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Nick Jones
Arcade: Maze
ZX Spectrum 48K

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John Gilbert
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Bubble Bus must be off its trolley if it thinks that it can get away with a range of budget products which includes rip-offs of Space Invaders and Pacman. Yet that is what its new Minibus range proposes.

The first release is Muncher, a version of Pacman which I'm sure Atari won't be overly keen to see - I think they stopped threatening legal action over Pacman clones three years ago, so maybe Bubble Bus is safe. Its bold irregular graphics and familiar chomping sound kept me playing for all of ten minutes during which time I managed to eat my way through five levels of power pills and kill over thirty flickering ghosts. The better you get, the more screens you clear and the fewer turn-ghosts-into-muncher-food pills you get. It's not that exciting, though.

If you've just got a Spectrum or don't have a version of the classic Pacman you might want to look in your pocket for loose change and add it to your library. You're not likely to find a better version of the game floating around principally because it's back in the stone age of games design.

Label: Bubble Bus
Author: Nick Jones
Price: £1.99
Joystick: various
Memory: 48K
Reviewer: John Gilbert


Resurrection of a classic coin-op - four years ago! Could prove fatal to Bubble Bus' budget range.