Tiger Electronics

Lights Out

Lights Out

Format- Game Com (or Game.com, even though the ‘.’ is for some reason supposed to be silent)

Genre- Grid based puzzler

Here’s how my time with Lights Out went down…

1 Minute- After sitting patiently through the Game Com’s overly elaborate mannerisms and intro screens (you’d think it didn’t want you to play any games), I finally get a chance to actually play the game.

1 Minute and one second- I realise I have no idea how to play the game, and spend a while stabbing at the different black and white blobs, as well as the plethora of options on the right side of the screen. Not much happens, I get frustrated and look to the internet for answers.

5 Mins- I learn that the game was orignally a electronic game, and a fairly simple one at that. The Game Com was the only console to have the honor to gain a Tiger ‘conversion’ original. Regarding how the game actually works, it’s something to do with making all the blobs of light on the 5×5 grid unlit or something. Do you really care? I start up the console for another attempt.

6 mins- Console starts, the portable’s robot voice inevitably intones “Game Com Active.” Really? Thanks for letting me know Game Com, I would never have known otherwise.

7 mins- I now know how to play the game, but somehow it’s even more boring now the sense of mystery/irritation is gone. To be fair it does play to the handhelds strengths, but the fact those strengths include an outdated touch-screen and a screen that prefers its game not to have any movement tell you all you really need toknow.

My final thoughts are that this, unsurprisingly, is a poor game and therefore well suited to the Game (.?) Com. But when the portable’s inbuilt version of Solitaire (which will inevitably receive a review when I get desperate) is far superior you know you have a bit of problem.

The game was included with the console though, so nobody loses really. Or wins, whatever.

Under no circumstances would I recommend you actually buy a cartridge by itself. It just isn’t worth it.

Search for it on ebay (I wouldn’t though) / Wikipedia Entry

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Simon Reed

A retro gamer, but one who is always keen to assess an older title without judgement being clouded by nostalgia. He doesn't always manage this though... Check out his Youtube page at: http://www.youtube.com/user/ebtksonline

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