Easy to pick up
Somewhat loose controls
Strap on your space suit; prepare yourself and teleport right into the world that awaits. All is not what it seems, however, and your task of recovering stolen items is made more difficult by numerous enemies - which is where Captain Comic comes in! That's right, it's Captain Comic, a sort of older hero from way back (1988). This is a fun platform game which will show you what platform games were like back in the day, even if you weren't there at the time...
The story of Captain Comic is that Captain Comic has come to the planet of Tambi in order to recover the treasures stolen from the planet Omsoc. This is a simple premise, but keep in mind that this is what platform games were like during the early years; at least it has a story, so that's a plus. You will notice the game's age right away with the graphics, and there is not much in terms of sound either, just the odd blips and bops, so brace yourself for it.
Graphically, the game looks good for its age, though. The screen uses plenty of colour for your character, the enemies and the different environments that you will encounter. Captain Comic is not spectacularly good in this respect, but considering when it was released it looks good all around. There is always plenty of action on screen as well, with the different enemies you'll be encountering in the different worlds, and sometimes the number of enemies coming at you can be a bit overwhelming... Especially because they have a habit of suddenly appearing while you jump, as was common in platform games of the time. Still, it's manageable and for the most part just requires quick reflexes. The game is easy to pick up and get started; eventually you'll start finding items, and soon you'll end up at the castle, where you'll need the main item of them all: the sacred crown.
As I mentioned earlier, there isn't much in terms of sound. Or music, for that matter, but considering the game is only 88 Kb in size that's hardly surprising. It doesn't hurt the game, though. The controls seem a bit loose at times. Jumping in particular takes some time to get used to, so there may be the odd time you overjump a platform, but it shouldn't take too long to get the hang of it.
Overall, Captain Comic was (and still is) a fun game and interesting to play. See for yourself whether you can lead Captain Comic through a successful mission.
Review by: DeathDude
Safe for all ages
DOS or DOSBox