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Seaside Special , a tribute to Gibbo aka Tony Gibson, recently passed away…
Seaside Special is a Commodore 64 game developed by Taskset and published by Mastertronic in 1987. The game is a collection of seaside-themed mini-games, including a coconut shy, a shooting gallery, and a rollercoaster ride. The game is designed to be played with up to four players, with each player taking turns to play the mini-games.
The game received mixed reviews, with some praising the game’s graphics and sound, while others criticized the gameplay and lack of depth. Despite the mixed reviews, Seaside Special remains a popular game among Commodore 64 enthusiasts and collectors.
One curiosity about Seaside Special is that it was one of the first games to feature a rollercoaster ride mini-game, which would later become a popular genre in video games.
Overall, Seaside Special is a fun and entertaining game that is worth playing for fans of the Commodore 64 mini-game genre. The game’s graphics and sound are typical of the era, with bright colors and simple sound effects. The game’s multiplayer mode adds an extra layer of fun to the gameplay. However, the game’s lack of depth may not appeal to everyone.
The first environmental protest game from 1985. Collect the radioactive seaweed and blast the evil Polytikians out of Downing Street.
SEASIDE SPECIAL (c)1984 Taskset Ltd Graphics by Mark Harrison Concept by A J Gibson ---------------------------------------- [Note: This game is meant as a political statement for the early days of Margaret Thatcher's England, and the fear of nuclear power plants, which was a hot matter at the time.] From the on-screen intructions: Use joystick in port 2, never use auto fire. Instructions ------------ In your beach attire (looking like a sailor) race around the Rotaway Beach, which is near a nuclear power plant, pick up radioactive seaweed while avoiding the tidal sea water, the nuclear plant and all marine life mutants and guards. Then take a dozen of seaweed to London and wait at Downing Street until an alien Polytikian appears at a window. Now is your chance: Hurl your clumps of seaweed at the alien Polytikians til they flee forever. It takes five hits to kill a Polytikian. Hints and Tips ---------------- On the beach keep moving. Avoid to be in the line of sight of the guard in a city attire pacing there back and forth (left- right) as he can kill you with his umbrella! You can hurl seaweed at the guard in a up-down direction and kill him for points, but this is not the real aim of the game. Jellyfishes kill but crabs just nip (these appear only in your second trip to the beach). Use the rocks as a barrier between you and the jellyfish. The longer you hold seaweed the higher your dosimeter reads, so you don't want to keep them too long, get your 12 seaweeds and leave! Once you have the 12 seaweeds exit Rotaway Beach at bottom right and go to Downing Street. Use the joystick to position yourself under the window. Release the fire button to throw. Once empty you are back at the beach to collect another dozen of seaweeds. One Last Comment (found in the code!) ---------------- "Gibbo says: There are only two reasons for voting Thatcher - greed and crass stupidity. " -END-
Tony Gibson (Gibbo) on left and Mark Harrison on right