Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Stormlord

Set within a wonderful world of myths and legends, you are the Stormlord a muscle-bound viking dude with the odd responsibility of rescuing trapped fairies from the clutches of a wicked queen.

Occasionally you might even find yourself blowing romantic kisses at these scantily clad fairies and they return your favour with fallen tears. Aww, this sounds far too girly, right? You couldn't be more wrong!

Beginning in a spooky forest, this eerie Hewson platformer is host to various creepy monsters like man-eating plants, wibbly worms, egg hatching demons and loads more which all need killing.

Thankfully, you're equipped with a magical weapon that can also double as a super huge sword, if you hold down the fire button. Using the joystick, Stormlord plays like any typical platformer as you walk, jump and duck your way through the scary places whilst looking for the fairies which have been encased in wacko's oxygen tent. Interestingly, springboards are scarcely scattered about the levels and act like a crude wormhole flinging you far into those distant places. Plus it saves your legs and is also a lot of fun!

Stormlord has an added puzzle element which involves collecting objects to progress, but these are rather simple to figure out. For example, find a key and unlock a door, use an umbrella to walk through acid rain and grab a handy jar of honey to distract killer bees. The difficult part is figuring out their order which will involve several attempts. Sadly daytime doesn't last long, so don't dawdle ye olde bubble popper because you only have until sunset before its game over! Because of this, each level needs to be learned and you can only do this by planning out a route based on your previous experience. Each level appears linear and, once mastered, is far easier but will take several attempts which can be either a blessing or a curse depending on the player!

Stormlord oozes that marvelous quality we always came to expect from a Hewson title, it's gorgeous. The graphics are beautifully drawn with lovely animations and smooth screen scrolling. Music is tremendous throughout, read the credits to see why, and I can never begin a game without first thinking of the SoWatt demo! Sound effects are excellent but sadly a little sparse, it's a shame both together aren't an option. Stormlord is awesome, a brilliant platformer which is both entertaining with lasting appeal. However it does have a few niggles, I think the time limit is a little restricting and the ability to only carry one item at once is a little awkward, at first. Overall, Stormlord presents a grueling mission with a massive replay factor and I personally love it.

LINKS 

- Yeah, I made a video to display my gaming skills. No, I mean a video to show you all how ace Stormlord is!
- Stormlord can be installed and ran from off your hard drive, all thanks to the D-Bug guys!
- Floppy disk images are available by using Old Games Finder.
- Yes, of course, Stormlord is listed within the AtariMania ST database!
- Do you fancy a complete walk-through of level one? Well, of course, you do so here you go :
     -> From the start, head left and pick up the key.
     -> Walk right and onto the jump pad.
     -> Use that to whiz by leftwards so you can free your first fairy.
     -> Once freed, use the pad to jump back.
     -> Next collect the honey pot and walk right.
     -> Don't use that jump pad!
     -> Continue on passed the pad and walk right.
     -> Swap honey for key and the bees move away from the fairy.
     -> Rescue her.
     -> Walk left a little and grab the umbrella.
     -> Now use the jump pad which is now to your right.
     -> Once you've whizzed across the sky, walk right.
     -> Free the fairy.
     -> Walk all the way back and use the jump pad.
     -> Grab the key to your left.
     -> Turn around and walk right and free the fairy.
     -> All done. So now it's time to blow a few kisses!