Spectrum 2.0

Review of 'Urban Upstart'

Rating:4 User: Matt_B

Following on from the earlier Invincible Island this was Pete Cooke's second game; another text adventure written largely in BASIC. It shares the same flaws as its predecessor; the responses are slow and the graphics are quite drab and take a while to draw.

However, the game works much better on account of the scenario. In something of a twist to the usual adventure format, you play the part of a youth on a mission to get out of a dead end town. There's accordingly much dry humour and social commentary to be found as well as a few pokes at the usual fantasy conventions of adventure games.

This was a cult hit and the first sign of great things to come from Cooke.