Professional, Originally Released On Cassette Only
Game Alias : SPACE AGENT ZELDA MEETS THE BUG EYES
Game Type : Arcade Platform Game
Authors : Peter Fotherfill, Jason Sobell and Kevin Blake
Standalone Release(s) : 1985: BUG EYES, Icon, £7.95
Compilation Release(s) : 1985: 5 COMPUTER HITS, Beau Jolly, £6.95
1986: ELECTRON POWER PACK, Audiogenic, £9.95
: 1990: TRIPLE GAME PACK 2, Summit, £2.99
Stated compatibility : Electron
Actual compatibility : Electron
Supplier : ICON, 65 High Street, Gosforth, TYNE & WEAR
Disc compatibility : CDFS E00, DFS E00
The Xxabaneans (nicknamed the Bug Eyes) have set their sights on conquering the planet Earth. Glactic Intelligence have succeeded in locating the flagship, disguised as a meteorite and have managed to find out their plans. Their power generator is trained on Earth, ready to wipe out civilisation. It can only be approached by penetrating the ten levels of the ship, which are heavily guarded by Bug Eyes and devious booby traps. This power generator must be destroyed before the ship gets within range of the Earth. For this assignment, Galactic Intelligence have picked their best agent - the delectable Space Agent Zelda.
During the loading process, you will be presented with three options for Left and Right controls.
Instructions' Source : AUDIOGENIC POWER PACK (Audiogenic) Inner Inlay
Review (Electron User)
It's amazing how much Icon have improved since their early days. BUG EYES is their best yet. It's described on the rather smart cassette case as a fantasy arcade adventure. I wouldn't agree with the adventure part but it's certainly a good game.
Your objective is to reach the master power generator at the heart of a giant spaceship. This must be destroyed to prevent the Bug Eyes from reaching Earth.
There are ten different levels to be negotiated within the ship. At first it's quite easy with just a few bits of machinery to avoid. But on later screens there are various bugs and monsters bouncing up and down and flying around.
There are expanding and contracting platforms and disappearing walkways. If you're too slow they're gone and you'll fall on to rows of deadly spikes.
It's a fairly simple game with only two keys to control the man, left and right. The main difficulty is timing your run across the platforms and under the machinery so that you're not squished or hit by flying bugs.
The graphics are superb and although it's in Mode 1 with only four colours they're very sharp and move smoothly. The demonstration mode, which flicks through all the screens, is quite nice to watch.
BUG EYES is a simple but enjoyable game which will keep you amused for a while. Arcade addicts may think it a bit too easy, but I found it just about my level.
Roland Waddilove, ELECTRON USER 2.11