Publisher: Rainbow Arts
Developer: Rainbow Arts
Release Date: 1988
Code: Jörn Galka
GFX: M. Drechsel
Music: Ramiro Vaca, Chris Hülsbeck
ZZAP64 Game Rating: n/a
Our Game Rating: 79%
Completed & Reviewed by Neil Collins
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Here’s a game that takes me back to the first days of the Amiga…
Garrison by Rainbow Arts is one of the first games I played on the C64’s big brother. At the time I was impressed with the graphics and didn’t know that it was released on the C64. It’s the most blatant clone of Gauntlet that I have ever seen. Apart from the change of name there’s hardly any other difference.
There are stacks of levels (many of which repeat), so the action does get tiresome. I was never a fan of these games or even the arcade original of Gauntlet itself, so I was never going to like this game. There’s very little wrong with it though – just not my cup of tea…
HOW WAS IT COMPLETED?: I used a trained version with a level skip. It saved me a lot of pain and boredom.
SO WHAT HAPPENS?: The ending is simply a modified version of the title screen. A silver screen displays the following message: ‘CONGRATULATIONS! YOU COMPLETED ALL LEVELS, BUT DID YOU RESCUE ANGELIQUE? PRESS SPACEBAR‘. The title page music plays also, which is quite a neat little tune.
Neil: Thought this one would have nothing at the end of it as levels repeat throughout the game – so I was a little shocked. 1.5/10.
Vinny: It’s a decent rip-off, but ultimately very dull.
…and that dull-ness filters into the ending. So much could have been done with this ending, but the coder decided to take the easy way out and produce a sub-standard text message ending! 1/10 from me.
Brendan Phoenix: Never really enjoyed these dungeon crawlers though, this, Gauntlet, Dandy (did we ever get to solve that ending?) Ranarama, etc.
At least this has an ending – I don’t think Gauntlet has (may be wrong)
Is there a different ending if you rescued Angelique I wonder?
Andrew Fisher: While I like Gauntlet I never tried this one.
Awful end screen – a slap in the face to anyone that persevered with it.
Andy Vaisey: Aware of the game, never saw or played it though. Good job too. Would have been unhappy with that pile o’ poop ending…
Gaz Spence: I never really got the appeal of Gauntlet so this was never on my list of games to track down. At least now I know that the ending is seriously pants.
FINAL SAY: There’s not a lot to it really, and who the hell is Angelique?!?
G.E. RATING: 1.5 / 10