Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Stormlord



Muscles, fairies and lots of kisses...

Set within a wonderful world of myths and legends, you are the Stormlord! He is a muscle-bound viking dude with the responsibility of rescuing trapped fairies from the clutches of a wicked queen. Occasionally you might even find yourself blowing romantic kisses at the scantily clad fairies and, in return, they grace you with their fallen tears. Aww, this sounds far too girly, right? Well, prepare thyself because you couldn't be more wrong...

Beginning in a spooky forest, this eerie platformer is host to lots of creepy monsters like man-eating plants, wibbly worms, bees, egg hatching demons, and more. Thankfully, you're equipped with a magical weapon that can also double as a super huge sword, if you hold the fire button. Interestingly, springboards are scarcely scattered about the levels and act like a crude wormhole flinging you far into those distant places - lots of fun!!


Completing the first level produces lots of fair love - and kisses!


Girls, puzzles and boobs!

Stormlord features a massive puzzle factor that involves collecting objects: like a key for a door, sweet honey for angry bees, or an umbrella for the pouring rain. However, the most difficult aspect of this entire part of the game is figuring out the order to complete these basic puzzles. So that means lots of trial and error...

However, I'll help you out with my walk-through off level one as also shown in the video recording...

     -> From the start, head left passed the boobs and pick up a key.
     -> Walk right and hop onto the jump pad.
     -> Use this to whiz by leftwards so you can free your first fairy.
     -> Once freed, use the pad to jump back.
     -> Next collect the honeypot 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 accept lots of fairy kisses!


The second level has some aggressive monsters but the object remains the same.


Sexy Hewson aesthetics

Graphics are awesome thanks to the talents of Mark K. Jones. Everything looks tremendous, from the gorgeous landscapes to the intricate detail of the scenery and the smooth scrolling. It has to be said that the sprites are equally stunning with some rather sexy pixels too and throughout, the animation is simply lovely.

The music is monumental. In fact, it's quite a showcase for just what the Atari ST can knock out when in the hands of talented musicians. Sound effects are excellent but you need to make a choice which you prefer before the game begins, which is a shame. Yeah, I know, perfect audio and yet I still find something to moan about...


However, it's a lot harder learning the design thanks to the nasties. They're nasty!


The CryptO'pinion?

Stormlord is awesome but sadly, nothing is perfect: I feel that the time limit really wasn't necessary at all. Plus the ability to carry only a single item at once is understandable - but annoying. However, this quirky adventure still offers a gruelling quest with a massive replay factor so it's as addictive as it is challenging and rewarding.

Well, they did it again! Yes, we have another Hewson mega-hit that is sexy and stylish. Highly recommended!!


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