Friday, February 16, 2018

Astro Marine Corps


Sometimes a game doesn't need a longwinded storyline, cunning puzzles or life-sucking RPG elements. Sometimes all you want is a huge mother of a weapon (with unlimited ammo of course) and lots of baddies in need of urgent annihilation. Be happy because Dinamic's AMC fits the bill with lots of mindless and gratifyingly brutal violence!

   
Watch out for the various plant life and some critters can instantly change with a drastic consequence!!

This multi-level scrolling shoot 'em up involves nothing more than walking grim alien landscapes and hammering down on the fire button to kill everything in sight. Upgradeable weapons use a directional-firing technique and our marine can also crouch and leap high into the air with wiggly-legs. We are also equipped with powerful bombs and these are needed when your main weapon isn't effective against mechs or whatever lurks inside craters...

The aliens are an obscene bunch of misfits ranging from man-eating plants to mechanoids even Robocop would run away from. Don't get to close to the unassuming caterpillers, these will suddenly grow and give rather a nasty bite. I think AMC has some of the best enemies I've seen and the monstrously huge Guardian proves it.

   
I love that beast man thingamabob with the large fangs but he's nothing compared to this huge guardian!!

Technically, this isn't the best game as it feels a like a rushed port with less-than spritely scrolling across sparse landscapes. Joystick controls are great but it's awkward reaching for the keyboard to throw a bomb - especially when mechanoids are chasing! AMC is crude and predictable but it's also thoroughly entertaining with great monsters, crunchy sound effects and tons of levels. I loved being an Astro Marine and killing alien scumbags is fantastic.

LINKS

 - Installation to a hard disk is possible thanks to 8BitChip and Old Games Finder has the floppies.
 - Stonish has a couple of great Menu disks: Dodgysoft #81 and Flame Of Finland #25.

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