I begged my father to get me a VGA color system so that my machine would run the newer games and the low-quality CGA wouldn't hurt my eyes any longer (heh heh heh). So, a few bucks and about a month later, and I had several packages sitting on my front porch one afternoon from UPS.
Ahh, the thrill of it all...Installing new parts in the computer. Once I was through I turned it on and with bated breath ran the first piece of software that I knew I would want to see. It was a game a friend of mine picked up on a local BBS a couple of months back. It was called StarGoose!
This game is -very- well done. It is the standard shooter-type game, where you have a futuristic tank and you drive it around shooting the baddies with your pea-shooter guns and your missiles, and collecting the 6 multicolored crystals which would allow you to advance to the next stage.
You had to act quick, as you constantly had to refill on MISSILES, first of all (You could load two of them into the firiring position, and then store six more), and then ammo for your guns, fuel, and certainly your shields, which you needed to survive! The enemies and terrain get much more difficult as the game goes on; the baddies start getting missiles and can kill you with a single shot. The ground has holes, hills, and obstacles you have to get around to pick up the crystals. All the while you are CONSTANTLY moving forward. If you fail, you start back at the beginning of the level.
Speed is an important issue here: you have to drive fast enough through each tunnel to gather the items, but right after the tunnel ends you are thrown right back into the overhead view and there might be a QUICK turn to make right after the exit...who knows, a pit might be right there in front of you. You had better have a good set of reflexes and two fingers ready for each missile key...bwahaha!!....
The overhead and rear view features are -very- good.
There are LOTS of different evil baddies...heh heh..more to kill.
The graphics are 256 color VGA, though only 320x200 resolution. Hey, it was written in 1988. :)
I would really have liked a continue option. There is none as of now. Your three lives gone, that's it.
This game can also be played with a mouse, though it is MUCH harder that way.
Note: This program was written in C, at a time when the fastest computer was a 286. Therefore, if you have a 386 or faster type of system (Pentium, etc) you had better slow it down.
This page created and maintained by Walton C. Gibson, gibsowc@Eng.auburn.EDU.