Monday, May 18, 2015

Elvira - The Arcade Game


Elvira has graced our favourite 16-bit computer twice already with two wonderful adventures which I own and love dearly. However, there is also a little known third title released in 1991 where we get to play as the Mistress herself in a scrolling platformer that is reminiscent of another Atari ST game by the Bitmap Brothers… Hmm...

  
Choose to play either the Underworld Of Fire or plunder into the cold of Arctic Earth.

Firstly, there are two levels you must choose: Underworld Of Fire or Arctic Earth. Each offers their own unique monster-infested worlds and are absolutely huge. Perhaps too huge, because progress can feel like a never-ending crusade due to the lack of checkpoints. Controls are responsive but turning this sexy woman around can feel a little too slow likewise, her jumps which feel like gravity has been reduced. Still, Elvira moves in such a majestic way and it's quite something to see her flaunt those legs. The final world remains lock until you've finished the first...

This "arcade game" sure looks good with parallax landscapes and fiery effects. The video may seem a little jerky, thanks to YouTube, but the game scrolls nicely along. This graphical pizazz is all thanks to Flair Software making use of the Blitter. Sound effects are cute and zappy to nicely complement the visual feast on offer.

Sadly, not even the busty goddess is perfect because I feel the levels are perhaps too big and thus becomes a little tiresome. Although the graphics are legendary and I tip my hat to Flair for using the Blitter, I'd have liked them to have dropped the parallax in favour of spritelier scrolling. But perhaps that's just me? /nitpicking

  
Elvira doesn't waste any time to flash a glimpse of those legs and just look at the sparks flying!

Overall, this is a fantastic platformer with more than a hint of Gods, but it works. The action is challenging without being OTT and who doesn't enjoy dressing up as The Mistress Of The Dark for a quickie? Yup, I sure enjoyed this game which I found to be an engrossing escapade with a fistful of action that will keep you entertained for hours.

Who wouldn't help Elvira is she asked? Exactly. So grab the floppy or a hard disk installable version right now!!

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