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Colin the Cleaner

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Released: 1987

Genre: Platformer

Format reviewed: ZX Spectrum

Publisher: Tynesoft

Developer: IJK Software

Submitted by: Lee Tatlock

I sort of like Harry Price simply because he was behind Odd Job Eddie, but for me this is just another one of his massive, ripped off, failures (this time nabbed from Ralph on Alpha 2). This unfortunately is going to be a relatively short review as there isn’t much to write home about. You play the part of Colin who must collect/clean all the junk around a museum to the beat of a time limit. It’s got an unusual control set up where you have an action key to descend ladders and go up on transporters in a rather snakes and ladders fashion. Other than that there isn’t much more to it. Graphics are a seriously underwhelming and, other than the patterns they create, the same old red and white blocks are used over and over again and Collin himself is just a run of the mill little pixel person. The rooms are named according to sections of the museum such as the natural history section and what not, and the blocks often make up shapes of fish and rockets and pyramids depending on the room, but there's little to get excited about.

What more can I say, oh yes the sound is pretty weak (apparently Harry’s wife helped him with this but I’d say he should have kept her out of the equation as it sounds like a cat beings forced through the fibres of a sock), and that’s about it, it’s Basic, lacklustre and forgettable. Check it out for its obscurity value but other than that it’ll bore the hairs out of your sack follicles.