Review by Dave Giarrusso
watch a lot of bad movies. On
purpose. Among them, the
original 13 Ghosts, Uncle
Sam, and The Screaming Skull, a film that promised viewers a free funeral if
they died of fright while watching it.
The Screaming Skull is, literally, an excuse for a stagehand to go
around lobbing a (very) plastic skull into various scenes for pretty much
no reason. Then, whomever the
skull happened to be attacking would catch the skull and hold it up to
their throat, face, etc. while screaming in terror.
It’s a “great” bad film.
has a sister film called The
Crawling Eye. I haven’t
seen it yet, but it’s on my “to do” list of awful B-movies to see.
In the meantime, I’ve got Rock Ola’s creepy coin-op, Eyes, to keep my peepers peppered with B-movie images of
disembodied, deadly orbs.
Eyes, you control a giant eyeball capable of shooting daggers - laser
daggers. Four similarly
equipped evil eyes chase you in standard cat and mouse, maze game fashion.
Clear each maze by shooting all the targets, and along the way,
wipe out as many of the enemy eyes as possible.
it might sound like another Pac-Man
clone at first listen, it’s actually a lot closer to the Tank round
in Bally’s Tron. If your eye gets
caught in an alley and can’t turn out of the path of enemy fire in time,
you’re toast. Unlike Tron,
your turretless eye can only fire in the direction that it’s looking. Like Tron, you also want to avoid crashing into the enemies.
strikes me as one of the more “quiet” games at the arcade.
It doesn’t offer anything terribly new and exciting to make it
stand out from the maze game
crowd, and it’s not a game you’d immediately run to as soon as you
walked in the door. It IS a
game that would have wound up on the play list though, probably later on
in the evening when you were trying to stretch those last few tokens out
until closing time.
eight levels are distinguished by different colors, targets, scoring, and
slight difficulty ramping, but the actual maze remains the same.
The game isn’t all that difficult, and once the player reaches
the final round, the computer is really just waiting for the player to get
careless. Note: the score
rolls over at a million, so if you’re shooting for the high score table,
keep a spare eye on it.
groovy background sounds are worth mentioning.
Imagine the sound of a bunch of glass spiders walking along a patch
of thin ice. Listen as the
ice begins to crack and give way underneath the spiders’ spindly legs
without breaking all the way through.
The sounds you’re hearing in your mind’s eye (ear) are the
creepy background sounds from Eyes.
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