AGH Atari 8-Bit Computer Review:

by Adventure International

Upon first glance, you'd probably take one look at Preppie's playfield and dismiss it as nothing more than a Frogger clone. Well, you wouldn't be the only one to think that. Although the concept underlying the game is far from original, the implementation is gorgeous. Author Russ Wetmore created a colorful, fast-moving display, and added to it a musical score which takes full advantage of the capabilities of the Atari. Not one but three seperate tunes will have you singing along in short order, even as you march inexorably toward doom.

In Preppie, now the intrepid adventurer is no longer an amphibian but a prepster, right down to the tiny alligator on his polo shirt. In this game, though, the alligator gets a shot at revenge. Your job is to recover wayward golf balls that have been hit into the rough. Along the way, you must avoid speeding golf carts, bulldozers, lawn mowers and gigantic frogs (oh, the irony!) in your quest. You must also leap canoes, logs and gators in order to negotiate the water hazard.

Completion of a screen results in a more difficult setting, which must be negotiated at a faster pace. Don't even graze an ankle -- you'll end up flat as a pancake underneath an adversary. A clock at the top of the screen ticks off the precious seconds. Unless you retrieve the balls on a screen before the clock winds down, you will automatically lose a life.

Preppie is addictive, humorous and maddening all at the same time -- an unbeatable arcade combination.

Title Preppie
Publisher Adventure International
System Atari 400/800/XL/XE
Graphics 8
Sound 8
Gameplay 8
Overall 8
Reviewer Keita Iida

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