Friday 27 January 2012

Amok! - Commodore VIC-20 - 1981

It’s Bezerk! On a 4k VIC-20! It’s great!  There’s nothing else to say!

Seriously, I don’t intend to include (many) arcade conversions on this list unless they are exceptional but this is a clone so I’ll let it pass.  It is actually a great game. 
Basically you fight your way through a series of rooms shooting robots as you go. There are only about half a dozen screen layouts but that’s not bad for only 4K.  Hell, a blank Word document would take up more space.  You start off fighting green robots, if you make it the next room you get cyan robots.  These are a little tougher but are worth more points.  After that you face red then black robots.  If you lose a life it’s back to the green ones. Like Berzerk!, Amok! features the electric walls, and robots that can take each other out.  It is missing Evil Otto which can be a blessing or a curse depending on your viewpoint.

Aside from the slightly flickering main sprite the graphics are well defined.  The sound is as basic as you’d expect and the controls are responsive.  Another cracking game for the VIC.

What a painful system font

You shoot robots.  What's not to like?

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