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Thursday, 22 July 2010

Robotz DX - Remake of an Atari ST Game

Strangely enough one of the ST games that I remember most vividly was a little game that came on an ST Format cover disc that according to the blurb was made in just a few hours (I can't remember how many).  It was a brilliantly simple but challenging affair that was also insanely addictive.  You simply had to blow up the generator on each level to progress to the next - but different obstacles and enemies faced you.  Featuring devious problems to solve and merciless collision detection, to this day I remember it as being one of the best ST games there ever was.

So when I found out today that someone has done a remake / update for the PC, I was over the moon!  Here's the trailer showcasing some of the new features, though the graphics look almost identical to the original:

Visit the official site for more information and to download!

Sunday, 11 July 2010

Blue Lightning - Atari Lynx

This is a video of one of the earliest games released for the Atari Lynx, and widely regarded as one of the all-time best games for that system.  Pity I never owned one really...

Sunday, 4 July 2010

Kickstart - C16

Back in my early school days, I fondly remember both the TV show and computer game Kickstart - the show features young people riding motorbikes through obstacle courses, and the game was no different - though the real-life show didn't expect you to leap over a row of buses, of course!

Playing Kickstart on the C16 is one of my earliest gaming memories.  It was always great fun and, if I remember rightly, quite challenging.  It captured the spirit of the TV show perfectly.  I played Kickstart 2 on the dear old Speccy, which had a split-screen 2-player mode - however it wasn't nearly as good at the first came on the C16.

Found a cool video of this game on Youtube - brought back a lot of memories!

Friday, 2 July 2010

Ammotrack - Atari ST

Created by legendary Nebulus and Eliminator programmer John M Phillips (apparently with The Bitmap Brothers these days), Ammotrack was, as far as I'm aware, only ever released as a freebie on an ST Format disc and later (I think) on public domain discs.  Similar to Eliminator in concept, Ammotrack had you racing round a track in a vehicle that could house some pretty fearsome weaponry.

You fly around the course at high speed avoiding or shooting down the competition.  I remember this as being a tough but very fun game, and getting to the end with a respectable score always left you with a good feeling.