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Alien Brigade – By Atari

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 Happy Trails - By Activision

Oh, oh, Black Bart’s robbed the stagecoach and it is up to you to track him down in the Badlands! But to do that, you must be deputized first! Grab the sheriff’s badge and find the moneybags Black Bart has left in the Badlands. But that won’t be easy! You must arrange the trails so you can reach the moneybags and the sheriff badge before Black Bart gets you or before time runs out. Hit a dead end or let the time expire and it is end of the line for you! Happy Trails is a puzzle-maze game similar to Locomotion. If you enjoy Locomotion, you are sure to enjoy Happy Trails. The game can be played by one or two players and there are four different variations to choose from. These variations introduce static or random trail patterns as well as variation in the speed at which your character (a hat with legs) moves. While you use the disc controller to move the trail panels, you can use the action buttons to either speed or reverse the movement of the hat. This all comes into play, particularly as the game advances and the mazes become larger and more complex. The more is left on the timer, the greater the bonus that you get for completing that particular maze. The graphics of Happy Trails are nothing spectacular but they work quite well. The sound effects are good and you’ll like the rhythmic sound the walking hat makes. Overall, this is an excellent title and that is addicting and quite entertaining.

Review by TrekMD

9/10

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 Hover Force - By INTV Corp.

A group of terrorists has taken over the island city of New Seeburg. You are a member of an elite team of pilots and it is your task to stop the terrorists. Since the civilian population was evacuated, the terrorists are determined to cause as much destruction as they can to the city by setting fires, bombing bridges, and destroying buildings. The terrorists are armed with heavy artillery helicopters so, in order to fight them, you must pilot the new JAF-3000 helicopter. This top secret helicopter is equipped with laser guns, water cannons, and a highly advanced radar system. It is also the most maneuverable ‘copter you’ll find as it is equipped with jet air-brakes to let you quickly change direction. Destroy all enemy targets and put out the fires to complete your mission. Hover Force is a remarkable game for the Intellivision as it is more complex than you might think. From the title screen you move to a briefing screen that displays the controls for the chopper. You then move to a radar screen which displays how much damage (in $$) the terrorists have done, the fires you need to extinguish, and the number of enemy choppers you must shoot down. This screen also has all your gauges as well as the radar and and indicator for difficulty level. One you choose a level, you move to an aerial view. You can switch views using the zero key. The physics in this game are very well captured and you must deal with momentum as you change direction. The graphics are beautiful and have a lot of detail. Tracking the terrorists can be challenging, though. Hover Force feels more like simulation than a game and it does take some learning to play but it is well worth it.

Review by TrekMD

9/10

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 Ice Trek - By Imagic

You are Vali the Avenger and you must stop the advancing Ice Age by reaching the Ice Palace of Klatkron the Terrible. Reaching the Ice Palace is not without challenge, however. You must cross vast expanses of snow-laden countryside while avoiding the herds of caribou that roam them. Though you can use your ax to defend yourself from any caribou, it is best you avoid them as killing any caribou will gain you the anger of the Wildlife Goddess. She will make you her target and you’ll be lucky to survive her attacks. Survive the countryside only to be faced by a raging river full of floating icebergs. Grab pieces of icebergs to build a bridge so you may cross the river and reach the Ice Palace. Be careful, though, as your bridge can be broken by the very ice that floats in the river. Shoot it with fireballs or die frozen in the river. If you make it to the Ice Palace, use your fireballs to attack the turrets before they kill you. Achieve your task and you’ll enjoy watching as the Palace melts, ending the threat. Ice Trek has beautiful graphics. The caribou on the countryside are well animated and come in different sizes and shapes (you know, males, females, narraqs...). This part is ok to play but that real test comes when you reach the river. Throwing the grappling hook to grab the ice is tricky and you have to be careful not to slide off the ice bridge. The Ice Palace looks fantastic and this stage is fun to play. Finish it and you’ll be treated to a fantastic ending scene! Overall a good title for the Intellivision.

Review by TrekMD

7/10

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 King of the Mountain - By Intelligent Vision

King of the Mountain (KOTM) is one of those games that you look at and you tend to underestimate but quickly figure out just how wrong you were! KOTM is a one-player homebrew game for the Intellivision in which you play a hiker who has to climb 10 mountains, each of increasing difficulty, just for the fun of it. You start the game at a park map where you are in your car and you drive to each of the mountains before each climb. Once you select a mountain, you are shown a menu of supplies which you need to manage if you want to make it to the top. This screen also displays the weight of your backpack (the heavier it is, the slower your climb) and whether or not you’ve sustained injuries. There are certain “essentials” you must have enough of to survive the climb as you face falling boulders, bears, bee swarms, rain, and rivers. The essentials include fire, food, and water. If you run out of any of these, the game ends. All of these are used up at a steady pace but you lose more of them if you get hit by bears, boulders, or bees. As you climb you can stop at cabins where you can buy and sell items to make sure your inventory is good enough. Of course, you can’t just buy unlimited supplies as you have a finite amount of money to begin with and the only way to get more money is by killing and bagging bears. You see, dead bears can be sold in the cabins for cash which you can turn into items needed to survive. In addition to the essentials you’ll need ammo (to shoot the bears), a raft (to cross the rivers), and shelter (to be protected from the rain as the rain uses up your fire more quickly). KOTM is not an easy game and does require appropriate strategy in order to succeed. Once you reach the mountain top, a flag is set and will remain there on the larger map so you know which mountains are completed as you drive between mountains. Visually this game is very nice. The mountain trails look great and the surrounding terrain is detailed enough to have different kinds of foliage. The boulders look like they are really rolling and the hiker is represented in multicolour sprites. The bears are the only character that I think could look better. The rain is also well done and the cabins look as you’d expect. Even your car looks great! There is no in-game music but the sound effects are good and help you in gameplay as the enemies have their own sound. This game is another must for any Intellivision fan!

Review by TrekMD

10/10

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 Kool-Aid Man - By Mattel

Kool-Aid Man was a game only available through a promotion General Foods had available back in the day. The game came for both the 2600 and the Intellivision . As is to be expected, the Intellivision version has better graphics but I’m not sure the gameplay is better. On this version, you play the role of two kids who must “run” around a house finding three items to make the Kool-Aid man come to life. The items that must be found are a pitcher, sugar, and a pack of Kool-Aid. Each kid can only carry one item at a time (which is helpful when they are both controlled together) and they must find a stool if they want to grab the sugar. Each item must be taken to the kitchen and, once all three items combine, here comes Kool-Aid Man bursting through the wall. Of course, things are never that simple on video games. The kids must avoid the touch of two “thristies” that roam the house. Early on the “thirsties” are not very aggressive but as the game advances, they will hunt you down if you get too close (and you’ll know it because their sound suddenly takes on a “Jaws” type of intonation). If they touch you, you are frozen and the game is over if both kids get frozen. When Kool-Aid man appears, he can roam freely in the house to capture the “thirsties” and any phantom flavors that fly around. Capture the “thirsties” and the game starts all over again with a new house maze every other level (up to 13). Unfortunately, Kool-Aid Man is rather tedious to play and it fails to capture the sweetness of Kool-Aid.

Review by TrekMD

3/10

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