Elvin by Rainbow Arts

Elvin_1Publisher: Rainbow Arts
Developer: Rainbow Arts
Release Date: 1987
Code: Peter Thierolf
GFX: Peter Thierolf
Music: Peter Thierolf
ZZAP64 Game Rating: n/a
Our Game Rating: 77%
Completed & Reviewed by Neil Collins

> CLICK HERE to Download emu file
> CLICK HERE to Download my Crazy Hack file
> CLICK HERE to view the YouTube ending video
Elvin by Rainbow Arts is a tiny game that appeared on the wanted list, so I decided to have a quick go to get the ending. It’s very basic in terms of graphics and game play. You control some kind of bird around a multidirectional scrolling maze of caverns. The aim is to get out of the cavern by collecting various items and putting them to their correct use which eventually leads to your freedom. It’s not a great game as it is too simple and short, but it plays pretty well.
Elvin finally gets to the exit…
…and makes a run for it…
…or should that be ‘makes a fly for it’? The End.
Neil: Using an infinite lives cheat and following a video solution online.
Vinny: I have since created a crazy hack for this game that has 23 extra in-game features; one of them being the game ending. You can download the crazy hack from the link area above.
SO WHAT HAPPENS?: Once the cavern is open you can escape. The end shows the bird flying out of the cavern to freedom into the night sky. A small message on the ground below reads ‘THE HAPPY END’.
Neil: Always nice to see an ending sequence. It’s very simple and suits this very short game, although it’s not very good. 2/10.
Vinny: Hmmm… I’d never played this game until Neil sent in the ending. I found the game’s engine to be very much like ‘Cavern’s of Eriban’ by Firebird Software. It’s a fun little game, even though the controls can feel a little clunky at times.
As for the ending, I found it to be quite pleasant; I really like the music 🙂 I’m going to give it 4/10.
Kungfufurby: Nice unique tune to go with the ending! I could clearly hear the tune changing. All I can say is fly away, Elvin, fly away… for you have avoided a very generic well done screen without you flying away.
Andrew Fisher: Can’t say I’d heard of this one, but it’s a very short game (just watched the walkthrough on YouTube) and a very simple ending. Nice music, and the main sprite is animated quite well, but nothing special.
Brendan Phoenix: Better than the majority of the dross we see. So kudos goes to the coders for giving us something a little different.
Frank Gasking: Does indeed look like that old Firebird game you mentioned. I think this was one of the first Rainbow Arts games before US Gold helped publish for them in the UK, they did quite a few titles that only got a release in Germany.
FINAL SAY: Not a bad little ending. It’s just as you’d expect it to be.

G.E. RATING: 4 / 10

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