|Dr. Keith Dreyer & Torre Meeder
|Original game programmed
There are good clones out there and there are bad clones. Then
there are games that are simply out and out copy other games without any
change to gameplay. K-Razy Shoot-Out Falls into this category. An
out and out Berzerk copy, K-Razy Shoot-Out took a good game and made it
As with Berzerk, the goal of K-Razy Shoot-Out (their spelling,
not mine) is to destroy all the robots in each room before time runs out.
However whereas in Berzerk running out of time would incur the wrath
of Evil Otto, K-Razy Shoot-Out ends the game. That's right, not
even a K-Razy version of Otto (K-Razy Otto?).
Besides being Otto free, K-Razy Shoot-Out has other problems
that make it decidedly average. Movement and shooting are a bit
stuff and rigid, the sound is almost nonexistent, and the graphics show
little if any improvements over Berzerk. Another annoying little
feature of K-Razy Shoot-Out is that all the robots do not appear in the
room at once, meaning that they will randomly appear to replace the ones
you kill. This wouldn't be so bad if they didn't have the annoying
habit of appearing right on top of you. This leads to many frustrating
and unavoidable deaths.
K-Razy Shoot-Out does have a few good points however. Each
time your man is hit he falls over and dies with a cute little animation,
after this your next man bravely marches onto the screen. There's
also a cute maze 'de-rezzing' effect at the end of each level, which is
worth seeing at least once. The game is also quite rare, so it is
a valuable collectors item. Then there's the... err... umm... Did
I mention that it's rare?
While it may not be the best game on the 5200, K-Razy Shoot-Out
certainly isn't the worst. Since the 5200 already had a wonderful
version of Berzerk available, K-Razy Shoot-Out can be be described as
'unnecessary'. The lack of in-game speech (which was one of the
highlights of Berzerk) doesn't help much either. Unless you're a
collector you're much better off tracking down a copy of Berzerk than
this decidedly average clone. Evil Otto will be waiting for you...
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