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Wednesday, 14 April 2010

Escape from the Planet of the Robot Monsters - Atari ST

I loved this game, which if memory serves came in one of the Atari STe bundles - never actually saw it in the arcades, so I can't say how good the conversion was.  It was a shoot-em-up with puzzle elements, and when you finished a stage you hopped in your spacecraft, navigated a maze section which either got you killed (fairly frequently, I admit) or took you to a new level - with three options depending which way you went.

Everything about this game was weird - from the music and sound effect to the graphics (quircky quasi-isometric view) and the gameplay itself.  But at the same time, it was all rather wonderful, in an odd sort of way.  There's never been another game quite like it - or if there has, I don't know about it!  Sadly however, it's yet another one of those games that I never did quite manage to complete...

Screenshots from Escape from the Planet of the Robot Monsters:

Monday, 5 April 2010

Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee for PS1

I'll get a full review done soon, but I just wanted to quickly post about Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee - the first in the Oddworld quintology.  In style it seems a throwback to the mid-80s style flip-screen platformer (never one of my favourite genres, though I did enjoy the antics of Monty Mole!); however this is absolutely brilliant.  Loads of secrets to discover, a rich gameplay experience, and some graphical effects that don't look too shabby even today.  

I'm having great fun with this game, it's maddening at times but only in that way that the best games are - you hate the game, you vow that it's the most annoying thing on the planet... but of course you keep playing, because it just happens to be impossible to stop playing.

That Abe though... he's one ugly critter (but loveable just the same!).