Sunday, July 31, 2016

Big Nose The Caveman

Big Nose is a fella from prehistoric times when it was perfectly normal to live in cave squalor. However, once a year he and his family strangely celebrate Thanksgiving and that means only one thing, a yummy Pterodactyl roast dinner. Fortunately, one was spotted flying by, so your Jurassic journey takes you through dangerous dinosaur-infested lands looking for that tasty bird. Kill, cook and eat it with your fellow big nosed family.

This is simple platformer released in 1993 by Code Masters and is extremely easy to pick up and play. Club anything that looks likely to cause you harm, make lots of jumps and then fight lame end of level bosses. Controls are excellent, very responsive and with precise movement. I love the cartoon-like graphics but what I don't like are the bland backgrounds which desperately need a splash of rasters! Sound effects are beyond sparse unless you jump or hit something and should really have been far better. Thankfully, the title music is fantastic so is an incredible shame that it doesn't play during the game...

Big Nose is a great budget platformer which certainly cannot compare to many other Atari ST platformers. It looks a little boring, is too silent and is far too easy to complete. Even the end of level guardians aren't much of a challenge. However, it's always fun to play and that's what matters the most. I'm sure you can complete this within a couple of hours but I find myself still having good things to say. Yes, I have really enjoyed playing Big Nose The Caveman!

Okay... it's plain jane.. it sounds drab.. it's far too easy.. but it's a bucket load of fun. Play it.

LINKS

- Here is a video recording I made. Yes, I deliberately ignored the cheats!
- 8BitChip have adapted Big Nose for hard drive installation and also supports faster computers!
- If you need a floppy disk image then Old Games Finder is the website for you.
- Spoiler Alert! Here is how to zip through the first two levels real quick: Level ONE and Level TWO
- Like clubbing cute dinosaurs then give Prehistorik a try?