AGH Atari 8-Bit Computer Review:

by First Star Software

Flip & Flop
In much the same way that Pac-Man popularized the maze game and Donkey Kong established the climbing and jumping genre, Q*Bert introduced the "hop around and change things" game. Instead of merely ripping off Q*Bert, First Star has borrowed that general idea and altered it enough to create a fresh, new, wonderful game. The most notable deviation is that on alternating waves, the entire field turns over and you have to play the game upside down (hence the name Flip & Flop). This unique orientation requires a whole new set of skills.

Even without that feature, this game is not Q*Bert. If you plan your moves carefully, you can lure the zookeeper to a square covered with flypaper. And if the zookeeper doesn't catch you, his net might. The 30-level game features bouncy circus music, animated intermissions and colorful characters like Flip the Kangaroo (that would be you) and Mitch the Monkey. This game should also be popular with children, but it's challenging enough for adults to get a kick out of.

Title Flip & Flop
Publisher First Star Software
System Atari 400/800/XL/XE
Graphics 7
Sound 7
Gameplay 7
Overall 7
Reviewer Keita Iida

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