Thursday, May 21, 2015

Interphase




Another ST game from my collection!

It's time for some more box art and we have a gorgeous "Starglider" alternative by Image Works. Interphase was given away free on a magazine cover disk and I reckon every ST guy has played this game before? However, I never actually owned the boxed original - until now!! It's actually in fantastic condition and with all contents perfectly preserved.

As I boot this up, I know this will be an amazing gouraud-tastic experience!! Such a fine shooter and a great example of what the ST can achieve when programmed by people with talent and commitment. Not only are there superb sound effects, but smoother framerates than any other 16-bit computer manages. An excellent game!!

Grab yourself a piece of this 3D action and grab the download for either the sluggish floppy or your hard disk.

I can't end this without including some screenshots so, here you go...



Ya' can't beat a Fine Young Cannibals sample for this cool title screen.



You begin in this weird tunnel sequence which is better and tougher than you realise.



The graphics are fast and smooth with unique polygons - like the unicycling frog!! O_o



The power and performance of the Atari ST... when in the hands of developers with talent!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Cerror Terror!



Music to your ears!

A Beginning is a music disk that was released to celebrate Roel Heerspink (aka Cerror) and his joining of 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 that your Atari ST/e deserves.

So get down and boogie, folks because it is chip-tune Tuesday!! :^)

Credits:
Cerror - Music
Evil - Code
Gizmo - Code
Proteque - Graphics

Monday, May 18, 2015

Elvira - The Arcade Game



A game with sex appeal

Elvira has graced our favourite 16-bit computer three times with two of them being adventures - which I own and cherish dearly. However, the third is a little-known platformer by Flair Software which is a platformer not too dissimilar to the likes of Turrican or Gods. Yes, that doesn't sound very original but I don't care. Also, it's enhanced on Atari STe thanks to the Blitter and lots of extra colours. So, kudos to the boys at Flair for supporting both computers.

For this game, we get to be the Mistress who finds herself awoken by a wizard. Yep, a wizard. Anyhow, he needs her to complete a mission (here we go) and, apparently, we need to recover the Queendom. Whatever the story, I'm in, but it does mean there are three ginormous worlds to explore. And guess what, there are also many demons to fight!!

Let's take a look at their loading screens which I thought are beautiful examples of pixel art...



Those looking for a tan might first wish to play the Underworld of Fire?


Or perhaps you prefer to plunder the cold depths of Arctic Earth? Bring a scarf!


Let's play with Elvira

If you're thinking this looks like Gods or Turrican, then you'd be right so no prizes for originality. There are two levels: Underworld Of Fire and Arctic Earth but the third cannot be played until these are completed. Each has a different range of baddies either walking the levels or flying in the sky. Hitting fire shoots a magical weapon with loud and exciting deaths - but it's shameless ripoff effect. There is constant action through huge, colourful levels stuffed with monsters.

The controls are good but turning this sexy woman around feels a little too slow. Elvira moves in a majestic way, it's quite something special to see her flaunt her legs when turning and jumping. The walk is quite funny as she stomps the ground but gravity appears low so jumping takes on the form of Neil Armstrong on the moon. Actually, this is great for killing the monsters as the jump mechanic itself takes longer so you can change direction as needed.

There's little here that feels new as Elvira is more than a little inspired by several different games. That's fine but it also means there's nothing unexpected so everything feels quite familiar. I also found the levels too big and quite bewildering. The ability to save progress via checkpoints could have been better. As you can imagine, I kept on getting lost!

Right then, let's take a peep at a jazzy screenshot of the fireworks you will get to experience...


Elvira doesn't waste any time flashing you a quick glimpse of her underwear!


Aesthetics

Visually, this is a corker with gorgeous levels that feature lots of colour and detailed sprites that exploded like it's bonfire night. Parallax scrolling is smooth but the action can get a little stuttery when there is a lot happening at once. The screen width has been squashed a little to maintain the framerate on older STs which is understandable.

The Blitter Chip is supported for both Atari computers if present (obviously, a standard on the STe). This makes the game run at a smoother albeit slower pace. So, an STfm without Blitter features a lower framerate but faster gameplay. Personally, I'm somehow preferring the game without Blitter support! :o

Theme music is by Sean Connolly and is excellent. The sound effects are very nice and pretty much Gods-like (S key toggles). To be honest, there's not an awful lot of effects and you'll hear Elvira stomping more than anything else.

Righto fellow ST Nutters, it's time for the final screenshot and guess what? It's beautiful too...


Elvira is so hot she can create sparks even in the cold Ice World.


The CryptO'pinion?

Sadly, not even the busty goddess is perfect because I feel the levels are perhaps too big and thus the quest soon becomes tiresome without more frequent checkpoints. Although the graphics are legendary, and I tip my hat to Flair for using the Blitter, I think dropping the parallax effect in favour of a larger display or spritelier scrolling would have been best?

Elvira The Arcade Game may never have been in the arcades but I don't care about that. Who doesn't enjoy dressing up as The Mistress Of The Dark? Oops, did I say that out loud? Anyhow, it might feel like a cheap Gods or Turrican clone but I've enjoyed it all. I'm sure Elvira will keep you entertained for many hours. Mmm, given half the chance...ahem!!

Who wouldn't help Elvira if she asked?
Exactly, so grab her by the floppy or hard disk!!

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

lotsa stars!




I figured that it was about time I uploaded a video of this demo. I've had it for absolute yonks but I should have uploaded it ages ago. Why? Because it's so impressive and needs to be shared amongst the demoscene fanbase. I mean, come on just, look at the specs: 1265 zillion+ stars, calculated in real-time and at 50fps. Mind-boggling specs on show!!

I would like to see another 16-bit computer try this! So sit back and enjoy the show... 

Credit
No More - Music
Phenomenon - Code, Graphics (Logo)
TiNKer - Graphics (Font)
Download from Demozoo.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Blood Money



No lame Amiga ports (for once)

This is one of my favourite Atari ST shooters and by Psygnosis, a company (more or less) synonymous with weak Amiga ports. This game features some of the best graphics you will see in any scrolling shoot'em up and it sounds excellent too.

It's all thanks to the talent of Wayne Smithson who proved the power of the ST when in the hands of a decent programmer - who needed no custom chips. Still, I cannot help wondering how an STe would have done... Just saying...

Okay, soak your money in blood and play this amazing game using either a floppy or off your hard drive.


Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Do Things [Cream]



Chipmusic will live forever!

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. Which is lovely!! The disk features some fantastic #chiptunes by Tao, a talented musician I really admire and I think you will too after listening to this.

The demo also has a w
onderful tunnel effect which leads you to the main music screen where you'll find a huge list of chiptunes. But the fun doesn't stop there - press the spacebar to view an incredible comic strip with legendary artwork. Some of the best I've ever seen. Cream has done it again so 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

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