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Asterix has always been one of my favorite characters. I simply enjoyed every comic book I read and each cartoon I watched. There was one episode in which Obelix hit druid Getafix with a huge menhir that made the poor druid lose his mind. This game covers that episode. You, as Asterix, have to cure Getafix so he can resume making the Magic potion that keeps Roman soldiers away from the village. Will you succeed?
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.
Based on the popular comic book series of the same game, you play the super-strong Asterix - saviour of the Gauls and scourge of the Roman Empire.
Asterix owes his super strength to a special drink brewed by the tribe's druid Getafix who has unfortuantely developed amnesia resulting from a freak giant-friggin-rock-hits-druid-in-the-head-and-causes-him-to-lose-his-memory accident. It is up to you to seek out and gather various ingredients in the hope of finding a cure for Getafix.
The game itself is a sort of action-adventure mix... ok, more action than adventure but there is still some adventure style probelm solving involved here. The game controls are slightly ropey and not as repsonsive as i'd like them to be at times but this doesn't detract from the game too much. One thing that did always bring a smile to my face while playing this game were the animations. From the rather amusing intro to what happens when Getafix tries out another potion - they are all very nicely done :)
Overall a chraming and fun game, maybe one to let the young 'uns play.
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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