Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Crash Time Plumber

This is a conversion of the Gamopat original released only days ago at Silly Venture. Our Atari game was developed by Sebastien Lucas of Cerebral Vortex and it works on any Atari computer with a Blitter Chip. This means the Mega ST, any Atari STe, and the Falcon beast so if your older STFM has an empty socket then you know what to do.

When I first loaded this, I wasn't sure what to expect as I was greeted with an authentic 8Bit-styled platformer with fantastic gameplay. It's based on Donkey Kong with a hefty dollop of Popeye and takes place in 1983 before the video gaming industry crash. Now, a certain Italian plumber has teamed up with an angry looking monkey and kidnapped ten of our favourite gaming heroes: Pac-Man, Pitfall Harry, Q-Bert, Frogger, and many others. Each is preparing themselves for a hideous death at the hands of these terrible criminals from the east so rescue them all to foil Mario's plan and stop this invasion to save the gaming industry. Yes, everything is on the line here!

The intro is short but sweet to tell the story. Also, I've been to Alamogordo twice!! /tidbit

We're on the donkey kong construction site collecting love hearts which are given freely by a damsel in distress who floats by in her hot air balloon. When enough are collected, we begin our steroid-jumping rescue to the top of the screen and save our particular captured hero. Now, this won't be easy because not only is Mario is rolling barrels downhill but King Kong is hanging about throwing his killer bananas with annoying accuracy! Also, some levels have weather conditions affecting your movement but don't forget about the harsh 120 seconds time limit.

The graphics are fantastic for a gorgeous 80s retro theme. The sprites are so cute and the Blitter produces beautifully smooth 50fps scrollable screen. Heck, the Atari STe even adds enhanced colour fading too. Falcon owners get to witness a huge Zeppelin flying by, which I cannot help but wonder why this is missing on the ST/e? Audio is superb with lovely sound effects and a great chiptune that is also totally suited to the ye olde style. Everything is perfect.

Watch out for angry monkeys throwing their killer bananas otherwise you're just a name on the wall...

Don't be fooled by the humble appearance because from the start you're tricked into thinking it's far too easy! The combination of fantastic controls and extremely tough mechanics will catch you out many times - I'm sick of being smacked in the face by a killer banana! Crash Time Plumber is so addictive and drags you back, kicking and screaming, for more! If you only play one game today then I suggest you play Crash Time Plumber!!

Download this fantastic game from 8BitChip who have adapted it for hard disk installation and an option for extra lives! Most older STs have an empty Blitter Chip socket to head over to the EXXOS webSTore to buy one.

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