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 has made good use of the Blitter chip which produces smooth parallax scrolling, which is as impressive as it is a little depressing. Why couldn’t more developers didn't make use of this nifty graphics co-processor? Okay, ignoring its Godly attributes it so shamelessly borrows, I think that you will enjoy playing dress up as The Mistress Of The Dark. I adore its glam aesthetics but I wish it played a little quicker. An engrossing escapade offering a fistful of action to keep you entertained. Not perfect but still a fun platformer which I highly recommended.

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