Title Bill's Tomato Game Game Type Puzzle Publisher Psygnosis Players 1 Compatibility OCS/AGA HD Installable Via JST patch, doesn't seem to work with 060 Submission Glen Lambert Review Packed in a tomato tray in the back of a van heading for a market and then someone's dinner plate is our hero whose name escapes me. I shall refer to him as Mr. Tomato. With him, as ever, is his love interest, Miss Tomato. As luck would have it the van hits a bump and our tomato couple bounce out of the tray and out the back of the truck. Celebrating their newfound freedom, they bounce away to the forest, y'know, as most tomatoes do at that time of year. However, only seconds after reaching the forest a nasty mean squirrel grabs Miss Tomato and runs off up the nearest tree. Glum faced, our hero, Mr. Tomato, must rescue her or forget his dreams of marriage. To put it simply Mr. Tomato starts each level/puzzle/screen sitting on a spring loaded platform, releasing the spring shoots him up into the air and, conforming to the laws of physics, down he'll fall, back on to the platform. This counts as one attempt. You are allowed a limited number though this isn't a problem, I rarely ran out. What you have to do is select objects from a variable list to place about the screen to bounce Mr. Tomato to the exit. The most significant of these objects is the fan. Placing fans behind Mr. Tomato blows him forwards, placing trampolines in his downward path will ensure he continues to bounce across the screen. If he comes to a stop before the exit then he's back on the platform and you have to try again. Thankfully any items placed on the screen will remain there. It may sound repetitive but the puzzles should vary enough to keep you interested. As with Lemmings the game is made tricky by limiting the objects available or in some cases, confusing you by giving you far more than you need. The puzzles get progressively more difficult but the learning curve is very gentle. The game consists of 100 levels and I have completed it two or three times without cheating, which means it's easier than Lemmings which I found got too difficult and too frustrating to be any fun after about 80 levels. No save game option but level codes mean you don't have to re-invent the wheel each time you play. Gameplay is excellent, mouse control works fine it's easy to place & move objects Mr. Tomato moves about smoothly and so do all the enemy sprites in the game. The graphics are excellent and very cute and the sound too is very nice with some cute but heartbreaking sound effects of Mr. Tomato splattering on the floor after a hefty fall, due to the irresponsible placement of a trampoline. Cute tunes play throughout the game on each level, similar again to the Lemmings tunes and just as catchy. As I've indicated, the game has a lot in common with Lemmings; the main difference being that I stuck with Bill's solid until I finished it, and loved the game the whole time, Lemmings I felt was quite unfair with far too much reliance on moving the mouse about very quickly in later levels. A puzzle should rely on your own powers of logical thought and your problem solving ability not the quality of your mouse. This is where Bill's Tomato Game succeeds for me and where Lemmings failed. 8.5/10 - A truly excellent example of a puzzle game. It takes the likes of Tetris (Not the numerous Amiga versions however) to cast a shadow over Bill's Tomato Game.