Friday, February 02, 2018

Goin' Down With The Captain

Goin' Down With The Captain was developed in GFA Basic by Terry King of Ninth Wave Software and must have one of the silliest titles since those robot monsters invaded our screens! Okay, imagine yourself as the unlucky cabinboy onboard a sinking ship running around looking for all the lifebuoys and it's all in a race against the clock.

Collecting the lifebuoys is easy but you will need to venture deep into the waters to find most because they are all scattered about the ship. Fetch them back to their hangers up on the top deck but you are only able to carry a maximum of two at a time and later levels will require multiple trips into Poseidon's realm.

Leaky pipes, rising water and now a crab has spotted us. One deadly pinch and we float off to heaven ala Monty Mole!

The flooding is constant and rising quickly with leaky pipes spirting out more water. Thankfully, these can be patched with a sticky plaster and some decks have pump levers you can operate to help reduce water levels. Flooded decks can still be accessed if you hold your breath and use the air bubbles to top-up your oxygen supply. Any treasures you find are yours to keep but beware of snippy crabs roaming the lower decks who are itching to nip at your toes.

The joystick controls are incredible with responsive movements and little learning curve. Using the levers is an entertaining moment and brought back memories of Decathlon but this time you're waggling the joystick up+down.

Remember, not every door needs to be unlocked - so use your keys wisely. Oh, look an air bubble! How handy...

The graphics aren't exactly at a Bitmap Bros standard but they do their job good enough, albeit with the occasional slowdown. Music and sound effects are made from low-quality fuzzy samples which I didn't really care for. Audio is in stereo on the Atari STe but I'd much rather have heard crisp chip over poor samples any day.

This is an oddball game with an amateur feel throughout and I almost feel the need to justify why I've enjoyed it so much. After all, the visuals are quite bland and the audio is extremely poor but it plays great and surely that's enough, right? Well, that's all that should matter! So I think Going Down With The Captain is a great platformer with challenging and addictive gameplay. It's definitely one of the best PD games I have ever played and I loved it.

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