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Reviews for: Sam's Journey

Date: 2018-03-17
Author: James M.
Reviews for: Sam's Journey



after having played the amazing new title that is 'Sam's Journey', for many weeks now, since receiving my physical cartridge copy,
I can safely say it's one of the best games EVER for the C64. It is EASILY the most playable game i've ever experienced on our beloved 8 bit computer,
with each level offering many restart points in the form of flags that you simply walk past, and the game remembers where you were up to and starts you
there again should you die, if only all our other favourite C64 games had been made like this....sigh! Also, the fact that you can save your game on the
cartridge version is a massive help, and makes the game feel more modern that way, I think it would be such a drag if you had to write level codes down
for example.

The game has some of the most beautiful graphics i've EVER seen on the 64, infact I had to remind myself while playing it earlier this evening that i'm
NOT playing this on an Amiga, honestly, anyone would be forgiven for thinking this game is running on an Amiga as it looks so bloody lovely.
It runs very fast too, and so damn smooth. Somehow I have a feeling that this game has now set a benchmark for a certain standard in all future games.
You may find while you're in the middle of playing this that you will just stop, sit back, then smile to yourself, as you admire the lovely,
colourful and animated graphics/backgrounds, such as the flowing waterfalls, the jumping fish (avoid these buggers at all costs, they're not friendly :-D )
and the moving water, or the splashing's a real beauty trust me :) You will feel truly blessed and lucky that people are STILL showing your
30+ years old hardware this much love and attention :)

The creators are some seriously talented people, and are clearly not just C64 fans/players/creators, but are also big fans of gaming in general,
and as you progress through this game, you will notice this. There are nods of appreciation towards classic Nintendo games such as 'Donkey Kong Country'
(the pesky wasps, and the barrels you have to jump into to be fired off into otherwise unreachable areas remind you straight away of DKC), then there's
the little nod towards the classic 'Super Mario' games, with the huge angry looking stomping stones, first seen on the 'Elephant Tree' level that I
completed just this evening (do not get caught under said stomping stones by the way, it won't end well :-D ).

As for the music, these tunes will get in your head and get you humming in no time, and fit each level wonderfully, for example the music on the
pyramid level is suitably Egyptian in style, and you will get hooked on that trust me ha ha :)

To sum up, I guess I would say that this beautiful game is THE most playable, the most colourful, the smoothest, and no doubt the BEST game you will play
on your Commodore 64 in 2018. If Zzap 64 mag was still published, they'd have given this 100% easily, they gave 'Mayhem In Monsterland' that much and
if you ask me (as nice as that game is) 'Sam's Journey' is WAAAAY better.

Right, I best get back to playing now, i'm currently 46% through it, and that's with ALL levels completed 100%, with all diamonds, coins, and trophies

Cheers, Sam, and cheers Protovision! :-D

Evaluation:5 of 5 Stars!

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