Sunday, February 07, 2016

Well 'Ard

Wanna be a thug?

Well, today is your lucky day because we are a rather fiercely-looking dude who loves to jump on all kinds of nasties. This violent act kills and splatters the baddies and they fall off the screen dead. Sound familiar?

Released in 1994 by Cybernation Software, it was developed by Simon Scott and is a platformer created using GFA Basic. Well Ard is a cracking game and to think it was developed in GFA Basic is quite incredible. Earlier levels are quite easy but it certainly becomes challenging later on - some of those jumps are insanely tricky!

The scrolling is smooth, fast action and lots of large sprites - I love the snowman. Controls are accurate and responsive with lots of tight jumps on interesting levels. Strangely, there are no optional methods to kill the enemy, so no weapons. Instead, reap violence only by leaping and using our red booties. Yep, it's weird but who cares?

This is definitely one of the most enjoyable platformers I've played in a long time. Addictive gameplay that has you coming back for more so put on your red boots and play it. Downloads can be found for floppy or hard disk.

Here are some more screenshots to whet your appetite...

Look at those teeth. This guy is a beast so don't mess with him!!

Jump up and down until they're all dead - not violent at all. Honest.

Well 'Ard features some odd critters but don't waste time looking - squash them.

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