FOUNDATIONS WASTE by Richard Karsmakers
On the back of last month's "ST User", I saw an impressive
advertisement of a new company called Exocet Software for a game
called "Foundations Waste". I wrote down the address and wanted
to write a letter to them requesting a review copy, but only a
few days later I heard from Mr. Harry van Horen from Homesoft
that he had it in stock as well. So I ordered a review copy and
waited for the post to arrive...
When it eventually arrived (as usual at a quite inconvenient
time, while attempting once more a hiscore at "Bubble Bobble"), I
was pleasantly surprised by the packaging (all laminated sheets
of information) as well as the game.
The first thing that struck me was the excellent music, made by
someone formerly unknown on the ST: W. Beben. It's just like the
old Rob Hubbard stuff, with dually pitched notes, good rhythm and
bass and a nice length and variety of play as well. The graphics
also appear very good. It is hard to imagine that a product like
this actually is the first product of a company on the ST format!
But it was less hard to imagine when the program turned out to
need the second disk in drive B (which is 5¼" with me and that
cannot be turned off seperately from drive A). Nasty! Why doesn't
the programmer just check if the user WANTS to use his B drive
(this bug was also present in "Goldrunner II" from Microdeal and
"Gunship" from Microprose)? Again, I was lucky to have a good
copy program at hand...
But, as I already said, the music was excellent, and the
graphics were very good, too. After copying the B-disk to one of
those floppy 5¼" disks, I booted up the game again and at a
certain moment I arrived at the scene where it all was to happen.
In the game, one has to fly through a wasteland that is said to
be unpenetrable. There are several (five, I seem to remember)
levels of which I have seen the first two. It's a vertical shoot-
'em-up game which is different from the others because the bonus
elements are more widely varying and because the ship you control
is much larger (too large, if you ask me, so that is doesn't move
smoothly across the screen).
The game is nice to play, also for a longer time, but it still
is just one more of those vertical shoot-'em-ups, so that many
people will probably loose interest. Games like "Goldrunner" and
"Goldrunner II" are perfect and "Mission Genocide" and "Warhawk"
are cheap, but "Foundations Waste" is neither perfect nor cheap.
You must not interpret this wrongly: "Foundations Waste" is a
well programmed game with nice effects, good graphics and superb
music, but the competition simply offers a few games that are
Name: Foundations Waste
Company: Exocet Software
Value for Money: 8-
Overall rating: 8.5
Price: 89.50 Dutch guilders
Remark: The competition beats it
Many thanks go to Mr. Harry van Horen of Homesoft, Holland, for
supplying the review copy.
For info, contact:
Staffordshire ST6 5PB