Technocop by Gremlin Graphics

technocopgamePublisher: Gremlin Graphics
Developer: As above
Release Date: 1989
Code: Dave Roach, Dan Roach, Chris Gray
GFX: Nick Gray
Music: Ben Daglish
ZZAP64 Game Rating: 17%
Our Game Rating: 35%
Completed  by Brendan Phoenix
Reviewed by Vinny Mainolfi
> CLICK HERE to Download emu file
> CLICK HERE to view the YouTube ending video
I’m a massive fan of Gremlin Graphics. This software house has produced many a fun and clever game on the Commodore 64. Who could forget the wonderful delights of  Thing on a Spring (my all-time fave game), Jack the Nipper,  Bounder,  Monty on the Run, Auf Wiedersehen Monty, Avenger,  Cosmic Causeway… the list goes on and on. In my eyes, Gremlin Graphics have produced far more superior games than Ocean and U.S. Gold put together! (but lets not dwell on that opinion!)
But there comes a time when things just don’t go right. It happens to the best of us. You think you’re producing the best thing since sliced bread, but in fact you’ve produced just one big fat turd. Oh dear. Oh dear me. Technocop just doesn’t cut the mustard and it definitely not typical of Gremlin Graphics’ commendable output. There really isn’t a game there to be played either; it’s just a pointless load of drivel. ZZAP!64 magazine had no time for it either and gave it an overall score of just 17% saying, “…but for god sake don’t buy them [them being the C64 and Amiga versions] because they’re a repetitive, dull and unoriginal game cowering underneath all that sensationalist gore.
The End.
HOW WAS IT COMPLETED?: Brendan is a blooming CHEAT! What more do I need to say?!
SO WHAT HAPPENS?: Once the final level is complete, we get to see an ending shot of the villain going to jail. There’s a short ditty by Ben Daglish and the addition of a scroller by the cracking group.
Brendan: I though it had a cool scrolling message but it has been added by the cracking group. Short ditty, static screen. Nowt special – 2/10.
Vinny: Not really a fan of the game, and as for the ending… it’s a little flat. Pictures OK-ish and the music is just a short ending ditty. I’d give it 4/10.
Andrew Fisher: Technocop was a real missed opportunity, what could have been great is a shambles thanks to terrible graphics and a long multi load.
Very ordinary ending. Someone should have put a bounty on its head.
Brendan Phoenix: Maybe wrong but didn’t Gremlin team up with US Gold around this time? Around the same time they became shite.
I’m also a believer in when logo’s change the company goes worse. I liked their original logo with the little Gremlin.
Andy Vaisey: Like Vinny, I share a soft-spot for GG. Very generally, their logo/name attached to games meant a half decent product usually. Not on this occasion though. Duff game with poor ending. Shame.
Gaz Spence: A poor game by all accounts but I like the ending picture which is effectively drawn and shaded, although it’s a shame there is no ending dialogue.

G.E. RATING: 3 / 10

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