Games galore #38: Breakthru, Xevious, AmiSnakes, Bertie's Animal Kingdom, Electric Black Sheep projects in the attic
More arcade ports, a fun snake game, a game for the little ones, and a harddisc load of mini-games/demos.
1986 arcade game "BreakThru" was released for 8-bit computers back in the day, and some modern platforms more recently, so far - and is about to become available for the Amiga, too. It's a side-scrolling shoot-em-up somehow typical for its time - which means it's also an arcade classic. The Amiga version is still work-in-progress, but it already looks pretty much 100% like the original version.
Final system requirements haven't been set, currently the game runs on all Amigas with 1MB, with the author hinting at maybe slightly higher CPU demands as development progresses.
Here's the latest "Breakthru" WIP video from AcidBottle 0101's YouTube channel (2023-05-14):
Xevious and Super Xevious
1982 vertically scrolling shoot-em-up "Xevious" is another arcade classic (albeit far more successful than the aforementioned "BreakThru"), and a favorite of many retro gamers. It never got officially ported to the Amiga, but thanks to the efforts of developers tcdev, jotd, and no9, who carefully recreated the game's code and music, we can now play it in perfect arcade quality on our Amiga machines. This remake also includes "Super Xevious", the sequel to the original game.
Here's a video from YouTube channel Saberman RetroNews (2023-06-23):
"AmiSnakes" is a simple, fun parallax scrolling snake game that was released around April 2023. If you've ever played a snake game, you'll immediately feel at home here. Even if you've never played a snake game before you'll probably immediately feel at home here. All you have to do is eat pills, and grow. Isn't that great? Yes, it is, but with great length comes great responsibility.
So, long story short: The game has neat graphics, and some nice music, and, well, it's a fun snake game, check it out!
Here's a video from YouTube channel Saberman RetroNews (2023-04-01):
Go to the game's itch.io page for more information, and download:
https://www.ppa.pl/forum/strefa-tworcow/45464/amisnakes (Polish forum thread)
Bertie’s Animal Kingdom
Feb. 2023, a game that wasn't became a game that is: "Bertie's Animal
Kingdom" is a very nice looking educational game for kids that was kinda
released about 20 years ago, but got washed away in the shrinking,
dissolving Amiga market of the time. Now it has been rediscovered and
re-released (for free).
It's a quiz game, in which you have to guess animal names. Obviously it's quite an easy game for grown ups, but with its nice sounds and beautiful hand drawn graphics "Bertie's Animal Kingdom" is a pleasant experience for all players.
Here's a video from "Games That Weren't"'s YouTube channel (2023-02-08):
Go to the game's website for more information and download:
Electric Black Sheep "Projects in the attic"
the end of 2022, developer team "Electric Black Sheep" let us take a
peek behind the scenes of game development, opening up their "attic" by
releasing a number of proof-of-concept / tech-demo / mini-game
productions, including titles such as "Chopter", "Harvest", "Star Dust
Wars 2", "Walker", "Starship Troopers", and a couple more. All of them
have some pretty spectacular graphics, most are also playable and have
sound. It'll be very nice to see how the ideas and techniques used in these demos show up in future "Electric Black Sheep" projects.
Here's a video from Electric Black Sheep's YouTube channel (2022-11-22):
you want to check out some of Electric Black Sheep's projects in the
attic, go to their website for more information and downloads:
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