Thursday, April 06, 2017

Clod Hopper


Clod Hopper was released through the Budgie UK label back in 1992 by scener Goth, aka Gary Wheaton. It stars a fella called Bill that's in search of his girlfriend who somehow foolishly wandered off into the nearby plutonium mines which are inhabited by crazy creatures, numerous whacky puzzles and dangerous hazards. Women, uh? Luckily, she has left a convenient trail of footprints, so venture forth to rescue our beloved and save the day.

Each screen contains platforms that need walking over before we can exit and progress deeper into the mines - sound familiar? Anyhow, this isn't as easy as it sounds due to the tricky layout designs and cunning puzzle elements, which often need completing in a particular order. Watch out for those slippery slides, dangerous falls, and the nasty inhabitants who seem to love getting underfoot. Thankfully, there are magical items we can collect that will render them defenceless, if only for a short period of time. Some rooms will feature working machinery, often necessary to operate to help you clear the level, a fascinating concept which works very well. However, you shouldn't dawdle because Bill only has about five minutes of air supply in each room - before he suffers a cruel choking death!

This is a simple platformer that will probably appeal more to those who remember buying Bounty Bob or even Manic Miner. I love the style, it's so 8-bit and darn beautiful too. If I had to moan about anything, it would be the measly three lives which aren't nearly enough for such a challenging game. Clod Hopper is a freakishly brilliant old skool romp!!

LINKS

 - AtariMania features this within their Atari ST database website w/ download.
 - The mighty D-Bug has Clod Hopper on Menu CD #150 available via Old Games Finder.
 - Wanna watch the intro? Then load up the game and leave it be for a few minutes...