This remake of Skool Daze replaces the limited 8-bit graphics and sounds from the original with new enhanced assets while maintaining the same classic gameplay from 1985. Besides the overall graphical improvements, this version adds small touches like random weather and other special effects. The player assumes the role of Eric, a school student in a desperate quest to erase a disastrous report file from the director's computer. The teachers and other fellow students are shown moving about on a scrolling side-view of the building, where the player has to guide the main character to the classes and make him attend and perform other chores from the daily routine. The protagonist can interact with the environment and cause mischief, write messages on the available blackboards, punch the other kids making them fall flat on their backs, and shoot pebbles at distracted teachers with a slingshot.
Eric must hit the shields decorating the many rooms of the building to retrieve the password for the headmaster's computer, where the report file is stored. After being caught doing any transgression, he receives a random number of lines as punishment, with 10000 as the maximum allowed before being expelled from the school. Most of the children are anonymous characters milling around the location, but some have names and personalities that can hinder progress. Angelface is the local bully that sometimes contracts mumps, infecting Eric if he crosses path with him and causing the end of the game, as the sick boy is sent home by one of the teachers. Einstein is a snitch, telling the teachers about any misbehavior he witnessed.
Skool Daze is a classic and one of the most original Spectrum games ever, released by Microsphere in 1985. In it you played a naughty schoolboy named Eric. It's almost the end of the school term, and Eric's bad report is going to be sent home, and he would be grounded throughout the holidays. To stop this, Eric must complete a number of tasks so he can change his report card and get away with it. The game was famous for its amazing recreation of actual school life-- Eric will get penalized (having performance points deducted) if he is late for class or any other school activity. The fun is to strike a good balance between following Eric's schedule, and finding time to accomplish his goals. Bak 2 Skool, the Spectrum sequel, was released later that year to much applause. However, until recently these games had been left to die.
That was until Spectrum emulation, and this lovely new remake from Richard Jordan. Spectrum emulation is (as you would expect) usually a huge disappointment. The games play fine, but they've lost their magic in the 15 years that have passed.
Klass of '99, however, is a masterpiece. Not only has the game been graphically and sonically improved, the plot has been modernised as well. Instead of having to open the safe holding all the school reports, you must get the password from all the different teachers and use the computer to alter your report. Ultimately, the game is just as good, if not better than, the original Spectrum classic-- its unique combination of action, adventure, and strategy remains unparalleled to this day.
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