Friday, July 01, 2016

Free the OIDS!


Little iddy biddy Oids are our robotic friends which are being mistreated in a terrible way by their evil creators, the Biocretes. They are now being held prisoner on various remote planets located in the deepest parts of space without any noticeable atmosphere - yet strangely trees still manage to grow! Oids is written by Dan Hewitt and was unleashed unto our populous in 1987 by FTL. For years it remained an Atari ST exclusive title until 2002 when the Apple Mac received its conversion. (the older PPC Macs and not the newer Intel Macs, sadly)

In a similar fashion to Thrust you must navigate a spaceship through caverns looking for our metal friends. Use weapons to destroy the buildings holding them captive and then find a place to land so they can get onboard - sit back and watch as these superbly animated stick men make their way to your ship, it's actually very simple and elegant. Once all are found, your mothership appears high in the sky to whisk everyone to safety. However, those pesky Biocretes are pretty darn evil and have armed each planet with numerous hazards and artillery defences. Expect rocket launchers, gun turrets, repulsers, gravity bases and more. Everything can be destroyed, but don't expect a mothership or ground base to be easy, in fact, it might be better to simply fly away like a cowardly chicken!

Every ST nutter knows Oids. It has some awesome level design, great controls, and physics which perfectly compliment the game to work perfectly. Although there are several other similar games (which are all excellent) this still remains my favourite of the bunch. One of the most enjoyable games ever - Oids is epic!

LINKS

 - AtariMania has Oids within their excellent ST database
 - Read the Oids manual, forget that it's for the Apple Mac and take a peep!
 - Oids for older Apple Macs.
 - Hard drive adapted download by Peter Putnik.
 - Klaz Hideaway download for floppy and hard drive version.