REALLY Old News!
Mirror Image and Merp
Back in early 1997 TBA were full of plans for their claimed stunning new 3D engine, TAG. One of their new 3D games was called Mirror Image, and they decided to published it in a two-game pack along with Merp.
Although I never saw these games reviewed, they are actually available from Acorn dealers for purchase! I collected this information about them:
Mirror ImageMirror Image is a simple puzzle game with a 3D-twist. I remember typing in games
like this from magazines over a decade ago - but they didn't look quite like this
version, which also adds a little to the basic theme.
You have control of various mirrors scattered around a simple maze, and by positioning
these you must direct laser beams around the maze, killing lethal "blobs" and
triggering the exit switch. The game uses TBA's TAG engine and allows you to view the
game from any angle, using light-sourced and texture-mapped graphics. Various additions
to the basic premise such as doors and trigger switches add a little more interest to the
You don't need to study Merp for very long before you realise why it isn't a stand-alone title. It's not exactly an advanced game.
You control a "merp" (looking suspiciously like a circle with sunglasses),
and attempt to collect more red flags than your opponents. Up to four people can play at
once, with teams if desired. There are a few simple features such as walls, friction and
gravity. Er, and that's it. The very basic graphics are shoved on a pretty backdrop to take
away a little of the early 80s look.
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