Saturday, January 21, 2017

Falcon

It's very satisfying to finally complete a favourite collection of something we love and I have just managed to complete the Falcon trio. Sure, there are the limited and classic releases that bundle the lot but I've never been much impressed with many compilations as I've always wanted the original, individual, games. And now I finally have 'em!

Falcon is a brilliant flight sim with awesome graphics and many interesting locations to fail its many missions! So here is my special 3x cover feature for our Box Art group. Why not take your own F-16 for a spin today?

LINKS

 - AtariMania features every Falcon release within their ST database :
     ~ Falcon
     ~ Mission Disk 1 Operation: Counterstrike
     ~ Mission Disk 2 Operation: Firefight
 - 8BitChip has done it again and adapted a Falcon bundle for hard drive installation.
 - Old Game Finder has the floppies for those poor souls without the original disks or a hard drive! :p


Friday, January 20, 2017

Harris Went Skiing

Today we rewind the clocks all the way to 1982 for a skiing adventure with the odd looking 8-bit hero, Horace. Not wanting to upset Psion, he changed his name to Harris for his Atari ST appearance, all thanks to a couple of brothers calling themselves OllySoft.

Anyone old enough to remember the original will feel right at home with Harris who is once again looking to enjoy a skiing trip. However, it's not started off well, Harris finds himself in a pickle as he didn't bring along any skis so must hire from the resort - who stupidly built their shop on the wrong side of a busy highway!

If you have ever played an OllySoft game, you will probably guess why I wasn't expecting too much from Harris Went Skiing. Shockingly, it is actually a good clone and is most certainly OllySoft's best release. The graphics and sounds are quite close to the original but, even as an ST nutter, I must admit nothing beats the authentic and dodgy ZX Spectrum version. Playing the Frogger screen is a little too easy in comparison to what I remember and simply waiting for a large gap in the traffic allows you to run across the road in one go! The skiing part is quite close to the original with a few extra obstacles and, once complete, somebody robs your skis and you are returned to the start.

I'm glad I got to experience the very early 80s with my ZX Spectrum. Times were different and we sure had lots of homebrew quality games because that's exactly how it was, which makes those days very special. The Horace games are certainly a part of that era and OllySoft did a great job with Harris Went Skiing. Seeing "Horace" again has certainly brought back lots of nostalgic feelings for this old gamer and I really did enjoy playing it. Hardly a game you will be playing all night long but I do still find myself happily recommending Harris for all the old fogies out there!

LINKS

 - Harris can be found on Automation #345 which is available via Old Games Finder.
 - OllySoft comprises of two brothers, Steve & Stu who developed five Atari ST games. Ignoring Harris, each are lame and rather tasteless but I imagine they had lots of fun making them. All games can be found using Old Games Finder but whether you want to bother is another thing:
     * Who Maimed Roger Rabbit - Imagine Operation Wolf but set in the President Trump's backyard which is overrun by rabbits! A successful hit turns those cute rabbits into a bloody mess of gore. It's quite fun, if repetitive.
     * SubHunt - a pointless two player game with an awesome hidden easter egg!
     * Ayatollah Invaders - An endless supply of angry ayatollah dudes running down your screen and into the path of your tank. It's mind-numbingly boring but I must admit, those somersault deaths are actually very cool.
     * Motorway Death - It's time to lower the bar even further to play hit and run! People appear glued to the road, so drive into them and watch blood splatter as their bodies spin off into the air. Funny... well... for a few seconds!

Who Maimed Roger Rabbit
SubHunt
Ayatollah Invaders
Motorway Death

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Head Over Heels


I stumbled upon Head Over Heels by pure chance today. It's been donkey's years since I last played this on my old ZX Spectrum and seeing it again is a heartwarming reminder of the 8-bit scene. However, I shockingly cannot remember completing this tough isometric adventure and I certainly don't ever recall playing the Atari ST version!

Head Over Heels is far more complex that it first appears with two characters who each have their own skillset with which to deal with puzzles. It's superb to see this again after all these years and anyone that loves the "filmation" genre will surely also love this. The graphics are Spec-tacular with superb details and more colour than my old rubber Speccy could ever have dreamt of back then. This is a huge and intriguing adventure offering many sleepless nights!

LINKS

 - AtariMania features this within the ST database including an interesting tidbit too!
 - Download Head Over Heels from 8BitChip as this supports a trainer and hard drive installation.
 - An extremely interesting website for the ZX Spectrum version with maps, videos, and more...
 - Retrospec remade a number of Speccy games and Head Over Heels is one of them.