Up n Down
When I finally picked up the Colecovision version, I could not stop playing it. I fell instantly in love with the game and one could say it was love at first sight! Then I saw that it was emulated on MAME, I just had to have it. Beta version after beta version came and I still could not get it to work. There would always be some flaw in the game that made it unplayable. But I held out hope that it would be fixed by the next version. Well, my patience finally paid off and I now have a playable version of the game.

After playing a few games, I realized a certain truth about Colecovision games. That truth is that the games are always much easier on the Colecovision than the original arcade version. Much like Tapper, I was in for a rude awakening. After conquering the Coleco version and feeling like a hot shot, I was abruptly dumped back into reality with my tail between my legs. My first few games went quickly! We are talking sound byte fast! This is from a guy who breezed through five levels on the Coleco before I broke a sweat. But here it is more like five seconds and I was a victim of bad driving.

I had my work cut out for me if I was to regain my crown as the Up n Down champ. Many, many games later and I was really starting to get the hang of it. Sure I was lucky to get to the third level now, but it was satisfying accomplishment to do it.

The basis of the game is to drive your car up a road that curves and bends. You have to collect flags as you drive along and need to get all of them before you can move to the next level. The faster you can accomplish this, the more bonus points you can earn. But it is much more than just racing around and picking up flags. You have to dodge some slow moving cars that are always getting in your way. Unlike Bump n Jump or Spy Hunter, you cannot ram these cars. If you do, it is one less life for you. Think of your car as a Yugo, it cannot handle an accident without getting totaled. But you do have one means of retaliation on your side. You can jump over or onto the cars and either dodge the trouble or just squash the car and remove it that way.

Sound easy peasy right? Well, it would be if the road wasn't so crooked. See if you jump and go off the road, your car will crash and you can kiss another life goodbye. So you must be careful where and when you jump as it may lead you to safety or your doom.

All in all, it is a great game and the challenge is great enough to keep you coming back for more. While you may be able to conquer the game, it won't happen overnight. Then that is the sign of a great game, one that keeps you challenged, but not too hard as to chase you away.

This is just a review of the arcade machine.  If you are looking for the actual arcade machine, you may want to check out ebay.  Click below to see if you can find this game.

 

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Tom Zjaba 1997 - 2015      

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