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 Parasol Stars by Ocean

The so called story of Rainbow Islands II or Bubble Bobble III, Bub and Bob are back and they have brought brollies! This conversion is brightly coloured (as you would sort of expect) and goes back to the old gameplay mechanic of one screen rather than a scrolling one. This brings back the old magic of co-operative play, like in the first game Bubble Bobble. There are the usual power-ups along the way (the running shoes made a comeback) along with many levels, which are split across worlds. The end of each world has a big boss to take down as well. The gameplay owes more to Bubble Bobble than Rainbow Islands and the brolly control (if you call it that) adds a unique spin (no pun intended!) to the game. You can either hit your enemies with it or save up some sort of drip from the surrounding area (lightning, water, etc) and use that by throwing it at them. The lack of a two fire buttoned control system might have had made it a bit more clunky than other versions but it still works well enough. Perhaps it doesn't measure up to both of the former games in the series but it's still a worthy sequel in the gaming saga.

Review by Katzkatz

7/10

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 Pinball Fantasies By 21st Century Entertainment

Pinball on a computer or console at one time would have been unthinkable. Back in the early 90's my brother had his Amiga and called me in to see a new game he'd bought, Pinball Fantasies. This was a pinball game on a computer system which looked and played brilliantly. I was soon trying to muscle in and play on the Amiga to get a Pinball fix. Digital Illusions had made this game as a follow up to the also excellent Pinball Dreams. In Pinball Fantasies you have 4 tables to choose from, a car themed one "Speed Devils", "Party Land" themed around a funfair, a game show inspired table "Billion Dollar Game Show" and the fourth which was my favourite "Stones n Bones" based around haunted houses and such. Each table has the standard pinball elements and some extras to hit to increase your score. Getting around the ramps multiple times in succession will get you bonuses on any table. The ball physics in the game are very close to playing on an actual pinball table, and the tables are large and colourful giving a great pinball experience on the screen. Add in the sounds which being on the Amiga were almost guaranteed to be good and you have a truly spectacular pinball simulation to play without putting coins in the slot every few minutes, and you just can't resist one more go to beat your last high score. There have been some good pinball games on various home computers and consoles, but if you want the best then look for Pinball Fantasies on the Amiga.

Review by Doug Titchmarsh

9/10

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