"A man's home is his coffin."
Al Bundy, "Married with Children"
THREE LYNX GAMES EXAMINED RATHER MORE CLOSELY
by Alex Pustan (Skinhead of ICS)
The editorial staff of ST NEWS wishes to have you know that not
all skinheads are neo-fascist nazi swines, and that Alex is no
nazi, no neo-fascist, no swine and probably not even a skinhead
other than in name. Just so that we understand each other...
OK, let's begin: "Super Skweek" is a funny arcade game with 250
levels, subgames and other nice things. In most levels the aim
of the game is to colour all blue tiles pink. In some levels you
also have to kill all monsters or free all Skwezettes (female
Skweezers). Some of you may remember this - it was also out on
the ST some time before and was coded by Loriciels. Years before
there was also an old game called "Skweek"; well, this is the
sequel to that one.
Now on to the Lynx bits: Once you've switched on the Lynx you'll
be presented by a little Intro (very little) with hmmm... let's
say 'normal Lynx sound'. As the sound is not that amazing during
all the game I could assure you to get your Discman ready. After
pressing a button you can choose between four options which are:
Press a button and you'll see a selection screen where Skweek is
sitting in some kindof a UFO. Now you must move to one of the
five islands and press Option 1. Note: The two bottom islands are
supposed to be 'forbidden islands'. You must clear the three
upper islands before you can select them. OK, now start on an
island and you'll see a little information screen with the name
of the islands and the levels (50 levels for each island). Then
press A or B and start. Before you start on a level you'll always
get a screen with a different piece of music and the level number
and the name of the level, after the king (your boss) will tell
you what to do on this level. Now you know what to do so enjoy!
You control your little yellow Skweek easily with the pad and
shoot with the A or B button. There's no 'zik while playing -
only FX (good enough). The graphics are really good for a game
There are around twenty different monsters: Ghosts, penguins and
many more that I can't recall of which race they are. Some of
them are easily killed by one shot, others need around 20 shots
or so to get killed - and there are even some that you can't kill
with your gun at all. Killing these is a little bit tricky:
Either jump on their head (when you are on a top platform) or get
these bastards to a field without ground.
The tiles are also quite different. There are some that you can
only walk on once, arrow fields, boom fields (which will
explode), green boom fields (shoot them to explode), bomb fields
Also, nice things to collect lie around a lot - like Magic Paint
(paints all blue tiles currently on screen pink), Mirror, extra
lives, outdoors etc... Other nice things are the shops (not
present in any level) in which you can buy some very useful
things - but sometimes I assure you better wait till you can
collect the item outside, then spend all your zargs (money) for
things that you'll loose after a monster killed you.
In the shops you can also get that damn level code so you don't
need to play all the levels again when you've died but a shit
thing is that you only have 20 codes for the whole game! You
should look in every shop at every level if there's something for
free, sometimes there's even a free outdoor!
Ah, I nearly forgot to say that the game has a time limit
attached to each level so always hurry and don't spend your time
in the shop looking for goodies. There are many more nice things
to see here. I'm not going to describe everything. Simply take a
look for yourself.
Same as before, the only difference being that you now play the
levels in random order. Maybe useful when you've already
completed the normal game.
COMBAT (selectable only in two player mode)
That is really funny! You and your friend must try to kill each
other as fast as possible. So here the aim is not to colour all
tiles pink. You don't need to care about anything, just shoot as
much as possible on the second Skweek (called Skruch) and try to
kill him. A funny picture appears when one Skweek is dead.
Here you enter the password that you can get in the shops, but
be careful for you only have twenty of these to complete the
You start at the beginning with 10 lives only, it's long 'till
you have gained 50.000 points for an extra live in the first
stages and before you have collected all the baloons for the 3
extra lives you'll be dead. This game is hard, in some levels you
can loose 10 lives in one minute! But don't worry, old Skin has a
cheat for you: I hope you'll understand my explanation.
96B39798968576-Password of level 14 with one life.
96B30798968576-Password of level 14 with 91 lives.
I hope this little demonstration was enough. If it doesn't work
all the time simply play around a bit until you have the right
one, either 0-9 or A-F. You should start with a minimum of 50
lives after that each time, that should be enough for the 20
level passwords and finishing the game. It's always the character
at place 5 that you have to change!
Well, I would like to tell you that this game is really worth
its money and that I never had so much fun with any other game on
the Lynx yet, so get it!
Title: Super Skweek
Interest: 10 (even when you've completed it
Shadow of the Beast
Surely all of you remember this one: Probably the best game on
the Amiga, only a load of lame bullshit on the ST. The Lynx
version is different, though...
Switch on da babe and you'll see the Psygnosis logo; after some
other ravings the intro sequence starts: A very well-drawn
picture of the Beast's head, with the 'zik being the same
composition as on the Amigaaargh or the ST but with no digitized
So let's start the action: Once you've pressed a key you'll be
quite amazed by the graphics, and as you start to run you'll be
quite amazed by the smooth scrolling - and after you've finally
pumped up the volume on your handheld you'll be quite surprised
by the cute pieces of music that come to your ears.
The first impression is great!
If I remember right I could swear all the levels and enemies are
exactly the same as they were on the ST version and, tough shit,
I haven't found out a cheat yet. This game is hard! Ever tried to
complete Beast on the ST without a cheat/trainer? Did you manage
it? Hum, OK, I would say that only guys who like to play hard
games should buy this one. If you're a beginner, be patient. As
all the levels are the same as on our beloved ST I won't describe
Important to mention is that on each level that you go you'll
have a different piece of music playing. Some compositions are
nice, some not. But the music in the starting level - or, rather,
the surface - is really cool. Someone should convert it to the
ST. There are also all the same goodies to collect; flasks to
refuel your energy, a sprocket to repair the lift and many more.
I didn't see much of the game yet, so I can't say much more. When
you die there is another well drawn pic along with another
piece of music and hmmm...ah the animation is also acceptable.
Wanna know more? F@*k ya, buy it!
Title: Shadow of the Beast
Interest: 6 (maybe not interesting after
you've finished it already)
Did you ever hear of another company except Atari that
produces games for the Lynx? Well, I'll tell you there's another
one, and it's called Telegames.
As I wanted to finish this article today, I bought this game
today because I thought it would be much nicer with 3 reviews. I
also had a look for "Pinball Jam" but, shit, it was sold out. By
the way, "Switchblade 2" is out for the Lynx now. Before I talk
about this game you should have a deep look into your disk boxes
and search for two games called "Maniax" and "Volfied". Ya know
what these games have in common with "Qix"? They are all three
nearly the same (except for the usual differences).
After getting your Lynx powered on you'll see the Telegame logo
swinging around with a lame piece of 'zik and after a title
screen with a "Qix" picture and some digi sounds (the digi sounds
are not that amazing, they could be better). Now get beamed into
the main menu, where you can choose from the following things:
1 PLAYER GAME: Play alone.
2 PLAYER GAME: Play with a friend. I wondered a little bit here
because you can even select a 2 player game when you only have
one Lynx and after you die it tells you "Get ready player two". I
don't know about a Comlynx option because nobody had time to test
it with me. If it doesn't works with Comlynx then I would say
it's quite a lame option - the same as any ST game that can be
played with two players but only with one joystick!
PRACTICE: Try how it works when you are new to this game.
OK, now on to the game itself. The aim is to draw lines on the
screen and to avoid being touched by your enemies. Your enemies
are the following.
The Qix: Moves in the playfield, can only hit you when you are
drawing a line.
The Sparks: Nasty assholes that move around all the lines that
you've drawn already.
Fuse: When you stop your marker while drawing a line, after some
seconds the fuse will come along this line. Now you have to move
quickly in order to stay alive. You can also get stuck when you
draw a line and loose your nerves...
Each level has a different so-called threshold that you must
fill or rescue at least. If you manage to clear more background
you'll get some extra points. There are also two different
drawing styles: The first is the fast draw that you should use
when you don't want to get killed, second you can also use slow
drawing (keep button pressed while drawing) which will give you
the double amount of points! On the top you can see a red line
which is kindof a clock - after it's empty the first time there
will be another two sparks to entertain you (now there will be
four on the screen). After it's empty another time the sparks
will gain more power and can even follow you on the line that
you're currently drawing (like the fuse). I never survived any
longer so I can't tell you what happens after the third time.
You start with four lives. After you've died a code is always
displayed that allows you to continue on higher levels - the game
has 256 levels, so have fun.
There is no music while playing, only some rather lame sound
effects. When you wait in the main menu a little sequence will
come up and introduce the game to you after some seconds; after
that there is an advertisment for other Telegames products.
If you want to know more about this game, simply play "Maniax"
or "Volfied" on the ST. I think all this three games only have
very little differences and if you like either one of these games
or both you'll be the right one for "Qix".
Graphics: 4 (but that's enough for this game)
Interest: 9 (256 levels!)
You could say that this was a bad review, but this game is not
that good either! If I had to choose between one of the three
games mentioned in this article I would choose "Super Skweek". If
you liked "Shadow of the Beast" then buy it on second place. If
you think the Beast is too hard, buy "Qix".
Three good games, and more coming up! Support the Lynx, support
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