Excellent platform game with some familiar tunes
The GoodFrantic Freddie
was a game that I used to own on my old Commodore 64. It plays similar to games such as Apple Panic
, where each level consists of platforms that are separated by ladders. In this game, what's different about the ladders is that they have two sides, and you can't pass through them and you need to climb one side of the ladder to get to the opposite side. Since CDS didn't want to mimic other platform games, this will come as a surprise to people who are used to passing through ladders.
The graphics are well designed, and Freddie's walking animations are smooth, as are the monster's with their mouths flapping as they make their way toward Freddie. The bonus items are quite big so they are easy to spot even when you are too busy with something. The monsters' artificial intelligence is amazing because you think they follow a specific path, but once they make their way up or down ladders, they will immediately retreat the latter in the same direction as you.
Although most of the music in the game are not original tunes, they sound excellent coming from the SID chip. There are hardly any sound effects, but I was too busy playing the game to notice that there isn't any. The only sound effect that I noticed is very good. It is a thump sound when you lose a life.
There are sixteen levels in the game, and you complete them by collecting all the pots of gold. The game can be replayed over and over again, because the pots are in different positions each game, meaning that you don't take the same path each time. There are intermissions every two levels, and although there are only two of the, both of them are entertaining.
After you have viewed the ending, the game doesn't return you to level one like in the other games I played. The fire button is never used in the game, so you can't press it to make the game return you to the title screen or to get you back to the first level.
The Bottom Line
In conclusion, Frantic Freddie
is an excellent platform game that was only released for the Commodore 64. It provides a twist to the other platform games released at the time, in the way the ladder works. The graphics are very good and, although it is not original, the music is excellent. There are intermissions that provide a bit of entertainment every two level. This game is excellent that an unofficial Amiga version was released. It replicates everything that made the C-64 version great.