Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Hard 'n' Heavy

Hard 'n' Heavy follows on from Giana Sisters in true sequel fashion to offer more Mario-like levels to run and jump through. However, the official release was quite poor with awful flip-screen scrolling which ultimately ruined what might have been a great home version. Flip works perfect with platformers designed without scrolling so, for example, Jet Set Willy. This particular game would have been horrendous with scrolling but Hard 'n' Heavy relied on it!


But that's where the bad history lesson ends and good news begins because Peter Putnik has developed a version which features smooth as silk scrolling thanks to the use of the Blitter co-processor lurking inside every Atari STe and most other earlier models (incl later STFM models which had a Blitter or a hungry socket).


Hard 'n' Heavy obviously looks and feels similar to Giana Sisters, so if you didn't like that then you may as well look elsewhere right now. The physics exaggerate Giana to feel like we're floating. There are 25 levels, shooting baddies and destroying blocks searching for the bonuses and access to hidden levels. Also available is a two-player feature, with various game types, but I cannot comment more because I've no friends [boohoo].


Overall, this is superb and I'm sure any Giana Sisters fan will love what is basically more of the same with a few bells and whistles. Peter has done incredibly well and this is how the commercial game should have been - just make sure you play it on a real computer. I do prefer Giana Sisters but this is really enjoyable and highly recommended.