Friday, July 08, 2016

Z-Out


I had a free hour today so decided to entertain myself with Rainbow Arts' Z-Out. Essentially this is a bog-standard horizontally shoot 'em up with nice graphics and (familiar) sound effects. The controls work well but it feels like a poor clone of Menace or R-Type but there is a nifty two-player feature which we really enjoyed. However, I found it extremely difficult and it fails to bring anything new to the table when compared to others. Overall, it's quite a good game and I did enjoy playing Z-Out but the Atari ST has a wealth of better shoot 'em ups to chose from.

LINKS

 - 8BitChip has adapted this for hard drive installation w/ a level skip feature.
 - Floppy disks can be downloaded using Old Games Finder.
 - Here are some nifty cheats :
          > pressing J + K together gives infinite energy.
          > pressing J and a number between 1 - 6 (on the main keyboard) to skip levels.
          > pressing K and a number between 1 - 3 (on the keypad) to jump stages.