Saturday, September 24, 2016

Resolution 101

The future is often portrayed to be a grim, crime-ridden hell hole and Resolution 101 presents us with its own vector equivalent of that scenario. Here you are an ex-criminal turned good with an armed cop car that feels more like a hovercraft. This has presented the perfect opportunity to make up for a dodgy past and to make a difference by hunting down evil drug runners. So, just like an 80s Van Damme flick, you should expect fun, thrills, and plenty of action as you clean up the city!

Resolution 101 was created by one of my favourite developers, Astral who also made such awesome title as Archipelagos and Horror Zombies From The Crypt. This is a first-person shooter released when the genre was still in infancy, and long before we got to shoot Nazi's in Castle Wolfenstein or zombie soldiers in Doom. But don't expect a crude, sluggish or even a dated experience because it features one of the fastest 3D engines you could ever imagine from out of our old 68K! At its heart, Resolution 101 is nothing more than a cracking shoot 'em up and the aim is to kill all the bad guys! During the carnage, they will drop their stash which oddly looks like coloured balls so go and collect them quickly. They will often materialise in random locations so keep an eye on your radar and map, both help to navigate through the urban jungle. Each level has a drug lord who will take lots of hits to be destroyed and, once dead, there is always somebody else higher up the food chain to deal with.

Control is from within the comfort of your anti-gravity squad car which is conveniently directed using your ST's mouse or joystick (mouse is best). Move it to view your surroundings, the left button accelerates and the right is used to fire your weapon. This works so well and controlling your ship to chase the baddies is marvellous fun. I really do enjoy zooming through the city, which is both fast and fluent and always offers a satisfying chase.

After all these years, Resolution 101 still looks great. Frame rates are high and move along swiftly, this is probably the most advanced 3D engine I've ever seen on the STFM. Chiptune music plays throughout and is captivating to a point where you are tapping your feet, I've always enjoyed it myself. However, if you like, it can be turned off and replaced with sound effects by pressing the F7 key.

This is one of the best action-filled shoot 'em ups on the Atari ST. It's brilliant and so much fun with no overly complicated and unnecessary storyline to get in the way. Quite simply, Resolution 101 is one of the best retro games ever and one I am proud to own. If you've never played it before then it's now time to end your stupidity!


 - Here is a great map which also comes free with the box if you spent the pennies.
 - Wanna watch my expert gameplay skills? Of course, you do!
 - Download the hard drive installable version from 8BitChip.
 - Those that require the floppy disk can grab that via Old Games Finder
 - AtariMania has Resi within their ST library and with cool scans.