Zapper

a game by Infogrames

Platform: GBA

Genre: Action

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A long and meaningless intro will lead you to find that Maggie the Magpie has kidnapped Zapper the Cricket's brother Zipper the Cricket. Take a wild guess as to what Zapper's about to do now? But in order to do it he'll have to jump and zap his way through twenty levels and it won't be easy. Fortunately the gameplay is better than the story.

Zapper is a pretty unique game compared to most everything else out there on the market. The gameplay is quite simple; you just hop around and either jump over or zap enemies and try to collect orbs and eggs and get to the end of the level. In the tradition of some of the classic games this one is fairly easy to learn but will take some quick skill and wit to get far. Each level is made of up floor tiles in a grid-like pattern and Zapper can hop across either one or two tiles at a time. A little twist (literally) to the control allows you to rotate Zapper in place, which you'll quickly find, is required to get to many spots. There are temporary upgrades to make Zapper slightly more powerful but as he's a cricket, he isn't incredibly strong. You'll find it's very easy to die in this game if you don't pay attention to what you're doing. While this isn't really a puzzle game it can almost be classified as one since you'll have to figure out how to get by certain enemies or obstacles. If you've ever played Chip's Challenge then you'll have a good idea of what to expect.

I found this game to be different and fun, but frustrating at times. The frustration comes from not being able to see further than the screen because in some situations you must hop, rotate, then hop again very quickly but you can't quite see where you're going until you're already there. In other words there are many leaps of faith in this game and not very many lives to attempt them with. Fortunately the game will save after you complete each level and you can continue as much as you want but you have to start the level over. The graphics and sounds are ok; there's nothing too fancy and don't expect super dazzling effects.

Zapper is a game that I would recommend to people who enjoy action-puzzle style games that require quick thinking and reflexes such as Chip's Challenge, anyone else that's curious should just rent it.

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