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Chewy - Escape from F5
At first sight he looks like a lumpish, shapeless clown. But
when you take a closer look, you will realize that this pink, extraterrestial thing is
quite lovable. Chewy, so the name of this hilarious contemporary, is caged in his cell on
the planet F5 at the beginning of this Blue Byte adventure of the same name. His jailbird
is already skeletonized and seems to have had experienced better times when alive,
because his head is still decorated with a monocle. While Chewy is looking around in the
closer environment he regards the spinach (choke), dripping from the ceiling, a flap
beside the high security door opens, and a hose with a camera eye comes in, followed by
another tube, trying to feed Chewy with spinach. But this isn't pleasing our pink guy for
a long time, and after he sets the camera with spinach out of service and the feeding hose
with a pillow, he finally escapes from his inhospitable dwelling.
Next is to explore the rest of the building, and soon one gets to know the Borx, the
villains in this game. They not only look disgusting, they also behave accordingly. Thus
everyone immediately knows that this are not the good ones who have to be paddled,
And here Blue Byte's game already shows an enormous
difference to all what displeased us in the last months and what engaged BPjS: No blood
flowing, and violence is as evil as in comics of the seventies. The best proof for this is
given in a sequence in a hotel corridor. There some Borx emerge, and if you try to shoot
them, suddenly the perspective changes. You now don't look at Chewy anymore, but with his
eyes over the barrel of a gun, and it makes "doom"! Nobody gets hurt or let
alone killed with this action.
You shouldn't take the whole thing seriously anyway, because
a short time after you energize a Bork, you will land in a torture chamber. There Chewy
meets a "Nimoyan", and those who don't find out now, on whom this character is
based, is beyond help - and hardly will be able to detect the great josh of cult-movies
and -series. It also will appear later in numerous dialogues.
Return to nature
After taking and using various objects Chewy finally escapes and lands close to the
village "Small Town" in Howard's cellar. He is a misjudged writer, who tries in
vain for years to publish a book with the title (satire on) "Esc from F5"
Howard felt into a type of coma over his efforts, and Chewys next task will be to
extinguish the burning spaceship with which he landed, and then revive Howard from the
dead. Together with him the pink E. T. will experience still a good deal more adventures
at shot colored, dangerous as well as funny locations. And if the two are successful, then
Howard's book will be a bestseller one day.
German language - good language
For Chewy is a pure German product, it already gets a bonus. How often have you
worried about unsatisfactory translations, when puns were only insufficiently transferred
into German? Here you can enjoy it in writing and speech and laugh with all your heart
when for instance a computer terminal begins to philosophize like once the speaking bomb
in the movie "Dark Star" by John Carpenter.
For each scene, even for each individual room, there is a characteristic music. The
danger of a repeatingly played theme is accordingly small, unless you stay a very long
time at the same place (which sometimes can occur owing to the tough puzzles). All
characters can talk, and the voices fit damned well to what they are to embody. The
graphics - well, "Day of the Tentacle" can be called a comparable example. Bevel
furniture, hilarious animations, an almost expressionistic impact and in addition many cut
scenes - animation sequences, that cannot be influenced by the gamer - sit back and have a
ripping good time! By the way: What looks like SVGA is "only" VGA!
The Comic style of Tex Avery ("Bugs Bunny") is
provided here, which already let LucasArts earned a packet, and skillfully indeed.
The puzzles are full of surprises, and what at first sight appears to be illogical,
is the only to fit the bill. But who is asking for logic if the whole game rather has the
purpose of truely slate well-known?
I'm not telling more about the inspiring story (to keep suspense). Heart, what do
you want more?
Which was noticeable to us:
+ spacy story!
+ successful persiflage!
+ top graphics and sound!
- Graphics: 4 of 5
- Sound: 4 of 5
- Comfort: 4 of 5
- Total: 4 of 5
486/33 (recommended), 8 MB RAM, 2x CDROM-drive
Developer: Blue Byte
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