Professional, Originally Released On Cassette Only
Game Type : Arcade Franctic Overhead Maze Game
Author : P. A. Morgan
Standalone Release(s) : 1984: RUBBLE TROUBLE, Micro Power, £6.95
Compilation Release(s) : 1987: PRES GAMES DISC 2, PRES, £9.95
1988: MICRO POWER MAGIC 2, Micro Power, £7.95
Stated compatibility : Electron
Actual compatibility : Electron. Electron version plays fast on BBC.
Supplier : MICRO POWER, 8/8A Regent Street, Chapel Allerton, LEEDS
LS7 4PE. Tel: 01532 683186.
Disc compatibility : ADFS 1D00, CDFS 1D00, DFS 1D00
"Crush the boulders and squash the mutant Krackats as they scavenge for food amongst the rotting ruins. Only the fittest can survive in the land. Features rebounding boulders."
During the period of years from 2001 to 2003, a third world war took place. It was terminated by a massive nuclear bomb. The effect of the explosion and radioactive storm which followed was not restricted to the super powers; its effects were felt all over the world.
The devastation caused resulted in a new life for the world's inhabitants - that of primitive caveman. In this now desolate landscape the only creature to survive is the 'Krackat', a mutated turtle-like creature whose only diet is that of human flesh! Your only hope of survival is to kill the ever increasing number of Krackats. You perform this by pushing the pieces of rock (which form the maze walls) onto the
Background radiation is rising, thus you must complete your task before the rocks disintegrate or you die of radiation sickness.
On the second and third screen, the bonus rocks have special functions.
A boulder will move unless it is blocked by another rock, in which case the boulder will be crushed instead. Boulders will bounce back towards you if you miss a Krackat.
Crushing the green rocks results in bonus points scored. Do not attempt to move a rock which contains a bomb, since this may start another holocaust!
The Krackats develop from eggs, so you may be able to kill them before they hatch!
A bonus caveman is awarded at 6,000 points.
Z - Left, X - Right, * - Up, ? - Down, <RETURN> - Push/Crumble
S/O - Sound On/Off, <DELETE>/<COPY> - Freeze/Restart
Alternatively, you may use a joystick.
Instructions' Source : RUBBLE TROUBLE (Micro Power) Inner Inlay
RUBBLE TROUBLE is one of a number of new releases from Micro Power which has been converted from the BBC Micro. The game is set in a post-nuclear wasteland and involves crushing mutant 'Krackats' by pushing boulders onto them. The game is similar in concept to the arcade game "Pengo", except that the scenery is different and when you push a boulder it bounces back and forth across the screen. This can be very dangerous, especially if you happen to be in the way of the rebound.
There are also bonus rocks strewn across the screen which are very useful for points. There are three different scenarios to this game ranging from the simple "Pengo" type screen to one where the whole playing area is full of blocks, and you have to find your way through (this is much more difficult than it sounds).
The graphics are fast and smooth, and the sound effects excellent. There are also comprehensive instructions (including weird sounds) and a high score table. Overall this game is very good and certainly a novelty. If you've played "Pengo" then you'll love RUBBLE TROUBLE. Rating: ****
Alan R. Webster, ELBUG 2. 2
Review (Electron User)
Have you ever felt the irresistible urge to pick a fight with a Krackat? No? Then for a new experience, try this game for size.
The world's a mess after a nuclear holocaust and things aren't made any better by mutant flesh-eating turtles called Krackats. As seems to be the way of things in computer games, you find yourself in a maze, the walls of which are made of boulders. Your only hope of survival is to crush the little nasties and so gain
As if this wasn't enough, a little gauge at the top of your screen tells you the background radiation level. When this gets too high, it's curtains for you. Time is of the essence.
You can push a boulder unless it's blocked by another. In which case, the boulder itself will be crushed. Beware if you miss a Krackat, as the boulder will bounce back and crush your frail bones.
Also avoid boulders marked D, as these contain a bomb and don't like being pushed around. Should you survive all this, a bonus life is given at 6,000 points.
The keys are standard - Z and X are for left and right, : and / for up and down. To push a boulder, just stand next to it and hit your <RETURN> key.
There are three levels, one of which is ominously entitled the Vanishing Maze.
It's a game to keep all ages amused for hours on end. The first rate graphics really enhance its enjoyment and the sound effects are particularly good as is the music accompanying the instructions. Despite the dreadful scenario, it's a great game.
Keith Young, ELECTRON USER 2. 7