NEW MICRODEAL RELEASES: SLAYGON & THE JUGGLER
by Richard Karsmakers
OK. We're used to great stuff from Microdeal, aren't we? It all
started with "Time Bandit", a game that is still considered to be
one of the best, and later followed games like "Goldrunner",
"Airball" and "Tanglewood". And for the future, some pretty
stunning products are announced as well: What to think of
"Leatherneck" and "Fright Night" as well as "ST Soccer"?
So the disappointment was enormous when I got their latest
release, "Slaygon". Written in GfA Basic, it needn't have been
such a bore as it now is. The graphics are not what I'd call
realistic (have a look at "Dungeon Master", dear authors!!) and
may even be considered to be quite lousy. The whole thing is
actually a pumped up maze game - and I hate maze games,
especially when they're done like "Slaygon". I could appreciate
"Dungeon Master" because even the biggest dipstick can see that
it's great to be seen and to be hooked to, but "Slaygon" misses
it all and is simply awful rather than awesome. John Con(e)ly and
James Oxley have done an insubstantial job here.
The story behind "Slaygon" (the player being the controller of
the most sophisticated robot ever designed, that has to assist
mankind to keep on exisiting for a while longer, while the
Cybordynamics Laboratories are developing a toxic virus which
could annihilate all human life) is acceptable, but the concept
is brought to the ST with lack of virtually everything.
Music: ?! Don't even remember it ?!
Overall rating: 6
Remark: I won't say. You'll vomit.
Thanks to Microdeal for sending the review sample. Sorry guys, it
just ain't worth being positive about. Shame.
Next in line is a utility program called "The Juggler", a utility
that allows the user to execute up to 7 programs at once in
memory (watch out: It is switching rather than simultaneous
execution or multi-tasking!). Written by a man that seems to know
everything nook and cranny of the ST, Timothy Purves (who also
did "Michtron Disk Utilities" and "Michtron BBS", for example),
"The Juggler" also seems pretty full-proof and I must admit that
it works nicely with all GEM applications (except ST NEWS, which
I did not program according to GEM conventions and that thus
makes strange things happen to your computer when loaded from
"The Juggler" - my fault!).
Switching between the various GEM applications can be done using
a central switching box, which is very easy to do. Just make sure
you can get it to be visible! "The Juggler" has a short but clear
manual, that also explains programmers how to use GEM properly
(too difficult for me, though).
"The Juggler" is a very handy utility for those of you that
always wanted severel programs in memory at once. Unfortunately,
Microdeal supplied me with the program but not with its price.
Therefore, I cannot say if it's really good or not (programs like
this shouldn't be too expensive - no more than £20). Anyway, "The
Juggler" is (comparatively taken) better than "Slaygon"!
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