Spectrum 2.0

Review of 'Roy of the Rovers'

Rating:3 User: The Dean of Games

1988 Gremlin Graphics Software (UK)
by System Applied Technology team

I completely forgot about this one, until a few days ago when I purchased a copy of an annual Roy of the Rovers comic book, sudently I remembered there was also a game.
I browsed it, and there it was: the Spectrum game.

I had to played it for a while to remember things, and rapidly understood why I had forgotten about the game. Firstly this is an arcade adventure game, full of options, similar to Tai-pan, so it takes a while to get into, secondly the instructions are not good enough to guide you thru the game, and finally there aren't many tips available to help you out so you get a bit lost.

Roy has to rescue is football teammates in order to play a crucial fund-raising match to save their ground threatened by the city property developers.
So he gets around Melchester City streets a lot, talking to some shady figures and moving from place to place, but progressing is slow and the game gets boring really fast.
There is also a chance to just play an action soccer match, meaning the game is actually two games in one. But I was never able to play the soccer game, couldn't find anywhere in the cassette!
To my knowledge you can also play the action part at the end of the adventure after reuniting your team and finally playing the fund raising match.
I'm sure there is a good game hidden in here, but for the reasons I mentioned it has escaped me completely.