Zapper: One Wicked Cricket! - PC

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Zapper: One Wicked Cricket! (PC)
Also for: PS2, Xbox, GameCube
Viewed: 3D Combination Genre:
Media: CD Arcade origin:No
Developer: Blitz Games Soft. Co.: Infogrames
Publishers: Infogrames (GB)
Released: 14 Mar 2003 (GB)
Ratings: 3+
Accessories: Control Pad


Contributing to the never-ending list of 3D adventures, but with an emphasis on puzzle-based gaming is Infogrames' latest offering, Zapper: One Wicked Cricket developed by those lovely chaps at Blitz Games.

When his brother is kidnapped, protagonist and super-insect Zapper must save his next of kin and seek revenge on those who did the dirty deed. With the help of his electrically charged antennae, Zapper must progress through four bustling game worlds before confronting the evil villain face to face in a final showdown. It's a bug-eat-bug world out there.

Some 18 levels stand between you and your brother, and while that seems like a relatively small number for a game of this type, each level is filled to the brim with tasking puzzles, requiring some nifty platforming skills to progress through. One of the most diverse games ever created from an artistic standpoint, players must pit their talents against snails atop a moving train and escape a brush with death in the jaws of a rather large insect-eater.

The birds-eye view scrolling environments are littered with formidable enemies on what is essentially a grid-based platformer. Move left, then up, then right, avoiding all manner of obstacles along the way - you get the idea. As an extra incentive, each of the levels feature hidden areas and there are bonus levels to be unlocked too, but you'll have to figure out that part yourself.

Zapper on PC, assuming you have an adequate graphics set up, is quite possibly the best looking of the five versions available thanks to a choice of high-resolutions, texturing techniques and anti-aliasing. Regardless of visuals though, it's a deceptively simple and fun game to play and that's all there is to it.