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Hill MacGibbon
Arcade: Action
ZX Spectrum 48K

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Dave Nicholls, Ross Holman, Roger Willis
Chris Bourne

Ross: Well, the box looks nice... and inside there's a great book, Roald Dahl's Charlie And The Chocolate Factory. Oh yes, there's also a cassette with five games on it, but the less said about that the better!

Based on various episodes in the book, the four games on side one of the tape load as one and can be accessed in any order from a menu. However, you're going to have to beat all four games on side one to get the code you'll need to start playing the game on side two.

The first game features Augustus Gloop being squirted around the maze of tubes of the sweet-making machine - your task is to guide him safely to the flask. Game two has Violet Beauregarde directing deadly blueberries at you from gaps in the wall of the juicing room. In the third game. Veruca Salt has to fend off squirrels with poisonous nuts and lastly, game four depicts Mike Teavee in a levels games collecting chocolate bars whilst avoiding killer TV cameras.

The game on the other side is a sort of Jet Set Willy clone, but it's not good enough to make up for the games on side one. Overall, I'd say the package was overpriced, with the best item being the book. 2/5 MISS

Dave: I loved the film, but the game doesn't quite live up to it. There's a lot of variety, but I found the individual games frustrating as they were either too easy or too hard. 2/5 MISS

Roger: Well, if you've read the book and seen the film, you'd be well-advised to miss the game. Seeing as how Roald Dahl is usually known for his horror stories, he'll probably be very happy with the Spectrum version! 2/5 MISS