Attack of the Killer Tomatoes (1986 video game)

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This article is about the 1986 8-bit video game. For the 1991 Nintendo game, see Attack of the Killer Tomatoes (1991 video game).
Attack of the Killer Tomatoes
AotKT ZX Spectrum Inlay.jpg
Developer(s) Fatman, Dobbin, Stuart Ruecroft
Publisher(s) Global Software
Platform(s) Sinclair Spectrum, Amstrad CPC and MSX
Release date(s) 1986
Genre(s) Shoot 'em up
Mode(s) Single player
Distribution Compact Cassette, Floppy disk

Attack of the Killer Tomatoes is a computer game released in 1986 for the Sinclair Spectrum, Amstrad CPC and MSX. It is based on the 1978 comedy film of the same name.

The player takes control of Wimp Plasbot, who works in a tomato puree plant, and must rid the plant of the mutated killer tomatoes, referred to in the title.

Story[edit]

Wimp Plasbot checked in at 9:00, and was just about to begin another day's work, when he discovered that the tomatoes had mutated. Wimp must destroy the killer tomatoes while ensuring that the pizza parlours are still supplied with puree from the bouncing ones.[1]

Gameplay[edit]

In-game screen from the ZX Spectrum version of the game

The player must control Wimp as he explores various isometric 3D rooms, and attempts to destroy the mutated killer tomatoes. There are three different types of tomato to be found in the factory: Killer tomatoes walk around on legs, in square patterns and will kill Wimp if they touch him. Wimp must destroy these tomatoes by crushing them with a hammer, which can be found somewhere in the factory. The second type of tomato bounce up and down. Wimp must stop them bouncing by squirting them with tomato sauce, then take them to the crusher to keep up the supply of tomato puree. The third type of tomato sit on the floor of the factory and, if Wimp touches them, they cause the time on the clock to accelerate for a short while. If "clocking off" time is reached before all the killer tomatoes have been destroyed then the player loses. Punch cards can be found around the factory which will give the player extra time.[2][3]

Reception[edit]

Reception
Review scores
Publication Score
CRASH 89%[2]
Your Sinclair 8/10[4]
ZX Computing Great[3]

Reviews were fairly positive, with CRASH giving it 89%,[2] Your Sinclair rating it at 8/10,[4] and ZX Computing rating it as Great.[3]

CRASH said of the game "Despite the awfulness of the movie of the same name, AKT is an excellent game, though it does owe quite a lot to previous releases.",[2] Rachael Smith from Your Sinclair said that "...in converting the film nominated Worst Vegetable Movie of all time Global has created a tie-in far better than the original deserved - and far better than many superior films have received!"[4] and ZX Computing said that "Killer Tomatoes is quite a complex, and very professionally produced game that should keep you occupied for quite a while, but its similarity to all the other Knight Lore inspired titles left me feeling that it didn't really offer anything I hadn't seen before.".[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Attack of the Killer Tomatoes Inlay, Global Software 
  2. ^ a b c d "Attack of the Killer Tomatoes Review", CRASH, May 1986 
  3. ^ a b c d "Attack of the Killer Tomatoes Review", ZX Computing, May 1986 
  4. ^ a b c Smith, Rachael (June 1986), "Attack of the Killer Tomatoes Review", Your Sinclair 

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