Title Flimbo's Quest Category Platform Players 1 Compatibility 68000/OCS only Submission Joona Palaste (firstname.lastname@example.org) Profiled Reviewer Review The Amiga, like the 8-bit computers before it, has had lots of platform games. Some of them were film licenses, some invented their own stories. Flimbo's Quest is one of the latter category. The plot is a typical romance story. Your girlfriend has been kidnapped and you have to rescue her. The only difference is that this time the villain has a real reason for the kidnapping, because he wants to put the girl in a lifeforce transferring machine to prolong his own life. You, however, don't agree on this. Flimbo's Quest is a quite typical platform game. You take the role of Flimbo, who looks like a 6-year-old boy with a big blue cap and a sword. You must traverse 7 different levels to rescue your girlfriend Pearly from the clutches of the evil Fransz Dandruff. To do this, you must collect scrolls to reveal letters of magic words. These can be found by killing baddies, which take the form of numerous different animals. Flimbo performs all the stuff you'd expect your average platform hero to do: He walks and he jumps. A novel idea is that not only can you hop upwards onto a platform, you can also hop downwards from a platform. This can be put to good use, and other games (most notably Bubble Bobble) would also greatly benefit from it. For offensive qualities, Flimbo is armed with a sword, that fires bullets. Why would a sword fire bullets? I have no idea. It doesn't matter, however, the main point being you can shoot baddies with it. Shooting baddies often grants you a reward. This is usually money, but one of the baddies is marked with an arrow, and grants you a magic scroll when shot. This must then be taken to the shop, where it will be stored and a different baddie will be marked with an arrow. You can also buy bonus items in the shop. Graphics and sound play a major role in platform games. Flimbo's Quest performs well here. All the 7 levels have pretty, colourful backgrounds whose style can be expressed as a mix of realism and cartoons. The baddies come in many forms, from insects via cats to fantasy animals. All the baddies are very colourful and cute. The sound in Flimbo's Quest is also very good. The sound effects aren't that good, but the music is excellent. There's a total of 4 tunes, all of which sound very pleasing. Although Flimbo's Quest is simple to understand and quite fun once you start to play it, it doesn't offer anything special. Also, most people will label it as a game for small children. Not because it's so easy (it's actually quite difficult), but because the choice of graphics and music is more suited to children than adults. Also, adults often expect to find larger levels, more "secret" bits and a generally broader scope in their platform games. Flimbo's Quest fails to meet these expectations. I'm not saying Flimbo's Quest is rubbish, but it's clearly not one of those games that keeps you interested for months or even years. It might be fun to play at first, but once you complete it, you may get so bored of it you never play it again. The game's lack of appeal is further added by the fact that the game comes on a non-AmigaDOS disk, and doesn't work on new Amigas. I tried to play it on my A1200, but the graphics were so badly corrupted I couldn't be bothered to finish the first level. If you are looking for a simple game for children (who have an Amiga 500 or a similar computer) Flimbo's Quest might do for that purpose. Otherwise, it's just a bog-standard platform game, average at best.