Friday, August 07, 2015

Carlos



Les Adventures de Carlos was released in 1994 by Microids. You are in control of a bearded fat man wearing a rather odd costume and your best friend appears to be a parrot who helps you out with any flying nasties. However, he's a little slow so don't expect too much from him! Each level is stuffed with lots of baddies, however, you have no gun and need to use your enormous weight to squish everyone! You can even use some of that blubber when falling great heights, this creates a miniature earthquake thus killing anything nearby. Whatever works, right?

Okay, let's cut this review short. Carlos aesthetically looks and sounds darn nice with those gorgeous colours and beautiful sprites. However, its gameplay dictates that you need to move both vertically and horizontally BUT there is no scrolling in either direction. Instead, it's push scrolling so everything stops as the screen pushes itself along. Now, this might work perfectly well in games like Rick Dangerous but not all platformers are the same and some require scrolling. This is one such game that desperately needed proper scrolling so I fear it feels like a poor Amiga port and soon becomes frustrating. The Atari ST has many decent platformers, we really didn't need rubbish like this.

Carlos is a game which feels tiresome and I guarantee it will soon irritate the heck outta y'all. Don't bother.

LINKS

 - I do not recommend Carlos but masochists can download it for floppy and hard drive.
 - Here are some level codes: Level 2 = BONGO / Level 3 = GALET / Level 4 = PATAU / Level 5 = SIRTA