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Builderland: The Story of Melba

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Amstrad CPC
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The story of this game is quite simple, presented during the intro as a series of short scenes without words. Melba is an easy-going guitar player who is having a picnic with his girlfriend; suddenly, an ultra-strong, evil-looking character appears and kidnaps the poor girl, sailing away on his ship. The brave Melba swims after the ship, and finds a bottle with a map inside. Knowing now the way to the evil kidnapper's lair, Melba embarks on a journey without further hesitation!

The premise, the map with the "stages", and the side-scrolling view indicate a platform-type action game; in reality, however, Builderland is a puzzle game, somewhat similar to the famous Lemmings. As in Lemmings, the player has no control over the protagonist himself (except on a few occasions, when "boss" enemies must be defeated by throwing certain objects at them). Instead, the player must manipulate the environment in order to build a path for Melba, deal with the enemies, etc. Melba is for the most part entirely helpless and simply walks forward automatically. Various items such as boxes, weapons, platforms, etc., must be collected and placed properly in order to save the hero from premature death.


Builderland: The Story of Melba TurboGrafx CD Ouch... I accidentally killed the poor guitarist... next time, play better voicings :)
Builderland: The Story of Melba TurboGrafx CD Oh no...
Builderland: The Story of Melba Atari ST Starting level one. Let's move those blocks!
Builderland: The Story of Melba Amstrad CPC High scores

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ST Format Atari ST Jul, 1991 71 out of 100 71
Atari ST User Atari ST Jun, 1991 63 out of 100 63
Power Play Atari ST Oct, 1991 54 out of 100 54
Power Play Amiga Oct, 1991 54 out of 100 54


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