Saturday, May 05, 2018

Rumbo


Rumbo is a flick-screen platformer developed in STOS by Pete Halloran and isn't too dissimilar to Rick Dangerous with more than its fair share of <cough> similarities. The story is simple, our girl has been kidnapped by something hideous so it's time to dress like Rambo before tooling-up to begin our valiant rescue mission.

After watching a short, but superbly presented, intro showing our girl being kidnapped the game begins inside the underground in caves - a place that only Rick Dangerous himself would normally enjoy exploring. Within are many rooms with a variety of tricks traps to catch you out. Many predictable ones, like spikes to leap over but also some cruel ones - like a strange creature who appears from out of thin air without any warning. I hate him!

  

The first end of level boss is something like a giant bat but don't fret too much because it just flies up and down. It's lame and probably should have been left out, if I'm honest. But Rumbo has come prepared for all these monsters and bosses and is loaded up with more than enough ammunition and is something I loved about this game.

When level two begins it's pretty much more of the same, but with different graphics! However, there appears to be a bug that prevented me from completing the final(?) room: hitting the switch did nothing that I could see. Thus I found myself stuck with no way to venture further. What a shame because Rumbo offered about 30 minutes of enjoyable gaming before this point so I now wonder if I've missed something stupidly obvious in the previous rooms?

  

Graphics are quite average joe but still do their job even if entering a new room redraws at ST Basic speeds. Sound effects are made up of a few fuzzy samples but they're good and I especially liked those howels of death. Also, Rumbo's tippy-tappy walk reminded this old gamer of Chuckie Egg 2 (ZX Spectrum version) so I loved that but it only broke what would have been a near-silent experience due to lacking in-game background music.

Overall, I have really enjoyed playing Rumbo even if it's bugged and unoriginal but how many other platformers offer you the chance to be an avenging squirrel? So grab your bandana and boot up this floppy disk right now!

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