I finally got round to playing Mr Dig the other day - OK, I know, only 32 years after the release date - pretty good for me - but the Microdeal title aroused my curiosity as it was discovered on an unmarked game menu disk (you know how you do, "Wonder what's on this dust-encrusted relic?").
Anyhow, I gave it a good 5mins blast and next happened to chance upon a mag review which placed Mr Dig head to head with Datasoft's Mr Do. I always liked the look of Mr Do - it looked in the adverts, just like the arcade version, but wasn't too sure how it had translated on to the Atari 8bit. Well, the mag took both games to task and the results were surprising: In the red corner, Mr Do weighing in at £9.95 requiring 48K and in the blue corner, our little challenger being Mr Dig at a mere £6.50 and needing just 32K. The outcome?
Mr Do gets shot to shit: "My main criticism concerns the game characters - poorly defined. Colour choice could have been better; joystick control is awkward and sluggish. I got caught out way too easily mainly because Mr Do wouldn't respond quickly enough to the controls."
In contrast, Mr Dig has "excellent graphics...characters are colourful, easier to make out and detailed...sound is good and there is a 'hall of fame" and the biggest surprise...
MR DIG WAS PROGRAMMED BY RITA JAY - A LADY PROGRAMMER - 10/10 for this release.
That got me thinking...wasn't that other good old timer RIVER RAID also coded by a lady? Yep, Carol Shaw.
Does anyone else know of any other female programmers who also showed the boys that girls wanna have just as much fun?
Drop us a reply if you can highlight any other 'wondrous wimmin', who were coding, for a living.
8BB (Poking the last vestiges of his dusty disk collection)