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Treasure Trap is a game that echoes some early 8-bit legends in its design - anyone remember Head Over Heels or the first Batman? - but now it's more refined and polished. Even the environment itself makes a refreshing change. Everybody, but everybody, has explored oodles of space stations and "Goth" castles galore, but how many have risked their lives in the deeps of the ocean?
The puzzles are often elementary and do not lend the game lasting interest, but the sheer size of the ship counters this. The game designers have also thrown down a challenge to players, for Treasure Trap can only be finished if played through from beginning to end in one go - and saved adventures don't count. Going one step further, they've even had the audacity to try and goad you into speedy completion with the enigmatic line "escape a final surprise"! Well now, wonder what that might be? By the way, has anyone seen Return to Poseidon Adventure recently?
Treasure Trap is basically a ripoff of the old Ultimate games that used to make such an impression on the 8-bit machines years ago. Treasure Trap is a very good effort indeed and sticks well to the tried and tested formula. The control method is a little sluggish and this proved annoying at times when trying to out manoeuvre the creatures. If you enjoyed the Ultimate games then your money would be very wisely spent on Treasure Trap but even if you've never played one before then it may still be worth a look.