Hello, this is Dillon Upton, who is a big fan of Commodore 64 games, even though I did not grow up in the 1980s. I am 16 years old, I wrote a review of Cops and Robbers 3 years ago...So now here is another review of a crappy Atlantis Software game entitled "Rattler" (1984).
The game is quite simple, it involves a snake slithering about the screen pent up in walls that if you hit you'll die. You also have to capture food within a certain time limit, or else you'll die. Avoid running into yourself or else you'll die. If there are balls bouncing across the screen and it hits your face YOU WILL DIE! I sound like a broken record, but that's the game play in a nutshell. In other words the rules are very easy, but it can get difficult to stay alive.
The graphics are very basic, the programmer seems to have a fascination with yellow and black. The intro to the game reminds me of the old Commodore Educational Software programs which have a lot of text, almost no graphics. The animation is quite nice actually, very smooth. The sound well, it's an audiophile/music lover's NIGHTMARE! (which I happen to be...) There are no sound effects, the whole thing consists of what sounds like me practicing the Casio at the highest octave, and getting a few notes wrong...All you hear are repeated and very poorly played versions of The Entertainer and London Bridge...
The control though is quite good, it's fun only if one could bear the tacky graphics and the annoying music. The levels can vary, but the game play itself is repetitive. Overall there are better Snake games out there, if you're really bored I am sure this could entertain you.
|GRAPHICS - 3/10|
|Very basic and uses bland colours. Not pleasing at all. Animation is quite smooth though.|
|SOUND - 2/10|
|There are no sound effects and the music sounds like a kid practicing the synthesizer while playing at the highest octave. |
|PLAYABILITY - 5/10|
|Quite nice actually, can get a bit boring but there is enough variety in the levels to sustain some sort of sanity.|
|OVERALL - 3/10|
|It's fun, but it definitely needs a lot of work. |