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Dare Devil Dennis

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Released: 1984

Genre: Platformer

Format reviewed: BBC Micro

Publisher: Visions

Developer: Simon Pick

Submitted by: Mat Corne

In this thoroughly silly game you take on the role of Dennis who has just been employed as a stuntman, and has to complete a number of stunt-packed levels to earn his wages. Each level involves jumping over or avoiding certain obstacles on either a motorbike, a power boat or skis. You only get three ‘takes’ to get it right otherwise you get fired.

The game is effectively a platformer but there are only three controls – accelerate, jump and stop – so you have to time everything right as you only get one chance to clear each obstacle. Graphically it is very basic and the gameplay is very simple, but there’s something undeniably compelling about the game, which falls into the ‘easy to grasp, hard to master’ category as the levels progress. As has often been said, sometimes the simplest concepts make for the most enjoyable, and Dare Devil Dennis certainly proves that sentiment.

Like many of these old classics, Dare Devil Dennis has been the subject of a PC remake, this time by Havard Spring (http://www.havsoft.co.uk/Games.htm)