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Viz - The Game

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Written by Lorenzo

October 1, 2001
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Ok, so Viz is a... how would I describe it? A racing game? An arcade? Well, let's put it like this: based on a popular British (adult) comic strip, this game features three quite disgusting guys trying to run to the end of the level, while avoiding obstacles of a not-so-hilarious nature.


Each one of the three guys has a particular skill: Biffa Bacon, the most respectable of the bunch, is a violent brute always ready to hit anyone; Johnny Fartpants is propelled by powerful gas emissions; and, last but not least, Buster Gonad can bunch on his, er, "family jewels" or put 'em in a cart and run faster.


Graphics

Nice, well drawn backgrounds and big sprites, colourful and detailed. No 3D - parallax - raytracing stuff, but it still has really good graphics in its own simple, yet effective way.


Sound

Standard chip tunes only, but they were written by the great Jeroen Tel of Maniacs of Noise. He's made better tunes, alright, but surely you won' t be turning off your speakers. Atari ST conversion of the music was by Sound Images.


Gameplay

Awful. I couldn' t find a better word to describe it. There are only five levels, and the game could be completed in 15 minutes if the obstacles were easy. But the programmers must have noticed this, and so they decided to make it incredibly hard to improve its lastability.


And the jokes are incredibly stupid. I mean, a guy bouncing on his balls or flying by his farts can be fun if, say, you're 13 AND particularly dumb AND full of spots on your face (yeah, that' s compulsory). And even side characters are somewhat irritating, and not funny at all.


Conclusion

So if you are 13 AND stupid, or if you like burping out loud at parties, scratching your balls in public and generally stinking like a goat, then this could be the game of your life.


If, instead, you like British humour, you' d better start reading Terry Pratchett. Or watch the Monty Python's Flying Circus. Or phone a British friend. Do anything else, but don't play this game !!!





Score
  • Graphics: 7
  • Sound: 6
  • Gameplay: 4
  • Overall: 4

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Blood Money

April 4, 2020 by Morcar

Graphically, it's also nice on the eyes with well-defined graphics and animation. You really get the feeling that the developers put some thought and love into the game. Remember what I said about the large levels? Well these are wonderful and are very different to each other, they also scroll fairly smooth in all four directions.

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