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Sleepwalker

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Released: 1993

Genre: Platformer

Format reviewed: Amiga 1200

Publisher: Ocean

Developer: CTA Developments

Submitted by: Jon Bardi

This great little platformer was made for Comic Relief, and all proceeds of the game went to charity.

In the game you play a faithfull dog (dont think you had a name – but you had the voice of Lenny Henry), who must try and get his sleepwalking owner Lee back to bed without waking him up. Lee is like a lemming, and walks constantly forward, oblivious to all the hazards that lay in wait for him. And there are lots of hazards, poisonous snakes, angry nightclub bouncers , industrial steam hammers, open manhole covers, oncoming traffic etc etc.

The dogs task is to always be one step ahead of Lee, gently guiding him in the right direction over five scrolling levels, stopping him at the traffic lights like a good dog, and wallopping any nasties with your trusty baseball bat. Lees sleep meter is placed at the top of the screen, and when this reaches zero, he wakes up and loses a life. The dog, however is invulnerable surviving anything that is thrown at him. Think of the dog as Arnie from Terminator 2 and the dog as a sleepy John O'Conner and you get the idea.

The game is difficult and very often frustrating but surprisingly addictive. Its one of those "Just one more go" games. But after all this time I still remember the cheat code. Type in dingadingdangmydangalonglinglong at the title screen, then press Enter to skip levels.