Thursday, January 21, 2016

Video Games 1

Andrei Ellman, Wacko Software, created a game which mixes three classics together: Pong, Space Invaders and Pac-Man. However, with a cunning twist, all three are simultaneously playable using the one joystick. You heard correctly and the controls are pretty insane: Pong is controlled by holding down the fire button and then moving up/down. Pac-Man is initially very confusing so I advise you read the docs but Space Invaders has the most simplistic controls - left/right moves your ship and pushing up or down will fire your weapon. Weird, right?

The controls sure appear tricky but, with a little practice, will oddly work pretty well. However, there's only so much my tiny brain could manage and I found myself concentrating more on Space Invaders whilst occasionally playing Pac-Man. Scarcely did I bother with Pong - not until I had died in one of the other two games.

If things are visually too messy then you could invert the colours by pressing the "I" key which looks ugly but is better on the eyes. Also, the numerical keypad can brighten or darken colours certain colours from each game - pressing "9" a few times will brighten Space Invaders whereas "5" will darken PacMan.

I think Andrei was one crazy, mixed-up kid and probably had a good laugh when developing this. Don't take it too seriously and practice with the controls because Video Games 1 is ridiculously entertaining and you'll love it.

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