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The sadistic wizard Zaks works evil in the realm of Katmandu. To destroy his domination, Dizzy the Egg setes out to create a potion that can spike the warlock’s spellmongering.

It’s early closing down at the local supermarket, so Dizzy has to scour the land for the ingredients of his enervating brew, mentioned in an ancient recipe. And to gather together these unpleasant articles our ovular friend must walk, tumble and leap vertiginously through graveyards, forest and subterranean worlds full of lethal rivers and falling stalactites. Dizzy can also use magic mushrooms for extra-high bounding power – and all these tricks are useful, because points are awarded for every screen he completes.

But this isn’t going to be just another Sunday-afternoon bound for our eggy hero. Many creatures and objects are under the wizard’s control: bats with a cruel touch flutter through the air, Granny Smiths drop from trees toward our hero’s noggin, rickety bridges disintegrate underfoot and spiders ship down their silken threads; other scuttlers patrol narrow tunnels… witing.

During his travels, Dizzy may discover items thet he can put to use – but only if he can first solve their purpose, perhaps with the help of the onscreen clues. With such things as spades, bags of gold and oilcans, Dizzy can open up whole new vistas of exploration that take him further in his quest.

When Dizzy has collected all the potion’s ingredients he can return to the large cauldron, light it, and throw in the ingredients and the empty magic potion flask. Once filled, the flask can be carried to the evil wiz and smashed next to him. Katmantu is then released from his evil powers and Dizzy can look for the future as a free egg, not a potential omelette.

Dizzy Spectrum is and appealing game from Code Masters with enough puzzles to keep your interest going for a while. The graphics are all rather cutesy – it’s the sort of game that provokes your mum to say “Aw, isn’t that sweet” – though the number of things that can kill you can become quite distracting. Dizzy Spectrum is surely a worthy product.

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