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- Hunchback -

You are Quasimodo the hunchback and the love of your life Esemeralda has been kidnapped and now you go out to rescue her. Standing between you and her are many levels of deadly falls, traps and guards. There is no way for you beat any of the guards and traps so the only way to advance is to jump and avoid them. You start each level at the left of the screen and your aim is to get to the right side and ring the bell. Each level becomes progressively more difficult with the earlier levels only having a single obstacle like arrows, boulders and guards but the later ones combine them to make them sometimes near impossible. The one thing every level has in common is the invincible knight that crawls up the wall, he's not fast but he can he can walk over any obstacle and if you take too much time he will eventually get to you.

Hunchback is the type of game that was very common in those days with short and simple level design. If you are able to finish all the levels you are simply send back to the beginning and you start over but with the speed increased. Eventually you'll die anyway so you can't really finish the game. The game is extremely unforgiving and at the least touch of an object you fall off the wall and lose a life so getting to the final level is very difficult. I used to play this game quite a lot but it seems pretty dated today but if you judge it by the standards of 1983 it's not bad.

Overal rating: 6/10

Erde Kaiser




This game was released for several different systems here are some notes:
Amstrad CPC Released in 1983.
Game has been tested but not completed with winAPE v2.0 A6.
The BBC and this version are identical as far as graphics are concerned.
BBC Micro Released in 1983.
Game has been tested but not completed with BeebEm v2.0.
This is the only version where you can select the level where you can begin, by selecting level L you start at the end, pretty weird.
C64 Released in 1983.
Game has been tested but not completed with CCS64 v2.0 win.
The best with proper sound and the sprite collision is better than the other versions. This is also easier than the rest because you can control the hunchback while he is jumping and you get 5 lives instead of only 3.
VIC-20 Released in 1983.
Game has been tested but not completed with WinVICE v1.14.
A very basic version that looks a bit like the bbc/amstrad ones. If you have difficulties getting the game to run in winvice try setting the memory expansion to none.
ZX Spectrum Released in 1983.
Game has been tested but not completed with emuZwin v2.5.
This version is even more unforgiving then the others and you need to do some pixelprecise timing.

Date added Dec-23-2004 19:30
Name Hunchback
Developer Century electronics
Publisher Ocean
First released 1983
Genre Action
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Download Amstrad CPC, filesize: 8 Kb
BBC Micro, filesize: 6 Kb
Commodore 64, filesize: 15 Kb
Commodore VIC-20, filesize: 70 Kb
ZX Spectrum, filesize: 18 Kb
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Manual Download manual , filesize: 1 Kb
This is the same as the text manual.
Solve / Docs No solve available
Get text manual here
 

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