Archive for the 'Strategy' Category

Solomon’s key

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December 6, 2010

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Boulderdash of the second generation, Solomon’s Key game, has similar appeal. The art of it is as much thought as speedy response (although you need plenty of both).

And the game is both mind numbingly simple and very addictive.

Where Boulderdash had boulders Solomon’s Key game has blocks. Blocks that may be destroyed by well aimed head-butt or created out of nothing.

The game idea from the bottom of the screen your little man has to climb up using blocks as stepping stones – building as he goes – to reach an exit at the top of the screen. The whole thing is under the clock – the quicker you do it the more points you get and – also – on the way there are bonus items to be collected for even more points and a key to be found to open the exit to the next level.

To begin with the problem in time – just choosing sensible routes, learning the art of manipulating the blocks and getting the key within the time limit. After two or three goes you get the hang of it and the first screen becomes comparatively simple. On later levels though, things get more difficult. Assorted creatures start to wander around the blocks – you either have to dodge them or destroy them by collapsing a block from under them at a key moment.

There are firebomb bonuses to help which mean you can wipe out on coming aliens when the going get really tough one another peculiar objects scattered around each screen which bump up your score by mysterious amounts.

As you progress it gets very, very difficult indeed.

It took me ages to figure out how to do the second screen – you hardly have time to think before what appears to be a fire-breathing fox and disembodied head hurtle down the screen at you.

The programming is excellent. True there isn’t really anything very difficult involved – nice attribute grid-shaped objects and not too many moving objects – but nevertheless the end result is really colorful, smooth and fast.

The only significant criticism I can make is that, like adventure games, once you’ve found the solution to a level that’s it.

After trial and error I cracked Level 1 so that I could always achieve a time bonus of more than 7000 – and the level soon became merely an irritating obstacle on the way to Level 2 which I hadn’t yet cracked.

A “choose your start level” would have been much appreciated. A small point, though.

Generally the game is wonderful, it may be simple but could well be a seriously big hit.



Elite

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October 8, 2010

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Combine a strategy/trading game, a flight simulator, a space shoot-em-up and what have you got? The answer is, of course, Elite online, originally for the BBC B from Acronsoft.

At the time, most frustrated C64 and Spectrum owners listened to BBC owners tal of the delights of having military lasers and being “Dangerous”.

This almost caused several suicides and dumped machines, but soon word came about that a bunch of bright young sparks clled Firebird Software had gained the conversion rights.

So, what makes this game so special that it seems to sell on any machine& Well, it is highly original and totally addictive for a start, secondly, this is not a game that you pick up, play and finish in a month. This can be a lifetime’s experience and an enjoyable one too.

You are placed on a space station with 100 credits, a space ship called a Cobra MK III, and a rating of harmless and clean, these ratings are actually very important because you are hoping to attain the ranks of Elite online.

This is done by trading in a number of options available to you such as a long and short range chart, several equipping and trade menus, and the ability to look out from all for points of the compass through appropriate scanners.

Now you must select a planet from you short range chart then find out its details. This will help you select goods for trading (this is logical so I’m not going to give you any clues).

Also, the state of the government is an indicator of how much trouble awaits you. Having settled on which planet you are off to and what goods you’re taking, you’re off.

Overall, a really good game. The Spectrum version is slightly faster than the Commodore version but not quite as fast as the BBC. Some of the missions have had to be cut down to conserve memory and there aren’t so many graphic tricks as in the C64 but still worth every penny.

This is definetly a game that no-one who owns a computer should be without. Take my advice, start playing it and you probably won’t be seen for six months.



Nether Earth

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August 22, 2010

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Nether EarthOne of the first real time strategies in history… A prototype of Dune 2, Warcraft, Settlers and many other RTS games.

Five eons ago the Insignians burst through the Earth’s mantle and are now trying to take over the world. You’re the Earth’s only hope. Your job is to build robots to combat the war machines the Insignians are building under the rock crust developing on the Earth’s surface. Your aim is to destroy the three alien bases and to save the world.

You start the game in a single anti-grav craft. This can hover over the battle area, which is a narrow strip 16 miles wide and 512 miles long. The ship scroll diagonally across the screen and shows the factories, rocks and chasms that now make up the Earth’s surface.

By landing on your own base you enter the construction screen, where you can build your battle robots by using the resources there at your disposal. Each robot has a chassis, which is either bipod, tracked or anti-grav (flying) cannon; missile; phasor or nuclear weapons and an optional electronic support module to guide weapons and improve their accuracy.

Once you’ve built your army you can send it out either under direct control, by landing your anti-grav craft on it, or issue orders to stay and defend, seek and destroy, or take a robot factory. These factories are strewn around the landscape and can be controlled by your robots, they hold valuable resources you can use.

Soon you’re into the real battle of the robots. To win that war you will neet to scout around regularly in your anti-grav craft, annexing as many factories as you can and also build the right robots for the right tasks.

This is not a game you can play in an odd few minutes. It needs careful planning to win the day. Those prepared to learn the the necessary might survive long enough to bomb the enemy bases and win the game.