Sunday, April 26, 2015

Fire And Brimstone

Older gamers are as tough as nails!

It's a well-known fact that games where harder back in the day. Perhaps our generation where made of tougher stuff and today's kids are wimps? Hmm, I'd say that sounds about right and I think we have a game to prove it!

Fire And Brimstone was released in 1990 by Firebird 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 who 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.

This game blows you away from the start with an oddly puzzling start...

We are the mighty Thor!

We sure are and there are four worlds to explore with each being a puzzle in itself that requires careful thought before you attempt to foolishly plunder through. Even the first screen can confuse many with the solution making little sense... This style of trickery is a constant, and one you will soon get used to.

Each level can only be completed once all the fragments from a key have been found. This means each screen should be searched for hidden objects before you leave otherwise you might end up being punished only to revisit older screens. Which can be an agonising moment!

Thor doesn't only carry an axe but two individual weapons which you can flip between. Power-ups are available to collect and will help to improve your abilities against the hoards of baddies who come in all shapes and sizes - with each one possessing a cunning yet humorous personality. Everything is often difficult to kill, from magic-throwing witches to goblins, old bats and things hiding in trees. It's impossible not to love this game's awesome charisma and I especially love the ghosts and creepy witches who fly by on their broomsticks.

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


Fire And Brimstone offers an exceptional visual treat with 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.

The CryptO'pinion?

Fire And Brimstone is one of the most difficult platformers I have ever played with killer mechanics which means it's so unforgiving. Give it plenty of time and learn how each screen works and you will begin to make progress. But it's still difficult after lots of practice and I would rate this as one of the most irritating games I've played.

However, ignoring my own painful progress, this is also massively entertaining which can be so rewarding. I love how it looks and each screen is its own mini-adventure which ultimately provides natural longevity by its own design. For all its faults, I love it but I fear only the brave should enter into this fantasy world of torment.

Brave warriors can download this for
either floppy or install it onto a 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.