Sunday, 29 January 2017
E-Motion (Atari ST)
Ye canna change the laws of physics, Jim! Well that may be so, but in this game, it's all about the electrons. Push ones of the same colour together and they disappear, different colours clashing creates new electrons of another shade. There's a bit more to it than this, but that's the basic idea - and with you controlling a ship on the microscopic scale using Asteroids style controls to push the electrons around, the end result is a fun and incredibly challenging action puzzle game. Fortunately there are different game modes, some of them more forgiving, and you may well need to hone your skills there before going on to even the Normal mode which has a pretty unforgiving time limit even on the earliest levels!
E-Motion was, as you can see from the title screen above, created by The Assembly Line and published by good old US Gold. The Assembly Line were also responsible for one of the best known 16-bit puzzle games, Pipe Mania. (They were also responsible for coding Xenon 2 for The Bitmap Brothers apparently according to their Wikipedia page - you learn something new every day!)