Thursday, January 26, 2017

Operation Garfield

I've been browsing through the Floppyshop archives again and this time stumbled upon an Operation Wolf inspired shooter called Operation Garfield. Developed by Dave Brankin, it sparked my curiosity because of its support for the enhanced hardware of the Atari STe with DMA samples and Blitted graphics. I'm always extra eager to see a piece of software for the underappreciated Super ST but I do also admit to being a little sceptical about the Garfield theme!

Once again aliens are invading Earth but this time have decided to strangely disguise themselves as the lazy cat from a TV show. Why? Because they have watched our broadcasts and felt that we would forgive them if they were cute and cuddly invaders. Yep, the storyline is a stretch but it's quite humorous and whatever works, right?

Gameplay takes place across a cityscape littered with invading Garfield's, all of whom enjoy firing lots (and lots) of rockets your way. The mouse is used to move, aim, and to shoot the invaders and their rockets. A near useless Defender-style map hopes to help you locate the other baddies but I didn't care for it. There are some neat touches like ammo caches (which I found by accident), smart bombs, and a little England flag in the distance!

I must credit David Brankin who created an Atari STe game because he was sick and tired of the commercial companies ignoring it. Blittered sprites, 8-way scrolling, and also samples that are played using the DMA hardware, thus everything has zero impact on the CPU. This puts to shame most "pro" software houses of the time.

I fear this has little to offer other than a simple, yet gratifying, Garfield-killing spree. Sadly, it has an extraordinarily high difficulty so I feel I rarely got the chance to fully appreciate it before dying! Operation Garfield is a silly game not to be taken seriously and provides nothing more than a few minutes of stress-busting gun love. That, I did enjoy!

LINKS

 - You know where to go - AtariMania has the download within their ST database.
 - Also, both Demozoo and Stonish has links to various Menu CD's that featured the game.
 - It doesn't end here! Check out our "Homebrew" group here on AtariCrypt for more games!