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Monday, June 19, 2017


Atari STe game, anyone?

Spot... Erm, sorry, Roger is a fast-paced 25-level platformer released by Tobe of MJJ. It offers a frantic run collecting jewels for a rather demanding girlfriend, Georgette. However, this "platformer" has many jewels scattered about - without any ladders and very few ledges!! So how will poor Roger complete this task?

Bubbles, of course! All he needs to do is jump on one and, when it bursts, the force thrusts him upwards. If there's another bubble, then the cycle continues and he uses that speed and momentum to reach all required jewels. Roger has limited health, so it's advisable to avoid the sharp spikes that burst on contact to drain valuable energy. Thankfully power-pills can be collected to compensate that but they are few and far between...

Check out those shades, Roger is such a cool dude.

Quick Reactions R Needed!

Use the joystick to walk left or right and the fire button helps Roger leap with joy onto the bubbles. Once you begin bubble-jumping, it's simply a matter of altering your direction towards the next whilst collecting the nearby jewels as you zoom through the air. Previously burst bubbles will reappear after a second or so which cunningly allows you to revisit the places that you might have missed when hopping about. Want a tip? Learn the level designs.

Are you getting a little worried about how crazy this game sounds? It's not nearly as stupid as you are thinking because the mechanics of bubble-hopping works brilliantly. In some ways, I got a Sonic vibe from it but, unlike that silly hedgehog, Roger is zooming around your screen in all directions and is quite a thrill.

Georgette is pretty much a babe with her luscious red lips!

How's it look and sound?

The graphics are a mixed bag; Roger's sprite is superb with side-splitting animation and I could watch those lanky legs for hours!! Sadly, the in-game decor is quite boring with drab backgrounds that only change every 5 levels. I'm sure better backgrounds could have been designed with an itsy-bitsy more flare? However, the framerates are frighteningly fast with 50fps scrolling leaves you gasping, thanks to the Blitter coprocessor.

Sound effects are crisp and perfectly suited to the style: I like the explosion sound for the spikes and magnificent chipmusic plays throughout. Well, I say magnificent but that's because I cannot think of a better word - WOW - I could listen to them all day long!! This certainly proves that chip music will last forever and rightly so.

Roger's lanky legs allow him to walk fast with a spritely movement for those high jumps.

The CryptO'pinion?

Roger is quite a unique experience and feels like an airborne Boulder Dash. It's easy to pick up and play but learning the location of jewels might take some practice and can be a little disorientating at first. However, I guarantee you won't be able to put down your joystick because hopping from bubble to bubble looking for treasure is frantic and excellent. Legendary gameplay that is extremely addictive with an awesome adrenalin rush!!


Roger can be found lurking on Demozoo and Pouet for floppy disk and hard drive installation.
8BitChip also has a hard drive installable version ready to go.
Tobé excellent archive is fully detailed on Demozoo, although he did stray a little ;-)

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