Classic Games Revisited: Pushover

April 24, 2009

Everyone knows the ‘floaty light’ cheesy crisp type snack that is Quavers, but what some people might not know is that the Quavers brand had its very own computer game, released back in 1992 on the Amiga before Walkers Crisps took over the brand from Smiths. But enough snack history, the reason I’m talking about a Quavers game is because it was one of the first video games I ever played since it came bundled with the Amiga 600 my dad bought home one day. We didn’t have a games console in the house until 1999 so much of my early gaming was done on the Amiga and later on PC, but that’s a different story.

Anyway, the Quavers game, called Pushover and published by Ocean Software featured the then Quavers mascot Colin Curly, a sort of dog thing dressed in a Dick Tracy yellow suit. Colin also had a massive chin and a big, agile tongue which is odd. Anyway, poor old Colin had lost his Quavers down an anthill because he’s a clumsy twat and G.I. Ant, the hero and player controlled character, shrieks ‘I’ll Get Them’ in a distorted chipmunk voice at the end of the opening video sequence.

According to the internet Pushover got pretty good reviews from Amiga magazines at the time, and I have fond memories of playing the first six or seven levels over and over again when I was a kid. It was a puzzle game which basically involved topling dominoes in order to open the door at the end of the level. There were a variety of dominoes with special abilities that would allow them to cover large distances, fall from heights and all kinds, and it was all very fun.

If you want to give Pushover a go yourself check out the download for DOS here

I think more Amiga games may get a going over in later posts, so check back


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