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Fast Food

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Released: 1989

Genre: Puzzle

Format reviewed: ZX Spectrum

Publisher: Codemasters

Developer: The Oliver Twins

Submitted by: Hadrian Simpson

Fast Food didn't get the most auspicious start. After the success of the first Dizzy game, a follow-up was needed to cash in on the success. Since a similar adventure game would take too long to develop, a simple arcade game was created to keep Dizzy firmly in the mind of consumers.

A lot of people criticise the game for being inferior to the adventures, but they are overlooking the game's charm.

Fast Food looks like a Pacman style maze game. It even has four ghost-like monsters chasing Dizzy, who is coloured yellow for this outing. The difference, though, is that Dizzy only needs to collect a few items of food rather than a screen full of dots. To make this harder, the food moves. The key to success comes down to avoiding monsters and deciding when to pursue the fast and evasive roast chickens.

Throw in some power-ups which can help Dizzy against the monsters, and walls that can be broken down or passed through and Fast Food develops a style of its own. Yes, it is simplistic, but the game is never unfair. There is a way out of most situations and, despite the relatively slow pace, the combination of thought and relex required makes this an enjoyable – and underrated – game.

Fast Food

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Released: 1989

Genre: Adventure

Format reviewed: Amstrad CPC

Publisher: Codemasters

Developer: Oliver Twins

Submitted by: Ash H

Dizzy is back in a sort of pacman clone.

There are thirty mazes for dizzy to explore. Each one has burgers, chicken, milkshakes and pizza's to gobble up before he can move on to the next. But dizzy is not alone, as the levels progress more monsters appear. They are Bonzo, Wizza, Fido and Pippa and they all behave differently.

Also scattered about each maze are bonuses, these include magic boots, relish, mustard and ketchup. Some bonuses will speed the game up or slow it down for a few seconds. Another will enable you to chase the monsters and send them away.

After every third level there is a small cartoon to watch, you are also awarded an extra life. Fast Food is quite a colourful pacman clone although the action can be slow at times. As with all dizzy games there is a jolly tune that plays and not much in the way of sound effects. Fun for a while.