Sunday, July 23, 2017

Street Fighter II


The ST world constantly amazes me. Just when you think you've seen it all, Street Fighter pops up and slaps you in the face!! Yep, I've never seen this before and no, I don't mean those terrible commercial games because this was developed for the Atari STe by none other than Patrice Mandin, a guy whom I'm grateful to for this Doom engine.

It features two-player support as Chun-Li and its engine makes use of the hardware scrolling, Blitter chip, and DMA for stereo sound effects. As you can see, it's playable but unfinished and will probably remain so, sadly. However, great progress has already been achieved and it sure makes you realise just what the Atari STe is capable of... but now I hate most commercial gaming companies even more for ignoring this amazing computer!

Even unfinished, it technically hammers the original conversions but that wasn't hard, right? I am shocked just how playable it is with smooth action and responsive controls, using both the joystick and keyboard. The source code is available and I'm shocked our community hasn't picked this up in over 20 years. The potential here is huge!!

LINKS

 - The game and source code can be downloaded from Patrice Mandin's website.
 - Along with the animation, I have recorded a video which shows me "fighting" both Chun-Li characters!

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Wowy by Tomchi


I have just listened to this amazing tune called Wowy, by Tomchi (played using JAM) and simply had to record it.
Kick off your weekend in style and Download this gorgeous chiptune right now for your Atari STe!! 🎧

Friday, July 21, 2017

Mystical


Being the Grand Wizard's novice magician, we are eager to learn the ropes but quick to make silly mistakes, like losing his precious scrolls and phials! Now we must travel parallel worlds and retrieve as many as possible, so have your trusty magic wand at the ready because this is going to be a unique adventure you're unlikely to forget.

In Mystical, everyone is out to get us and we will battle hoards of the strangest creatures - Buzzards, Sheppard's who throw sheep, faithless Monks, reptiles, farmers, annoying little girls, Vikings, walking trees, and so much more. These amazing characters are the best part of this tripped-out silly game and there is such a stunning variety too. However, the first boss is a disappointment and bit of a freak who rapidly throws cute babies, which is just pure evil.

The big man has granted permission to use the magic we find and the ability to cast the spells which provide a variety of unique ways to dispose of our foes. The ring of fire scorches anyone who dares to get too close. Another opens up the ground to swallow our victims, cages that trap those nearby, and there are so many more. Possibly the best of all is shouting "Boo" to shoo them off. Each spell activates straight away but, if you are quick, slap that Spacebar to stockpile it for later and use in combination with the Return key, quite a cumbersome design but it works. The level ends when you reach the pentagram where you must wait for the sphere to whisk you away onto the next level.

The visuals are gorgeous with smooth scrolling across detailed landscapes using a pleasing palette, I might add. However, it's the tremendous quality of all the characters which steal the limelight, never have I seen such beautiful sprites. Audio is a mixed bag with each sound effect made from individual samples to suit their visual counterparts when casting spells. I adore the "Bla Bla Bla", this reminds me of the speech in Donkey Island. Sadly, the title music isn't as good and I cannot see the point of low-quality sampled music over the option of a crisp chiptune...

As much as it may try to hide behind the storyline, this is simply a generic shoot 'em up albeit with lots of cool power-ups and fun humour. It's obvious a lot of time and effort went into Mystical's production as it oozes so much artistic quality. I really enjoy playing this and I'm sure everyone will love its unique personality, at least for a couple of hours.

LINKS

 - Mystical can be installed onto hard drive thanks to 8BitChip.
 - Stonish has a superb floppy disk by Zuul #177.
 - I was going to record a video but what's the point when Gears Of Games recorded this belter!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Things Not To Do


Electronic Images released one of the most hilarious Atari ST demos I have ever seen. I did try and record a video but my emulator missed some graphics and also the sine scroller (which is beautiful) was jerking like it had a nervous twitch. So I burned the image to a floppy disk and it was perfect - because nothing beats the real hardware!!

Download this utterly stupid demo from AtariMania then turn up the volume and enjoy the show.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Sabre Team


I couldn't wait to add another into our new PixelArt group and today I have picked what I personally think is a corker. Sabre Team has such an awesome title screen that depicts a sinister SAS soldier emerging out of the darkness - ready to assassinate. I love its post-apocalyptic/Who Dares Wins feel and I think Phil Hackney did a superb job. However, the creepiest artwork belongs to the half-naked soldier statistics screen. I shall say no more... 🤣

Sabre Team is pure turn-based strategy and is an absolute GEM so a review is to follow very soon!