CJ in the USA

by Allister Brimble, David T. Clark, Peter J. Ranson, R. Fred Williams, Shaun G. McClure, Shan Savage
Code Masters Ltd
Sinclair User Issue 118, Dec 1991   page(s) 50

Label: Code Masters
Memory: 48K/128K
Price: £3.99 Tape
Reviewer: Steve Keen

Dumbo never really stood a chance! CJ in the U.S.A. is the latest addition to the CJ series and bears an incredible family resemblance to its predecessor.

The high Hying, vree falling mammal uses his familiar skills to race around the colourful platform world, climbing steps and floating down crevasses by use of his umbrella. The screen layout is not as pretty as it's predecessor, but the sprite graphics are. CJ's trunk sways from side to side as he walks in true panto style whilst bombs abound again to be picked up along with a barrowload of life and score boosting fruit.

CJ's sprites are varied and ultra cute, whilst the gameplay is addictive and interesting (rescue as many ele-chums as you can) and backdrops with blooming colours are surprisingly easy on the eyes. However there's not a lot of room to think on some of the platforms and delicate jumps are a problem at first, but anyone who wants to continue the elephant's adventures will not be disappointed with this worthy sequel.

A worthy successor to CJ's Elephant Antics and perhaps even better than the original. CJ in the USA has good graphics, cute sprites and a real sense of humour; a winning formula.

Graphics: 87%
Sound: 75%
Playability: 87%
Lastability: 87%
Overall: 86%

Summary: The USA theme comes over well with New York cops and football throwing apes in full American Football combat gear, amongst the more familiar baddies. A nice looking game that delivers the goods.

Transcript by Chris Bourne

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