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 is spotted flying by, so your jurassic journey will take you through dangerous dinosaur-infested lands looking for that tasty bird to kill, cook and eat with your fellow big nosed family.

This is simple platformer released in 1993 by Code Masters and is very 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 have been far better. Thankfully, the title music is fantastic and I wish it played in-game!

Big Nose is okay but it's certainly no blockbuster. Don't get me wrong, there's nothing wrong per se but I'm sure most people will finish it quite easily. Even the end of level guardians are defeated quickly and the hardest part of Big Nose is probably a few tricky jumps. However, it's still an enjoyable platformer, if too easy.

LINKS

- Here is a video recording I made. Yes, I deliberately ignored the cheats!
- Big Nose makes his appearance within the Atarimania database.
- 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?