Search This Blog

Sunday, December 30, 2018

Slayer - Atari ST [024] PlayThru

Slayer is a side scrolling shooter released by Hewson in 1989 for the Atari ST.

NOTE: A trainer was used for making this capture.

Now, a gripe I have first of all, is the title.  Why is this titled Slayer?  I do not think this title makes sense.  I would put Slayer along with a platform or slasher type of game, not a space shooter.  Not a very creative choice, but the best I can come up with for a title might be Prehistoric Raid based on a couple of the end bosses.

As far as I can tell, the game does not end; once the player reaches the end of level 6, the games goes back to level 1.  I did 3 playthrus and had the same behaviour each time.

The game overall is pretty simple, but I think it is a decent game, though the game does get challenging.  As with other shooters, there are some power ups available to help the player on the mission.  These power ups do max. There are also some screen clearing power ups available as well.

Overall, the game looks nice, and performs decently on the ST.  There is some slowdown when the screen is busy, and also at times the scrolling gets rough.  I am not a fan of having no music in the background while playing; it just has sound effects.

My verdict?  A decent entry, and a good play for a few minutes, and if you are good at the game, you could reach the end of level 6 in 15 to 20 minutes.

Unfortunately, I could not locate an Atari box for the game, so I had to use an image of the box from the Amiga.

The intro music heard here is an Atari 8-bit Pokey rendition of the Amiga music.

Capture info -

This gameplay was captured on November 8, 2018.

Game was played on an Atari 1040 STf, TOS 1.4, 1MB, equipped with a CosmosEX from Jookie.
A Best Electronics ST Monitor to VGA cable was used, connected to an OSSC 1.6 (processing the video in Line4x mode), with the output being captured by a Startech USB3HDCAP.

Video was edited with Shotcut.

No comments:

Post a Comment