Adventures in Judge Dredd Games - Part 2
Judge Dredd '87, and the second as Dredd's Big Day Out.
Oh right, I'm playing the Atari ST version by the way.
Though it does seem to be the actual design they were using in the comic at the time, so I can't fault the game developers. I'd rather things stay true to the source material if possible, even if the source is a bit weird.
I'm pretty amazed at how many names I got through here before it occurred to me to try just typing "DREDD". I think I forgot that 'Judge' isn't his first name.
The .exe files just display info about Dredd's gear and city, but there's some other stuff I could try. Like the 'mail' command.
Okay, what else is left me me to try. Oh right, let's take a look at what games have evolved into in the grim dark future.
I love extra things like this. There's absolutely no point to include a computer that plays Snake in this game, and they did it anyway, and that's awesome. I'm never going to play it again, but it's the thought that counts. Plus this is all entirely skippable.
Right, the briefing explains that Fatties have overrun the Dantanna Block, and I have to destroy their food supply. I'm no doctor, but I think I heard somewhere that human beings actually need food to live. This sounds to me a lot like we're sentencing an entire block's worth of people to starve to death here.
I can't really call this a platformer though so far, as he continually refuses to jump up to the higher walkway. I have to somehow get him onto the sloping bit of the path so he'll walk up there, and it's a bit of a struggle. There may be some easy trick to it, but I haven't figured it out yet.
It seems that the level's basically wrapped around the outside of a cylinder, and if I keep walking right I'll eventually find myself back where I started. It'd take a long while though, (around 40 seconds actually), because Dredd walks painfully slowly.
Man, Dredd really does walk ridiculously slowly. It taking me forever to get around this building. It doesn't help that there's no music at all, so everything feels miserable and lifeless.
Though even this doesn't actually go that fast, plus it doesn't seem to hurt the enemies. In fact I'm still the one that takes damage. Plus I can't shoot the enemies, so I can't defend myself or lower the crime rate.
This bike's worse than useless, it's a total liability!
If I fail to shoot at anyone for a few seconds Dredd automatically puts his gun away, and then I have to pull the trigger to get him to draw again. Which is actually really annoying if an enemy's closing in and I didn't realise the gun was holstered. Dredd's a total wimp, so even brushing against an enemy immediately starts draining his health energy bar. Maybe they've got corrosive BO, I dunno.
Seems that I may be able to keep retrying levels until the crime rating maxes out.
So of course I went and fucked it up by messing up the very first jump. In my defence, you can't really control Dredd once he's airborne.
Wait a minute, so that single convoy was carrying enough food to keep 400 million people fed for presumably an entire month. Weird, it didn't seem that big.
LATER, AFTER REPLAYING LEVEL ONE AND SAVING THE CONVOY.
These things must be the devolved version of those rats/cats that kept nibbling Dredd to death in the first game. These things aren't so bad though, even if it's annoying that I have to stop and duck down to shoot them.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LMia517H34o in case you were wondering. Honestly it was the first thing that came into my head while playing this and I don't know why. Maybe it's the way Dredd bobs up and down when he walks.)
Well okay I think I know how to reach this lever at least. I'll need to go off to the left and find a slope leading up, then walk to the right on the upper walkway as far as it'll go, and step off the edge. Simple, I hope.
The CR bar is still the crime rate, not the boss's health bar as far as I know, and shooting the floating amoebas or slime or whatever that is doesn't seem to be helping anything. Everytime I shoot a bit of it, it just grows back.
I'm doing a terrible job of dodging the boss's bouncing slime shots so I'll like to finish him off as soon as possible, but I just don't know how.
I think I'd have to say that this is better than the first Judge Dredd, but that's not saying much. It's a frustratingly slow and simple game without anything to really redeem it, and I can't say that playing it brought any joy into my life. The best bit of it was the snake mini-game.
Comments and criticism of my comments and criticism is always welcome. Game requests too, though even if I can get hold of the game it'll still take me a while to get around to it.