Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Adventurer's Box Art

Not one, not two, not even three... Today, we have four awesome box covers from my very own collection to add to our ever growing "artistic" group. Please, try not to drool too much because I don't wish to ruin my games... :o)
  • First up, is Heimdall with its excellent cartoon-style visuals and a funny storyline depicting life as a Viking demi-god on his brave mission. Three silly games first need to be mastered before you can choose a decent crew of dodgy-looking characters and I dare you not to giggle during the drunken axe throwing contest! Sadly, I personally feel Core should have got more from out of a 1MB computer because it feels like a weak Ameoba port and could so easily have been much better. However, this doesn't distract from what is ultimately a humorous and crazy adventure through Norse mythology. 
  • Drakkhen is a Christmas present the wife kindly treated me too and my copy is in beautiful condition, ignoring some scuffs on the rear. A realtime role player which involves four chosen characters and much dragon slaying. Most certainly one of my prized possessions and an RPG which I strongly recommend.
  • Next up is Xenomorph which can often be overlooked as merely a Dungeon Master ripoff set in space. It's far more than that and offers a great real-time RPG set onboard Atargis, an abandoned space station. The dude on the cover always makes me think of Speedball but, ignoring that amazing fact, this is an engrossing adventure which I'm sure will appeal to all.
  • Finally, we have an illustrated text adventure with a creepy cover and one of the silliest of storylines. You are (wait for it) Ham Burger and Mr Cheez has given you a house in Salom's Lot which is rumoured to be haunted by lots of scary things that go bump in the night. I must admit to being a little disappointed with my copy because the condition isn't great, but this is a rare title which I am proud to own!
Whichever genre you prefer, I don't think you can go wrong with any of these excellent adventures. Each is different and each offer something fascinating and addictive to take an eager adventurer into the early hours. I am personally going to choose Drakkhen - before I get into trouble with the boss for wasting money! What about you?

LINKS

 - I'm a geek that loves to take pics of his Atari ST games and I've more within our Box Art group!
 - Floppy disk versions of all games can be found using Old Games Finder.
 - Hard drive installable games are obviously always the best and for that, I recommend Klaz for Drakkhen. It should come as no surprise that 8BitChip have awesome installations of Xenomorph and Heimdall.
 - AtariMania features each game within their excellent ST database website.


   


   

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Chaos Strikes Back


Following on from yesterday's wonderful news of an enhanced Dungeon Master, Peter Putnik has now improved the audio for Chaos Strikes Back. Why not make your Atari STe very happy and download this upgrade right now!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Dungeon Master


8BitChip have just updated Dungeon Master with DMA sounds for the Atari STe (and MSTE / TT / Falcon). Sadly, I've not had the time to play it - but I'm definitely setting aside this weekend to do just that! This is huge for us adventurers and Peter Putnik went on to say that Chaos Strikes Back is next in line for the STe treatment. I cannot wait :-)

LINKS

 - Download the new DMA-updated Dungeon Master from the 8BitChip website!
 - Fans of the game may want to check out some of our other articles:
     -> Back in July I posted a great download and also links to the ST Action guide.
     -> Going back to May and I felt that FTL really are top of the pops!
     -> Fancy trying something else? Then do take a look at the magnificent Walls Of Illusion!

Friday, February 10, 2017

Everyone's A Geek

I have recently been contacted by Robin, of Robberie. They are an acoustic indiepop group and their latest record is about retro gaming and features numerous devices like the Atari ST and ZX Spectrum. In fact, the Atari ST even had a helping hand in the production with the help of VideoMaster. That fact alone is mind-blowing and I was extremely fascinated by the ST's role in production so he kindly sent some information and pictures. Robin is a proper Atari and #retrogaming freak, which is fantastic! Enjoy the music video and then clickety-click for the Robberie website :-)


- ROBIN FROM ROBBERIE -
"My 1040 STE plays a starring role in the robberie video for Everyone's a geek, helping to create the pixellated monochrome shots. To do this, footage was recorded on a video camera, which was then fed through a Microdeal Videomaster cartridge. The software has a live preview mode which displays a quarter-screen feed of whatever you play in 16 shades of grey. So the recorded footage was played back and then I recorded the output from the computer's screen on my smartphone in order to get into a format compatible with editing software on my Mac.

There are some other Atari relics in the video. There are some shots of Roadblasters on my Lynx, which is modded with the brilliant replacement LCD colour screen. The shot of Pong is I'm afraid not original hardware but comes from an Atari classic tv games joystick.


And the Powerplay Cruiser joysticks are the ONLY ones that I could properly play Kick Off 2 on! You can find out more about the other retro hardware to be found in the video on the robberie website."

        


Sunday, January 29, 2017

Raiden

It's been almost a year since I first mentioned news of Raiden under development for the Atari STe by none other than our favourite Frogger dude, Scott Clifford. Commitments forced this to be put on ice, but he's since restarted with great progress and I've seen massive improvements in the last few weeks! As you read this, he's starting the initial work behind enemy sprite routines and more. This is an exciting update for the retro gaming world - watch this space!

Specs

 - Hardware scrolling is used for the entire screen - no status panel :-)
 - DMA hardware will be used for the playback of authentic arcade music!
 - The Blitter will be utilised for all the larger sprites.
 - Chip will be used for the sound effects without interfering with the music.
 - Support for the JagPad controller will also be implemented.
 - Please note that my video was recorded under emulation and performance was best on my real Atari STe!