REVIEW: EXTENSOR by Richard Karsmakers
Originally published in ST NEWS Volume 1 Issue 6, launched on
November 15th 1986.
Rushware recently supplied us with a version of a program called
"Extensor", a real time 3D simulation. Please note: I didn't add
"working", since the program tends to crash very often (at least,
my version does so).
"Extensor" really seems to be an excellent game, that
unfortunately only works on monochrome monitors. I had read the
user manual, which said that the user was warned that certain
versions of TOS were incompatible with the game. I booted up the
disk, loaded the program and saw a picture of "Golden Games". Not
bad, but also nothing to get stirred up about. But the music was
something different: I didn't believe my ears when I heard
Commodore 64-like music on our simple music chip! And it turned
out to be not the only tune included in the game.....
The programmer, Holger Gehrmann, certainly did his best here. It's
no wonder, since he used to program things like SOPROL (Sound
Programming Language) back on the 64. The music, thus, was a big
plus of the game. I even didn't mind it working only on monochrome
The target of the game is really quite simple: You must enclose
so-called Videodromes, that build walls behind them. And that's
not the worst: You also build a wall yourself behind you! Of
course, you are not allowed to crash in such a wall. With one
Videodrome to enclose, I got a score from 75. Not bad for a
The game (as I already hinted) has one very big disadvantage: It
crashes all the time! I even used my old TOS version (0.13) and
tried the game out, but it also seems not to work with that one!?
I know it is possible that certain programs do not work perfectly
with a certain TOS version, but I think it's really a bit too much
if the program turns out not to work properly with TOS in ROM
(version 0.19) not RAM-TOS (version 0.13)!
Why did Holger write the first game with superb music, but forgot
to check it on more STs? It doesn't work with mine, anyway, nor
does it work with Frank's ST properly. It's such a shame, because
the graphics are not bad at all, and the music is the best I have
ever heard on the ST uptil now!
But it might be possible that "Extensor" runs perfectly on your
system, so you still ought to try it out. If it works well, you
have a very nice game added to your software library!
For information, please contact one of the following addresses:
Golden Games (Publisher)
Eckhard & Gehrmann GbR
3000 Hannover 1
Mikrohändler GmbH (Distributor)
Robert-Koch Straße 1
4050 Mönchengladbach 1
Rushware Microhandelsgesellschaft mbH
An der Gümpgesbrücke 24
4044 Kaarst 2
Design, Animation and
Music (!) by: Holger Gehrmann
Executive Producer: Dieter Eckhardt
Produced by: Dieter Eckhardt and Holger Gehrmann
Sound: 9.9 (!)
Playability: 7.5 (provided it doesn't crash...)
During Attractiveness: 7.5
Overall Rating: 8.5 (provided it doesn;t crash...)
Remarks: An excellent game with superb music, but
unfortunately highly incompatible with
our operating systems; I hope it works
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