Action and adventure game in which you control Asterix the hero of the Gauls and star of the Asterix & Obelix comics. In this game, you have to travel around collect items, and find a cure for Getafix, the druid of the Gauls. Getafix must be cured so that he can continue to make the potion that keeps roman soldiers away from the tiny Gaul village.
It's an action/adventure game with a lot more action than adventure in it, but it gets very repetitive. Go out, find stuff, fight people and animals in the process, bring stuff back, find out it's not what you really needed and start the whole thing over... But let me present the game in more detail anyway.
You are Asterix, the only person left in the Gaul village with some common sense! The Druid Getafix had a huge menhir dropped on his head (thank you, Obelix) and you must cure him. In order to do so, you must collect the ingredients that he wants and bring them to him.
You can find the ingredients all over the place. In the forest, in the village (you have to buy those) or even in the Roman camp. Cooking the potion takes place to the far left side of the village. A cooking pot cursor automatically appears and allows you to mix 3 ingredients. When the potion is done either the Druid or a captured Roman can try it.
But while this is happening, there is a fortune-teller out to get all of you. Once you enter the hut of your chief, you will meet with this wolf-like impostor. He'll settle in the clearing in the forest, where the locals will bring food to him in order to find out about their future.
As I mentioned before, there are some things you need to buy and for which you need money. You can play dice with the fortune-teller or with the Romans in the camp (they always play first). Move the mouse to shake and then right-click to throw. If you win, you'll get richer. But be careful, you should really play dice with the Romans, because if you try to force your way into their camp, they'll probably wear you out. You haven't the magic potion.
In some parts of the forest you can meet wild boars and flying fish (your friends are at each other's throats again). Avoid getting hit or you'll lose life points. On the other hand, you can try to get a boar and gain points. You must strike at the boar to do that.
You also get to fight the Romans (what would Asterix be like if you couldn't?). You fight with the function keys: F1 points upwards and distracts the Roman, F2 gives him a slap, F3 delivers a nice blow and F4 sends him into the wide blue yonder.
Other commands in the game are Enter to jump, enter a building or buy something and Space to duck or pick up.
When you find the right combination of ingredients, you'll cure the druid and that's it.
"The year is 50 BC. Gaul is entirely occupied by the Romans. Well, not entirely."
Guide our well-known heroes as they travel all over the Roman Empire, trying to bring a souvenir from every country they cross. A nice game to play for some time. This is where the story ends :-).
Nothing more to punctuate. This is a classic arcade: no particular "storyline" included. Just move forward all the time and, with some luck, you will succeed. It looks nice: there are lots of details (as much as you can get out of 320x200 pixels) and smoothly animated characters (that's what I liked the most). Could be compared to Aladdin concerning the visual impression. Several sound cards are supported.
It is much more fun to play it in a "two player mode" with both Asterix and Obelix at the same time, so I recommend you get yourself a "player 2" for this one.
One of the most obscure Coktel Vision games ever, Asterix: Operation Getafix is a decent action/adventure similar to Infogrames' Tintin games, starring one of France's best-known comic book character. The plot is as wacky as a real Asterix episode: Getafix, the Gaul's resident druid, has fallen victim to lunacy, thanks to Obelix who accidentally threw a menhir on his head. Getafix is the only one who can make the beverage which could cure him, but he cannot ever remember his own name. Worse than that, he no longer knows how to make the magic potion that gives superhuman strength to the Gauls. Without it, they would definitely be defeated by the Romans who are a hundred times as many and much better armed. It's therefore up to you, as Asterix, to find the ingredients that will help Getafix recover.
Gameplay follows for the most part a typical platform formula: fight the Romans and hunt the wild boars, etc. But as with most Coktel games, Asterix also contains non-action sequences, such as the fun part where you mix the ingredients and test the potion on either Getafix or a captive Roman, and dice game you can play against the soothsayer or Romans in the camp. The money you win from the game is necessary to buy items and potion ingredients.
For all the non-action parts that add variety to the game, the novelty wears out pretty quickly. By the time you meet a twentieth boar or Roman, it all gets very tiring, and you won't feel the urge to find that last ingredient. If you're a fan of the comic, you might find the game enjoyable. For others, it's just another standard platform game with little variation. Infogrames does it much better with Tintin games.
Get Getafix (Panoramix in the dutch comicbooks) his memory back, having a great adventure. It's some platform based game with a real story.
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