Up n Down
When I finally
picked up the Colecovision version, I could not stop playing it.
I fell instantly in love with the game and one could say it was
love at first sight! Then I saw that it was emulated on MAME, I
just had to have it. Beta version after beta version came and I
still could not get it to work. There would always be some flaw
in the game that made it unplayable. But I held out hope that it
would be fixed by the next version. Well, my patience finally
paid off and I now have a playable version of the game.
After playing a few games, I
realized a certain truth about Colecovision games. That truth is
that the games are always much easier on the Colecovision than
the original arcade version. Much like Tapper, I was in for a
rude awakening. After conquering the Coleco version and feeling
like a hot shot, I was abruptly dumped back into reality with my
tail between my legs. My first few games went quickly! We are
talking sound byte fast! This is from a guy who breezed through
five levels on the Coleco before I broke a sweat. But here it is
more like five seconds and I was a victim of bad driving.
I had my work cut out for me if I
was to regain my crown as the Up n Down champ. Many, many games
later and I was really starting to get the hang of it. Sure I
was lucky to get to the third level now, but it was satisfying
accomplishment to do it.
The basis of the game is to drive
your car up a road that curves and bends. You have to collect
flags as you drive along and need to get all of them before you
can move to the next level. The faster you can accomplish this,
the more bonus points you can earn. But it is much more than
just racing around and picking up flags. You have to dodge some
slow moving cars that are always getting in your way. Unlike
Bump n Jump or Spy Hunter, you cannot ram these cars. If you do,
it is one less life for you. Think of your car as a Yugo, it
cannot handle an accident without getting totaled. But you do
have one means of retaliation on your side. You can jump over or
onto the cars and either dodge the trouble or just squash the
car and remove it that way.
Sound easy peasy right? Well, it
would be if the road wasn't so crooked. See if you jump and go
off the road, your car will crash and you can kiss another life
goodbye. So you must be careful where and when you jump as it
may lead you to safety or your doom.
All in all, it is a great game
and the challenge is great enough to keep you coming back for
more. While you may be able to conquer the game, it won't happen
overnight. Then that is the sign of a great game, one that keeps
you challenged, but not too hard as to chase you away.
This is just a review of the arcade machine.
If you are looking for the actual arcade machine, you may want
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