Lupo Alberto was released in June 1991 and was greeted with negative reviews by both Zzap64 (36%) and Commodore Format (40%). Basically this is an adaptation from an Italian comic strip. Lupo Alberto is a blue wolf who's in love with Marta the hen. Yes, that's right, a wolf/hen relationship. Is this the C64 equivalent of interracial (or something) sex ? Who knows. Anyway, apparently this relationship isn't approved by other family members, so Lupo (or Marta, as you can choose to play either character) must find a nice place for the couple to settle down. But plot apart, this is a fairly standard platform game, where you wander from level to level, jumping on enemy heads etc.
The levels are multiscrolling, so it's not just left to right, but also up and down. This makes for some extra depth as the levels are quite big. There are bonuses to collect, either when you kill some enemy, or sometimes just by walking in platforms. These bonuses provide for the odd extra life, speed or weapon. The presentation's not bad, with an OK-ish multiload, and cartoon style inter-level pictures. Graphics are OK, colourful and varied (if a bit crude), but the scrolling is slow and the collision detection is rubbish. Sound consists of a tune which at first sounds fine, but soon turns annoying.
However where Lupo Alberto truly fails is in the level design. Simply put, the game is crap. Difficulty wise, the levels play identical to each other. There's no sense of progression at all, it starts boring slow and it ends boring slow. Worse still, there are too many sections where dying is unavoidable. For example, say, you are on the edge of some cliff and there's an arrow indicating you must go down. Obviously you don't know where the platforms are down, so whether you'll make it or not is purely a matter of chance. So unless you're a platform addict, this has very little to offer. And the fact that this was sold for 20 euros in 1991 is enough to drive you insane.
|GRAPHICS - 5/10|
|Cute & colourful, but also crude, occasionally glitchy, and the collision detection's rubbish.|
|SOUND - 5/10|
|Not a bad tune, but it gets on your nerves after a while.|
|PLAYABILITY - 4/10|
|Slow, boring, badly-designed platform action.|
|OVERALL - 4/10|
|Really bad platformer. How on earth did they sell that crap ?|