Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Crash Time Plumber

This is a conversion of the Gamopat original and released only days ago at the Silly Venture demo party. Our Atari game was developed by Sebastien Lucas of Cerebral Vortex and it works on any Atari computer which has a Blitter.

When I first loaded it up, I wasn't sure what to expect but boy what an authentic 8Bit-styled experience this offers with great gameplay, based on Donkey Kong with a hefty dollop of Popeye. Set in 1983, right before the crash of the video gaming industry, a certain Italian plumber has teamed up with an angry looking Donkey Kong and kidnapped ten gaming heroes. Pac-Man, Pitfall Harry, Q-Bert, Frogger, and many others are preparing themselves for a hideous death at the hands of these terrible criminals. Be quick to rescue them all and foil Mario's plan for his invasion two years later - save the gaming industry from its historical fate!

Taking place on a construction site, you will need to collect love hearts given by a damsel in distress as she floats by in a hot air balloon. Only then can you begin a steroid-jumping rescue to the trapped hero at the top of the screen. However, this won't be easy because Mario is rolling deadly barrels downhill and King Kong is hanging about and throwing killer bananas your way. Weather conditions can make matters worse, to seriously affect your speed and movements. Plus, you have only 120 seconds to collect all the hearts, which increase as the levels progress.

The graphics are superbly retro and suit the 80s theme perfectly. I simply love the sprites and the Blitter helps to produce a beautifully smooth 50fps scrollable screen with enhanced colour fading on the Atari STe. Falcon owners get to witness a huge Zeppelin flying by, which I cannot help but wonder why it's missing on the ST/e? Audio is super cool with lovely sound effects and a great chiptune totally suited to the ye olde style. Everything is gorgeous!

Level one tricks you into thinking that this is going to be easy - it's not. The combination of fantastic playability and extremely tough mechanics will catch you out so many times. I'm almost sick of being smacked in the face by a killer banana! Crash Time Plumber is such an addictive platformer which drags you back, kicking and screaming, for more!

If you only play one game then play this! A remarkable platformer. Perfect 10/10.


 - 8BitChip have a download which features the option for extra lives!! :D
 - I simply had to record a quick video of my extreme gaming frustration - but I loved every minute of it!
 - All but the oldest Atari STs come with a Blitter Chip. However, I believe the midlife Atari STs (1987+) have an empty socket so grab £20+ and head over the EXXOS webSTore and buy yourself one!