Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Bug Spray


Pssst, wanna play a game bursting with frantic fun and originality? Then check out Bug Spray, developed by Philip Bishop which should please the gamers with green fingers and a natural love for killing nasty insects. In fact, it might look familiar if you're old enough to remember the 1983 Speccy original by Ultimate Play The Game?

Sunflowers need our protection from various hungry pests who love to nibble. To stop it from being bitten to death, we use three different cans of bug spray. Each one is designed to kill a specific creature so spraying any other (with the wrong bug spray) will only stun them for a few seconds. Sadly, our gardener can only carry one at a time and this is what makes the gameplay such a rush battling against the critters as they swarm in.

Just like Jet Pac, this isn't an exact conversion but it's close enough and has brought back many happy memories for me. The graphics are pretty much ZX Spectrum standards and the sprites are cute, especially the spiders. Sound effects are adequate but there is an option for chipmusic which is a far better choice.

Bug Spray is a blatant rip-off but it works. My only criticism is manoeuvring the gardener into the gaps which feels quite tight. That aside, I've enjoyed playing what is essentially a fantastic conversion of Pssst!

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