Spectrum 2.0

Review of 'SQIJ!'

Rating:1 User: Zeus

SQIJ, pronounced skidge rather than squige I believe, is one of the most laughable, infamous games on the ZX Spectrum, the main reason being for a bug in the game's code which has been discussed in earlier reviews so I'll leave with them to explain it. But in short, it's unplayable as a result.

Now for my book, a fair number of these reviews have probably been written without breaking into the game, fixing this caps lock bug and then actually playing the game, which is what I'm going to do. Then we will see if it is actually playable rather than one of the worst games ever most likely based on the fact that you can't move.

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Nope, it's still shit.

And to think The Power House released this game TWICE! It's inexcusable.

And it's clearly the fault of the publisher, sure Jason Creighton wrote the game and he deliberately wrote it this badly because of a falling out with The Power House, but when you're writing a game it's so easy to do so with bugs in it and it's up to the publishers to test the game and discover these bugs, "oh he corrupts when he dies", "when time expires you keep playing rather than die", "kempston is spelt wrong", then it's a matter of contacting the author to go through the code and sort these errors out, send it back in a few days and we'll look into it again.

But it's clear The Power House never even bothered their asses to test their games, which is why most of them were pretty crap, this being the worst of them all. How could they not have discovered that you cannot move AT ALL during the game? And then to release it in a compilation afterwards as well!? How dumb can one company get?

And then even when you do fix the bug and you are able to play the game it's still unplayable as it is almost impossible to exit the first screen, in fact I'm certain it IS impossible to exit the first screen.

So yeah, SQIJ is a disaster in more ways than one. Take it from me, there were a lot of bad games in the mighty Spectrum and some absolute stinkers too, but none will be worse than SQIJ, that is a guarantee.