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Author: zippdementia
Posted: May 20, 2009 (02:21 PM)
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Huh. That was a good review. It was surprisingly informative for a game that obviously gave you so much pain and easily could've devolved into a bash. You could've been a little bit clearer during some of the obstacle sections, I had trouble following what exactly you were trying to describe. And despite my earlier comment, it could have used a little dash of bash during some of the more frustrating segments you were describing. Some witticisms or outright rage could've gone a long ways.


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Author: aschultz
Posted: May 20, 2009 (03:18 PM)
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Thanks! I'm glad you pointed out some stuff that would help me re-re-vamp things. This was something where I gutted an old GameFAQs review and I'd written a guide in the meantime, a lot like Taxman.

I'm reticent to bash an old Apple game knowing the limitations, but then there were a lot of others that did succeed and deserve credit. And the problem with describing the game is that you have to take into account that people struggled to get what they had. Outrage is hard for me, because the game was legitimately fun when I was a kid, and I do miss Sammy's rotating orange bouffant and his ridiculous mustache and huge nose.

The layout of the first level is complicated and I didn't want that to bog down the rest of the review, but I think I see a way to fix things a bit, and add in another important point or two. Games like this are probably best off without extensive detail, unless I really know the game. So I'd need to do some cutting.


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Author: bloomer
Posted: May 20, 2009 (06:44 PM)
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Outrage would be unfair, as this is not an outrageous game :)

As a matter of fact this is an old fave Chez Bloomer. My sister and I played it all the time. I even had a friend who came over and played it, and declared it to be his favourite game. He later could not remember saying this and was amused when told he had, but he did say it.

Hard Hat Mack is obviously way more lively and arcadey, but Sammy had bigger sprites and is very attractive and finely programmed, and it did hold your attention with all that weirdly tense waiting for things to line up. Also I really like all the music and sound effects.

When you say 'pool balls', do you mean like an inflatable ball thrown around a swimming pool? I never heard the term before.

If you didn't know for sure what the game was supposed to be about, I can tell you as I bought it. Sammy is like a movie/stunt star (from a time when such people were allowed to have bellies). That's why he's doing all this daring stuff. He is precious about his hair, which is why it spins around when he dies.


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Author: aschultz
Posted: May 20, 2009 (07:41 PM)
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Wow! Cool! I never knew the underlying story. It is kind of funny, in light of his big schnoz and extra large mustache on Apple. Sort of like Mommy's 4 1/2 inch heels running from the monsters in Robotron 2084, if you calculate the pixels eg Daddy is 6 feet and 16 pixels, Mommy's heels are 1 pixel.

"Pool balls" is probably an Americanism for billiards. I think the one ball probably looks more like an 8-ball.

I did like the game, and I have some good memories, but looking back, I realized there were much better games. But they were probably copy protected a lot better, too. Apple copy protection still mystifies me!


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Author: zippdementia
Posted: May 21, 2009 (06:18 PM)
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Yeah, we call billiards "pool" on this side of the fence. Don't know why, actually.


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Author: bloomer
Posted: May 21, 2009 (06:44 PM)
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We do call it 'pool' down here, I just never thought of the balls in this game as being solid balls. I thought of them as big beach ball type things.


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