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Super Solvers: Treasure Mountain (PC) review


"All of us remember our first videogame. For some of us, it is a game like Mario or Pong, for others some unknown game for the PC, or possibly a game on the Intellivision. While that game may not be loved by many, for us our original game holds an important place in our heart. Super Solvers: Treasure Mountain is that game to me, and sure enough it is special to me. Now very few of you know of this game, and fewer still probably loved it like I did. But for me, this was my childhood and my introdu..."



All of us remember our first videogame. For some of us, it is a game like Mario or Pong, for others some unknown game for the PC, or possibly a game on the Intellivision. While that game may not be loved by many, for us our original game holds an important place in our heart. Super Solvers: Treasure Mountain is that game to me, and sure enough it is special to me. Now very few of you know of this game, and fewer still probably loved it like I did. But for me, this was my childhood and my introduction to gaming. Sure, it was educational, but more importantly it was fun.

STORY (2/5): Your an explorer travelling through an area, collecting clues to get to the top of the mountain. At the top lies a treasure, and an evil mustached man (can't think of his name off the top of my head). Not really much of a story but it was made over a decade ago...

GRAPHICS (6/10): At the time I cared nothing about graphics. It was made in the late 80's, when gaming, even for the PC, was not centered on realistic images and awesome backgrounds. The character had no face, and worse a strange suit. The movement were jerky, however to it's credit better than many other games at the time. And yet were almost all of the graphic points come from is the amazing backgrounds. You go around looking for elves that have clues, and toys that you need to move to the next area, and well they are hidden fairly well, and the backgrounds show great detail.

SOUND (9/10): I had a friend over the other day, and she started playing the piano. To my amazement she started playing the theme music to Treasure Mountain. How the memories flowed through that piece of music. It is a piece by Mozart and a famous one at that, with quick music that is upbeat yet mysterious. That song is the holding point of this game, personally the one piece of music which stirs more memories from within and sometimes a tear to the eye.

GAMEPLAY (55/60): Now before you criticize me for this high score, for a game connected by clues. But this is supposed to entertain children, and that it does well. You go around looking for elves that give you clues, then you use these clues to find the hidden treasure, by the number of apples on a tree or something. Now the area's are fairly big, so there are many choices of trees and logs to look through. Now once you get through that you move onto a new layer, and with new clues. Now there are three levels to go through. After that, you get to the fun rope areas, where you have to avoid objects and move to the top of the castle, on the mountain peak. What a great addition to the game. Early on this is easy, but later on it is really fun when you have a million ropes lying about. This all leads to a fun experience for a kid, and well I loved every minute of Treasure Mountain.

REPLAYABILITY (9/10): Is this the winner for most total playtime throughout my life??? I really don't know, but it is definitely up there. With an almost endless supply of clues, and the ability to keep raising your ranking what is to stop you. That and the total collection of prizes you can gain will keep you playing.

DIFFICULTY (4/5): This game is made for kids, and you must not forget that. As you get older it really doesn't have that same difficulty and you will cruise through like 8 game in a span of an hour. Of course what do you expect from a kids game, there is only so much you can do once you get older than 10, but really that is not a weakness. That was what the game was gunning for.

VINTAGE VALUE (+5): This is a personal thing for me, as it was my first game I had ever played, and immensed myself for months on end. This game led me into the Super Solver series, where my childhood is ruoted too. For you, this is no big game, but for me it is my childhood.

OVERALL (90/100): For most people viewing this website, this game is obviously not for you. As it is a hard find, not because of popularity but because or rarity and lack of demand it is really not worth the trouble unless you have an old computer that can play it and a little kid. However if you are a young gamer with a young child, you should introduce him to the gaming world with this game. It is an entertaining experience, one I will never forget.

Rating: 9.0/10

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Community review by ratking (September 02, 2002)

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