Sunday, July 16, 2017

Menace [upgraded]



When something isn't quite right...

Menace is one of the few Psygnosis games that I actually enjoy, I think it's a good shooter. Okay, it should have and could have been much better with a little extra effort but, that's an Amiga company for you. Anyhow, it's still a decent shooter that I enjoy but, what's with the YELLOW ship compared to that other version? For years, I've hated that and wondered what they were thinking, and if it was possible to change it to something better?

So, I contacted Atari ST wizard Peter Putnik about this and he came back with a neat solution that works well. As you can see in the video and screenshots, our spaceship now has a brand new paint job!! The caveat is a change to the oddly placed status panel, due to the 16-colour palette used in that part of the display. The game itself remains exactly the same - but we can now enjoy a spanky-new WHITE ship. Which is brilliant.

This is what makes the Atari ST scene a marvellous place to be. Think about it, I wasn't happy with a commercial game from 30+ years ago so I asked a guy, who I've never met in another country, for his thoughts. What's he do? He fixes it without hesitation for me. Incredible. What an amazing community we have.

My sincere thanks to Peter for being gracious with my request - this version of Menace is the only one I will now play for the Atari ST. I love it to bits. Here's the download to the newly designed AtariCrypt White Star release of Menace (geddit?). Please watch the video trailer (above) and also take a gander at these screenshots...

2 comments:

  1. Always remember that you have to shoot the floating [1000] dropped when you destroy and entire enemy battalion to get it to change to other weapons. Weapons are cumulative, not replacements, so it gets fun, especially with the unlimited shield trainer. =)

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    1. Argh sorry mate, I never got an alert for this comment :( Yes, I agree about the power-ups. Neat game this.

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