Format reviewed: Game Gear
Submitted by: Matt
The original Japanese version of Factory Panic is known as Ganbare Gorby! (Good Lucky Gorby!) and features former Russian politician Mikhail Gorbachev. His mission? To raid a Russian factory and dish out of the goods to his fellow followers. For the European release though Gorby was replaced with a blonde-haired teenager and the story was altered slightly – you’re told that you’re raiding a factory owned by a greedy corporation called I.M Greede. Either way, I think you’ll agree that the plot is on the shady side of things.
Viewed from a top-down perspective, the idea is to stand on switches to alter the direction of conveyer belts carrying goods so that the they end up falling into the hands of your peasant friends. Should a guard appear you can stun him for a while by yelling your lungs out, the sound waves of which act as a projectile. If you fail to find the right route for the goods to follow then they end up in the furnace and to make matters worse sometimes bombs and canisters of chemicals appear on the production run that need to be destroyed. If these fall into the hands of your chums then time is knocked off the clock.
Factory Panic was later released in Brazil under yet another name – Crazy Company. It was never released in America though – I guess they thought that the plot and Russian-theme would be a bit too bizarre for them. That said, Tetris did pretty well all over the world…