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Probably the best thing about this game is Bob. The little touches that get seen very rarely are worth the money alone: his near bubonic cough when he drinks something nasty and the way he shakes the water from his coat after a dip are priceless. Sound effects are suitably cute and zany, and the tunes show a modicum of imagination, which all adds to the considerable fun.
Atari ST User
The gameplay is easy to control using the joystick. Moving the stick left or right results in Bob doing likewise. Pulling the stick down enables him to jump to platforms on a higher level. The power of the jump is represented by the cat shown to the right of the screen - the longer the cat's tail will get, and the higher Bob jumps. And finally, to the sound quality. This game includes a pleasant accompanying tune rather than the usual electronic blips. Nine Lives is a delight. Check it out.
It's got all the cartoon essentials: cute animation, comic-book artwork and bags of visual gimmickry. Add to that a sophisticated network of conveyors, ledges, spikes and underwater channels, and you have an exciting platform game which guarantees hours of absorbing fun. Admittedly, the unusual jumping controls do take a bit of getting used to and moving about can be a tad awkward at first, but half an hour's patient practice early on adds up to lots of entertainment later. All that's missing are a few well-chosen sound effects: Bob's animated antics are crying out for the odd sampled bang, crash and miaow. However, 9 Lives sports a suitably comic soundtrack, is addictive, silly and well-designed.
Beginners will give up on it very quickly, but if you're a veteran platform player with an insatiable appetite for a challenge then this is as tough as it gets - just be ready to cancel all engagements for the next four weeks.
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt)
Im Gesamteindruck schneidet dieses Spiel jedoch schlecht ab. Das Scrolling ist ein Verschieben von ganzen Bildern. Bob läßt sich zäh und nur sehr unpräzise steuern, und die Musi ist eher ein Katzengejammer. Für 40 Märker wär es vielleicht noch o.k., aber ganze
Zur Ideen-Ödnis gesellt sich eine dilettantische technische Ausführung. Die müde Mieze wird mit einem Ruckelscrolling durch die Gegend gehetzt, daß die Milch im Napf sauer wird. Lediglich die Musik erreicht halbwegs professionelles Niveau; über das restliche Programm breite man das Mäntelchen des Vergessens aus - alles für die Katz‘n.