platform: amiga Developer: retroguru Download: Kikstart.me.uk/trap-runner-amiga price: free
Jay and his girlfriend May’s plans for a quiet Sunday picnic in the forest go very wrong when a creepylooking creature with glowing eyes and a dramatic cape materialises, kidnaps May and disappears again, challenging Jay to attempt a rescue before shooting off. That’s what our hero sets out to do, only pausing to note that this would be a fairly weak excuse for some platform-based action if this were a videogame.
Trap Runner is a cute-looking but tough game, although not frustratingly so and it does ease the player into things over the first couple of levels before the more devious enemy and item placements start appearing. After that, there’s lots of pixel-accurate jumping and monster stomping to do as the level designs tempt the player with items – some of which are necessary on stages with quotas to be met – in hard-toreach, precarious locations.