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Everyone's A Wally (The Life of Wally) (ZX Spectrum)

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Written by  :  Gary Smith (15)
Written on  :  Sep 26, 2006
Platform  :  ZX Spectrum
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Summary

Multi-role platform/puzzle game.

The Good

The challenge of exploring the town and finding uses for the various objects, the addictive gameplay, the nice-looking scenery and the surreal hazards (flying rubber stamps, land-stalking fish, ghostly school desks whose lids keep opening and shutting on their own, etc).

The Bad

Too over-complicated (a multi-role arcade adventure may have seemed like a good idea, and controlling the varied characters is interesting, but perhaps it would have been better with just Wally).

The Bottom Line

Wally, his wife Wilma and his workmates Tom, Dick and Harry must complete various chores in order to unlock the safe and collect their wages. This is done by picking up varied objects lying around the screens and using them in varied places to access other objects. Ultimately each character must reach a letter, part of the safe's combination. There are five letters, and certain tasks can be completed by only one of the characters depending on his/her trade (eg.Harry is the plumber, Wilma is the housewife who collects the shopping). You can change the character you're controlling by pressing a certain key whilst in the same screen as that character. There are also arcade-type sub-games hidden around the screens.