Sunday, September 25, 2016

Car-Vup


CarVup is a cute scrolling driving/platformer released back in 1990 by Core Designs where we get to play the part of a cheerful car who appears to love painting platforms by simply by driving over them. Yes, it's a pretty familiar idea but one which will certainly appeal to the... well... more mature gamer (just like me!) who remembers Painter.

  
Follow the instructions and learn the different jumps otherwise its Game Over, buddy boy.

Each screen has many platforms in need of a new coat of paint and this easy task soon becomes tricky because of the numerous baddies that populate the playing field. Don't think about shooting your way through because there are no weapons (without collecting optional power-ups) so baddies must be avoided. This will be troublesome as your car has no breaks and loves driving constantly in a kamikaze fashion so these mechanics force you to constantly flip direction to find an alternative route whilst frantically searching for that last tile.

This is a game which would sink like a lead balloon if it had anything less than perfect controls. So I'm grateful to say they are indeed responsive and well thought out without any lag. Many platforms are difficult to reach so require precise timing, which is made harder when the enemy might be blocking your path. CarVup always requires quick and immediate reactions to avoid losing a life because you never know what might appear.

  
Always be on the lookout for dangerous items and strange obstacles or even dodgy enemies!

Each level always looks superb with lots of colours and a lovely cartoony design. Personally, I think Core did a great job with the controls, scrolling and cute sprites. Sound effects are pretty nice and do their expected job well but it's the chiptunes which are all foot-tappingly superb. (press key 'M' to toggle). Okay, CarVup may not appeal to everyone but I recommend you give it a try because it's an enjoyable twist on the painter theme. Yes, I am an ancient gamer so I found its oldskool simplicity highly addictive and I always needed "just one more go" so I loved CarVup!

LINKS

 - Floppy disks are available via Old Games Finder with a superb hard disk version by 8BitChip.
 - The One magazine released a demo of Car-Vup which contains extra levels NOT in the commercial release!
 - Did you know, if you press the 'Z' key during gameplay then it will stop your car!
 - Enter these codes into the high-score table :
          -> infinite lives - R.J.TOONE
          -> infinite bumpers - BUMPER
          -> 9 lives - PUSSYCAT
          -> faster turn speed - WOOAARRGGHH
          -> level skip - WHOOPSIE
          -> extra points - ARNIECAR
          -> more points - BARMY CAR

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