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  • April Showers is a computer game by Clemoes, first written quite a few years ago now but still a game that is enjoyed by some people – sometimes including me
  • Your score increases as you pick up cloudlets, but if you see a Water Low warning message, you will need to chase after raindrops quickly to avoid evaporating
  • I thought that the cute and rather cartoonish graphics in April Showers worked very well
  • As it is, it's just a fairly interesting one

    • by fredhound
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      April Showers is a computer game by Clemoes, first written quite a few years ago now but still a game that is enjoyed by some people – sometimes including me! The game was originally written for the Acorn BBC Micro, although variants have been spotted on a number of other formats since then. It is a little bit different from some of the games that you will find from this era, and although that can make it slightly frustrating to play at first, once you get used to it you should find that it is quite an amusing way to spend a few minutes of your free time.

      In April Showers, you are a cloud. Yes, that’s right. You take the part of a somewhat anthropomorphised cloud, with a


      rather cute pair of wide eyes, and your task is to keep a plant at the bottom of the screen alive. To do this, you must steer around a bright blue sky filled with cloudlets (other small bits of cloud) and raindrops as well as slightly odd looking flying things that I suppose are probably meant to be either insects or birds, but actually look more like upside down umbrellas! Your score increases as you pick up cloudlets, but if you see a “Water Low” warning message, you will need to chase after raindrops quickly to avoid evaporating!

      I thought that the cute and rather cartoonish graphics in April Showers worked very well. They reminded me of some of the more gentle Nintendo games in their bright and comic ...


      • book like appearance, and they made a very nice change from the blackness of space or the gritty feel of some of the more urban settings you find in so many video games. On the other hand, the sound effects are very disappointing, with no music to be heard anywhere – not even a theme tune for the opening menu. All you get is the occasional very basic effect when you touch another item.

        Controlling the cloud is done by means of the keyboard, and the keys are acceptably comfortable, although the layout cannot be changed, which is rather annoying. What takes a bit more getting used to, though, is that as you move your cloud around it stays in the middle of the screen, so instead of it

        moving (for example) left, the whole of the rest of the scene moves right! The scrolling is pleasantly smooth, and in fact the animation in general is decent at worst and pretty good at best.

        If only there were a little more to April Showers, it might have been a very good game indeed. I still do like playing it from time to time simply because it is a break from the norm where computer games are concerned, but it strikes me as being a good idea that wasn’t quite brought through entirely to completion. With some catchy music, a proper intro screen and a little more variety in your task, this could have been a brilliant and original game. As it is, it’s just a fairly interesting one.




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