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Dusty Droid and the Garbage Gobblers

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Released: 1988

Genre: Platformer

Format reviewed: ZX Spectrum

Publisher: Pirate Software Ltd

Developer: Harry Price

Submitted by: Lee Tatlock

I’ve been saving this review of Dusty Droid and the Garbage Gobblers for a rainy day, A little known game by one of the demigods of ripped off platform games, Harry Price. Herein you play a little cleaner droid called Dusty who looks suitably robotic and cute in a sort of R2-D2 manner, and he must mooch around tons of cool screens and try and pick up as many Garbage Gobblers as he can, or preferably: every single one.

As with many games of this type from way back in the day the screens and enemies are quirky and hold a good sense of humour. In this particular title the names of the screens are based around colloquial British sayings such as ‘Do Want Your Ears Boxed’ and limericks like ‘The Pheasant Pluckers.’ It’s an odd concept but really makes you appreciate the rooms that little bit more when a saying, or familiar British quip, pops up that you haven’t heard for years, or if a well know world-over type phrase is cleverly used: like in the room of razors that’s called ‘A Few Cutting Remarks.’ Nice Idea there, Harry.

So what else is on offer, you can move up, down, left and right, movement is well implemented and before you know it you’ll be topping the high score, dodging enemies and reaching rooms you’ve never reached before as the game and controls do their job spiffingly. Another nice thing about this particular title is that it’s not overly difficult; in fact it’s often downright easy, it’s just a big game with many screens, so it can be a bit of a bummer when you get so far then loose your last and have to do it all again. However overall this will just keep you coming back time and again and I hope you enjoy it as much as I have.