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Domark Ltd
Arcade: Action
ZX Spectrum 48K/128K

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Jon Pillar
Chris Bourne

Paddle along in a big inner tube with this game of the US craze. (Tch! Our American cousins, eh?) Playing Bif or Jet (all incredibly cool dudes have three-letter names, ahem), whizz down a river the length of which would embarrass the Amazon. Using that old favourite, the rotate-and-move control method, you have to avoid unhealthily sharp obstacles, as well as the missiles of jealous landlubbers. Luckily, you've got a supply of drink cans to sock the baddies with (after you've emptied them, natch).

This arcade conversion didn't do too well first time round, which is a shame 'cos it's a bit of a spanker. The graphics are bright and slick (and rather chucklesome), the vertical-scrolling is slippery smooth and there's a host of fabby 128K tunes. As for the game itself, we're into Bubble Bobble territory, in the sense that while it's okay for one player, it's really best with two. You can barge into each other which promotes, erm, friendly rivalry. With floating gates to paddle through, bonus cans to collect and some fiendish river designs, Toobin' is jolly playable. If you want another two-player game to beat your pals at, this is well worth the dosh. Not quite a Megagame but a wazzy little barg all the same - its faster than a piece of string and almost as addictive.


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There must be loads of tractors around without any tyres - they're all floating downriver!