This neat little game went by the title of Mr Angry in the UK and was released by Codemasters. You play as a newspaper photographer who has intercepted a hotel with a mission to illicitly photograph a top model who is staying there. The initial goal of the game is to retrieve all of your equipment (camera, flash gun etc) Each item is randomly hidden behind doors in the hotel and to achieve this objective each door needs to be opened, but make sure you don't open the wrong one and disturb an angry resident who will chase you all over the hotel and hinder your progress.
Once all the parts are collected and assembled, you must then go to the model's room and snap away.
As the game progresses more and more staff chase after you and it requires a good amount of forward thinking to navigate around the hotel whilst avoiding its many denizens. Bell Boys, Chefs, Concierge, Mr Angry and more join in as levels progress and the action becomes quite frantic. I must admit I was surprised to see this under a different name and if it wasn't for the screenshots I would have skimmed over it, as it appears most other Lemon 64 patrons have looking at the few remarks about this game.
The graphics are lego-like but they're functional and effectively portray the personalities of the hotel staff as they beat a path after you. There is no in-game music but the few spot FX work well enough. The game is instantly playable and presents a considerable challenge. One of the flaws of this game is the simplicity of losing a life through missing a step on the stairway or the sometimes controversial collision detection on the elevators in later levels - just a fraction of a centimetre spells certain doom.
Overall Mr Angry (or Stringer) is an original title. There's no other game out there quite like it and that is why in my opinion it has endured so well. It doesn't pretend to be a shoot-em-up or a mindless platform game - it has a league quite of its own and if you have the means I highly recommend giving it a go as long as you let sleeping men lie! Great stuff.
|GRAPHICS - 7/10|
|It's not Mayhem in Monsterland but they're colourful and effective.|
|SOUND - 4/10|
|No in game music to add to the freneticism of later levels and just a few functional SFX.|
|PLAYABILITY - 8/10|
|Playable from the first load. It's a fun and simple concept that will instantly appeal.|
|OVERALL - 8/10|
|An underrated and forgotten gem of a game. Give it a go!|