Sunday, November 08, 2015

Ballerburg


Whilst enjoying my cuppa joe this morning (in my cool Atari ST mug) I stumbled upon a tweet about Ballerburg, an old 2 player turn-based artillery game by Eckhard Kruse. This is a fabulous strategy game that is all about two enemies blasting each other to smithereens! Two enemy castles, a mountain in-between, and one objective to destroy each other. So calculate your cannons angled power and then blast them to bits - tremendous FUN!!

However, Ballerburg requires two additional demands over your typical game : the ability to read German and also a monochrome hi-res monitor. But let's be honest, as ST users we are familiar with lots of German anyhow and we can easily get around the need for a monochrome monitor by using a program to allow the high resolution to display.

Right now, my Mega STe is running the game and I'm (trying) to teach our 6-year old daughter the basic mechanics to successfully make a good shot. However, it's not going too well... Yes, I am going to destroy her. (Muwhahaha!!)

LINKS

 - Take a look at Eckhard Kruse's own website and also Ballerburg has a wiki page too!
 - I use MonoPack to enable ST High Res.
 - There is also a Mac version of Ballerburg available.
 - So, you didn't believe me about my Atari ST mug, uh?
 - Eckhard also created one of my favourite early demos and here is my video recording!