Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Sliders


Sliders is a "sports" game by Microids for both models of the best 16-Bit computer - it's the same on either machine but the scrolling is silky smooth on the STe. This is a weird game and the boys at Microids sure had a silly idea about sporting events in the future. It's like ice hockey meets marble madness - but at frantic speeds.

The "field" is large so you are first given a smaller map to view, followed by an automated. There are two balls, one is us and the other can be a human or computer-controlled player. Like soccer, we chase a little ball hoping to score a goal before our opponent. Gameplay is furious over a metallic pitch with lots of varied terrain like forced-directional arrows and humps to affect control. Realistic physics will affect your momentum which means you have a massive learning curve to master! Interestingly, you can alter various elements: thrust, friction and much more.

Balls fighting (one-on-one) over another smaller ball is hardly an interesting or innovative idea. In fact, it's weird but I admit that whizzing around is great fun. Well, on the STe - so kudos to Microids for supporting both computers. However, it's too freakishly hard when playing against the computer. It's easier (and better) with another useless human opponent and should give you both the giggles. But can either of you two play it properly? I doubt it!

Sliders is a good idea but badly executed and only really playable when with a friend. That's about it really...

Downloads - hard drive version by 8BitChip / floppies via Old Games Finder.

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