Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Tomtar


Tomtar is a freeware shoot 'em up released in 1993 for the Atari STe by UTEN (NewCore, XiA, Toxic Twins & Unit 17). A "tomtar" is basically a gnome and these breed like bacteria and will eventually take over the world unless something is done! We even asked the Grim Reaper for help but there are still too many for him to handle so we needed divine intervention - in the form of a machine gun! Yep, we all know where this is going so let's lock and load to help the mythical Reaper destroy all the Tomtars in what I can only describe as the craziest 5 minutes of your life.

In the right corner of the screen is an Orch - kill him to advance to the next level. Gameplay becomes frantic and more chaotic the further you progress but is always great fun. Use the mouse to shoot but beware because this isn't going to be easy because these little critters can walk, run, bounce and fly their way across the screen. Controls work well with the mouse but I would have preferred the right-button to perform a function like throwing a grenade, this would have been superb! Also, that spooky backdrop never seems to change which is a bit of a shame.

A stupid game that offers nothing more than a mad few minutes blasting Tomtars!

LINKS

 - Demozoo has the download with also a cutdown version for the STFM.
 - My high scores are: 78,250 (emulation) and 94,740 (using my Atari STe). What are yours?

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