Revenge of the Mutant Camels is a great PC remake of a classic Commodore 64/Spectrum game of the same name, released as shareware by the author in 1994 but since entered into the public domain. Comments from the man Jeff "Yak" Minter himself: "Revenge of the Mutant Camels is probably the best known of the Mutant Camels series. I was feeling well guilty about the fact that the camels got shot up in AMC, as camels are in fact lovely beasties, so I made them the heroes of this game. At the time, people were freaking out about the fact that Manic Miner had twenty levels, which seemed like a huge amount back then – so I decided to one-up MM and put 42 levels into this game. I could have put more but 42 seemed like a decent number of levels, especially as 42 is the answer to life, the Universe and everything. |
RMC was also technically significant, as it was one of the first UK C64 games to figure out how to use raster interrupts and the scroll registers to make a smoothly-scrolling zone on the screen. It was also one of the first games to use the Fast Load system – at the show where it was launched there was much amazement as we demonstrated the game loading in a mere 1½ minutes instead of the thirteen-odd minutes it would have taken under Commodore's execrably-slow system. Commodore were always great at making things load slowly – in fact games could load faster off the so-called 'turbo' tapes than off a stock Commodore floppy! We held a hi-score competition for RMC on the day of launch, and took the winner off on the Concorde for a day-trip, to ride a real camel around the Pyramids. That was a lot of fun."
If you have played Attack of the Mutant Camels before (it is also on this site), you know what to expect here: plenty of weird and wacky enemies, addictive nonstop gameplay, and a unique brand of Yak humor that encompasses flying camels, crazy llamas that run at you on two hind legs, and more. The game is a lot of fun, but it is extremely challenging. If you enjoy arcade games in general, this highly underrated classic from one of the true pioneers in the genre is a must-play. Two thumbs up!
Reviewed by: Underdogs