This BBC Micro conversion of Ultimate Play the Game‘s classic 1983 Spectrum game, Cookie, was programmed by Paul Proctor but was never officially released. Which is shame because it’s not bad.
It was, however, leaked onto the internet some decades later and we can still enjoy playing it now. Which is a damn sight better than the game having been lost forever…
Cookie, if you’ve never played it before, is a simple shoot ’em up where you play a chef character who can throw bags of flour at objects on-screen to knock them into a bowl at the bottom. The idea is that chef must knock food items into the bowl, but avoid knocking non-food items (like tin cans and fish bones) in. Food items comes in from the pantry on the left-hand side of the screen and hitting them with bags of flour will change their trajectory. If you knock the required number of ingredients into the bowl you complete the level.
Occasionally, hazard items will also enter the screen and will kill you if they touch you. Touching food items will also kill you, which is a problem. So the idea is to avoid touching everything and only hit them with bags of flour. If you hit a hazard item with flour it will become stunned for a while, but will still bounce around the screen. If you knock a hazard item into the bowl it will increase the number of food items required.
A green Oscar the Grouch-like character appears out of rubbish bins at the bottom of the screen and also throws hazard items at you.
As the levels increase the number of food items that you need to get into the bowl increases.
The music in the game (which includes a rendition of “Food Glorious Food” from the musical Oliver!) was written by Martin Galway.
Cookie on the BBC Micro is fun for a short while. It’s nowhere near as good as the Spectrum original, though.
More: Cookie on Wikipedia