Sunday, October 11, 2015

Black Lamp

Let's cut to the chase: you’re a clown. Yes, you are plucky Jack The Jester who happens to also be in love with the Princess, Griselda. Sadly, she will never look at you with the same lovestruck passion (which is probably because of that silly costume you are wearing!).

Fortunately, the kingdom of Allegorid was attacked by dragons and they stole the magical lamps that somehow protect everyone in the kingdom from evil. This also includes the most acclaimed lamp, a cherished and powerful Black Lamp. So monsters lurk everywhere! Your task is a simple one: get the lamps, save the day and be rewarded with your dolly bird princess even if she is called Griselda. Fail and death awaits you.. great!

Black Lamp is your typical flip - screen platformer with ledges to hop onto, ladders to climb, items to collect, monsters to kill and hundreds of rooms to visit as you undertake that honourable lamp quest. An interesting feature is during the outdoor regions that will instead scroll along as you walk the castle walls or streets. Various bonuses are offered for points and special abilities like increased firepower and invincibility and you will be thankful for all!

The monsters reign supreme since those lamps were taken and this is perhaps the game’s greatest most annoying characteristic. They are countless and relentless. Wherever you go, they will appear and certainly don't require an open door or window because they walk through walls! So there is no safe place offering a quiet moment of refuge. Throughout your exploration, the graphics are constantly awesome and their detail feels like a cartoon chronicle of England's medieval age. I have always thought that the monsters were the most alluring - they are so incredibly charming! My favourites are the Imps and Trolls which are bewitching to watch and I don’t think there is another retro game with such gorgeous & nicely animated baddies!

Sadly, it's this animation which is also a curse for controlling Jolly Jack. Imagine you are walking right and need to turn left to kill oncoming monsters. This action cannot often immediately happen because of the walking animation first needs to finish. Of course, nothing is perfect and I am very happy to finally feature Black Lamp on AtariCrypt because it offers tons of fun and challenging action. The kingdom of Allegorid offers you an excellent game!

LINKS

 - 8BitChip have a hard drive installable version which I highly recommend!
 - Or you can download the floppy disk version of the game. (also look on Automation #10)
 - Chris Wilkins has a great video which shows that funny picture upon completion!
 - The Bird Sanctuary features the Atari ST version of Black Lamp and other 'bird' games.
 - Hands off - this is MINE:-)