Tales of Boon by X-ample Architectures

Tales_of_Boon_1Publisher: X-Ample
Developer: X-Ample
Release Date: 1993
Code: Helge Kozielek
GFX: M. Detert, T. Heinrich
Music: Thomas Detert
ZZAP64 Game Rating: n/a
Our Game Rating: 81%
Completed & Reviewed by Neil Collins

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Tales of Boon is a Hawkeye clone. The graphics and sound are pretty good, but the game play is very frustrating and difficult. I played this for a short amount of time before I had to cheat. It’s not as good as Hawkeye, but worth a look if you liked Hawkeye and want an even harder challenge.

Level 6 is finally complete!
HOW WAS IT COMPLETED?: Using a cheat that allowed me to skip to the end.
SO WHAT HAPPENS?: At the end of the game you get to see a cool little picture of the city. A congratulations message is shown at the bottom, with a few lines of text saying that your trials are completed and that you are now approved. The fate of your family now lies in your hands. The game then ends.
Neil: Not as good as the ending to Hawkeye. 3/10.
Vinny: I’d never really heard of this game until Neil sent in the ending, and so I thought I would check it out. After playing through a few times and dying within seconds, it’s obvious that this is a poor man’s Hawkeye. Don’t get me wrong; it’s a good game, but it’s lacking in the game play department.
As for the ending… I actually like it. Okay – so it’s not amazing, but it looks good and the music is nice too. 4/10.
Matt Rogers: Never heard of it either, but that is a lovely piccy. Nicely done.
Gaz Spence: A typical X-Ample game with flashy graphics, tremendous sound, but slightly iffy gameplay. The ending piccy is pretty cool with some interesting shading employed and a Euro-bop tune – albeit a shame it wasn’t a cover of ‘Hi Ho Silver’ 😀
Michael Elphick RIP.
Andy Vaisey: Never heard of this, but have taken a quick look; yes, very Hawkeye-ish with the same fun initially, but limited gameplay. Nice shading on the GFX though!
Lovely looking ending screen, spoiled by a congrats type message and average Bayliss-esque boppy choon.
Andrew Fisher: Nice picture, OK music, not a lot happening. Must check out the game now – I’ve not heard of it either!
Stefan Guerilla: Nice: The picture looks pretty good, a brief ending text plus a decent tune. I think I would have been satisfied would I have completed the game. That’s 4.5 for me!
Brendan Phoenix: Ok ending piccy and some ok music as well, nothing brilliantm but better than most of the rubbish we see. As guerilla said, I too would be happy if I was presented with this ending.
FINAL SAY: A nice little picture, but that’s about it.

G.E. RATING: 3.5 / 10

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