Sunday, July 29, 2018

5 Random Games For The Atari ST


I thought it might be a good idea to select a handful of random Atari ST games and then see what happens. Most I have never played before but they're all completely chosen at random for a fairly broad selection. Of course, everything is available on floppy disk but I obviously used the hard disk versions (thanks to 8BitChip).

Overall, this was a lot of fun and with a few shocks. Yep, I certainly had a blast playing four totally new games (and Golden Axe!!). The video recording shows my very first attempt at each game and I hope you enjoy watching it?


  

Okay, first up is The Amazing Spiderman by Empire Software. Now, I think that I remember playing this a few years ago but wasn't too impressed by the fiddly controls and lethargic pace? However, I must say that this "platformer" has genuinely shocked me because it's an incredible adventure which puts a different spin on the genre simply because we're Spidey. This means we have the expected superhero abilities along with being quite the sneaky saboteur - it's superb walking on the ceiling to creep by our enemies or punch switches with our webs.

There is also a fantastic 8-Bit vibe going on. Especially visually, which might not go down too well for those looking for a classy 16-Bit quality, but I think it's absolutely perfect. Overall, this is now literally one of my favourite Atari ST games and I cannot possibly explain just how much I've loved being Spiderman!! An absolute GEM.


  

Next up is Edd The Duck which was aimed more for kids and isn't really something I would normally choose anyhow. It's basically a poor man's Rainbow Islands but it does a pretty good job trying to live up to that class act. Actually, this is a cracking game and a lot better than I had expected but I found the jump mechanic a little off and the difficulty a harder than it should be. Good, but it's probably a better idea just to load up Rainbow Islands?


  

Audiogenic's Exterminator was developed by The Assembly Line and is something I've wanted to play for a while - because it reminded me of Trashman!! However, this is pest control and an entire street is overrun with all types of pests: wasps, spiders and many other weird things. We won't be laying traps or leaving poison because we're quite literally a hands-on kinda guy. Yep, using a BIG hand, we crush, pound or shoot these critters which emerge from the darkest corners of each room to attack. It's kinda like a nightmarish mix of Klax and gets even sillier with support for two players. This is something pointless every Dad needs to experience with his kids - they'll love it.

A good bug-crunching game that excels in two-player mode and I'm shocked how much I enjoyed Exterminator. Finally, I must add that The Assembly Line did us proud by supporting the Atari STe with cool DMA sounds!!


  

Golden Axe is a beat 'em up that needs no introduction from me. However, it's also one of those games I feel could have been technically better but that's where my criticism ends because this is such a fantastic hack and slasher. I love everything about it so here ends my mini-review because you should stop reading and start playing!!


  

Virgin's Super Off Road is another game I wouldn't normally have considered because it looks like a shameless Super Sprint ripoff. However, I am kicking myself because I took to this bumpy racer straight away and enjoyed tearing around its mucky tracks. It was odd being asked for my date of birth but the game itself has superb controls and the physics worked very well. What this lacks in originality it makes up for in great gameplay.

5 comments:

  1. You got a nice selection if this was truly random! Every time I pick a random game it turns out to be a German text adventure or something! :D

    I love Amazing Spider-Man too! Every time I see someone new play it I internally cringe because I know it’s finicky controls and repetitive switch puzzles will likely put the off, never to play it again. But persevere with it and there is a lot to love. I hope to go back to it one day and complete it.

    Super Off Road is another great game, but there is a difficulty spike that makes progress extremely difficult and stops me coming back for more.

    Golden Axe is a game that I obsessed about when I was a lad after playing the arcade at Birmingham Airport. I got a demo of the first level from ST Format with my ST at Christmas and played it to death. My Mum (bless her) must have been paying attention because she bought me the game for my birthday! Great memories.

    Great post, Steve. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Yes, it was random! I picked the entire catalogue of Dream Weaver disks that I have here in my collection. I love their disks because I remember being in contact with them you see, so happy memories. Anyhow, it was more like a "top 5" from the ones on these disks. (there were some other games which I just couldn't stand ha)

      I genuinely wanted to play something new to me and the video is of my very first proper play of each. Of course, I've played Golden Axe before but, hey there's always one odd one out. Trust me, I know lol. TBH, once I loaded it up, I couldn't let it slip by... so i guess it's 5 random games but rather than 5 random new games ;)

      I *think* i remember seeing Spiderman a few years ago but, again, as you can tell from the video it was my first play and it took me a few minutes to get to grip with the controls.

      I enjoyed this.

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  2. STeve, indeed a great read this was. 5 random games and you immediately pick 3 of my favorites, I wouldn't know what to choose. Spiderman is such an underated game and even though it might look a bit silly, this is a game loved by many ST fans. I love it myself. Off Road racing is amazing, especially in 2 player mode. Lot's of great memories. And Golden Axe, man oh man ... I have completed that one (using trainer ... boooooh) a dozen of times with friends. Such a great hack and slash, even on the ST! Great read.

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    1. Thank you whoever you are!! Love your taste in games :D

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  3. You may have picked randomly, but these are all really nice examples of ST games done pretty well. Yes, some are not technically pushing the machine "beyond borders", by hey fun is good too!

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