Publisher: Gremlin Graphics
Developer: As above
Release Date: 1987
Code: Ade the Bear, Richard
GFX: Kevin, Jon, Terry, Sue
Music: Ben Daglish
ZZAP64 Game Rating: 63%
Our Game Rating: 65%
Completed & Reviewed by Neil Collins
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MASK by Gremlin is the first of three games featuring the kids cartoon characters. I wasn’t a fan as a kid, so I didn’t really know much about them. I remember playing this game and completing a few levels but I never reached the end. You play the part of Matt Trakker who is the only MASK member that hasn’t been thrown through a time warp by the evil VENOM forces. You have to navigate each zone and save your colleagues. It’s just a case of blasting your way through the levels and finding the appropriate mask that is initially hidden from you. Enemies come from all directions and you need to blast obstacles to work your way around the level to reach hidden areas. Graphically it is ok, with often chunky sprites and badly drawn backgrounds. It plays fairly well and it’s easy to get started. It’s fun to play but the novelty soon wears off after a level or two. It’s not great but it’s better than Transformers…
HOW WAS IT COMPLETED?: I used a cheat that allowed me to skip levels. There is a cracked/trainer version by Psycho/Force.
SO WHAT HAPPENS?: The final screen shows Scott sitting up in bed while speaking to a robot called T-BOB. The robot asks ‘WHAT’S UP SCOTT?‘ and Scott replies ‘T-BOB! I’VE JUST HAD A TERRIBLE DREAM!‘. Hilarious. Gotta love Scott’s pyjamas. (Do all action heroes wear such attire to bed?). I bet he wet the bed too…
Neil: The end picture is badly drawn and concludes the story in farcical style. The whole game is a bit of a joke really.
Vinny: What an absolute boring a cack ending! Even the music is reused from the title screen. A total let down from the Gremlin Graphics team 😦
Brendan Phoenix: Gremlin were releasing some stinkers around this time – was it when they got tied in with US Gold? Cant remember??
That ending is rather pathetic – straight out of a primary school kid story – the old ‘ it was all a dream ‘ ending.
Surely they could have come up with something better than that!
Andrew Fisher: Used to read a comic that had a MASK strip, but never bought the toys or watched the cartoon. Likewise I avoided the games which had a mixed reception (MASK 3 got the best reviews).
Very ordinary bitmap picture, Ben Daglish’s music is OK at best but we’ll forgive him since it was a conversion from the TV series. 2/10.
FINAL SAY: He he he. That’s quite a silly ending.
G.E. RATING: 2 / 10