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 but 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 Donkey Kong and kidnapped ten of our gaming heroes: Pac-Man, Pitfall Harry, Q-Bert, Frogger, and many others are preparing themselves for a hideous death at the hands of these terrible criminals. Rescue them all to foil Mario's plan for his invasion and save the gaming industry!

We're on the donkey kong construction site collecting love hearts that 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 captured hero. This won't be easy because not only is Mario is rolling barrels downhill but King Kong is hanging about throwing his killer bananas! Some levels have weather conditions affecting movement and 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!

Don't be fooled by this humble platformer because right from the start you're tricked into thinking it's far too easy - it is anything but! The combination of fantastic controls and extremely tough mechanics will catch you out many times and 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 so if you only play one game today then may I suggest you play Crash Time Plumber!! A remarkable platformer and a perfect 10/10.

LINKS

 - 8BitChip have a download which features the option for extra lives!! :D
 - I simply had to record a quick video of my extreme gaming frustration - but I loved every minute of it!
 - All but the oldest Atari STs come with a Blitter Chip. However, I believe the midlife Atari STs (1987+) have an empty socket so grab £20+ and head over the EXXOS webSTore and buy yourself one!