Title Motorhead Game Type Beat-em-up Company Virgin (1992) Players 1 Compatible All (With Patch) HD Installable Yes (With Patch) Submission Angus Manwaring Profiled Reviewer Review Hmmmmmm..... not really my kind of game the sideways (or anyways) scrolling beat-'em-up, so bear that in mind with this review. Motorhead the group, then, one of the more metallic groups from the punk era, led by bassist Lemmy who had originally been a roadie for none other than Jimi Hendrix, and went on to play with the unique Hawkwind. As a public personality though, it wasn't until Motorhead that he really stood out. So what about the game then? Well, we're into sideways scrolling beat-'em-up territory, similar to Streets of Rage. The basic idea is that one of the towns where Lemmy and the boys are due to play have rather ungraciously decided to kidnap the band and roadcrew, and to tell young Lemmy to hit the road. One assumes they are not Motorhead fans(!). While lesser men would flee, thankful for their lives, Lemmy pauses only long enough to empty a bottle of Jack Daniels, and then strides purposefully into town. There are six levels for you (as Lemmy) to fight your way through. These include Rapland, Nashville (home of country music), Karaokeville, Scrapyard (full of Punks), Cathedral (populated by Goths), and the final level, Rave on. Each level ends with a bonus sequence, where, for example, you ride along on your bike collecting bonus icons, as well as a further sequence where you try and catch as many beers sliding down the bar as possible, or try to stop disillusioned Motorhead groupies from catching a taxi. At the end of each level proper there will be a member of the band or roadcrew that you can rescue. The combat is mildly inventive with sliding head-butts, whacking people with your guitar, belching whisky or 'cockle breath' (don't ask) at people, as well as using magic. Yup, if you pick up the magic Motorhead symbols that sometimes are left lying around after defeating an enemy, it builds up your magic power. You can use this to hurl power chords (essentially a projectile weapon) at your opponents or alternatively save enough to summon one of three demons to help you defeat anyone else foolish enough to be found on the screen. The first of these summonings involves just an attractive female who distracts your opponents while you continue to pummel them into an early grave, the other two varieties are far more lethal however. So, while keeping an eye on your energy bar, you swing and thump your way through the various levels, occasionally calling on magic to aid your fight against the powers of bad taste, and frantically trying to pick up any goodies that appear before they vanish again. The graphics are acceptable, as are the sound and music (by Ben Daglish). There isn't really anything here that will make you catch your breath and think, "Hey, classy!" however, its just a competent production, nothing to really get excited about. Motorhead is actually not too bad a game, and I say that as someone who has very little regard for beat-'em-ups in general. I don't think even a devotee (perhaps especially not a devotee) of the genre is going to be hugely impressed with the game, but at the end of the day, its competent, its playable - and if you have any affection for Motorhead, its probably unmissable. For everyone else the old chestnut, if you like this type of thing its worth checking out, probably applies.