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Friday, 19 June 2009

Joust - Atari ST

Without a doubt one of the most genuinely insane games ever, this game (I remember getting it as a public domain release, not sure if it was ever commercial?) has you on a giant bird jousting other knights on giant birds; you have to jump on them from above to knock them out of the game. Various other bits and bobs help or hinder you.

Certainly Joust wasn't an amazing technical accomplishment, and it didn't begin to make use of the 16-bit machine's graphical or audio capabilities. (Despite that much-maligned Yamaha sound chip, in the right hands it could actually produce some good stuff). However the game was fun - and still is. And let's face it - who hasn't at one time wanted to grab a lance and fly around on a giant bird?

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