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How to be a complete bastard

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Released: 1987

Genre: RPG

Format reviewed: Amstrad CPC

Publisher: Virgin Interactive

Developer: Sentient Software

Submitted by: kachou Arino

This is a game based around a 1986 book by Ade Edmondson of Bottom fame, amongst other things. The aim is to gate crash a party and convince 16 people that you are a complete bastard by doing lots of bad things to them. Back in the day I managed to get this free on a cover tape from Amstrad Action and it turned out to be one of the most played games I had. Perhaps there was something that appealed to my young mind about getting incredibly drunk, vomiting on someone, farting in a crowded room, taking drugs….yes, this was appealing! Looking reminiscent of Spy VS. Spy with one player and lots of brilliant items to find and terrible things to do.

How to be a Complete Bastard

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Released: 1987

Genre: Adventure

Format reviewed: ZX Spectrum

Publisher: Virgin Interactive

Developer: Sentient Software

Submitted by: Jon Bardi

I remember first playing this when Your Sinclair included it on one of there megatapes. I also remember having to hide it from my mum because I was only a nipper at the time and I dont think she would have approved!

The game is based on a book by Adrian Edmonson, and the aim is to basically gate crash a party and be a complete and utter bastard to the snobs around you, in turn lighting up the letters at the bottom of the screen.

You go about this by exploring the rooms of the house, picking up everday objects and using them in ways to cause maximum offence. Such as cutting a womans hair off with garden shears, stabbing someone with a pen, shocking someone with a battery charger, setting fire to furniture etc. And if you fancy a fart – just press F on the keyboard. You can even kill someone with a razorblade but that will get you arrested. But whatever you do – dont open the umbrella inside because that will turn you into an oven(?).

This is one of those games that i played time and time again as a kid but never managed to complete. Its just too hard in my opinion – would be interested to know if anyone else has. It was good for a laugh back in the day though!