NEW EPYX GAMES by Richard Karsmakers
The American software company Epyx of Sunnyvale, California,
continues to write excellent software for the Atari ST series.
They were very early with releasing games like "Rogue" and
"Temple of Apshai Trilogy", while they shortly afterwards
launched "Winter Games". Back then (it must have been August of
last year), they were the first to launch a game on the ST that
used at least a few of the ST soundchip's possibilities. I was
very glad to hear that they launched "World Games" as well, of
which you could read a preview in the previous issue of ST NEWS.
For a moment, is seemed to become a bit dull on the ST; Epyx
didn't launch any software on the ST for quite a while so it
seemed. But at the beginning of this month I had the chance to
have a look (and a go) at "Super Cycle", a motor racing game for
the ST. In the middle of December I got the chance to preview
their most recent launch "Championship Wrestling". What about
these games? Are they worth buying? You will be able to decide
for yourself after reading the rest of this article.
"Super Cycle" welcomes the player with a magnificently drawn
picture of a motor cycle in a curve, with the logo of the game
and the company above it. The music sounds quite well and
continues until you've chosen the leather color, bike color, etc.
as well as the level (you can select one of three levels, of
which the highest level offers you the highest scores). After a
bit of loading, you get the instrument panel of your bike on the
screen, as well as your actual bike with yourself on it.
Accelerating can after that be done with pushing the joystick
forward, decelerating can be done by using the joystick in the
opposite direction. Shifting gear can be done with hitting the
fire button and moving up (gear up) or down (gear down).
The first level is very easy to complete, even on the highest
difficulty level. But after that, you'll have to encounter one
lane roads, oil, water, ice, rain, thunder and all kinds of
other things. There also are some bonus levels, in which you have
to hit flags to achieve a decent bonus. Whenever you finish a
level in time (some are in America, some in Egypt, some in China,
etc.), you'll go on to the next. Unless you've reached the last
level, in which case you will be able to mention your hiscore and
save it to disk in most cases. My hiscore was 140720 (not bad).
"Championship Wrestling" is completely different. The player is
also met by impressive music (I must say that this game's music
is somewhat better than that of "Super Cycle") and a nice picture
of a championship wrestler holding up the "Epyx" belt.
Once you're in menu mode, you can select to practice, to compete
or to view the world champions (you won't find me there, since I
only got a score of 130 when I happened to have some luck). When
you're practising, you'll be able to select the wrestling
champion you will be and the one you will fight against. There is
a choice of eight wrestlers: Purple Hays (from Canton, Ohio, 295
pounds), Zantoklaw (nobody knows where he comes from, but he
weighs 255 pounds), Howling Manslayer (an Indian you'll have to
compete against the first time, from Indianapolis, Indiana.
He is 265 pounds), Zeke Weasel (from Cowpens, Alabama, weighing a
massive 310 pounds), Berserker (from Hobart, Tasmania, 306
pounds), Colonel Rooski (from Moscow, USSR, 285 pounds), Prince
Vicious (from Sunnyvale, California, 315 pounds) and finally
K.C. Colossus (not unlike Mr. Hulk Hogan, from Kansas City, Mo.,
weighing 275 pounds). The game is very well programmed and very
well taken care of. The graphics are very impressive, but it is
very difficult to play (you'd have noticed me being bad at it
judging at my "hi"-score of 130; Frank seems not to have any
problems and regularly lets his opponents bite the dust). The
audience that's viewing your fight against one of the others will
not remain passive. It will stick up pieces of sheet with texts
like "Boring", "Boo", "Bum", "Get a job" or "Kill" on them. This
even gives "Championship Wrestling" a touch of humour.
Both games require a color monitor and TOS on ROM if you have an
unexpanded ST (half Mb).
Now, the game rating of these two new Epyx releases:
Name: Super Cycle Championship Wrestling
Graphics: 8 8.5
Setup: 8 8
Music: 7 9
Hookability: 7.5 8.5
Playability: 8.5 8
Overall rating: 7.5 8.5
The text of the articles is identical to the originals like they appeared in old ST NEWS issues. Please take into consideration that the author(s) was (were) a lot younger and less responsible back then. So bad jokes, bad English, youthful arrogance, insults, bravura, over-crediting and tastelessness should be taken with at least a grain of salt. Any contact and/or payment information, as well as deadlines/release dates of any kind should be regarded as outdated. Due to the fact that these pages are not actually contained in an Atari executable here, references to scroll texts, featured demo screens and hidden articles may also be irrelevant.