Saturday, February 20, 2016


Steve McQueen is gaming!

I have just received a factory sealed treat, Alcatraz by Infogrames. I thought about leaving it as is but, within milliseconds, I had ripped it open!! Mint condition and I'm loving the contents of this hidden gem.

Hostages fans will appreciate it and this time, the head honcho of a nasty drug cartel has taken shelter in Alcatraz prison and he happens to be surrounded by many loyal henchmen. Yep, you've probably already guessed that it's your job to sneak in, kill the bad guys, destroy everything and escape in the nick of time.

The first stage displays the coop action and reveals that strength comes from stealth.

Take it easy, take it slow

This isn't a gung-ho game, Alcatraz demands stealth and careful covert tactics. The starting level first appears in the style of an arcade beat 'em up but is actually the complete opposite. Tread lightly because firing your loud weapon isn't always the answer! Use the darkness to your advantage by nipping into the background scenery, avoiding any unwelcome attention. It's great to watch the enemy oblivious to you hiding in the shadows.

This won't always be the answer of course, so you may need to resort to a little gunplay now and then. However, it's worth considering your weapon: why not silently throw a knife instead of using your BAM BAM noisy gun? And it's this way of thinking before you act which makes Alcatraz exciting to play. It's like you're there! ha

Take cover in the shadows and wait for the best moment to step out and take 'em by surprise!

But is it fun?

Initially, I admit I wasn't sure about this game. The controls feel a bit fluffy but stick with it and you will master them. What is immediately superb is the support for two players in coop who can enjoy the missions simultaneously. This really makes a difference compared to going it solo for such a demanding mission.

Venturing deeper inside Alcatraz, it changes to a first-person shooter, similar to a Dungeon Master clone - but we have a machine gun!! There is a handy map function which I really liked because it helped to detail the locations of enemies, rooms, etc. I really loved this part of the game but, I died. Talk about tough love.

Okay, now we're talking. This Doom part of the game was blummin' excellent!!

The CryptO'pinion?

Alcatraz is nothing like I expected but I'm really enjoying it. To progress, I advise less Rambo and a more careful secret agent. Otherwise, you won't last very long at all. Perseverance and stealth are definitely key tactics and it's only after a number of games that I'm finally starting to make some headway into this adventure.

I hope you have enjoyed this preview of my latest purchase? I'm loving Alcatraz so much! I'd love to hear what you guys think, let me know in the comments below. Downloads are available as floppy disk images or an installation to a hard drive thanks to D-Bug. Let's take a peep at what's inside the box...

Here's the back of the box cover which advertises the original game, Hostages.

The floppy disks were protected and unused for three decades. Yes, they work!

Codes! Fuzzy to read and will pop your eyeballs if you stare at it too long!

No, I'm not going to post this. Can you imagine their faces? lol

Short but sweet manual but it has a decent map of the island.

This was interesting to find. If anyone wants better scans of the pages then just holla.

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