Don't Buy This
|Don't Buy This|
Cover art of Don't Buy This
|Genre(s)||Video game compilations|
Instead of rejecting the submissions, they decided to mock the original developers by releasing them together and publicly brand it as "unoriginal" and "awful". Firebird even disowned all their copyright to the game and encouraged buyers to pirate it at will.
The compilation was sold for £2.50.
- Fido 1: A repetitive game where the player controls a dog named Fido to defeat moles and birds to protect an area for several levels.
- Fido 2: Puppy Power: Basically the same game as "Fido", but Fido can now move up and down, instead of just left and right. Fido can also shoot laser beams from its eyes to destroy other enemies to gain health.
- Race Ace: A racing game with ridiculously inferior graphics, where the player controls a light blue race car that can turn in only 90 and 180-degree angles. The game is impossible to win, regardless of the speed setting of the player's car because the opponents advance more quickly every time the player turns. On one screen, the game is even erroneously called "Ace Racer".
- Fruit Machine: The player plays a poorly-animated, low-resolution slot machine with reels that don't spin, but move rather slowly. The instructions sarcastically describe the game as a "mysterious, original new game [that] requires skill, timing, nerve and absolute concentration". The music is also a mediocre 8-bit medley of short tunes that play when the character wins.
- Weasel Willy: A game where a very poorly-designed "weasel" has to avoid entirely green trees and its own large, uniform footprints. The trees spawn in random locations whenever a level starts, so the "weasel" may be blocked by trees, preventing the player from even playing the level. The "weasel" may even start a level with a tree occupying the same space as it does, causing immediate loss of the level.
Your Spectrum wrote: "The games aren't that bad as do-it-yourself games but, they won't provide that much fun." Sinclair User said it contained "five of the most uninspired games ever to disgrace the Spectrum."
In a 2011 retrospective on the compilation, television presenter and gaming journalist Larry Bundy Jr admitted he had to showcase the game as a retrospective rather than a review because: "you can’t exactly review or give the ol’ “angry reviewer” treatment to a game that openly admits that it’s supposed to be rubbish can you?" He ridiculed a wide variety of aspects of each game, from their low resolution graphics to their difficult or even impossible gameplay.
- Cassette 50 - Another compilation of poor titles for the ZX Spectrum, though unlike Don't Buy This, it wasn't deliberately awful.
- Action 52 - A compilation of 52 games, all of them contain major glitches.
- List of video games notable for negative reception