Tuesday, March 13, 2018


After the jaw-dropping Berzerk, I went searching for others and eventually found Sleuth by MajicSoft. Okay, it's not exactly what you would call an authentic clone but the basis is quite faithful. The year is 2525 and man's existence is threatened by evil cybernetic organisms (aka robots!) which Dr Spirit has so kindly butchered for us. We are Inspector Sleuth and are about to infiltrate the doctor's lair to show these clumps of metal who's in charge.

Gone is the randomly generated screens, replaced with a map that is populated by six different models of the doctor's tin can robots. These range from the Hemroid which is a low-level (wait for it) "pain in the butt" to the Hopperoids and their warp technology, so don't get too close. Defend yourself using an armour-piercing gun that also features a nuclear charge to incinerate all robots from the inside out. You still need to stay clear of the electrified walls and if you hang about for too long then something freaky appears to chase you across the screen...

Sleuth feels like a tacky ripoff with rubbery controls, dodgy graphics and terrible sound effects. Is this better than the Berzerk? Not on your nelly but it's a pretty good game in its own right and my 8-year old daughter loved it...

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