Publisher: Bug Byte
Release Date: 1986
Code: P. Voysey, T. Olowu
ZZAP64 Game Rating: 50%
Our Game Rating: 50%
Completed & Reviewed by Neil Collins
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Nexus was one of my favourite games on the C64 when I was a kid, even though I could never get very far and the game is full of bugs. I really liked the idea and setting for the game and the freedom you had to wander around the huge building and do whatever you liked. I always knew what you had to do in the game but could never get that far without being beaten up by guards, or thrown into jail. Even with an emulator the game is very difficult.
You play the part of a reporter and your aim is to complete and transmit thirty two rumours before escaping the enemy base. You can collect and use weapons, speak with allies, fight enemies, take photographs and hopefully piece together enough information to transmit back to base and solve the game. You can pull off some great fighting moves – including the infamous somersault onto a grounded enemy’s chest which makes him vanish off the screen. The fights get tough against multiple opponents, so sometimes it’s best just to run away or make use of the stun grenades and guns that you can find hidden in the rooms. One of the key elements to success is acquiring the correct coloured passes for each floor from fellow agents which allows you to search without being attacked, although some tougher enemies ignore whatever pass you hold. It’s a shame that this game is riddled with glitches and bugs and that it’s a little too difficult to enjoy fully. The other major flaw is the playing area size, although you hardly notice it once you start playing.
Graphically it’s pretty good and the action is fast, but the sound is pretty poor and the repetitive tune starts to irritate after a while. Overall though I do think that this is a good game, and you can enjoy it if you take the time to work your way around the game efficiently and find out where key items and people are. I can finally lay this one to rest as it’s baffled me for many years, but now it is at long last complete.
HOW WAS IT COMPLETED?: I found out a key bit of information from an online video of the game which was brought to my attention by our team member Brendan Phoenix. After watching the video I realised that the pass colours relate to the actual floor colours within the complex. With this information it opened up the game for me. The levels became far easier with less attacks from guards. How I overlooked this I don’t know ! I could have completed this years ago!
SO WHAT HAPPENS?: After all puzzles are solved and all the messages are transmitted you are told to return to the beach. The beach is the starting point of the game. When you step back onto it at the water’s edge a short message appears on the message panel below the playing area which reads ‘YOU ARE AN ACE REPORTER’.
Neil: Not what I expected. I really thought we’d see the reporter escaping. The mystery of this game has kept me wondering for years. Now it’s over I feel a little relieved but utterly disappointed.
Vinny: I always steered clear of this game because of the review it received from ZZAP!64 magazine, which was an overall score of 50%. Well – actually, I did have a go, but for about 20 seconds. I found the controls utterly useless and totally off putting.
As for the ending… what an absolute pile of SHI…
Andrew Fisher: I’ll always remember the review for Gary Liddon’s hilarious comments on the packaging.. But like Vinny the review put me off playing. Terrible ending for what could have been a great game with a bit more polish.
Gaz Spence: The phrase ‘bitten off more than they can chew’ springs to mind. A very ambitious game which is not carried out with any great conviction. The ending is frankly rubbish.
Brendan Phoenix: I too remember the packaging for this game!
How disappointing that we are presented with an ending as lame as that – all the thought must have gone into the packaging!
Andy Vaisey: Well, it says ‘Bug Byte’. Expect rubbish. Simple.
FINAL SAY: I feel a little relieved but utterly disappointed.
G.E. RATING: 1 / 10