Reviewed by Rocka

Developer: R Tape
Genre: Ring Fondling
Platform: Spectrum 48K
Language: BASIC

UDG-O-METER
BEEPER ABUSE
IMAGINATION
CRAP FACTOR
TOUCHTHERING.tap (Spectrum 48K Tape Image)

Note: This review, like the game, is recycled from last year's Kick the Ballboy by Rebelstar without a Cause.

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Well, you canít accuse the Spectrum community of not having its finger on the pulse Ė barely a day has passed since the last The Lord of the Rings movie (or second prequel) was released and a satirical game has appeared.

You donít have to know much about The One Ring to enjoy this game, if you can recognise Gollum doing his famous "My precious" routine after stalking a couple of Hobbits across the plains of Mordor you will know this game refers to their epic mission to return said Ring to the firey depths of Mount Doom.

Backstory

The opening screen creates a dramatic atmosphere, and tells you what you need to do: TOUCH THE RING! The game boasts some animated sprites of Middle-Earthian proportions, and as Sauron's eyes scan the scene left and right, you need to press K to touch while heís looking the other way.

Sauron is a creature of habit, and his eyes follow a somewhat hypnotic (and very predictable!) rhythm.

High Score

My best score is 102, and itís harder than you might imagine as you become impatient and attempt to squeeze another one in before Sauron sees. In this way TTR is a very clever, if open ended game. However, it is silent and cries out for some grating BEEP effects.

I may not have said many negative things about this game yet, but rest assured, it is most definitely CRAP! An excellent mid-competition jumpstart.

Tipshack: when the Sauron's eyes have just moved away from the right, you can squeeze in 6 or 7 good touches.

HACK PACK: Distracted Sauron: 2040 LET count=0

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