Sunday, July 08, 2018

Into The Eagle's Nest

Into The Eagles Nest is an overhead Gauntlet-like shoot 'em up set within the enemy's castle which is heavily occupied by thousands of Nazi soldiers. Our orders are simple: infiltrate the castle, rescue three allied soldiers and then detonate the hidden explosives. Leaving without blowing the place to kingdom come would just be too rude!! Sneaking into the enemy's lair was the easy part, now we've gotta bust out of our safe room with guns blazing and rescue our fellow Allied soldiers before General Erich von Klinkerhoffen orders their execution.

As soon as the game begins, your battle is on and against a constant onslaught of enemy soldiers who eagerly patrol the castle's dingy corridors. Look for anything which may assist in completing your mission: health packs help repair hits you've endured and an ammo stash will replenish your Nazi killing abilities. Elevator keys should need no explanation but don't be too quick to use them - exploration is as important as the killing albeit not as much fun. Just don't forget to disable the pointless messages telling you what item has been collected... [so annoying!!]

Look for keys, health and ammo because you never know how many soldiers are waiting for you!

Collect all keys and use them wisely to unlock parts of the map otherwise out of limits. Some doors must have been bought from Ikea and need only a little gun-love to open them up. Some soldiers have had too much beer and fallen flat out cold drunk so an easy target - but unnecessary if low on ammo. Remember to watch the status panel because you can withstand 50 hits, which sounds a lot but even Rambo would die without stealth and a tactical approach.

I've always enjoyed overhead shooters but I actually didn't care for this at first because the push-scrolling technique isn't ideal for this type of game, so my first impressions weren't good. However, it does grow on you and I've gotta say that I love the general 8-Bit feel with its superbly drawn sprites and our point of view which truly is "overhead". Title screen music is flunky but pretty good at the same time. I'm more of a chip guy but I really liked it. In-Game sound effects are all samples and really nice too but I miss a background chippy tune if I'm honest.

Sneak by and pinch their food [oddly on the floor]. Hang on, they're all asleep BAM BAM BAM!!

This is an easy one to rate because it's a freaking brilliant shooter and a true classic which the Atari ST got a fantastic conversion. I think most of us have played this incredible game so I'm positive everyone has happy memories but should play it again. An engrossing adventure that offers a huge challenge for the most persevering player.

If you fancy joining the Allied forces then grab this on either a floppy or for your hard drive. Enjoy!!

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