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 using the mechanics of Dungeon Master. Nasty aliens have taken control of the science space station, Annex. Guess what? It's our job is to kill every last one of them whilst fixing the life support reactors.

At first, I didn't think this would work using the old 90° turns but it plays very well. Movement is performed using a combination of the keyboard and mouse: the keyboard to walk and activate switches with the mouse to aim and shoot. The graphics are great but lack variety in colour and texture, thus things do tend to get a little samey after a while. Sadly, there is no map function to help us out - the docs suggest making your own.

Thankfully, the baddies speak when they see you which conveniently doubles as a nifty "heads-up" alert. So give 'em hell and annihilate them into a gory blood splatter! Yes, this game is fun and I like the way it combines action with adventure. Far from perfect but first-person shooter fans should definitely take a look. I enjoyed it a lot.

LINKS

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

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