Tuesday, August 21, 2018

PONG


I love finding something "new" and only yesterday I saw a version of Pong on Atari Legend which I had never played before. It's by Construct Developments but I couldn't source a download from anywhere until ST Graveyard, aka Maarten Martens, kindly sent me the disk image. (Download just added into AtariMania for safe keeping!)

Firstly, Pong works only on the Atari STe thanks to the stereo tracker music, but the gameplay isn't exactly what I assumed. Forget your friends and family because this is a one-player conversion which uses your joystick to control both paddles at the same time. So, as you guide the left paddle, the right will automatically move in the opposite direction. These brain-busting inverted movements are quite tough to fully master - but Pongtastic!!

Sadly, it appears Pong was never finished so there are a few minor niggles. The only thing that bugged me was how the ball becomes difficult to follow when it passing over an area of similar colour, all thanks to that cool image. However, finding new ST software is always superb and this certainly offers a neat twist on 70s table tennis.

  

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