Saturday, January 16, 2016

WANTED


Wanted was released by Infogrames in 1988 and is basically a Gunsmoke rip-off which (to me) also feels inspired by Ikari Warriors. Ignoring the start, which features awful music, we begin the game as a budding John Wayne wannabe, strolling through dusty wildest town inhabited by lots of outlaws. Yep, this is turning into every guy's dream!

Unlike Ikari Warriors, the screen will automatically scroll downwards and the action comes thick and fast. Whack on the fire button and shoot your way through Dodge City but watch out for the enemy and their bullets! These may very well be the slowest bullets on the planet but they are also extremely precise and I somehow always managed to walk into them... Power-ups are available after shooting barrels where you'll find weapons, shield, etc.

Wanted is a good vertically scrolling shoot 'em up and fans of Gunsmoke will love it. But, be warned, this is darn difficult (and there are better games on the Atari ST) but there is something curiously likeable about this. I enjoyed it a lot, so download the hard disk version from 8BitChip with floppies available via Old Games Finder. Yeehaw!!

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