Matt It's not that surprising really - The Untouchables is an absolute corker of a game. In fact, it might even be the best Speccy game anyone's released this year!!
Jackie Now don't get carried away, Matt. It is good though - and so it should be! Every time I've been up at Ocean this year it's been adding this bit here and perfecting that bit there! I can't quite believe it's finished!
Anyway, it's a six level, five load arcade adventure based very closely on various original scenes. The packaging will sort of explain that, but you'll be better off having seen the movie or you'll find yourself a bit lost.
Matt It's not as simple as that though. They've added a few strategy elements as well just to complicate things. For instance, instead of playing just one character, you play four different ones at once. Eh? How can that work then? Well, the thing is, you've got all the main characters from the movie (Elliot Ness, the Sean Connery character Malone, the Italian sharpshooter Stone, and the toad-like accountant bloke) and can switch between them at any time. A couple of them you'll have to keep alive at all costs or you won't be able to finish the game, but the other two poor chaps are expendable, so if you're in a tricky spot and losing a lot of energy fast make sure it's from one that you don't need! The game doesn't tell you which ones are expendable, but it you've seen the film you should get a good idea.
Jackie But enough of all that. Let's look at the individual levels and see how they work...
Jackie This is based on the movie's opening
scenes. It's an eight way scrolling platform and
ladders jump-about. The play area is fairly large -
about three screens tall by eight or so wide - and is
packed with hoodlums leaping and bounding and
shooting all over the place. You play Ness in this
one, and it's your task to catch up with the ten mob
accountants you'll find lurking around the place and
collect evidence off them. You'll spot them easily
enough. Not only do they skulk around looking
suspicious in long coats, but the computer provides
a handy arrow that points out where the next one's
lurking! They're the only ones who don't take pot
shots at you too 'cos throughout this level the air is
literally heavy with lead!
Matt This is a different pot of pickled herrings
altogether. In fact it probably qualifies as Ocean's
third variation on the Op Wolf theme this Christmas.
You can see yourself at the bottom of the screen -
you're the one rolling around on the floor at the
bottom, getting your coat all dirty. There is a point to
this though. You're faced with a wall of trucks and
hoodlums swarming all over them! The scene is
about three screens wide, and you must roll around,
trying to take as few shots as possible, at the same
time as shooting out the liquor kegs scattered
about. You get half a bottle for each one you hit but
since you need to make up 32 bottles (if I remember
right) it does take some doing.
Matt This one's a bit Op Wolf-ish too. That's you on
the right of the picture - you're equipped with a
double barrelled shotgun and have to pop out into
the open (where you're vulnerable), take your shots
then nip back again to reload. Of course, the alleys
are absolutely jam-packed with Capone's
henchmen - leaning out of the windows and so on -
which can cause a few problems. You're collecting
liquor again by the way, which you get if you bag
any bad buys.
Jackie Yo! This is the best bit, no doubt about it!
Check out the bottom of the screen. There are two
power doobries down there. Why's that, d'you
suppose? Well, it's because they're doing the old
'you play two characters at once' trick again of
course (well, sort of). Only this time one of them's a
baby! So you've got two lives to keep an eye on
here. That's the pram in the middle of the screen.
What's happening is that it's rattling down the long,
long staircase to the train station while you run up,
down and round about it, shooting all the baddies
that're bouncing about all over the place. Extra
energy icons appear which you can either grab
yourself or push the baby over to keep him
Matt This is a mini-level with a very tight time limit.
One of Capone's men has got the escaping
accountant chappie and is about to blow him away
to stop him testifying. (The poor dear!) And you've
only got one chance to stop him! Basically, you
need to position the barrel of your gun over his head
(his body won't do) and fire.
Jackie Ah, here it is! We're at
the end of the game. Well, sort
of. I, um, didn't manage to get
that far, but apparently you've
got to shoot this guy off a
rooftop with your six shooter
pistol, nipping behind a wall
and reloading every so often
(rather like Level Three, in
fact). You'll have to get him four
times to push him back, but all
the time he'll be taking pot
shots at you, shoving you
backwards! It's a bit like a tug of
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