Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Venus The Flytrap


Planet Earth is dying because of mankind breeding like bacteria and raping the planet of all its natural resources in order to serve our gluttony. Over-use of pesticides has finally killed off all the bugs and left mother nature rather unbalanced but the boys in the laboratories have created cybernetic bugs to compensate our stupidity. Of course, it wasn't long before they went postal and must now be eliminated before it's too late!

This is a run and kill 'em all platformer spread over fifty levels ranging from the green forests to Death Valley. You're a mean-looking bug equipped with a cannon to fight off his metallic foes, this can be upgraded using the power-ups left behind by those crazy insects. These consists of a wide range of improvements like better firepower, silly reversible controls, and even antigrav upside-down walking being possible - and that only serves to give me brain ache! Bonus rounds appear each way through a level and flip the game into an exciting shoot 'em up for extra points.

Graphics are pretty darn beautiful with smooth scrolling, nicely animated sprites and it's worth noting all those many extra colours which spruce up what would normally have been a boring background. Music is perfect, something I can listen to all day and the sound effects aren't too shabby either. Controls are bang on perfect and this is what makes Venus a great game, with a style that is clean and responsive without ever lagging. It can be a little repetitive at times but the gameplay is superbly balanced and so much fun with lots of interesting features.

Venus The Flytrap is an extremely enjoyable platformer which has always been on my favourites list.

LINKS

 - Here is a video which I record a while back. Don't expect a walk-through :p
 - I also recorded a midi version of the game's excellent theme tune.
 - An awesome remastered version by ACC:Xess which completely blows you away!
 - Okay, here is a hard drive installable copy of Venus by the mighty D-Bug to download.
 - Those that require a floppy disk image should check out Old Games Finder.
 - AtariMania has Venus The Flytrap listed within their ST database with scans of magazine reviews.
 - Fancy some level codes? Of course, you do! Simply press the SPACEBAR on the menu screen and then ignore using that handy keyboard because they decided that the joystick would be far better to enter in these codes:
     -> The Forbidden Forest...starting level
     -> The Frozen Wastes......MANTIDS
     -> The Dead City..........CICADAS
     -> Wood World.............PSYLLIDS
     -> The Kaverns............PIERIDS
     -> Death Valley...........SATYRID
     -> The Creeping Swamp.....LYCAENID
     -> Tech World.............PYRALID
     -> Translucent Plain......NOCTUID
     -> The Stygian Creek......?
 - I believe these cheat codes work fine, however, I have never tried them so YMMV... enjoy:
     -> extra time.............JUPITER
     -> extra ammo.............PLUTO
     -> weapons galore.........MARS
     -> fly like superman......MERCURY
     -> unknown................SATURN