Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Sliders


Sliders is a sports game released in 1990 by Microids for both models of ST. It's the same on both but rather jerky on the STFM compared to the ultra-silky-smooth 50fps STe version - which I'm reviewing here.

Microids had a silly idea about what the future holds for sporting events and this obviously involves a dollop of ice hockey played through an isometric marble madness environment. The play area is very large and you are given a map like view at the start along with an automated tour providing a closer look. However, the emphasis appears to be designed for maximum confusion with frustrating landscape features like forced-directional arrow pads, lots of hills which annoyingly effect control, and realistic physics that can affect your momentum substantially.

Gameplay is always extremely fast paced, a one-on-one battle between balls fighting over a smaller ball. Hardly an innovative idea, yet I must admit that I often found myself instead whizzing about the field like a crazy fool (and loving every second lol). However, it is the controls which take so much effort to master and learning how to navigate and shoot is initially very tough. 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 or a friend, however, it's almost impossible against the computer unless you lower the difficulty level. Thankfully, with friends, it is much better and a giggle too.

Overall, this was fun for a couple of hours but having such a steep learning curve means lots of time is needed to master all aspects of the gameplay. Sliders is definitely best with friends, however, I fear some gamers might feel like ripping out their hair in frustration! It’s brilliant to see a commercial company supporting the Atari STe. Give it a try, you might like it but I shall stick to playing games with legs - so Speedball it is for me! ;o)

LINKS

 - If you have the hardware then the best download is by 8BitChip.
 - Those simply needing the floppy disk game should visit Old Games Finder.
 - AtariMania features Sliders within their ST database website.