Elvira: The Arcade Game by Flair Software

elvirathearcadegamePublisher: Flair Software
Developer: Flair Software
Release Date: 1991
Code: Ian Davison
GFX: M. Sample, P. Nixon
Music: Adam Gilmore
ZZAP64 Game Rating: 40%
Our Game Rating: 65%
Completed & Reviewed by Neil Collins
> CLICK HERE to Download emu file
> CLICK HERE to view the YouTube ending video
Flair Software released three Elvira games on the C64. Two were RPG / adventure games, and the other was a platform game. The game was simply called Elvira: The Arcade Game. Not the most exciting game title, but the game itself isn’t too bad…
Elvira: The Arcade Game is criticised for it’s poor graphics, which I don’t think are too bad actually. It’s colourful, with three vast levels to explore – each with it’s very own theme. The worst thing about the game is the control method. It’s slow and unresponsive – which is what you don’t want in a game where jumping accuracy is critical. The aim of the game is to conquer the three areas in order to become queen of Transylvania – a challenge which Elvira has undertaken based on a dream encounter with the king Gustav. It’s quite a challenge that will require a map and some nifty game play. I tried and failed a few times to beat this game. I was always intrigued as to whether or not this one had any sort of ending…
King: “‘allo darlin'”
Elvira: “HUH?”
King: “I said – allo darlin'”
Elvira: “fuuuuuuck ooooff!” The End.
HOW WAS IT COMPLETED?: I just couldn’t beat it without cheating. I eventually used a level skip cheat. Sorry. I just had to.
SO WHAT HAPPENS?: A short piece of animation shows a crown rising from the king’s head and settling down onto Elvira’s head. A sinister little tune plays and the words ‘CONGRATULATIONS. ELVIRA’S MISSION IS ACCOMPLISHED‘, is displayed at the bottom of the screen.
Neil: It’s a decent ending to an average game. It’s not gonna win any prizes, but it’s the best ending of all the Elvira games. By miles. 5/10.
Vinny: Now here’s a game I’ve always wanted to see the ending to. I couldn’t ever complete it – not even with cheats – because it’s one of those annoying platformers that needs pixel precision perfection. Don’t you just hate games like that? Anyway – as Neil said, it’s a nice enough game and worth a play or two, but try and avoid reading the ZZAP!64 review that game this game an overall score of 40%! The rascals!
WOW! Nice ending. I wasn’t expecting that at all! Very nice. 5/10 from me too.
Andrew Fisher: The preview on the Commodore Format covertape put me off playing the full game, it just didn’t grab my attention. But that is a decent animated ending, which goes with the rest of the good presentation.
Andy Vaisey: Not a bad ending at all, 5/10 sounds about right to me. Shame about the preceding game though.
Brendan Phoenix: I’d be happy if the majority of endings on the C64 were of the same quality as this one.
FINAL SAY: I like it. A decent tune, nice graphics and neat animation.

G.E. RATING: 5 / 10

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1 Response to Elvira: The Arcade Game by Flair Software

  1. I found the Commodore Format demo of this to be borderline unplayable – certainly very unresponsive controls, exactly what one does not need in an action platformer. I rather liked the graphics style, though, and I’m always up for the Gothic theme. This would have been right up my street, were it not for the “steers like a cow” issue.


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