Saturday, August 27, 2016

Annex


Annex is a homebrew first-person shooter published by LAPD in 1995 and attempts to blend together the action of Doom with the mechanics of Dungeon Master. Nasty aliens have taken control of the science space station, Annex. So it's your job is to kill every last one of them and then enable the reactors for life support.

I must admit, I didn't think this would work with those 90° turns but it actually plays very well. Movement is performed using a combination of the keyboard and mouse : the keyboard to walk, activate switches and your mouse to aim and shoot. The graphics are great but lack variety, thus things tend to get samey so it's easy to get disorientated. Sadly, there is no map function to help you out - the docs suggest making your own! Thankfully, the baddies are pretty helpful by speaking which alerted me to their presence so I could annihilate them into a gorgeous blood splatter!

It is far from perfect, but I do like the combination of action and adventure which integrates nicely. Annex is a pretty good game and fans of the shoot 'em up genre should definitely take a look!

LINKS

 - AtariMania has a download available from their Atari ST database.
 - Zogging Hell has a nice selection of the LAPD library.