You've never met a hero like Lester. "Unlikely" only begins to describe the limitations of this panicked, clumsy geek. As he overcomes small obstacles and dangers, however, he gains confidence until he becomes a full-fledged hero, striding purposefully toward the end of the game. Fortunately, good humor and attractive graphics give you just enough reasons to stay with Lester during his transformation.
Pansy of Persia
Young gamers, and anyone demanding heart-pounding action, will be frustrated with the Lester of the first few levels. Shipwrecked on a tropical island, he's intimidated by everything. His knees shake as he stares at a short drop, he retreats in terror when a small crab edges towards him, and he moans in fright when he reaches a modest height. Even worse, he's thoroughly unskilled, barely capable of running without tripping. He moves, climbs, jumps, and even sword fights like the Prince of Persia's feeble twin.
- Roll this Level 1 boulder to the right, and use it as a climbing platform.
- While ducking the river's leaping piranhas, watch the trees for snakes.
A ninny like Lester would be a disastrous subject for a video game if he weren't so funny. In fact, the humor carries you along until the action picks up and the dangers get more intense midway into the game. Lester's little grunts and groans, his slouching posture, and his feeble kicks add charm to what seems for awhile like a pointless exercise. If he weren't so comical, you'd want to see this dufus get eaten right away by Level l's snapping turtles.
Island-based games have rarely looked this good. Strong colors, multi-scrolling backgrounds, and fine details fill each screen. The characters are almost as strong. Lester moves with a wonderful dutziness, like when he teeters on the edge of a precipice. Giant spiders attack with a deadly grace, and pirates brandish a quick sword. Don't miss Tikka, one of the most attractive jungle queens in gamedom.
Be quick in the Lava Run. At the end of the tunnel, start climbing right away.
The sounds add delightful dimensions to the game too. Jazzy music percolates along with different rhythms for each level. Although Lester's sound effects are humorous, some scary sounds and raucous roars would add suspense to the dangerous confrontations.
- Push this Treehouse crate over to the hanging weight, stand on it, and use the candle to hum through the rope.
- Watch for telltale leaves falling from the trees. They indicate where the giant ape is about to jump from.
- Aboard the Pirate Ship, climb into the rigging and cut the rope of the hanging crate. It'll fall on the Pirates below.
Lester the Likeable
You'll have to be patient with Lester. If you stick around, however, you'll enjoy a long, thoughtful game that's as pleasant as a holiday on Gilligan's Island.
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Being in the wrong place at the wrong time, Lester, your average run-of-the-mill geek, becomes a stowaway on a freighter that is hijacked by pirates and is forced to swim to the nearest island. Now just trying to get home.
Lester has to fight his way off the island. Just when Lester thinks he has seen it all, he stumbles upon the beautiful Tikka. She informs Lester that her father can help him get back home, but the old man is being held prisoner by pirates. Throughout the quest, Lester must use various items to get out of tight situations.
Lester's not a bad kid, he just seems to end up in a lot of awkward situations. This time he's been stranded on a jungle island being taken over by pirates. With your help he should be able to make it back home.
The only problem is Lester's personality. His survival instincts are a little weak. Plus, he always panics the first time he meets a new challenge.
Just don't panic along with him...