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(Enhanced Creations)


"Taking out the baddies is a dish best served crushed"

Bad guys always seem to be roaming about where you live. No matter where you go: swamps, card castles, birthday cakes... it all amounts to the same thing. You'll find ghosts, snails, and all sorts of little critters trying to gobble you up for breakfast. And what does that do to a crab like you? You get a little crabby!

In Wetspot you pay back these insistent little pests by pushing bricks into their faces! Team up with a friend for two-player simultaneous action too. Watch for point multipliers and other neat little treasures as you battle through twenty-one levels of arcade-style action. And show them what being a crab is all about!

Graphics (n.)
The use of animation and visual effects to stimulate the senses
At first glance, it looks like Enhanced Creations has a three-point Graphics rating in the bag. The tileset in Wetspot is very well-drawn, using a modified 16-color palette that features a more colorful set of hues. Animations are pretty smooth, and the heroes and the enemies seem to move about without so much as a jerk or a hitch.

The downsides of Wetspot involve the sheer blackness of it all. Behind every tiled-up level is a bland black background that doesn't blend with the game's high quality tile-sets. The purpose of this black soon becomes clear during collision detections; whenever players, enemies, or items collide with each other, you can visually see where each sprite ends and begins thanks to a black tile drawn below each sprite. This technique virtually eliminates graphic glitches, but it also removes Wetspot's polished look. After weighing the good and the bad, Wetspot does an average job.

Sound/Music (n.)
The smooth blend of atmospheric sounds and original harmonies
N/A For a Puzzle/Arcade game that is a cross between arcade classics like Bubble Bobble and Pengo, it's almost lethal if your game has no sound or music. Unfortunately, the following is true for Wetspot. As I crush creatures to the walls or pick up bonus items, I can't help but hear a blip or a ding in my head that should be in the game but isn't.
Gameplay (n.)The precision of control and involvement of character within its universe vvv
To fans of Sega arcade games and the like from way back, Wetspot should have more of a semblance to you of Pengo than any other game; this is because Pengo is what the QB game Wetspot aspires to be. The big difference is that there's two-player simultaneous action in Wetspot, whereas Pengo only allows for two-player alternating support.

Wetspot is a level-to-level game. To reach the next level, you must crush all the baddies by pushing blocks into them. Occasionally while you're fighting the bad guys, you may find power-ups or point bonuses that are kin to the Bubble Bobble games.

The reason gameplay in Wetspot is so good is because the enemies vary quite a bit. Different enemies seem to have different speeds and levels of AI. A few baddies even teleport or shoot projectiles! This extra touch gives Wetspot the feeling of both a puzzle and an arcade game, since logic and fighting skills apply.

Story (n.)
The creativity and presentation of the game's critical plot
Wetspot really didn't develop a sweet spot for a storyline, but it did manage to name a few characters (Cuby and Coby), set up an objective (smash the baddies) and give reason for the objective (baddies need to be smashed). Combine this with the fact that Wetspot has some sort of ending and one story point is in order.
Replay Value (n.)
The timelessness of the gamer's delight, such that the experience can be repeated again and again
Whether you're a puzzle gamer or an arcade gamer, Wetspot does have the length to offer quite a bit of replay value. There's no fancy password system to guide you, so if you're new to a game like this then beating Wetspot will seem like a hill climb. Levels will be replayed; however, the sheer randomness of enemy movement allows for enough variation to make each experience of this game a little different.
Challenge (v.)
To strike the mental nerve in such a way as to stimulate human thought and reflexes
Average. You have to be careful with making a "crush the baddies" game because you don't want the enemies to be so hard that the game ends up feeling cheesy or limiting. Wetspot balances this by creating a bestiary of enemies that have some variations in movement that surprise you at first but instead give you some creative space once you know how to dodge all of the enemy attacks.

Each of Wetspot's levels, which fit cozily on the screen, aren't really designed to constrict your movements or force you to think a certain way. But at the same time, the levels aren't too open, allowing Wetspot to have some degree of strategy. Hiding behind walls or forming a fortress before time runs out are just two useful strategies that can be utilized while playing Wetspot.

Fun Factor (n.)
The overall entertainment value as maintained throughout the adventure
This review for Wetspot was written about six months since the programmers from Enhanced Creations said "Goodbye" to the QB community. Since then, imprints of Enhanced Creation's work have been in many of the newest QB programs out there. For example, any QB game that uses DirectQB library should give some credit Enhanced Creations since EC engineered DirectQB.

Wetspot, therefore, is significant of Enhanced Creation's Basic programming abilities. There was no DirectQB library to fall on when this first Wetspot game was realized. Yet, Wetspot was able to pull some pretty impressive marks considering that this puzzle/arcade game itself has no sound. Is Wetspot just as much fun as Wetspot 2? Not nearly. But, from such humble beginnings as Wetspot came the nearly invincible Wetspot 2. And with Wetspot 2 receiving the 2nd highest Review score ever from this magazine (29/35), you can be certain that the first Wetspot game was a step in the right direction.

Players 1-2 players
Genre: Puzzle Game
Rating To solve: 1-2 hours Final Rating: 12/35

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Installation Tips
wTo run this game, you must have any version of Microsoft QuickBasic.
wOnce Wetspot is unzipped, run "WETSPOT.BAS" from QuickBasic.

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