Viz: The Game

Viz: The Game, developed by Probe Software and published by Virgin Mastertronic in 1991. Warning: This video contains language that may cause offence.

Longplay Information

Author(s): MadMattyMadMatty
System: Commodore 64
Subtitle Language:
Additional Info: No information available
Publication Date: 02/04/2021
YouTube Release: 17/02/2023
Duration: 00:51:54
File Size: 111.91 MB (114600.00 KB)
Downloads: 171 downloads
File Links:

Archived Submission Thread


Player's Review

"You've read the magazine, you've bought the books, you've coughed up for the calendars, forked out for the T-shirts, boxer shorts, hats, alarm clocks and God knows what else... Now for the biggest rip off of them all - the computer game. Come on - you've already picked it up... NOW BUY IT."

"Through the magic of micro chip technology you are about to be whisked from your dull, drab bedroom to the town of Fulchester to take part in a spectacular race between Viz favourites, Johnny Fartpants, Buster Gonad and Biffa Bacon. Others to look out for will include the Fat Slags, Mrs Brady, The Parkle, Spoilt Bastard, Aldridge Prior, Bertie Blunt, Finbarr Saunders and Sid the Sexist. The race will of course be covered by FTV's own Roger Mellie. The race takes place over five sections, Country, Town, Building Site, Beach and Disco.

The object is to win all five sections. Should you lose one, you have to do it again. If your character falls over, off a cliff, or off the screen, he must wait a short while before returning to the race. For every fall he receives a shame token. Three of these and he's out of the game. Lane discipline will be maintained by referee, Rodney Rix, who will throw bricks at anyone laving their lane."

Due to how the game is structured makes it a multiload. Now that isn't uncommon but the way this game was put together is. The game is on two disk sides or 4 tape sides leading to a fair amount of tape / disk swapping. The races and bonus levels are stored on separate tapes. It really would have been better to have a set character per side. Also once the game is completed, that's it. You cave to reset the game to start again. Well, that would be true if anyone was able to get past the first race as this game can be frustratingly tough.

You get three shame tokens as stated above and they have to last you the race. Lose em and your back to the character selection screen. Its all to easy to hit or get hit. The game would have been more enjoyable if you were just left to you know ...race! Each character has a special power. You earn tokens for these in the bonus stages. Johnny and Buster have a Jump ability which can be very useful and Biffa has a very useless punch ability instead which never seems to connect. Buster also has his wheel barrow for speed which is very handy and makes this the best character to play as. Johnny has fart launch which can get him over larger jumps but wont really put you ahead. Biffa has Brawl which is reasonably good for speed but cuts out after a short time. Ultimately the specials don't matter too much as the ai computer players can move at like double speed and steal the win making it all the more frustrating to play.

Overall, the game is well drawn with a great soundtrack and plays well. Unfortunately, the difficulty lets it down stopping it from being a great game. I let the title music play out at the end screens.

00:00:00 Played as Buster Gonad
00:17:35 Played as Biffa Bacon
00:35:25 Played as Johhny Fartpants