CSSCGC 2011 — 2011 — September

Posts from September 2011.

September 12th 2011

AYChip – Vah-Ka Bomber

Ah, poor mortals. They never learn, do they? Nah. They don’t. That’s why being a god is so damn fun. They are supposed to worship you. Always. No concessions. But no, they, from time to time, decide you are not worthy of being adored. Just because. It would be so damn simple to keep up with the adoration and sacrifices, but they choose not to do so. That’s why it’s so much fun. ‘Cause now you have to demonstrate your mighty wrath and hit them with the palm of your hand so they learn that you don’t make concessions.  You have to maintain your good name. Specially if you are the only real God, the almighty Vah-Ka. Vah-Ka knoweth that and, thus, Vah-ka doeth (First Gospel by Vah-ka, chapter 5, 10-11). AYChip, a good follower, has designed a game for Vah-Ka Itself, so It can have a great time loading it up in Its special ZX Spectrum +47. We, simple mortals, still can enjoy it with regular emulators with the speed cranked up to 20x, or something like that. And oh, what a game! A full screen sideways scroller packed with TONS of action. Blast them, crush them, destroy them! Show them the wrath of Vah-Ka!

Summary

Press SPACE to Moo.

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September 12th 2011

Arda – the Owl

Another great entry from Arda, the Owl, and, as the author himself claims, a very Cassette 50 worthy entry complete with joystick support, fast action, and a great backstory! Earth is under attack by the great race of owls from outter space which are determined to destroy every living being, except for rats and frogs (maybe, methinks, their secret plans have to do with transforming Earth into some kind of paradise for frogs and rats – their cattle, which would provide a great food reserve for the owls). And, guess what – you are in charge of stopping them. You and only you alone in the fog, fighting those nasty owls yourself. And some of them take quite an amount of shoots to go down! There’s also nice bonus objects and upgrades and stuff which you must also shoot. In each wave, your ship is promoted to the centre of the screen and you can move vertically and shoot either left or right. Oh, my, this really sounds like a fun game, doesn’t it? Well – it looks like one, until the very moment you start playing. The ship moves too fast that it’s really hard to aim the ever approaching baddies. If you like getting frustrated, this is game is for you!

Summary

You can use the keys 6, 7, 8, 9 and 0 or the Sinclair Joystick on port 1 to control your ship. And I’m loving the usage of the word “or” in the previous sentence.

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September 12th 2011

Peter Cockburn – Poddy Hawkins’ Big Adventure

And now, after the hollyday season (in fact, it arrived during the hollyday season), we have a new game for you. This time, a blast of the past and, if I’m understanding well the several title screens (’cause they are many!) this is a game written in 1990 for the NES. How the programmer managed to pack a NES game in a .sna file and how a ZX Spectrum emulator can run it remains a mystery. But who am I to break the magic? Something it’s true: the game really does look like a console game, with a lengthy animated introduction (which can’t be skipped, maybe you have to plug in a NES controller and press START, but I couldn’ t make the sucker fit in the computer port no matter how hard I pushed) and colourful menus. The fact that you have your options displayed on a tiny scroller and that you actually have to wait to know which key you need to press to actually start the game, adds nice crap factor to the title. Or, at least, it adds suspense. The game revolves around the revolutionary concept of wandering around finding pink squares. If you step on a square which isn’t pink or black, the quite unforgiving game throws you back to the title screen. It also has a timer which you can only refill if you get 20 pinkies. Nasty, innit?

Summary

You can redefine keys and do some menu stuff in the menu, and I could save some time telling you which keys to press, but I’m not.

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