Wednesday, December 05, 2018

Clever & Smart

Time for something weird...

Magic Bytes released Clever & Smart back in 1987 which is a peculiar puzzler based on the original Spanish comic strip. We're in an odd city and appear to play as two special agents - who are controlled at the same time. Okay, they're hardly Mulder and Scully but these guys have been informed about a gifted scientist, Dr Bakterius, who is being held prisoner by a terrorist organisation called OMP. Yup, I guess it's our job to free him?

Folk, brace yourself. This is going to be a bumpy ride...

Terrorists are causing trouble again so let's plod through the city looking for clues... I think?

Let's play something different, you said?

The city is viewed from above and exploring is quite a weird experience so watch out for odd characters lurking in the streets - it usually ends in a brawl. Finding a cop won't help because they just disappear for some odd reason? I wandered around for a while until a car suddenly appeared with the sole purpose of running us down!

By chance, I entered the sewers through a manhole and found myself in a place that reminded me of an old ZX Spectrum game, Maziacs. I pottered about, dodging rats and silly cats, but there wasn't much else of interest other than to seek out an exit. Also, bumping into the walls displays a menu with two useless options, so I assumed I needed to find helpful items from in the city above? However, I found nothing in the three games I recorded...

Graphically, this sucks as it's almost like my Atari ST has been transformed into an Amstrad. This isn't a game you'll boot up to be blown away by gorgeous visuals and whoever created that shuffling walk (during the sewers scenes) should be shot!! Saying that I must admit some of the sprites are kinda cute and those brawls are a neat touch. Also, I wouldn't expect much from the old YM2149 other than the odd scratchy effects and annoying footsteps.

Wow, these sewers are bad but not as much as our shuffling walk. Funny looking sprites though!

The CryptO'pinion?

Well, that was certainly one of the most unusual games I have ever played. Lots of careless walking about, wondering what to do and where to go - and then you get mowed down for no reason! Perhaps if I had the manual then things might have been different? But I'll admit to not feeling the vibe, so I fear that's that for me.

Anyone else played it and dying to educate this grumpy old retro gamer? Go on, I dare ya! And those will to torture themselves can grab either the floppy or hdd versions for instant pain. Good luck and enjoy!

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