Fancy a beer? You can bet yourself a pint that Hagar does. The beer swigging overweight drunkard is back and this time he's in the form of a computer game character. Those familiar with Hagar will recognise him from the cartoon that appears ina daily rag, but for the unenlightened - you're obviously reading the quality press.
Hagar is your typical lager lout. He's always in the dog-house, but for now he has the opportunity to change this depressing image to that of a person that is reliable and can get things done. Can he d it? Can a leopard change his spots? That's up to you.
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Helga, his dearly beloved wife, has decided to test Hagar in what initially might seem an easy enough task. As everything does when you are under the influence of alcohol (Not that we know - Ed) and she has challenged him to bring back various items of value strewn around a world of eight different levels - islands in this case.
Helga is a mean and mighty woman and unless she gets what she wants, it's chicken-
The objects that you need are pretty valuable, and so are not easily obtainable. Like most platform games there is an element of puzzling out required before the objects are obtainable. This involves doing certain things in a certain order, or buying the correct items that you will need from the shop. Shop? Yes there is a shop, where extra lives, energy and weapons can be bought, to supplement the sword that Hagar has as standard to fend off any enemies, of which there are several - Hagar is not very popular in these parts!
As well as a shop, there is of course, a pub (or Taverne as it is called in the game). Entering the pub allows you to spend the hard-
Alongside the extra weapons such as knives, spears, axes and fire-
There is not much that this game has over any other platform-
It's an easy game to play, with a simple plot and a straightforward path to travel along to get to the end of each level. There is nothing there that puts Hagar The Horrid above other games of this genre.
Three disks and slow loading, even for those with three disk drives, and plenty of memory, shows little thought of the game operation, much like the actual gameplay. It's not a particularly bad game, and if you do not already have a platform game (where have you been?), you might find it a pretty amusing little jaunt - by all means give it a bash. I'd rather stick to Manic Miner. Now where's that Spectrum of mine...