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PHAT Professional Burglar
"The biggest QB heist in history"
Breaking into the
PHAT Team's ridiculously supply of money will not be easy. And that's exactly
what Burgals intends to do! But the PHAT Games programmers, determined
to keep their riches, have guarded their assets with a tremendous security
Armed only with the
best tools imaginable, Burgals begins his assault on PHAT Games headquarters.
But who's really one step ahead of the game? Is it Burgals with his multiple
bombs? Or is it the PHAT Games members who have the edge? Hopefully it's
Burgals, because he's the guy you're going to play in this game!
The use of animation and visual effects to stimulate the senses
|Except for some rotating arrows, scrolling
text, and Burgals himself, PHAT Professional Burglar doesn't have a lot
of emphasis on animation. Instead, the game's graphics score comes primarily
from it's colorful style. PHAT Professional Burglar is easily the best-looking
mini game PHAT Games has ever made, and as of now it's pretty standard
for a QB puzzle game.
The smooth blend of atmospheric sounds and original harmonies
|There's no music in PHAT Professional
Burglar, but PHAT Games compensates by having an assortment of sound effects.
While you're choosing how to lay out Burgal's tools, the sound effects
chosen for the game consist of clicking and turning sounds, almost as if
you're building a machine. Then, when you finally decide to move Burgals,
there's some percussion in the back that makes the whole experience feel
like Burgals is moving through a hamster wheel. It's a very nice touch,
and it's especially satisfying when you've figured out the puzzle and you
get to watch Burgals move through the playing field.
|Gameplay (n.)The precision of control
and involvement of character within its universe
|The object of PHAT Professional Burglar
is to guide Burgals through fifty maze-like levels. To pass a level, Burgals
must grab all the moneybags in the stage without hitting a spike pit, reaching
a dead end, or otherwise doing anything else that would impede on making
a clean getaway.
The puzzle element in this game begins
with the lack of control you have over Burgals. You may only choose his
starting direction, with which Burgals starts to wander in that direction
until he ricochets off an arrow or mirror, or until he slams into something
Your challenge in each level is to give
a safe path for Burgals and to make sure he captures every last moneybag.
This is done in the beginning of the level, where you're allowed to lay
a preset number of arrows. If Burgals walks into an arrow, he'll start
walking in the direction indicated by the arrow. This is how he can avoid
walls and spikes.
In addition to arrows, other items will
help Burgals along the way. Red blocks will speed him up, buttons will
turn spike traps on and off, keys will open locked areas, and bombs will
blow up walls and other unneeded obstacles.
Although quite original, the only weakness
to PHAT Professional Burglar is the fact that the game doesn't have quite
enough depth to it's fifty levels. It's hard to learn at first but by the
twentieth level or so, it gets pretty easy to predict where to put the
tools to help Burgals accomplish victory. It would be monstrous to make
the game any harder than it is, though... perhaps an addition of a few
more objects and tools to play with would help the game during the later
The creativity and presentation of the game's critical plot
|PHAT Games didn't really think too highly
of their game's plot (in fact, their website mockingly claims that "No
plot" is one of the features in PHAT Professional Burglar). But while there's
no real plot, there is a kick out of being able to play the bad guy for
a change. And since burglar-type games are far from being a dime a dozen,
the originality of this game is charming in that respect.
|Replay Value (n.)
The timelessness of the gamer's delight, such that the experience
can be repeated again and again
|Although unalike in every way imaginable,
the replay value in PHAT Game's puzzle game is similar to the same feel
of a game like Lode Runner. The levels are so fiendishly put together that
they almost seem to call you back. Also, although there are only so many
ways you can rearrange the various objects and tools in the game, PHAT
Games did successfully milk the level layout of the game for all it's worth.
Expect to forget how to solve some of the earlier levels by the time you
reach the game's end.
To strike the mental nerve in such a way as to stimulate human thought
|When it comes to challenge level, PHAT
Professional Burglar is a puzzle gamer's dream. The gameplay starts pretty
easy at Level one since the first ten levels of the game are designed to
teach you about the mechanics in PHAT Professional Burglar, but this deceiving
challenge quickly accelerates to near impossible by the time you reach
the second half of game levels.
The key to getting good in PHAT Professional
Burglar is to get used to losing. The clock in the game is incredibly tight,
so you don't get a lot of time to think. Many of the mazes you have to
guide Burgals through are very enigmatic at first, since there are so many
objects to learn and tools to master. But as soon as you develop your skills,
get used to the tools that you have, and get an inkling for each level's
layout, you'll slowly start strolling through the mazes.
|Fun Factor (n.)
The overall entertainment value as maintained throughout the adventure
|Phat Game's mature QBRPG, Kids of Karendow
Chapter One, was the first role-playing game coded in QB to include mini-games.
While many of these mini-games have intricate gameplay and helped to carry
Kids of Karendow through the more chorish levels of the game, it was still
the role-playing elements that held the spotlight.
With PHAT Professional Burglar, PHAT Games
finally had a chance to put their mini-game making skills in a big way.
The game levels can get annoying at times, but the fact that they are so
numerous and perplexing makes this a fun experience if you're really into
a challenging puzzle game. And since you have unlimited tries to beat a
level and a level select system, you can always come back to play one of
the older levels once you've beaten Professional Burglar the first time
So to make a long story short, although
PHAT Professional Burglar is one of the few PHAT games with an "E" rating
for everyone, it's only recommended for the most veteran of puzzle gamers,
especially the kind of people who have fallen in love with games like The
Adventures of Lolo, The Incredible Machine, and Paganitzu. But even if
you're a beginner when it comes to level-by-level puzzle games, Professional
Burglar is a good place to start building your puzzle game skills.
PHAT Professional Burglar Reviewed by
||Genre: Puzzle Game
||To solve: 6 hours Final Rating: 24/35
To download this game, click here.
you're unzipping this program in DOS, use the -d option.
sure you run SETUP.EXE to change sound card settings first.
play PHAT Professional Burglar, run "BURGLAR.EXE".
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