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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 Atari ST High score table
Builderland: The Story of Melba Atari ST Starting level one. Let's move those blocks!
Builderland: The Story of Melba TurboGrafx CD Ouch... I accidentally killed the poor guitarist... next time, play better voicings :)
Builderland: The Story of Melba Amstrad CPC High scores

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The One for ST Games Atari ST May, 1991 83 out of 100 83
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Amiga Dec, 1991 9 out of 12 75
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Atari ST Apr, 1991 8.6 out of 12 72
ST Format Atari ST Jul, 1991 71 out of 100 71
Play Time Amiga Nov, 1991 68 out of 100 68
Play Time Atari ST Nov, 1991 68 out of 100 68
Amiga Joker Amiga Oct, 1991 65 out of 100 65
Atari ST User Atari ST Jun, 1991 63 out of 100 63
Power Play Amiga Oct, 1991 54 out of 100 54
Power Play Atari ST Oct, 1991 54 out of 100 54


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