Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Sliders


Sliders is a sports game released in 1990 by Microids for both models of the best 16-Bit computer on the planet. It's the same game on either machine but the scrolling is rather jerky on the STFM compared to the silky 50fps displayed on the Atari STe (which I'm reviewing here). The boys at Microids sure had a silly idea about what the future holds for sporting events and where thinking along the lines of ice hockey played on an isometric marble madness landscape!

The play area is very large but you are given a smaller map to view, followed by an automated tour which details the layout. Gameplay is furious and played on a confusing metallic pitch that has lots of frustrating features like forced-directional arrow pads and too many hills that annoyingly effect your control. Realistic physics can affect your momentum substantially and this means a massive learning curve to master before you can think of any enjoyment.

One-on-one battles of balls fighting over a smaller ball is hardly an innovative idea, yet I admit that I often found myself having lots of fun just whizzing about the field like a crazy fool. Interestingly, you do have the option to alter various physics elements like thrust, friction to alter the physics somewhat. You can play against the computer, which is very hard or against a friend which is far better and a good giggle!

Kudos to Microids for supporting the Atari STe hardware, I only wish it was for a better game. Okay, I'm being harsh because Sliders is fun - with friends. Give it a try BUT please use a real Atari STe and not jerky emulation!!

LINKS

 - If you have a hard drive then grab this version by 8BitChip.
 - Grab the floppy disks via Old Games Finder.