Monday, 23 April 2012
Extreme (ZX Spectrum)
I haven't had much luck with Spectrum games so far, but this one has to be good, surely? It's got a naked dude with robot walker legs and a Stormtrooper helmet setting fire to shit with a flamethrower while flexing! You just don't see that kind of thing on title screens these days.
Anyway, the head tells our hero a tragic tale. Apparently his spaceship has been taken over by Steg pirates (they're the worst kind), and they've set the self-destruct. Which is bad news for everyone because the explosion will be big enough to take out this entire planet.
I guess I'll start by going right, and if that doesn't work out I'll try left instead.
These birds explode in one hit, but the seems to be no end of the little bastards. They've stripped off half my health almost instantly, so I'm going to make a run for it.
I guess I'm going left then.
Well it's old game, developers didn't know any better back then. When did this come out anyway? Shit... 1991? I would have guessed 5-10 years earlier.
Who the hell was making crap like this in the 90s then? Whoa Dave Perry and Nick Bruty apparently, the guys who later worked together on Aladdin and Earthworm Jim. Though they also made that damn Dan Dare III game I played, so that makes sense.
Oh hang on, I just remembered that I can cycle through weapons. I started off with a flamethrower and a few temporary shields, and it seems shooting the UFO has added a couple of 'Turbo!' power ups to my arsenal as well. I think I'm beginning to formulate a scheme.
THIRTY SECONDS LATER, BACK ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE LEVEL.
And then I accidentally used my second turbo up straight afterwards because I forgot to switch back to the flamethrower. But that's okay, because I'm through now and I'm never going back.
At least that's what I did the second time. The first time I got to the lava I forgot all about the moving gap and tried diving in with a shield power up on. It didn't work out.
EIGHT SECONDS LATER, AT THE OTHER END OF THE PIPE.
Damn, I hope I can make it back to the recharge point on two bars of health, or else I'll have to do all this again.
NINE SECONDS LATER; AFTER A QUICK HEALTH RECHARGE, AN ANNOYING SWARM OF BIRDS, AND A DASH THROUGH SOME DOORS.
HALF A SECOND LATER.