I received my ColecoVision Magical Tree prize today!
I have been playing this quite a bit today, and I posted a review at www.opcodegames.com. I have also copied the review below for those who are interested. Thanks again to Eduardo Mello and Albert Yarusso for making this possible.!
This game is only available as a contest prize through OpCode Games, and you should definitely try to win this one! I received this game by winning the Sky Jaguar High Score Contest through Atari Age.
At first, the game seems very simplistic as it appears that you are simply climbing a tree by jumping from branch to branch. However, the game becomes much more challenging as you progress. In the first level, you are simply trying to climb the tree while avoiding owls and not falling off the branches. You can knock fruit into the owls for points and there are bonus items for additional points. You can even hang from a branch (instead of walking on it) to avoid dangers. If you fall from the tree you do not lose a life, you simply start again from the last check point. You only lose a life by coming in contact with one of the dangers such as an owl or a bee hive. As you progress to the second level, timing becomes much more important with the bee hives moving up and down while the owls are flying across the screen and you are still trying to climb upwards. Now there are even clouds floating by with lightning that could knock you out of the tree! I just received this game today, and I am currently playing in the third level where timing and speed are very important. There is no countdown clock, but you still must avoid the dangers on the screen while moving upward in order to survive. Although I had not heard of this game before the contest, I do find it very enjoyable. The game continues to evolve as the levels increase, and I am looking forward to reaching the top of the tree (if that is possible)!
This game does not come with a box or manual, but the label has professional high quality art work by Dale Crum and the game has been programmed by Eduardo Mello. Congratulations to Dale and Eduardo on a job well done!