Uuno Turhapuro muuttaa maalle (video game)
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Commodore 64 cover art
Jaakko Salo (original main theme)
Uuno Turhapuro muuttaa maalle is a side-scrolling video game, available for the Commodore 64. It was developed by the Finnish programmer Pasi Hytönen in 1986 and published by Amersoft, one of the first game publishers in Finland.
The game is based on the popular Finnish comedy character Uuno Turhapuro (Numbskull Emptybrook), created by Spede Pasanen and played by the actor Vesa-Matti Loiri. The game was released in the same year as the movie with the same name. Uuno Turhapuro muuttaa maalle was the first Finnish game based on a movie license.
At the start of the game the main character Uuno Turhapuro finds a note, left inside the fridge by his wife Elisabeth Turhapuro. Uuno's wife has left home, but she doesn't reveal her whereabouts. The note simply says that her lawyers will contact Uuno later on.
In the movie Uuno takes the government job as a road surveyor. This will lead him to his hometown in the countryside, where by coincidence Uuno's stressed-out father-in-law Councillor Tuura has recently bought an estate. Tuura is accompanied by his wife, as well as Elisabeth. The earlier note was actually written by Tuura, who tried to trick Uuno. Some of Uuno's relatives, including his father, are also living in the town.
The game was never localized outside of Finland, but a rough English translation of the title is Uuno Turhapuro moves to the countryside.
Uuno Turhapuro muuttaa maalle is a traditional 2D side-scrolling game, where the screen continuously scrolls from left to right. The player is controlling the character Uuno vertically by avoiding different obstacles and a few odd enemies like birds and angry neighbors. The player must travel a certain distance with four lives and earn money in the process.
The game consists three different levels loosely based on a movie. In the first level Uuno has a farming plough and he's being pulled behind the car (you don't see the actual car in the game) on the dirt road of his hometown. In the second level he's water skiing and in the final level Uuno is at the local forest looking for his father's moonshining stills.
The game sold 1600 copies before Christmas 1986.