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Full Throttle
developed by
Lucas Arts
published by
Lucas Arts
MacIntosh CD-ROM

February 24, 1997

Full Throttle Every once in a while, I'll be reading a review from one of our many colleagues in the industry and I'll stop and wonder if they had really dug into the game or had just taken a small bite. I'm certain that most of the time my doubts are unfounded. After all, I can't expect everyone to always agree with my opinions. Now I can be sure, since I have found the attention span yardstick: Full Throttle.

Damn Short

Full Throttle is such a short game that it really needs the damning qualifier. I had a friend who claimed that he finished the game in one day. I didn't believe him until I sat down myself one evening and completed it soon after starting. Think about it folks: Dinner and a Movie is a lot cheaper and depending on how many ribs you can toss down, your evening could be a little longer than if you played this game.

Full throttle I suppose that the folks at LucasArts might argue on Full Throttle's behalf as an interactive movie. The game is very cinematic, complete with top-notch voice-actors (including Mark Hamill) and a full rock music soundtrack. Given the cost of owning a film on LaserDisc, I could compare the price of Full Throttle and justify it for collectors such as myself. Of course, that just doesn't wash once you compare it to the other adventure games on the market.

Just because it is brief doesn't mean it isn't fun. Once this CD is in your drive, you aren't likely to remove it until you've completed it. The puzzles are all very solid and entertaining, despite being somewhat easy to figure out. The first one is figuring out the trick to getting out of a dumpster (don't ask how you got in). Being that your character is a big rough and tumble biker dude, the logical step is to kick your way out of the trashcan.

Kicking and Punching, but No Screaming

Full Throttle You play the part of Ben, a lone biker, not by choice (at least not the alone part). Your gang is in a sticky mess and it's up to you, their leader, to save the day. Along the way you discover a secret plot more sinister than even you, a six-foot leather clad muscle-boy, can imagine. The pop-up panel for controlling Ben is very aptly based on one of his tattoos. On the skull tattoo are the expected eyes and mouth, as well as a fist and large heavy boot. Click on the boot, then click where smashing your toes applies. The other functions are obvious. Oh yeah, as usual you have a pocket the size of the Grand Canyon, so pick up everything you can get your meaty paws on.

Full throttle The humor of this game is top-notch LucasArts material enhanced by the voice of your character. Ben the biker is supplied with a deep sub-base rumble worthy of any motorcycle and with more than a passing resemblance to Duke Nukem. Some of the best gags of the game come from Ben's short comments like "fun", "hmmph", or "I don't walk" that are spoken so dryly that they become amusing.

Less Stress, Less Filling

Full Throttle The trend with LucasArts is to create games that are not chastising for mistakes. Do something ludicrous to put Ben in mortal danger and he is either likely to refuse to co-operate or he'll just brush himself off like Wile E. Coyote after a fall. I kind of agree with this theory of LucasArts, but they have rid themselves of a prime source for filler material: there are no death scenes. Instead, they have opted to stretch the game with a couple of no-brainer, ultra-annoying, less-than-thrilling arcade-action sequences. This is where Full Throttle really falls on it's face.

Full Throttle Unless you missed the first part of this review, you might guess that I cannot whole-heartedly recommend Full Throttle as a purchase unless you have money to burn. Save your hard earned dough and go to see the re-release of Empire Strikes Back. Afterwards, stop off at Planet Hollywood. I highly approve of the cajun chicken sandwich.

I'm giving Full Throttle...............................................................5 out of 10.

Roger Earl

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