Sunday, June 25, 2017

Sinister Developments


I recently found the Sinister Developments website and was surprised they still listed all their Atari ST software. These guys were one of the best shareware groups in the 90s and released five fantastic games. However, the download links failed so I sent an email and got a reply from Gordon Gibson himself!!

He's fixed the links so all games are now downloadable AND the latest (registered) releases. Each game is a brilliant arcade conversion that often supports the enhancements within the Atari STE. Which is always cool. Did I also mention that they are free? :) Come on, that is incredibly generous. Feel that Atari love!

  • Centipede - Gordon said they wanted a mix between Centipede and Millipede which worked out incredibly well but boy was my mouse-hand killing me after half an hour!! I found a few bugs but nothing to stop the fun. This is a frantically zany and frenzied version of the classic, a superb conversion. (click on the above animation to view it large).
    To bypass the shareware message just press "ESC" key on the language screen.
  • Painter - I personally thought this was the weakest of the bunch but it's still enjoyable and very difficult with killer AI (literally). There is also funky stereo music on the Atari STe - yeah!!
  • Asteroids - This begins with a familiar intro supporting stereo playback for the Atari STe. I found it initially difficult but, after a few tips from the man himself, I began to do a little better. I still suck at it but at least I'm "better" :-) (click on the above animation to view it large).
    To bypass the shareware message just press "F10" key on the language screen.
  • Space Invaders - I think this is my favourite of the bunch. It's a beauty and feels authentic and fresh. Yet again, the Atari STe features DMA music with stereo sound effects too.
    To bypass the shareware message just type in "PEPSI MAX" on the language screen.
  • Galaxians - I've always been rubbish at this but it's such a great conversion. I think that Sinister have created one of pure gold and one that has me feeling that I'm back in the 1980s. Now, perhaps it's just me, but I can see a 3D effect on the main menu!! Can you?
    To bypass the shareware message just press "INSERT" key on the language screen.

To safeguard this precious archive of Atari ST gaming history, I have a zipped each game and stored it on my Dropbox as a backup. Also, I have recorded videos of Space Invaders (STe) and Galaxians (border removed). So, what are you waiting for? Download these incredible Atari ST/e games right now. You'll love 'em!! :-)

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