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Bugaboo

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Released: 1983

Genre: Platformer

Format reviewed: ZX Spectrum

Publisher: Quicksilva

Developer: Paco & Paco

Submitted by: Alex Reeves

Back in 1983 the choice of Spectrum games was pretty limited, but one that stood out for me was this game – Bugaboo! Written by two (probably) Spanish waiters (Paco & Paco) and it shows, with the game premise seeming somehow European…

The objective of the game was incredibly simple. Your frog (it was actually a flea but I thought it looked more froggy) is dropped into an alien gorge, and you have to jump out. Using just two keys, jump left and jump right, you had to time the length of the key press to make Bugaboo jump to the next ledge above.

To complicate this, the jump meter was very twitchy, and difficult to judge. There was also a time limit imposed by a dragon, who would fly in after a certain period and try to eat you.

To help matters you could use the cursor keys to browse the playing area, which is bigger than screen.

Bugaboo featured some well defined and colourful graphics, which complimented the simple yet addictive gameplay. I can remember playing for hours at a friend's house and getting in trouble with mum for coming home too late.

A winner from Quicksilva.