Sunday, July 16, 2017

Menace [upgraded]

When something isn't quite right...

Menace is one of the few Psygnosis games that I actually like as I think it's a good shooter. Okay, it should have and could have been much better with a little more effort but that's an Amiga company for you. However, it's still a decent shooter but, what's with the YELLOW ship compared to that other version? For years, I've hated it 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 later came back with a neat solution that works very well. As you can see in the video and screenshots, our spaceship has a brand new paint job in white!! The caveat is a side effect to the status panel, which is due to the 16-colour palette that the game itself is using. Of course, 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 a part of. 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, living in another country, for his thoughts. What's he do? He fixes it without hesitation for me. What an amazing community we have!

Gratitude and links

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?). Watch the video trailer above and also take a gander at these screenshots...


  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. =)

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