ST Format Issue 2 – Download
The World in August 1989
In the UK the West Midlands Police Serious Crime Squad was disbanded after years of fabricated confessions – the police were not defunded in general, just the rotten department disbanded and replaced with a less corrupt unit. Electronic tagging was introduced, allowing some offenders to be placed back in the community with minimal risk to the public.
In America, for the first time, a privately-owned rocket put a payload in space, a TV satellite. Elsewhere Gazprom (Russian energy production) became a state-run enterprise, and would many years later be used to hold Europe hostage by threatening to shut off gas supplies – a key tool in Putin’s international ambitions. In South Africa, president P W Botha was replaced by F W De Klerk, the man who would end apartheid. Voyager 2 approached Neptune and Triton.
The film charts look pretty damn good. Tum Burton’s Batman at #1 (the only decent one), the less brilliant Licence To Kill at #2, Katate Kid 3 at #3 and Indiana Jones at #4, though the less said about Police Academy 6 the better.
The album chart sees little movement from the previous month, with the only new entry of any significance being Gloria Estefan with Cuts Both Ways.
The singles chart were a tad bonkers. Jive Bunny at #1, which was a mash-up of swing tracks over a video featuring a cartoon rabbit, while at #2 we had Lil Louis’s French Kiss which consisted of a dance track with a woman having an orgasm, followed by more conventional fare from Kylie, Martika and Liza Minnelli (by far her best track), and the wonderful Shakespear’s Sister (You’re History). Outside the top 10 is the brilliant Ride On Time by Black Box and Pure by the Lightning Seeds (who would be bigger in the 90s), London Nights by London Boys was an absolute corker and Days by Kirsty MacColl was another brilliant song.
Issue 2 saw a demo of Blood Money on the cover disk, and a cover featuring mug shots to celebrate Fun Face being reviewed and a demo on the disk. Inside the magazine we had an animation tutorial, and more importantly a joystick article featuring such monstrosities as a stick that was modelled on a grenade, but mostly focused on how they come to be. Atari were predicting big things for the Lynx (a handheld colour console intended to challenge the gameboy but stymied by terrible battery life and lack of games) and the Portfolio (I’m not sure that ever saw the light of day) and the STacy ST laptop. Mastertronic acquired the Monty Python license and entrusted development to Core Design (they of Tomb Raider fame). A new law came into effect in the UK to fight software piracy – it had no effect. GFA Basic 3 finally came out (which explains why the previous issue gave away GFA Basic 2), while we also have a feature looking at industrial design which highlights Steve Jobs’ work with NEXT. A brief sojourn into the world of BBS (think of it as the internet before the internet was really available – you dial up to a remote computer and it serves you content).
We had a promised release for Dragon’s Lair marred by single-sided drive owners only getting half the game, while there was some doubt over whether the game would work on a 520 (though that being the case, surely 1040s mostly had double-sided drives making the half a game redundant). Screen 7 planned a William Tell game (topical) while Domark had a conversion of the arcade smash Hard Drivin in the works. Activision were teasing Bomber, Super Wonderboy and Dynamite Dux.
Games reviewed this month:
Robocop (Sidescrolling platform shooter – Ocean – £19.99 – 56%)
Red Heat (Sidescrolling beat em up * – Ocean – £19.99 – 52%)
Verminator (Very pretty platformer – Rainbird – £29.95 – 83%)
Leonardo (top-down weirdness – Starbyte – £19.95 – 62%)
Blood Money (Shooter – Psygnosis – £24.95 – 90% Format Gold)
Quartz (Shooter – Firebird – £24.99 – 75%)
Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade (Platform + minigames – US Gold – £19.99 – 90% Format Gold)
Chariots Of Wrath (6 random games – Impressions – £24.99 – 59%)
The Quest For The Time Bird (Adventure – Infogrames – £24.95 – 78%)
Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Rodeo Games (Horse stuff – Tynesoft – £24.95 – 83%)
Kick Off (Top-down football – Anco – £19.95 – 88%)
* this one’s really weird in that it appears to only show Arnie from the waist up. Now this features some impressively large sprites but it also means no kicks, just punching. Scrolling left also seems like an odd choice when most scrollers go right.
Needless to say I’ll take any excuse to play Kick Off, but I think Robocop, Verminator, Blood Money and Indiana Jones might be worth a look too – I’ll see how much I can squeeze out of them.
This Month’s Reviews
Blood Money ST Format Review My ReviewSo, my final game for issue 2 – Blood Money. I couldn’t find an Automation menu for this one so had to use a Superior cracked version instead. This is all running on my trusty Steem 1MB STE. Two other versions didn’t work – it seems to be a…
Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade (Action game) ST Format Review My ReviewIn some ways it’s appropriate to go from Rick Dangerous to the man who inspired him (that the first level sees the player running from a rolling boulder is no coincidence). Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade is the action game of the…
Verminator ST Format Review My ReviewFor this review I’m using Automation’s Menu 181, on Steem with a 1MB STFM and TOS 1.0. After a lovely Automation intro screen (not strictly part of the game but who cares) we get to a start screen that weirdly requires you to move your pointer around with your joystick,…
Robocop ST Format Review My ReviewFor this review I’m using Automation’s Menu 96, on Steem with a 1MB STFM and TOS 1.0. So Robocop begins with a lovely loading screen with a sampled voice giving the prime directives. It’s worth remembering that at this point sampled sound was rare and quality artwork wasn’t always a…
Kick Off ST Format Review I’d love to know what on earth posessed ST Format to run the review with such a vibrant background, making the review basically unreadable. My ReviewKick Off is, for anyone who had an ST, a game that you already know. You either had it yourself or your mates had it,…