Sunday, January 21, 2018

HangAbout!


HangAbout! was released in 1995 by John Hodskinson and is one of the oddest games I have played. Three (randomly generated) mountains need to be climbed by a little stickman with the first being relatively easy, the next is much harder, and the third is a killer! The mountainside has many ridges which our adventurer can cling to and use for his route to the top. However, if you fall too far then expect nothing more than a pixelated mess of death.

Our stickman can make use of his arm to reach those parts that are a pinch out of reach - without a good stretch. However, sometimes, the route to the top appears blocked by a gap simply too large to reach so a "megajump" can be used - but only the once so use it wisely. Overall, HangAbout! is one of those games that first appears rubbish but actually turns out to be incredibly addictive! In fact, it's gobsmackingly brilliant and all for less than 10Kb.

LINKS

 - Download PD Games Compilation Disk #2 which also features another game by John called Haywire.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Turrican II - The Music


Turrican II The Music by Black (aka Scott Clifford). A musicdisk for both ST computers that shows just how great this game's tunes really are. Also included are a selection of stereo remixes for the Atari STe so what more could you want? I've recorded this video which plays about minute from ten random tracks but you should nab the download via Demozoo and hear all the tunes yourself. Best experienced with a real Atari STe - crank up the volume!!

Friday, January 19, 2018

Burger Dream


Burger Dream is Reisoft's spin on Clowns & Balloons which has us helping a Ronald McDonald lookalike to collect flying burgers. Imagine Breakout with a dollop of Space Invaders - but replace the aliens with juicy hamburgers!

Ronald is left to feel the wind in his wig because we are in control of a couple of goons who move a trampoline contraption for this freaky clown. He uses this to bounce high in the air to collect burgers which scroll across the screen (and now I'm hungry) so try not to drop him otherwise he ends up in a crumpled heap! The mouse is used to for movement and is perfectly implemented for smooth and precise control. However, the graphics aren't exactly 16-bit in quality, more like something I would have drawn, so I think only the blind will appreciate these pixels.

Burger Dream is hideous and repetitive but I admit it was also surprisingly enjoyable. Well, for a few minutes...

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

NIBE


NIBE is a Nibbler / Snake game developed by Marc Bourlon in the late 80s and eventually released in 1991. An ever-greedy snake slithers the screen, chomping his way through every apple but his gluttony makes him longer and longer with each bite. So it's our job to safely guide him to all the fruit - rather than a wall or his own tail.

That's easier said than done when you have been dropped in at the deep end thanks to the incredibly cruel level design. Each and every screen is a tough nut to crack and I must admit to getting "fed up" of biting my own tail, or accidentally slamming into walls!! It took several attempts before I began to enjoy success and the trick is to take into consideration the constant gain in length whilst hoping to figure out a logical path through. So good luck!

Graphics are humble and perfectly suit the required retro theme. I love the main menu which is actually an intro which offers the chance to alter certain preferences: the gameplay speed (I dare anyone to play on the fastest speed!!), redefine the keyboard controls, and also the ability to instantly begin playing on any of the 50 levels. The audio is superb but there are no sound effects so Mad Max music plays throughout - and that is never a bad thing.

    

Nibe is pretty straightforward and also extremely challenging thanks to its sinister level design. Stick with it because the basic mechanics are spot-on and the chance to fiddle with the speed and access each level are both killer features. NIBE will test your reactions, patience and concentration so prepare thyself to be tormented!!

LINKS

 - Floppy downloads are available via Stonish on the excellent Serenade #78 disk.
 - If you liked Nibe then you must also play N.o.B.I. - Racing right away!!

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Breakout


Breakout is a desk accessory that lets us play a game of brick-busting on the GEM desktop. It's a favourite of mine which I had installed on my boot drive back in the day and I remember marvelling at the multitasking capabilities of my lovely Atari ST computer! This seemed like black magic back then, even if ACCs just faked it...

The game is basic but it's great fun having breakout instantly available to play right there within GEM plus it runs in all three resolutions too. However, I doubt anyone will dump it for Bolo anytime soon which is by far the best of all the clones (IMHO). This has made my day so thank you to whoever developed this fun ACC - get in touch!