Thursday, December 29, 2016

Droid


Droid is a platform-shooter released for the Atari ST in 1991 by the distinctively titled M.P. Lord. You are a robot mech who is apparently lost within a catacomb of well-armed caverns and the aim is simple : to escape. It might look familiar but forget you saw that Psygnosis game as you explore and kill all the metallic baddies along your journey.

This was one of the most popular public domain games on the ST and even gave us a sequel released in 1994. However, neither game uses the enhanced hardware lurking within the Atari STe which was disappointing. Today that changes because Jamie Hamshere is working on an update which will utilise the enhanced hardware to feature smooth 50fps hardware scrolling, Blitted sprites, and DMA sample sounds. The results are truly outstanding.

You can download the early-beta release and have a play yourself. Please remember that this is unfinished and he still has much more hardwork left to do. However, it's a tremendous improvement over the original which was already an incredible game. I wish Jamie well with his piece of STe magic ... watch this space, folks!!

LINKS

 - If you wish to play the original 1991 STFM game then download it via Stonish.
 - The brand new beta for the Atari STe can be download from Atari-Forum.
 - I recorded a video of the new beta but it's best using a real computer. YouTube and emulation kill it!