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 for the Atari ST and there isn't anything new I could tell you. 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.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Game Night!


Earlier today, I decided that I would play Ocean's New Zealand Stor which is a belting game. Shockingly, I got further tonight than I have ever done before - so I'm well happy! Check out the video recording :D

This is such a cutesy "platformer" with beautiful graphics and sounds. In fact, those sound effects are perfect and the music will ring around my head all night!!! NewZealand Story is fantastic, tons of fun, very challenging and a beautiful arcade conversion. Yup, I think this is a great Atari ST game and it comes highly recommended.