Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Cerror Terror!


A Beginning is a music disk that was released to celebrate Roel Heerspink (aka Cerror) and his joining of the brilliant Dead Hackers Society. It's one heck of a production that was made with the excellent MusicMon software. The recording (above) features a minute, or so, of each track and they are all gorgeous chiptune goodness which your Atari ST/e deserves. So get down and boogie, folks because it is chip-tune Tuesday!! :^)

Monday, May 18, 2015

Elvira - The Arcade Game


Elvira has graced the best 16-bitter twice already with two wonderful adventure games. But there is also a little known third title where we get to play as the Mistress herself in a platformer very reminiscent of another famous Atari ST title by the Bitmap Brothers… Hmm anyhow, you first need to decide which of the two worlds to play: Underworld Of Fire or Arctic Earth. Each offers their own monster-infested theme and are absolutely huge. Once completed, you can begin the third and final world, Castle Of Transylvania (sadly, I've yet to reach this stage... lol!).

The levels are indeed massive and littered with all kinds of monsters that are constantly wanting to feed on you so it's tons of fun killing them! However, because the worlds are so huge, progress can be quite the crusade due to a lack of checkpoints. Controls are excellent and responsive with one impressive, majestic jumping action flaunted by Elvira. Movement and weapons feel very familiar and perform with so much impressive graphical pizazz if little originality…

Flair Software makes good use of the Blitter to produce smooth parallax scrolling, which is impressive and I sure adore all the glam aesthetics. I wish it played a little quicker and if you can ignore the Godly attributes it so shamelessly steals then I think that you will enjoy playing dress up as The Mistress Of The Dark.

I liked this a lot. It's an engrossing escapade offering a fistful of action to keep you entertained for many hours.

LINKS

 - 8BitChip have an awesome hard drive installable version. Go for this if you have the h/w!
 - All floppy disk images are available via Old Games Finder.
 - I just had to record a video, sadly I don't think I'll never get to Transilvania...
 - What a marvellous pic of Elvira! ;o)
 - Maps? Do you want level maps? Okay then, here ya' go ... Enjoy :
          > Underworld of Fire
          > Arctic Earth
          > Castle of Transilvania

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

lotsa stars!

I figured that it was about time I uploaded this demo. I've had it for absolutely yonks and I should really have uploaded it straight away - it's so impressive and needs to be shared out amongst the demoscene community. I mean, come on just look at the specs! All those stars in realtime over 1VBL. I would like to see other 16-bit computers attempt this! Sit back and enjoy the show... Download from Demozoo.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Blood Money


This is one of my all-time favourite Atari ST games but I cannot help wonder why I have not waffled on (I mean blogged) about this earlier! Released by Psygnosis all the way back in 1989 and it features some of the best graphics you will see in any scrolling shoot'em up. However, I often find this game gets some awkward and mixed reactions which are so alien to me. Okay, ignoring the often unpleasant opinions ST people have of Menace (read my review) Psygnosis then went on to release Blood Money. Like the first, it promised so much but had they got it right this time?

Well, Blood Money displays some of the most beautiful background graphics, sprites and also plays lovely audio to boot. This time, we didn't get a shamefully rushed version but rather a polished and classy looking game. We need no custom chips! Sure, there is a little slowdown during some of the crazy busy scenes when there are lots going on visually but it's nothing that distracts from the gameplay at all. Interestingly. if you press F9 on the main menu you can put Blood Money into 60Hz mode. That often means a faster and better framerate. Effective on a real Atari ST... but I didn't notice any difference in emulation.

So, what do we actually have here? Everyone remembers Blood Money so I'm hardly going to divulge anything new, except for my own opinion of this great game. This is certainly up there with the best and is most definitely one great shoot 'em up on the Atari ST. It's fun and it's very challenging so what more could you want? An absolute GEM!

LINKS

 - Atari Mania - http://www.atarimania.com/game-atari-st-blood-money_8749.html
 - Adapted version for HDD - http://atari.8bitchip.info/SCRSH/bloodm.html

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Do Things [Cream]


Here is a fantastic music disk for the Atari ST and STe, Do Things by Cream. Yes, it works on both machines but the colours are better on the Atari STe plus the tunes are in stereo. The disk features some fantastic #chiptunes by Tao, a talented musician I really admire. It has a wonderful tunnel effect which leads you into the main music screen where you'll find a huge list chiptunes to enjoy. But the fun doesn't stop there - press the spacebar and you're taken into an incredible comic strip. The artwork is legendary and most certainly some of the best I have seen on any retro computer, ever. What a brilliant production, Cream have done it again. Download this now!!


All the Creamy credits go to this bunch of talented folk :
Abyss - Code | Agent T - Graphics | Candyman - Code, Music (End part) | Tao - Music

Atari STe demos playlist ( link )  |  Atari chiptune playlist ( link)
- Demo Encyclopaedia -

Monday, May 04, 2015

Turrican

Today is a bank holiday and I wanted to play something on the Atari ST while it's a big fat no-work day! So what could be better than either of these two platformers to blast away the hours? Turrican will always be a firm favourite of mine. It's a beautiful 8-ways scrolling platformer where you explore and shoot at everything in sight.

What's your equivalent favourite game on the Atari ST?

Turrican on the Atari ST

Turrican II on the Atari ST