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 many minions creating much havoc! So it's up you to clean up this hellish infestation and get home in time for tea.

Thor has four multi-screen levels to explore, with each being a puzzle in itself that will require careful thought before you attempt to foolishly plunder through. Even the first screen can confuse some with a solution not really making much sense if I’m honest, but this style of gameplay 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.

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 each possessing a cunning personality. They are often difficult to kill, from a magic-throwing witch to goblins, old bats & things hiding in trees - I especially love the ghosts and the witches flying by on their broomsticks!

Visually, Fire And Brimstone offers an exceptional treat with astounding attention to detail with an artistic flair that perfectly complements the ancient atmosphere. Characters are superbly animated and the settings are absolutely stunning for our little Viking's venture. Sound effects are great but they certainly don't come close to the majestic quality of the graphics. This is most definitely one of the most difficult games I've ever played, it is an incredibly tough and your progress will be slow and often painful. It can be frustrating but it's also brilliantly designed for longevity and can be so rewarding. One of the best games I have ever play but only the brave should enter!

LINKS

 - The mighty D-Bug have a hard drive installable version to download.
 - For those that require the floppy disk image, Old Games Finder can help y'all.
 - I'm shocked how little there is on YouTube, so here is my attempt to entertain you!
 - AtariMania has Fire & Brimstone featured within their ST database website.