standard. Brian Bloodaxe is a bit like Dynamite Dan only a good deal less playable platform game. Starbike is too similar to Lunar Jetman (which I hated). Psytraxx is big and boring and That's The Spirit is rather run-of-the-mill icon-driven adventure.
Result: one very decent game and four passable ones.
Label: The Edge
Reviewer: Tony Dillon
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