Monty Mole

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Monty Mole
Title image from the game
Game No. 426
Developer Antony Crowther
Company Gremlin Graphics
Publisher Gremlin Graphics
Musician Antony Crowther
HVSC-File MUSICIANS/C/Crowther_Antony/Monty_Mole.sid
Release 1984
Platform C64, ZX Spectrum
Genre Arcade, Platformer
Gamemode Single player
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Media Icon kassette.png Icon disk525.png
Language Language:english
Information a.k.a. El Buscador Language:spanish, La Talpa Language:Italian
Follower:
* Monty on the Run
* Auf Wiedersehen Monty


Contents

[edit] Voting

Voting of the C64-Wiki users (10=the best vote):
6.60 points at 5 votes (rank 424).
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C64Games 6 8th April 2015 - 6 out of 10 points - 19227 downs
Lemon64 7 8th April 2015 - 6,7 out of 10 points - 46 votes
C64.com - 8th April 2015 - no vote yet - 0 votes
Ready64 7 8th April 2015 - 6,67 out of 10 points - 3 votes
The Legacy 8 8th April 2015 - "very good" - 2 votes
Personal Computer Games 8 Issue October 1984 - 8 out of 10 points - p.46
TV Gamer 8 Issue January 1985 - 4 out of 5 points - p.46


[edit] Description

Monty Mole (also: Wanted! Monty Mole) is a jump'n'run game of the most difficult kind, that needed approx. 3 months of development.

Starting in the garden, everything is full of perils. We collect pieces of coal and flee from evil boiled sweets, scurry under stampers at the right moment. Touching all the evil things quickly subtracts you energy. When all the energy is lost, the game ends. A "box of worms" fills up the used energy. Glittering protective shields give you a respite.

The ways to die or respectively to lose energy points in this underground adventure game are manifold: toxic mine gas, flying poles, deadly hair spray, coal breakers (stampers), coal trolleys, coal conveyors (rotating saws), mine workers that throw helmets after you, acid baths, candles, bats, falling down from great heights, jumping, moving and falling items and animals etc.

You can climb on ropes and trees. The numbers show into which direction you need to climb. Sometimes you also have to move levers. This happens automatically when passing them. You also need to take care of the floor dynamics, they occasionally disappear...

A tin bucket and collecting pieces of coal each give you one point for the highscore, whereby there is a maximum of 13 points per level. When the energy is empty, then a R.I.P. appears before the options menu is shown again.

[edit] Design

Nice graphics for that time. Written hints are built into the graphics.


Screenshots


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Start of the game
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Bats and a shield
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The maze in the underground



[edit] Hints

Keys

  • Y : left
  • X : right
  • ; : up
  • ?  or / : down
  • A : jump to the right
  • S : jump to the left
  • Space : fire, jump
  • Restore : abort game

With the key F1  you can choose the difficulty grade EASY or HARD in the title screen. The game is started with the key Space .

[edit] Solution

Maps


MontyMole map1.jpg
MontyMole map2.jpg


This split map shows an overview of the game

[edit] Cheats

After loading the game and a reset you can enter the following:

  • Cheat Mode: POKE 7863,0: SYS 33682
  • Invulnerability: POKE 9100,205: SYS 33682
  • Unlimited lives: POKE 39273,234: POKE 39274,234: SYS 33682

[edit] Critics

Worf: "The game is good but difficult. I loved it. However, I ask myself today how I could have played THIS game until section 8, without emulator, without savegames. Well, then someday Monty on the Run was released and really everybody was crazy about that!"

Jodigi: "An interesting game, that keeps you occupied for a long time..."

FXXS: "I think the music is only bearable on the long run with a bitter... I also personally find it too confusing that I would want to play it for a longer time. 7 points'"

[edit] Miscellaneous

[edit] Emulator settings

If you try to start Monty Mole with the x64.exe of Vice, you will get bad graphic bugs. Simply start with the x64sc.exe, which emulates the C64 more precisely, then it will run without problems.

[edit] Video

DerSchmu shows all he can in the field of jump & runs in this longplay...

[edit] Cover


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The cover of the tape version



[edit] Highscore

Topscore of Werner
  1. Werner - 5 (12.04.2015)
  2. FXXS - 4 - easy (15.01.2017)
  3. Empty - 0 (dd.mm.yyyy)

#2 FXXS #3 Empty
#2 FXXS #3 Empty


[edit] Links

WP-W11.png Wikipedia: Wanted:_Monty_Mole


Videos


The "Monty Mole" series

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