Imitation is the sincerest form of
flattery. At least that is what has been written. Personally,
when a game like Popper imitates a great game like Q*Bert and
completely ruins it, I find it hard to consider this flattery.
Imagine the concept of Q*Bert, but with dull characters, buggy
controls and just a lame game. If you can imagine that, you are
probably imagining Popper. In concept, is is a Q*Bert clone.
You are jumping on a bunch of platforms to turn them a single
color. There are creatures and objects moving around this
pyramid like playfield and avoiding creatures. All you can do
is jump and throw something that looks a bit like a boomerang or
a white wrench. I do not know what good this throwing object
is, because even if I hit something, it just went through them.
Oh well, at least there seems to be an infinite supply. Another
power you supposedly have is the ability to jump on top of
someone. But good luck doing it. I tried in vain and could not
jump on anyone. But then I couldn't clear one board either.
Q*Bert had great controls and it was easy to move the supreme
noser around after getting a hang of the controls. But with
this game, good luck. The platforms are moving and I am
guessing that is why I tend to jump the wrong way. But even
when things look to be going well, I will do a jump and my
character moves in a different direction or goes two blocks
instead of one. This can be very annoying, especially when my
character (I am guessing he is a rabbit, but not completely
sure, it could be a dog or some other animal) tends to jump into
the water and die. Maybe he is a lemming. And the worse is you
are jumping for a block and miss it all together. I do not know
how he does this, but it has happen often. I see the block and
I jump at it, but for reasons that defy logic, I miss and plunge
to my death.
Graphically, the game just does not look good. It looks more
like a homebrew game for the Commodore 64 or Atari 8-Bit than a
real arcade game. Not exactly one of its strong points. Then
there are the villains. You have a bird that looks like a
parrot and some creature that may be an armless lion or a clone
of the Lorax. Not sure what it is. There is also something
that falls down that looks like a cheap radio. How I miss
Coiley and Ugg and Wrong Way.
closing, the game is weak. The source of inspiration is good,
but the final product is bad. Shoddy controls, lame graphics
and weak characters is more than this game can overcome. Stick
with Q*Bert as that is a sure hit.
This is just a review of the arcade machine.
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