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On screen presentation is very well done. Apart from the main screen, there Is a smaller screen showing what the finished product should look like and where the individual pieces go. Another window gives details of your score and a sliding scale at the bottom shows how much land you have left. The picutres themselves ar well drawn and with the exeptlon of Neil Kinnock on the third screen appear to be instantly recognisable. My only grumble is that I would have preferred it if the pictures appeared in a random rather than fixed sequence. Nevertheless, a highly original and thoroughly enjoyable game.
The game is generally well thought out and designed and has proved to be quite a lot of fun on other systems, but unfortunately on the Spectrum it has two rather glaring faults. The first is that once you've had fun discovering all the rude and bizarre bits you're left with a rather ordinary and not particularly hard beat 'em up. The other - far more serious problem - is with the loading. First you must load side one of the tape, then flip it over to take the characters themselves from the other side which takes ages. Then each time you lose and want another go you have to reload all six characters from side two again! Yaaghh! At this rate you'll spend 40 minutes loading out of every hour! Since both copies we got acted in exactly the same way, it doesn't seem to be a fault with the tape but a design problem. How silly.
The Games Machine (UK)
Resting wholly on its tie-in with, and so-called humour of, the TV programme, Spitting Image fails to rise above the ranks of a very poor man's Exploding Fist
. If you're buying it for the humour (why else?) you may have a fun time for the first hour - but that's all.