Sunday, March 29, 2015

Starglider


If I had to list a number of Atari ST games which defined the 80s then Starglider would be right up there! It rewrote the book on how a 3D shooter would be for a whole generation because of its incredibly fast and smooth engine. Unlike anything else at the time, I spent much of my college years playing instead of learning (that explains a lot).

I wanted to show you a different side to Starglider because this supports high resolution within its wireframe universe which still looks great today. Mouse controls are spot-on and the combination of using both buttons to fire/move is extraordinarily efficient. Sound effects are superb and feel somewhat arcade in their style. But, that opening music... What can I say? Staaaaaaaarrrrrrgliiiiiderrrrrrr from Rainnnnnnbirrrrrrd (insert echo effect). Pure genius.

Yes, this is still a jaw-dropping shooter and plays every bit as good as I remember. A timeless beauty whether you're playing in low or high-resolution so grab yourself either the floppy or hard disk versions right now.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Rainbow Islands


   

Today, I loaded up Rainbow Island on my Atari ST and I fondly remembered the time I saw it in our local computer shop. I was instantly hooked by those gorgeous colours and the fun effects, it looked so amazing! After paying lots of cash, I walked home as fast as my lanky legs could carry me! This is probably one of the most famous platformers on the Atari ST and there isn't anything new I could tell you here. It is literally one of the best games on any 16-bit computer, the graphics, audio, and gameplay are all OUTSTANDING. Waste no more time, play Rainbow Islands!

LINKS

 - 8BitChip has a download which can be installed onto hard drive!
 - Old Games Finder has all the floppy disk images.
 - Fancy a few cheat codes? Of course, you do so type all these on the title screen:
           -> BLRBJSBJ for fast feet.
           -> RJSBJSBR for double rainbows!
           -> SSSLLRRS for super fast rainbows.
           -> BJBJBJRS for the first hint.
           -> LJKSKBLS for the second hint.
           -> LBSJRRWL continues each round.
           -> SJBLRJSR will slow down the baddies.
           -> For infinite lives: choose three credits and hold down the QWERTY keys and press joystick fire.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Desktop dreams!

I promised a few people on twitter that I would post a desktop piccy from my virtual Atari Falcon because they were curious how it compares to a typical Falcon. Of course, nothing compares to the real thing but there is a so much potential with Aranym. In the picture you can see the following running within my Falcon MiNT OS setup :

     - Thing Desktop.
     - NetSurf web browser displaying this very website. (very original, right)
     - zView, reading Atari ST Gamer Magazine (PDF).
     - a bash shell for the unixy part and it's running the 'top' command.
     - mxPlay, blasting out Adam And The Ants mp3
     - Atari Works which I use this to write for this website!
     - AtarICQ, the best chat application.
     - AniPlayer, showing off a little fly animation.

Falcon resolution 2560 x 1440 @ true colour

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Game Night!

Earlier, I decided that I would play New Zealand Story by Ocean because it is a belting game. Shockingly, I tonight I got further than I had ever previously done, so I'm well happy!

This is such a cutesy game with beautiful graphics and nice gameplay. The sounds are perfect and the music will ring around your head all day long - just try and deny that! NewZealand Story is fantastic, tons of fun and very challenging with a high lastability. A beautiful arcade conversion and a great Atari ST game!

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Atari Falcon 040

Page Updated

I have broken this Aranym installation (oops)
but I've since replaced it and you can read about it

right here
:-)



I finally found a use for my old MacBook - turn it into an Atari Falcon using Aranym!

I've now installed MiNT OS and it runs at lightening speeds, featuring FreeMiNT / MyAES / XaAES / fVDI / file-system integration with my iMac, and much more. Basically, it's a virtual Atari Falcon 040 and a fast one at that - try it with AFROS. This is a good basic installation and it can be done in five easy steps :

   1) Go onto the Aranym website and download it along with AFROS.
   2) Copy the Aranym apps into the /Applications folder.
   3) Create a folder inside your $HOME/Documents folder called "Aranym_files"
   4) Unpack the AFROS download and place 'config’, ‘drive_c’, ‘system’ into "Aranym_files" folder.
   5) Stop - Don't forget to read the docs!


ARANYM LINKS
Aranym - aranym.org
EasyAraMint - emaappsarch
Clocky - joy.sophics.cz
Teradesk - solair.eunet.rs
AtarICQ - ataricq.org


 


 


Doom running on my virtual Atari Falcon --> pmdoom by Patrice Mandin
( sorry about the laggy capture - this is due to my very old MacBook struggling to record.
Please do note, that this OLD MacBook ran the Doom beautifully smooth at max fps )