Olli and Lissa

by Ionis Software International, Jerry Astley, Roger Danison
Firebird Software Ltd
Sinclair User Issue 56, Nov 1986   page(s) 77

Label: Firebird Silver
Author: ISI
Price: £1.99
Joystick: various
Memory: 48K/128K
Reviewer: John Gilbert

Eugene Port Cullis the third (Jnr), mega millionaire, meanie and well known ghost-gutter, wants Shilmore Castle.

He's determined to kick Sir Humphrey, the castle's only haunting attraction, off his historic seat, but Olli and Lissa, have a plan to scare him off. They just have to collect eight ingredients to make Humpy invisible so he can haunt Eugene out of house and home. (Who writes this tripe?)

Anyway, Lissa stands at the cauldron while Olli runs and jumps past the not-so-friendly castle ghosts in an effort to collect the goodies and pop them in the pot. If he's not careful he could get a nip from the nasties and a deduction from his energy store. With his energy depleted the game ends and angry Humpy beats him over the head with a broom.

The plot is apalling, really. Try this. If he gets an object he collects a kiss from Lissa under the cauldron. Or this: She's a cute little pac-woman who wraps her arms around Olli in an octopus hug at every opportunity.

Olli and Lissa is sure a giggle, and little else. There's a lot of Attributes clash and flickers but, the comedy duo carry off the award for best actors in a budget game. That apart, the game has a predictable, if difficult to complete, set of circumstances.

Don't expect an incredibly complex game from Olli and Lissa, but if you're into cute and cuddly - like the editor - take a gamble on this ghost story.

Overall: 4/5

Summary: A graphically good but dull pot boiler with cute characters. Very predictable. Lousy plot. Well executed.

Transcript by Chris Bourne

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