You’ve all seen that sickening Prudential advert where an obnoxious little brat whines ‘I wanna be a slug’. Well now he can be with Steg, a wacky new cartoon puzzle arcade game from the King of the Cutesys — Code Masters. (That kid should’ve become a Prudential rep — they’re all pretty slimey — Ed.)
Despite being an IT (ie, asexual), Steg the slug has overcome the problems of biological impossibilities and spawned loadsa little Stegs, T’yungunz (think about it, you’ll see see the joke in a minute — Ed), which are all the spitting image of their dad/mum — slimey, slippery but cute. (A cute slug? Unreal! — Ed.)
The main aim of the game is to keep as many baby crawlers alive as possible and this means feeding ’em. Lots. These kids are real hungry so you slither through a series of spooky caverns gathering maggots and other culinary ‘delights’.
Steg slithers left and right along platforms, climbs walls, walks across ceilings and even jumps and blows bubbles. To collect food for T’yungunz, Steg traps bugs by enveloping them in a bubble which floats up then gives chase, controlling the bubble by blowing it in the right direction, until it reaches T’yungunz cosy nest. But watch out for the hazards along the way such as bubble-bursting spikes and fires.
Once you’ve satisfied the appetites in one nest, you move onto the next more difficult cavern and another bunch of starving brats.
There are puzzles a-plenty in Steg — bellows can help or hinder our hero in the fight to direct the bubbles. Trampolines are useful — sending Steg bouncing into the air and handy for getting bubbles up narrow vertical shafts.
And this slime-ball transforms into RoboSteg when you’ve collected certain objects — Nitrous Oxide Injection Kit (speed-up), ACME Strap-On Bionic Legs (easier movement and higher jumps) and Rocket Back-Pack (limited flying). Beware of the rockets, though, their jets can burst the bubbles. This game sounds bizarre. I mean, how can you make a slug seem cute? But if anyone can do it. Code Masters can — who would have thought you could make an egg into an adorable cult figure? Keep your eyes peeled for Steg over the next couple of months.