Karnov, ZX Spectrum

The ZX Spectrum conversion of the Data East arcade game, Karnov, is a good example of a decent arcade conversion on the Spectrum.

The graphics are colourful, well-drawn, and avoid colour clash by using a black masking effect around the sprites. It’s quite a clever technique that works very well in this game.

Gameplay-wise: Karnov is an unforgiving arcade game, and this Spectrum conversion is marginally easier than its parent, helped in a perverse way by the frequent slowdown. It’s reasonable fun though and worth digging out if you like challenging platformers.

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Karnov, Arcade

Karnov is a side-scrolling, run-and-gun platform game, developed and manufactured by Data East in 1987.

Considering the sophistication of many arcade games in 1987, Karnov could be considered a bit of a runt. The graphics are plain and not particularly imaginative. The gameplay is harsh and unforgiving. If anything, I’d say that Karnov is trying to be Ghosts ‘N Goblins, and failing miserably.

It’s not a terrible game, just not a particularly good one.

A number of 8-bit home conversions were released in 1988, developed in the UK and published through Activision, and there were also conversions for the NES, PC, and Mac. A sequel also appeared on the Neo Geo, called Karnov’s Revenge.

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