Sunday, April 26, 2015

Fire And Brimstone

Firebird released Fire And Brimstone back in 1990 and is one of the most visually stunning platformers I have ever seen. Your adventure takes place within a fantasy world of Norse mythology as the mighty Thor whom must battle with the forces of Hel. She has escaped and spread her lust for evil over the once peaceful Nordic lands with her minions creating much havoc so it's up us to clean up this hellish infestation and get home in time for tea.

Thor has four multi-screen worlds to explore, with each being a puzzle in itself which requires careful thought before you attempt to foolishly plunder through. Even the first screen can confuse some with its solution making little sense, but this style of trickery is a constant, and one you will soon get used to. Don't forget to search for objects to collect because no level can be completed unless you have found all the fragments of a key. If you happen to reach the end of a level, without finding all the parts, you are punished and sent back to the beginning. Which is agonising!

This game blows you away from the start with a superb title screen and then the game itself...!!

Thor doesn't only carry an axe but two individual weapons which you can flip between and power-ups are available to collect to improve your abilities. You will need a decent weapon to battle the baddies which come in all shapes and sizes, with all possessing a cunning personality. They are often difficult to kill, from a magic-throwing witch to goblins, old bats and things hiding in trees. It's impossible not to love this game's awesome charisma, and I especially love those ghosts and the creepy witches who fly by on their broomsticks.

Fire And Brimstone offers an exceptional visual treat with an astounding attention to detail and an artistic flair that perfectly complements the medieval atmosphere. Characters look amazing and are superbly animated with scenic settings that are always beautiful and a jaw-dropping example of extraordinary 16-bit pixel art. Music and sound effects are great but they cannot come close to the majestic quality of the graphics.

Watch out for all kinds of freaky cool monsters. Oh look, it's my mother-in-law on her broom!

This is most definitely one of the most difficult games I have ever played. Gameplay will take some time to master and even then, it's still an incredibly tough adventure! Progress will always be slow and often painful but it's far from frustrating with a rewarding longevity in its design. Fire And Brimstone is easily one of the best games I have ever played but I fear only the brave should enter into this world of torment. You have been warned!

Brave warriors can play this amazing game from either the old floppy or directly from your hard drive.


  1. I spent some time to make hard disk adapt. of this - on request.
    Was damn hard, in big part because game needs heavy cheat - unlimited health,
    Only that needed some 60 changes in code. I played it through eventually, and must say that did not like it. Graphic is good, and that's all what is really good. Gameplay is monotone, basically same on all levels. There is serious slowdown when more enemies on screen.
    It is never good if some game needs very heavy cheat.

  2. Thanks for the HD version, Patari!

    1. Agreed. Peter has done/is doing so much for the ST community.