Clean Sweep

Graphics: 3
Sound: 3
Control: 3
Depth: 3
Overall: 3

Clean Sweep

Released: 1982

This is a basic, solid Vectrex title. One nice thing is that you don't need the overlay to play this game, in fact it doesn't really add anything. Another nice thing is the twist on the traditional Pac-Man theme.

In this game the dots are money that was strewn about by careless robbers who are trying to eliminate you (the bad guys in the maze). The novel feature is that you drive a vaccuum that eventually gets full, and you have to drop off the money in the vault in the center before you can get any more dots.

You're going to want to have a controller that centers nicely for this game, it helps. Also the one design feature I don't like is that when you go through a tunnel, you appear immediately on the other side, while the bad guys come through gradually. Messes up my timing.

I wouldn't say this is a must-have game but its a nice addition to the library, one that works fine if you find a loose cartridge without the overlay somewhere or play it off the multicart.

- Eric Ruck