Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Hard 'n' Heavy

Hard 'n' Heavy follows on from Great Giana Sisters in true sequel fashion and offers lots of Mario-like levels to run and jump through. However, this was sadly a lame conversion with awful flip-scrolling so was basically a rubbish released which is probably best forgotten. A scrolling platformer needs to SCROLL!!

But that's where the bad history lesson ends and good news begins because, a couple of years ago, Peter Putnik began development of a version uniquely designed for each model of Atari ST. Hardware scrolling is used on the Atari STe and the Blitter within Mega STs and later STFM models. Even those really old STs without so much of an empty Blitter socket are supported with a smooth scrolling, albeit with a huge 4MB Ram requirement.

Hard 'n' Heavy obviously looks and certainly feels like Giana Sisters revisited so if you didn't like that then you may as well look elsewhere right now. Walk and hop your way through 25 levels, shooting baddies and destroying blocks searching for the bonuses and access to hidden levels. Special weapons are activated using the spacebar and we even have an optional flamethrower weapon, which I hate no matter how much I try to like it!! Also available is a two-player feature, with various game types, but I cannot comment more because I've no friends [sob].

Overall, this is superb and I'm sure any Giana fan will love what is basically more of the same with a few bells and whistles. Peter has done incredibly well and this is how the commercial game should have been all along - just make sure you play it on a real Atari. I still prefer Giana Sisters but this is really enjoyable and highly recommended.


 - The latest download is now available for all Atari ST/STe computers. Grab this now!!