Monday, January 19, 2015

The Curse Of Bolda


The Curse Of Bolda is a scrolling platformer by Ben Pritchard for FloppyShop's platinum range. Once again, Kevin is the star who's got five levels to explore. They're split into three segments, the first two are free-roaming worlds collecting jewels, shooting monsters and solving puzzles like locked doors and operating platforms. Tools can be collected and (using the function keys) can provide a variety of uses - like a jetpack!! The third stage is an automated arena where Kevin must manoeuver through the hazards until he reaches the scary rock demon, Bolda!

This is a fantastic platformer and you can now download the full registered version :)

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Menace


UPDATE: https://ataricrypt.blogspot.co.uk/2017/07/menace.html

This isn't a review. I simply needed to vent about this awesome shoot 'em up which many Atari ST gamers appear to hate. I admit, Psygnosis isn't my favourite company and released more than a few lazy Amiga ports. Many include Menace which is something I strongly disagree with albeit with an odd yellow ship!!

Menace scrolls along perfectly with large sprites and colourful scenery accompanied by nice effects and gorgeous David Whittaker chiptunes. Controls are responsive and precise with gameplay that is fast, smooth and bucket loads of fun. This is an extremely addictive shooter with that "just one more go" appeal. Fantastic game!! /rant

Both floppy and hard drive versions are available at Klaz's Hideaway :-)

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Cybernoid - The Fighting Machine


Cybernoid is a game developed by a legend. Someone who repeatably rocked the 8-bit world, Raffaele Cecco. I was a Spectrum owner back then and it seemed everyone was crazy about him and his games, rightly so. However, there have been too many dodgy 16-bit conversions so I was more than a little dubious upon first loading up Cybernoid.

The 16-bit conversion was handled by Tony Cooper and is amazing. Offering (almost) the same level of thrills as the original, its gameplay is smooth with comfortable controls which are responsive throughout each of the spruced-up screens. Yes, graphically, this is head and shoulders above the original Speccy game with eye-popping colours and lovely animations. The sound effects are a joy, accompanied by a fantastic chiptune.

However, this is one tough cookie. No, it's a damn tough nut cookie!! It will take most gamers many attempts to master its cruel playability. It's especially annoying when enemies can seem to fire their weapons through solid walls or objects. But stick with it because Cybernoid is awesome, almost as good as the original and ultra addictive.

Crack the cunning learning curve and you've got yourself a wonderful and challenging game!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Obsession


As a kid, I never really understood the whole pinball thang - but that never stopped me from buying the latest Atari STe game back in the mid-90s as an adult. Obsession was released in 1994 for the Atari STe by Unique Development Sweden. Yes, I said the Atari STe for once - rather than its older brother!

There are many games to chose from and UDS has made magnificent use of the computer's enhanced hardware. Hardware scrolling scrolls the entire screen at 50fps for an ultra-smooth feeling. Heck, it's even utilising overscan too! The audio is a blast thanks to the DMA stereo - so crank up the volume!! This game is FUN :D

It's loud, it's fun and it's one of the best "arcade" games I've ever played. Marvellous game.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Turbo Cup


Turbo Cup was released back in 1988 by the mighty Loriciel and places us behind the wheel of a Porsche 944. First, we get to drive a practice run before moving up to the thrilling race events against computer-controlled competitors. What I love is the player's view as the perspective is quite unique and helps give the illusion of a great view down the track. There are some neat physics at work which prevents it from ever being easy so perhaps you should take those corners a little slower? It's no sim but it's still a tough cookie and one that will take a time to master.

The graphics are still superb today and, even though I'm no Porsche fan, I think this is one of the best looking 16-Bit racers. Sound effects are equally nice with the roar of that powerful engine which beats the YM buzz used in lesser titles. Overall, Turbo Cup is hard and will take many attempts before you've mastered the control mechanics but stick with it and you've got yourself a great racer for a few hours of fun.

LINKS

 - 8BitChip have hard drive installable version to download.
 - Old Games Finder has all the floppy disk images you could ever need.

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Erik


Erik is a kind and peaceful Viking who happens to keep himself to himself and bothers nobody. Unfortunately, that evil god Loki isn't too pleased about Erik choosing a pacifistic lifestyle over one of pillaging so he casts a spell and turns the world rotten. Erik must now travel these infested lands and battle all kinds of sadistic evil before he can return home. Wow, the problems computer characters must face on a daily basis... It's just not fair, is it?

Atlantis Software released Erik back in 1992 and its a vertically scrolling platformer that features dozens of levels spread over four worlds. Of course, each level contains a fair few baddies, cool traps and scary end of level bosses. The graphics are cute and cuddly with nice detail and super smooth scrolling with raspy samples for sounds.

Overall, this is a really simple platformer with little to complicate it. Okay, Erik isn't exactly original but it is entertaining and soon gets very challenging. A downright nifty platformer which is guaranteed to be lots of fun.


Floppy disks can be found over on AtariMania.
Klaz has a fantastic hard disk download!