Rentakill Rita

by Robin Thompson
Mastertronic Ltd
Crash Issue 48, Jan 1988   page(s) 165

Producer: Mastertronic
Retail Price: £1.99
Author: Robin Thompson

Ravishing Rentakill Rita is faced with the most difficult task of her cleaning career - to rid the ancestral pile Little Ditching of all its bugs and beasties.

But this mega Mrs Mopp will have to do more than swat a few insects with a rolled-up newspaper and flush them down the loo. The gigantic spiders and flies of little Ditching call for different methods.

Rita can splat them with the crushing weight of a Rita lookalike, suspended from the ceiling - if she can solve the problems in bringing it downward with flattening force.

Alternatively, Rita can spray the spiders and flies with a deadly gas, but first she has to find the spray can.

Another problem is that the house isn't exactly a one up/one down Barrett starter home. One room leads to another, and many contain not a three-piece suite in a subtle purple Dralon, but hideous traps that can easily end the courageous cleaning lady's life: spikes spear her, electrified floors fry her, trundling balls mow her down and robots rub her out.

To get through these ruinous rooms Rita must work out ingenious methods, walking, jumping and using levitating and floating blocks.

Cans of food can also be collected by Rita to get her through the day - housework is a full-time job.


Joysticks: Cursor, Kempston, Sinclair
Graphics: monochromatic, the usual isometric 3-D
Options: definable keys

At last a 3-D maze game with decent controls: none of this rotation stuff! A shame, then, that it is let down by a few problems. Killing the nasties is a precarious business which damages the playability considerably, and some screens are vicious to the eyes. Besides, this multitude of 3-D arcade games is really getting on my nerves...
BYM [77%]

Strange name, but nothing much strange about the game. It's Attack Of The Killer Tomatoes without all the fun and excitement and though the problems and graphics are very similar to Head Over Heels the 3-D presentation of Rentakill Rita is much harder to acclimatise to. Still, though the halo around Rita's body is annoying at first, the pixel-packed background makes this game look nearly as real as the genre ever will. The budget market is ideal for this kind of games - all the ideas have been used and nobody's expecting anything original.
PAUL [69%]

Presentation: 67%
Graphics: 67%
Playability: 64%
Addictive Qualities: 64%
Overall: 73%

Summary: General Rating: A derivative 3-D game good for a few plays.

Transcript by Chris Bourne

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