Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Tomtar


Tomtar is a freeware shoot 'em up released in 1993 for the Atari STe by UTEN (NewCore, XiA, Toxic Twins & Unit 17). A tomtar is basically an evil gnome that breeds like bacteria so will soon take over the world unless something is done. We even asked the Grim Reaper for help but there are still too many for him to handle so we needed divine intervention - in the form of a machine gun. Yep, we all know where this is going so let's lock and load to help the mythical Reaper destroy all the Tomtars in what I can only describe as the craziest 5mins of your life.

In the right corner of your screen is an Orch - kill him to advance to the next level. Use the mouse to shoot but beware because this isn't going to be easy because they can either walk, run, bounce and fly their way across the screen. Gameplay becomes frantic and far more chaotic the further you progress and is always great fun. However, not all is perfect and I'd have preferred the right mouse button to perform a secondary action, perhaps throw a grenade! Also, the spooky backdrop never seems to change which is a great shame.

This is a stupid game and offers nothing more than a good time blasting tomtar sprites!

LINKS

 - Demozoo has the download with a cutdown version for STFMs.
 - I've recorded two videos, one of the intro and another of the gameplay.
 - My high scores are: 78,250 (emulation) and 94,740 (using my Atari STe). What are yours?