Ghettoblaster by Virgin Games


ghettoblaster_01Publisher: Virgin Games
Developer: Virgin Games
Release Date: 1985
Code: T. Gibson, M. Harrison
GFX: T. Gibson, M. Harrison
Music: T. Gibson, M. Harrison
ZZAP64 Game Rating: 69%
Our Game Rating: 83%
Completed & Reviewed by Neil Collins
> CLICK HERE to Download emu file
> CLICK HERE to view the YouTube ending video
It’s the Rasta funk-fest that is Ghettoblaster. This was a game I never had as a kid, but wanted really badly. I played it years later at a mates house and found it quite easy to play, but very difficult to complete. The aim was to find and deliver 10 tapes to the record company within the time limit and get the citizens of the town dancing to the funky tunes.
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The final tape is in hand.
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Back to the shop we go.
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The End.
HOW WAS IT COMPLETED?: I used an infinite energy cheat. There was no way I’d complete this one without it.
SO WHAT HAPPENS?: You enter the record company doors one last time with the 10th demo tape and you get a message scrolling across the screen telling you that reads: “WOW. YOU’VE ACTUALLY MADE IT YOU NOW JOIN THE ULTRA SELECT BAND OF MASTER BLASTERS.”
COMMENTS:
Neil: Another poor ending. I was expecting some victory dance or something…
Vinny: The programming team that created this game also produced Jammin’ and Bozo’s Night Out, and so it was inevitable that the game was going to have a fun element to it and also some cool game play. This used to be one of my fave games back in the day and I remember spending many a Sunday afternoon, stuffed with my roast lunch, trying to complete this little gem. I was a little shocked when I read that ZZAP 64 magazine only gave it an overall score of 69%! What?! Anyway, a lacklustre game ending that could have been so much better than a simple one line scrolling message. I’m going to give it a 1/10.
Brendan Phoenix: It’s a classic game and one I could never beat – remember getting it out at my local library (20p for the week I think!). Naff ending – very disappointing.
Andrew Fisher: There’s a good game in there, just a little lacking in variety. I think my favourite of Tony Gibson’s games is Beat It (aka Jammin’ 2).
Andy Vaisey: As The Fisher said, there was something in there somewhere, but personally, the poor GFX used to put me off. Shame. Ending? A big yawnfest.
FINAL SAY: A classic C64 with great atmosphere. It brought back fond memories – but the end will be soon forgotten.

G.E. RATING: 1.5 / 10

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