Classic Game Review: Super Taxman 2

Riverside CA Taxman move over and make way for the newest in eat-the-dots games, Super Taxman 2. ST2 is described as a new improved version of the original TAXMAN.

Actually it’s a totally different version of the classic maze games. In this one, you’re a little pie shaped tax-collector who has the undesired job of collecting all the money dots while trying to save his hide from angry citizens. Sounds pretty easy right? Well not so fast! First there are four all-new mazes, instead of the traditional one maze game. And as if that wasn’t enough, in order to earn an extra man you have to complete an ultra-fast challenge stage (every three mazes). Gratuitously Brian Fitzgerald, the program author, provided us with six energy dots instead of the usual four.

Other features include a level- select option that allows the player to choose any of the ninety-nine levels at which to start, and a pause function. For the young at heart, Mr Fitzgerald has given us five new cartoons and some bouncy music. The cartoons can be viewed before the game and at various levels, the music, on the other hand, pops up throughout the game. Finally, as in Taxman, Super Taxman gives the black and white/colour option. The graphics are very well done, and the animation is virtually flickering free. Sound is an exact carbon of Taxman.

Instructions are included with the game, they’re short but adequate. Controls are user-definable keyboard. No Apple joysticks here but for you true game players comes the Gismo an inexpensive device which allows the use of an Atari-type-joystick with ST2.

The challenge of Super Taxman is to use the energy dots wisely. It’s not always easy to do when you have petty citizens on your tail. One strategy I found is to concentrate on finishing the maze rather than trying to eat all the citizens when they turn blue. Despite the fact that maze chase games have been overused, ST2 is a nice little game.

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