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Commodore 64Commodore User (Dec, 1984)
Much use is made of the Nutcracker Suite; coupled with the ability to select the painter's gender and we have a program well suited to the family. A good example of its kind and another excellent import from State Soft.
Commodore 64Info (Jan, 1984)
Bristles is a really fast, almost frenzied arcade game in the classic tradition of Pakman, Dig-Dug, etc. There's lots of close timing, bold moves, near-misses and things moving in all directions. Painting the rooms, and riding the elevators while avoiding assorted nuisances will set you spinning - up to 4 players.
Atari 5200The Atari Times (Jan 23, 2007)
Bristles attained "classic" status long ago, and any useful criticism of the game is, as a result, somewhat moot. I can only say that I spent many happy weeks in 1985 besting Brenda the Brat, and that duplicating the experience on a 5200 is a truly wondrous experience. Let's hope that First Star and Mean Hamster follow up on their wonderful first effort with their promises to release some of the true gems in their software library for the 5200. I've already booked off two weeks to spend with Rockford.
Commodore 64Personal Computer Games (Jan, 1985)
It's not the graphics and it's not the sound that makes Bristles a good game - so what is it? I'll tell you. It's a new and original idea, with the option of four people playing the game. It offers very good family entertainment.
Sysiphus, you will remember, (those of you who have read your Bullfinch, that is) is doomed to spend eternity in Hades pushing a rock up a mountain only to have it roll all the way down to the bottom so he has to start the whole thankless task over again. In Bristles, Peter the Painter has to paint a house. At certain levels, Brenda the Brat, a rude little girl, comes along and leaves her chubby handprints all over the walls so that he has to go back and paint those all over again. In this way, your task in Bristles is a lot like Sysiphus' task only slightly less rewarding.