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ZZYZZYXX by BMan2
Game:ZZYZZYXXCompany:Cinematronics
Type:PlatformPlayers:1/2

Okay folks - you know you've ALL seen it. It's the game at the bottom of EVERY MAME list. And i'll hazard a guess that you've looked at ZZYZZYXX and wondered just what the hell it's all about. For curiousity sake of course. But stop for a moment. Be warned before you click the mouse button - ZZYZZYXX reeks - badly. Not only does this game take the award for having the sillies name of ANY game - it lacks badly in most other departments.
The purpose in ZZYZZYXX (referred to as Z from now on) - is to make your way through the streams of bricks and collect presents for your "girl" while avoiding the nasty pasty ratifiers as they try to jump on you from bricks above. Your only protection from the nasties - being able to put a brick over yourself so the ratifiers can't jump across - thrilling huh? Once you've avoided the enemy - you must collect presents for your girl so she will accept you (isn't it ALWAYS the way guys? :P) AND - to add insult to injury - once you've done that - you can go right back and do it ALL over again.
Sound fun? Well - the FIRST level is boring. So when you add missiles - helmets that DESTROY bricks (oooooooooh) - and smarter monsters and more repeats - the fun just never stops kids. Ugh.
Graphically and sonically - Z doesn't let the gameplay do all the talking. No - it bites just as badly. Granted - it was 1982 - but there are MUCH better examples of graphical and aural talent around. I THINK there's some animation in the game - maybe consisting of two frames - though I could be corrected. Sonically - well - aren't those whistling sliding noises just the BEST??? :P
Sarcasm aside folks - steer clear of ZZYZZYXX. Sure you might be curious - but really - why else would the programmers give it such a dumb name. In all honesty - if it was called Gift Giver - you wouldn't go near it with a barge pole.
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