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 an agonising experience!

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. You can't help but love the game's charisma but I especially love the ghosts and those creepy witches flying on their broomsticks.

Visually, Fire And Brimstone offers an exceptional treat with astounding attention to detail with 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.

This is most definitely one of the most difficult games I have ever played. Gameplay will take sometime 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!

LINKS

 - The mighty D-Bug have a hard drive installable version.
 - 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!