You’ve got to applaud Richard Bayliss for his hard work and dedication when it comes to Commodore 64 games programming. Okay – so it’s more quantity than quality with Richard, but now and again he is capable of producing little gems that sparkle and shine, and it’s obvious that he gets better each time he produces a new game. A far cry from the days for NYAAAAH 15 – or whatever it was called. Gone are the days of wasting time on a non-descript SEUCK game…
Xmas Crazy is a typical Bayliss puzzling-shooting-targety kind of game but with a festive touch. Some nice colours and fitting tunes, it’s actually fun to play.
# IT’S CHRIIIIIIIIIISTMAS! #
HOW WAS IT COMPLETED?: Erm… I was really naughty and hacked the ending…
– Load the game and freeze it using an Action Replay Cart
– Press ‘M’ for MONITOR
– Type: G 4B20 (goes to memory location: $4B20, where the ending is situated).
– The ending will start.
OR… just soft reset (ALT+R in CCS64 emulator) your C64 and type SYS 19232
SO WHAT HAPPENS?: Once the final level is complete, a scrolling message appears, which reads: “CONGRATULATIONS – YOU HAVE COMPLETED ALL 8 LEVELS OF XMAS CRAZY! SANTA IS VERY PLEASED WITH FUZZLE AND TAKES FUZZLE ON A WELL DESERVED TRIP, TO HELP SANTA DELIVER ALL THE PRESENTS TO ALL THE GOOD BOYS AND GIRLS WHO ARE ASLEEP IN THEIR OWN BED, DREAMING ABOUT WONDERFUL THINGS … LATER ON, THE CHILDREN WAKE UP AND FIND PRESENTS … WHAT ARE THE PRESENTS? … SOFT TOY FUZZLES, JUST WHAT A BOY AND GIRL ALWAYS WANTED … WE HOPE YOU ENJOYED PLAYING THIS FESTIVE GAME :O))” This is accompanied by an ending tune.
Vinny: It’s Christmas and so I am going to give Richard 10/10 for effort as I know his games from this era are a learning experience for him and that he has gone from strength to strength ever since he first started. Plus it’s Christmas!
As for the ending… so much is missing from this and a real lack of thought and design. The specific ending tune is nice and the scroller is okay, but no extra images, animation or anything else at that matter. The question is: is there any improvement since 2005?
Gaz Spence: Merry Christmas to Vinny and all the contributors. 😀
Regarding Xmas Crazy; I can only echo Vinny’s comments and concur with his rating.
Brendan Phoenix: I’m in a bah-humbug mood with this ending.
Scrolling messages on there own annoy the hell out of me, but at least there is a bit more than the usual blurb.