Tuesday, June 14, 2016

A Prehistoric Tale

The Lost Boys are one of the biggest names to ever grace the Atari ST demoscene and, in 1990, they ventured forth into the commercial gaming industry with A Prehistoric Tale, published by the mighty Thalion. You've been teleported back in time to a place where dinosaurs roam and a constant threat of being eaten alive but this is the time of sexy cavewomen which all happen to look like Raquel Welch! Hey, this game is looking great from the start :-)

It's your task to collect dino eggs and rescue all mammals from becoming extinct so grab the eggs and take them to the teleport for safekeeping. Unfortunately, there is a time limit and you can only carry only three eggs at once (unless you use an egg basket) plus the levels rapidly increase in difficulty which helps introduce an intense element of panic. To make matters worse, the teleporter changes location after each use, lots of spiders and other prehistoric critters constantly appear, and you should watch out for the swarms of Pterodactyls!

Is that a teleporter or has he simply eaten all his Ready Brek!

The pixel art animation when dropping off a ledge is hilarious!!

The graphics are cute and reminiscent of the 8-bit days yet beautifully 16-bit in quality. The audio excels, all thanks to Jochen Hippel and I'm sure you'll be tapping your foot along to his gorgeous chiptune beats.

A Prehistoric Tale is actually very simple but hiding underneath that humble exterior is a rather enjoyable (if frustrating) game. Even the most gifted player will struggle at first but, once you do, it's incredible fun with a great old skool style. Downloads are available on a floppy disk and 8BitChip has an HDD version.

The Lost Boys archived collection on Demozoo

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