Monday, August 19, 2019

Ironman Challenge III

A couple of years ago, I asked Mike (of The New Retro Show) to play some Atari ST games. An alternative selection that I knew would push this bloke to his limits - it was especially fun watching him endure Fire And Brimstone!!

Two years is long enough, so I challenged him for a third "Ironman" video which he agreed to! So I picked games from the PD/Shareware scene, four platformers and three conversions of arcade classics: Clod Hopper, Crapman, Frogger, Hector vs The Mutant Vampire Tomatoes From Hell, Hoog, Space Monsters and Winglord.

I would like to thank Mike for this fun challenge, which I have really enjoyed. Oh, and this video is actually an early-screening just for Atari ST gamers and it will not be made public until this Wednesday!! One more thing... Mike, I've got some cool (and cruel) ideas for a fourth challenge if you're interested? Go on, I dare ya!

Three belters: Winglord (Atari STe), Crapman and one of the latest games released for the ST, Frogger!

Hoog is one mightily impressive jaw-dropping platformer and Clod Hopper feels so authentically 8Bit.

Hector... must be one of the best titles ever and who doesn't love a fantastic conversion of Panic?

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Stunt Car Racer

Stonish are having a fantastic year with a ton of additions to their database. I downloaded a few of these crackers but ended up loving what Supremacy #7 offered: James Pond - a Steve Bak classic. Action Fighter - hey this is pretty good. The Mystic Well - one for geeks lol. But it was Stunt Car Racer that had me hooked so, here we are!

I remembered friends telling me about a 3D racer by Geoff Crammond which was like Evel Knievel meets (a playable version of) Hard Drivin'. However, I simply couldn't control my buggy for love nor money so failed to see what the attraction was and placed it in the same category as Powerdrome - nice idea but impossible to control...

Genius track design with incredibly cunning tricks and here are the motley crew you're up against (click it)

30 years later...

Well, thanks to Stonish and this floppy disk, I booted up Stunt Car Racer and attempted a couple of practice laps like it was 1989 again. To my genuine surprise, I didn't crash or fall off the track!!! So I played another game and even took part in a league challenge - which I won. Now I was gleaming with pride because this wasn't like me at all. Yup, this success went straight to my head and I started to get very excited - not easy at my age!

So I dared myself on and practised several different tracks, with a varying degree of success. Well, I'm being kind to myself here: The Stepping Stones is a killer which I think everybody should foolishly attempt, Kamikaze style!! The Draw Bridge looks easy but has a nifty trick up its sleeve... and The Big Ramp features a ginormous monster gap which can only be jumped by going over 200mph. There might only be 8 tracks but they are all beauties!

I love the way you are dropped in! Now the fun begins and against a blocky opponent.

I thought I was catching him up but I skidded off into the dirt - only to watch him zoom off...

Stunt Car Racer is controlled using the joystick: pushing up accelerates whilst fire enables turbo boost for added speed. Pulling down breaks and can reverse, which comes in handy after falling off the tracks. Turning left or right isn't overly sensitive but precise and feels just right. Natural and very comfortable from the very start. Thus instantly playable and mastering the buggy's controls isn't tedious at all but rather very rewarding.

Practice mode is great for learning the ropes and mastering those difficult parts of most tracks but I found myself jumping straight into the league to compete against a computer-controlled opponent. They are well-balanced - so the computer ain't no slouch nor is it Jimmie Johnson. Also, you have the option to compete against friends and even hook-up your ST to another glorious Atari computer. Oh, or maybe an Amiga, if you so desire! ;)

You win some, you lose some... Stick with it and you'll be their hero - with a giant egg cup!

Graphically, this racer lacks the flair and pizzazz of Lotus or Crazy Cars 3 but this is actually a good thing because the framerate doesn't suffer from any unnecessary aesthetics. Sadly, sounds aren't exactly the best I've heard from my ST: there are numerous effects but the engine noise could have been far better so I found myself turning the volume down a little bit... In fact, I'd love to see this game improved with STe DMA effects. [hint PP!!]

Stunt Car Racer is fast and furious with wonky tracks which are a thrill to compete on. Whether you choose to master those tricky stunts in Practice mode or jump straight into a league battle, I guarantee hours of fun. The physics are spot-on perfect and the stunt aspect is so addictive, unlike Hard Drivin! Dear Mr Crammond, you did it again and delivered a racer which is exciting, addictive and a bucket load of fun!! Overall, 10/10. Absolutely.

I suggest you bob over to Stonish to see lots more ST goodies!!

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Atari STe games [part two]

I'm sure you were all expecting this, right? :@) Yup, I've put together a second video recording that features even more Atari STe games from the Crypt archives. Once again, just a few seconds of each game is shown accompanied with the same groovy background tune by Tomchi. Greetings to all my fellow STe Nutters out there!

 Uridium - Peter has performed his usual magic and transformed this old clunky shooter into a beauty.
 Operation Garfield - I dare you not to laugh at this silly shoot 'em up!
 Zool - Good on the ST and even better on the STe. Different to Sonic and fun for a few hours.


 Giana Sisters - This is what the original should have been like all along! One of the best-enhanced games.
 Chronicles of Omega - More colours on the STf but smooth as silk on the STe and with DMA audio.
 Substation - Doom for the ST? Well, no it's very different but it's still a BRILLIANT fps game.


 Stardust - Now we're talking, play this Asteroids and tell me it's not mind-blowing. Superb shooter!!
 Heartland 2000 - An Easter Egg with legs but look how smoooooth it runs!!
 Zero-5 - The STe goes all Star Wars on us and it's utterly brilliant too. What a cracking game this is.


 Pac Mania - The original was good but this blows it out the water!!
 R-Type Deluxe - Good old Bod did us proud right until the end. I miss him and thank him for the pics.
 Team - I ain't no soccer fan but check out this in overscan. Wow!!


 Sliders - Looks weird, scrolls like silk, but can you play it? One odd game this. Very odd...
 Obsession - Best pinball game on any ST? Very possibly because this is a jaw-dropper Christmas cracker!


Saturday, August 10, 2019

Atari STe games [part one]

I've put together a video recording of 14 Atari STe games. Of course, this isn't complete because there are lots more out there but, in the interesting of keeping things short and sweet... My video shows a few seconds from each game with a groovy background tune by Tomchi, which is just gorgeous! I hope you enjoy this humble presentation?

 Bombaman - Everyone loves Bomberman and this is a Christmas cracker we both loved.
 Escape 2042 - I bought this and so should you. This is incredible. Frustratingly incredible :)
 Pacman On E's - The little yellow fella pops ecstasy pills for a furious take on the classic!


 Alien Blast - Skip by those old bugs to enjoy a tremendous Alien-infested shoot 'em up.
 Death Chase - Quite possibly one of the best games I have ever played. Pure gold this one, folks!
 Ultimate Arena - Punch like Chuck Norris and kick like Bruce Lee in this beat 'em up.


 Pole Position - A near arcade-perfect conversion of one of the best racers ever. It is superb.
 PouifOuf - Those graphics might look familiar but the gameplay is furiously different - Wow!!
 Top Banana - The graphics make your eyes bleed and the sounds are... different... but it's weirdly good fun.


 Crackman/Dealer - A different twist on the old pill-popper and something you will love instantly love.
 Whitewater Madness - Forget the old demos out there - this is the full version right here on AtariCrypt!!
 Roger - The STe shows us exactly what it's capable of and Spot shines for a truly superb game.


 Jinks - Something my mind cannot fathom and PP totally destroys that jerky STf original.
 R0X - Zoom through the heavens, scaping giant rocks, all for a massive arcade adrenalin rush!


Friday, August 09, 2019

Volume 3: Return Of The Borders!

How time flies, it was only last October I remember giving Marco's project a little Crypt push and today it all became a reality - for me. After several days of resentfully watching so many ST nutters flaunt their Trilogy collection, I finally have my own copy!! Yup, this morning there was a knock at the door (no, it wasn't the police or somebody wanting money) so I answered and received that familiar brown parcel which I carefully and excitedly opened.

I've had a flick through and I'm loving what I've seen so far, I'm sure to enjoy reading it properly over the weekend. If anyone missed out on the funding of this project, then don't despair because you can still purchase any or all three volumes. My gratitude goes out to Marco and everyone involved in this hiSToric achievement!!

And you thought it was just demos? Jeff Minter and one of the best STe games ever, Stardust!!

Say hello to Jan, one of our amazing Patreons!! Iron Soldier is outstanding, what a game that was/is.

Scavenger! I look forward to reading that interview not too mention anything Falcon related.