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Aztec Challenge

version: pal (de) - year: 1983 - developer: ariolasoft - publisher: cosmi - format: c64, 1 disk - condition: good - rarity: hard to find

Review - I have been a passionate Commodore gamer for many years and supported the brand to the end, embarking on the CD32, A1200 and A4000 doomed adventures. Despite this, I wasn’t aware of Aztec Challenge until very recently, after I stumbled across it on a youtube clip.

Needless to say, after seeing what the game was like, I had to experience it on a real machine.

Aztec Challenge is really awesome in that it reminds of the excellent Jungle Hunt on Atari 2600.

Every level plays differently and pits the player against a variety of challenges which go from avoiding a barrage of arrows to reach a temple (in a cool "3D" level), to slaloming your way upwards while avoiding boulders, to swimming in piranha infested waters and so on.

What makes this game so exceptional is not only the variety of the challenges, but also the memorable graphics and the hypnotizing music.

I finished the first loop with a bit of dedication, and I must say that I enjoyed every bit of it.

Loading time is also mercifully fast so if you ever need a reason to bring out your vintage C64 set up, Aztec Challenge could be it!

Bottom line: Great audio-visuals and cool gameplay. Be warned though: the mesmerizing music will haunt you even in your dreams! 9/10










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