Sideways is an unreleased game by the same fella who brought us Nitro, Jamie Woodhouse. Imagine what would happen if somebody mashed together Uridium with Return To Genesis and you get the idea. It's a face-paced shooter featuring graphics that zoom along at 50fps for insanely smooth visuals, even when using a Blitter-less Atari ST.
Although never completed, it's impossible not to be impressed by this ridiculously exciting game. The controls feel natural and are so responsive when manoeuvring with precise turning and acceleration. A variety of baddies constantly appear to torment the player and you should also note the landscape layout to avoid smashing into parts of the scenery. An energy meter is constantly shrinking but will be replenished by simply shooting the energy crystals littered throughout each level. Power-ups are available to purchase between levels for increased firepower, shields, and also adding extra weaponry to both the side and rear of your craft. You can even buy the ability to transform into a tank, a cool Xenon ripoff idea I thought! However, don't waste cash on extra lives because that function to deduct a life after each death was sadly never implemented. In effect, Sideways comes with its own trainer enabled!
I am shocked and saddened that it was never released back in the day but it's certainly impossible not to be impressed by this feat of incredible programming. Any shoot 'em up needs great mechanics for a thrilling gameplay experience and Sideways has that my the bucket load. I personally feel Sideways is better than either of the above-mentioned games, albeit in a nearly-finished state. This is one of the easiest games to rate and, if you love your shooters fast and furious, then this is for you! Tremendously entertaining and I cannot recommend it highly enough.
- A floppy and hard drive installable version is available from 8BitChip, of course!
- Unlike Sideways, Nitro was released and can be found on the mighty D-Bug website.
- Both of Jamie's games are now listed within the AtariMania database.