Friday, January 30, 2015

STonish.Net


Earlier this month, I came across a rather exciting website for the Atari ST called Stonish, by Bruno Mathieu / aka ‘Brume’which attempts to feature every “Menu CD” ever made. Quite the task, I'm sure you'll agree! Many are extremely rare and some are probably lost forever so I feel this website is absolutely essential.

I contact Brume to thank him and ask for more information. Here is his kind reply:
"Stonish.net tries to collect all menu disks made on Atari ST. They are mainly games menus, but it will feature tools, demos and mod menus in the next months. The site provides more than 1600 disks at the moment (more to come). All disks have been tested and some of them have been repaired. The goal is, of course, to provide a safe database for all disks, but not only. Some crews didn't spread very well their disks. A lot of compilations have been lost since the 80's. So we need to fill the gap: any help is welcome ;) This is the first of the website, which will probably evolve in the next months."

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Menace


This isn't a review - I simply needed to vent about this awesome shoot 'em up which many Atari ST gamers love to moan about.  I admit, Psygnosis have given us ST nutters more than our fair share of lazy ports but many do include Menace in their rants and this is something I strongly disagree with!! (albeit with that odd yellow ship)

Menace scrolls along perfectly with large sprites and colourful scenery against the dead of space as a background. Sound effects are darn cool and we have gorgeous David Whittaker chiptunes which instantly get you tapping your feet. Controls are responsive and precise with gameplay that is fast, smooth and bucket loads of fun. This is an extremely addictive shooter with that "just one more go" appeal. Fantastic game!!

LINKS

 - Whether you want this on a floppy or hard drive, Klaz's Hideaway has the download.
 - Normally I suck badly when I record a video but I did pretty well - almost a long-play!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Cybernoid - The Fighting Machine


Cybernoid is a game developed by a legend. Someone who repeatably rocked the 8-bit world, Raffaele Cecco. I was a Spectrum owner back then and it seemed everyone was crazy about him and his games, rightly so. However, there have been too many dodgy 16-bit conversions so I was more than a little dubious upon first loading up Cybernoid.

The 16-bit conversion was handled by Tony Cooper and is amazing. Offering (almost) the same level of thrills as the original, its gameplay is smooth with comfortable controls which are responsive throughout each of the spruced-up screens. Yes, graphically, this is head and shoulders above the original Speccy game with eye-popping colours and lovely animations. The sound effects are a joy, accompanied by a fantastic chiptune.

However, this is one tough cookie. No, it's a damn tough nut cookie!! It will take most gamers many attempts to master its cruel playability. It's especially annoying when enemies can seem to fire their weapons through solid walls or objects. But stick with it because Cybernoid is awesome, almost as good as the original and ultra addictive.

Crack the cunning learning curve and you've got yourself a wonderful and challenging game!

LINKS

 - My video recording for your extreme visual pleasures!
 - Klaz's Hideaway has a version that can be installed to hard drive or floppy disk.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

pinball obsessions


I never really understood was the whole pinball thang but that didn't stop me from buying Obsession back in the day. It features various Atari STe enhancements that were largely ignored by the commercial industry, like hardware scrolling, DMA stereo sounds and overscan too. This is a cracking game, a perfect 10/10. Download!

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Turbo Cup


Turbo Cup was released back in 1988 by the mighty Loriciel and places us behind the wheel of a Porsche 944. First, we get to drive a practice run before moving up to the thrilling race events against computer-controlled competitors. What I love is the player's view as the perspective is quite unique and helps give the illusion of a great view down the track. There are some neat physics at work which prevents it from ever being easy so perhaps you should take those corners a little slower? It's no sim but it's still a tough cookie and one that will take a time to master.

The graphics are still superb today and, even though I'm no Porsche fan, I think this is one of the best looking 16-Bit racers. Sound effects are equally nice with the roar of that powerful engine which beats the YM buzz used in lesser titles. Overall, Turbo Cup is hard and will take many attempts before you've mastered the control mechanics but stick with it and you've got yourself a great racer for a few hours of fun.

LINKS

 - I've recorded a video of Turbo Cup which displays my great gaming skills.!
 - 8BitChip have hard drive installable version to download.
 - Old Games Finder has all the floppy disk images you could ever need.

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Erik


Erik is a kind and peaceful Viking who happens to keep himself to himself and bothers nobody. Unfortunately, that evil god Loki isn't too pleased about Erik choosing a pacifistic lifestyle over one of pillaging so he casts a spell and turns the world rotten. Erik must now travel these infested lands and battle all kinds of sadistic evil before he can return to a time of peace and quiet. Oh, the problems these computer characters must face on a daily basis, not fair is it?

Atlantis Software released Erik back in 1992 and its a vertically scrolling platformer that features dozens of levels spread over four worlds. Of course, each level contains lots of baddies, many cool traps and scary end of level bosses. The graphics are so cute and cuddly with lots of details and super smooth scrolling. Overall, this is a really simple game with little to complicate it and, even though Erik isn't exactly original, it's entertaining and challenging - especially on the later levels. What a great platformer and one I guarantee you will love.

LINKS

 - Klaz and his magical Hideaway has a download which can be installed to a hard drive!
 - I've recorded a video and so has Dave Seaman too but who is the beST...?