Written by  :  Servo (57408)
Written on  :  Sep 01, 2004
Platform  :  Atari 5200
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Fun, but brutally hard!

The Good

Like the original Miner 2049er this game is a lot of fun to play, and features plenty of new levels. The controls are simple and work well, and the levels have a lot of variety and interesting challenges with plenty of different gizmos and platforms to figure out. Technically the game is quite good too; excellent use is made of the Atari 5200's color capabilities and the graphics are slightly more detailed than the first games with a 3D appearance to the platforms. Sound effects are above average as well.

The Bad

The game is brutally hard!! Many jumps require very precise timing, and can be extremely difficult to get right. The first few levels aren't too bad, but before long just figuring out the optimal path through each level is challenging, and then actually completing the level in the limited time without dieing can become frustrating; a lot of trial and error tends to be involved. I've never been able to get to the later levels, I imagine they continue to become more difficult. Each time you start a level, a different color scheme is used. Most of them look pretty good, but there are one or two that are tougher on the eyes.

The Bottom Line

Overall a very fun platform game that makes good use of the 5200's graphics and sound capabilities, too bad it's such a rare game. This is probably one of the hardest platform games, though, so prepare to spend a lot of time figuring out and practicing the best route through each screen.