Tuesday, February 03, 2015

The Untouchables

This first appears to be a damn fine platform shooter with some pretty cool graphics that scroll along so nicely. The gameplay is fun, frantic, never lets up and is very challenging. But it's all downhill afterwards because the other levels feel rushed and I never did enjoy the shooting gallery games outside the arcades. The Untouchables might be showing off its diversity but sometimes enough is enough.

Perhaps the biggest disappointment is the final level that I initially hoped would share some similarities with Alien Syndrome or Gauntlet. Sadly this wasn't the case and I think the developers were having a sadistic laugh at us all. An irritating level.

I feel bad writing this article as Ocean are true gaming gods with their massive Atari ST library that contains tons of ace games (I remember Ocean when they were called Spectrum Software). Nobody gets it right every time but if The Untouchables would have been left as a platform game then I'm sure Ocean would have had a classic on their hands. However, the other parts of the game are sloppy and often aggravating, a missed opportunity. Go on, watch my ace video recording :-)

Cheats for the floppy based release -
  1. Pause the game first with F10 key and then :
  2. Level 1 - type in BRIDGE ROLLS to begin level 2
  3. Level 2 - type in MAC N ALLEY to begin level 3
  4. Level 3 - type in KID ZAPPING to begin level 4
  5. Level 4 - type in A NIT IN TIME to begin level 5
Cheats for the hard drive release -
  1. pause with F10
  2. then press N N (twice) to skip to the next level.