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Arcade Adventure: Gunpowder, Treason And Plot


Have you ever wanted to take on the role of Guy Fawkes and change the events of 1605? Well this Sinclair User covertape game is just what you need! Released in 1988 by Redwood Designs Gunpowder, Treason And Plot is an arcade adventure game where you have to explore old London town and collect all the bits and bobs you need to blow up the Houses of Parliament and then escape by boat to France.

As you explore London, you'll find coins which are required to buy the things you'll need as well as food to replenish your energy. It is very easy to waste coins by accidently buying food or drink because you're a plonker than keeps pressing the wrong button!

This might sound straight forward but you have to get it all done by midnight - starting the game at 4pm. There are also all kinds of hazards that will sap your energy, anything that moves is bad - and there is a lot of them! Seriously, there are so many bad things on each screen you'll be lucky to get through the game without an infinite energy POKE (45349,0 - you're welcome!). And this is my main complaint about the game, the odd hazard would have been fine but zombies and moving fires are a bit over the top.

London is made up of around 60 screens, and having a map available will help you find your way around. Each screen is a different colour and the game makes it clear when exiting a screen up or down is possible.

This is a fun adventure game with a decent amount to do, they could have removed or at least reduced the platformer elements - although the height Guy Fawkes can jump is quite amusing! Sound is as good as you'll expect for a 48K title, but the graphics are lovely.


Graphics 9/10
Sound 8/10
Addictiveness 8/10
Features 9/10

Overall 9/10

A really nice looking and very playable little game.

Download Gunpowder, Treason and Plot from Spectrum Computing.