Thursday, 23 July 2015


It turns out that it wasn't the original Joust version that I had, but a VGA homebrew remake from the '90s, which was a pleasant surprise. It was entirely faithful to the original (from what I remember), but with slightly smoother graphics. The basic premise of Joust is that you're some kind of knight on a flying bird that looks a bit like an ostrich (I know ostriches can't fly). You have to knock the opposing knights off their perches; the trick being that you can only do that if you attack from above them from the front, or from behind them. They move fast, and your bird only has a short, hoppy flap, so you need to keep mashing the flap button to stay aloft. It's quite a skill but not too hard to master...when it's one-on-one. Of course, in each successive wave you get more opponents on screen at once, and the level layout also changes - for example, you start off with a solid floor to the level that you can walk on, but this rapidly turns into a lava pool as you progress, meaning that touching it now will kill you. Once you knock a knight from his perch, an egg? will bounce down that you can pick up for extra points - more points the quicker you get to it, adding to the frenetic nature of the game. There's also a timer on each level. Once the timer runs out, a pterodactyl? enters the arena. This guy is very fast and absolutely lethal, he'll swoop down and kill you in seconds. As far as I could tell, there isn't a way to defeat it, but I could be wrong. Anyway, the whole thing is good clean fun, and you can see why it was such a popular arcade game. You can also play with two players, which would be excellent, but obviously there's just me here. Definitely recommended for a bit of a blast.

Next up on the randometer is...Ha, that's weird. I was just reading an Elder Scrolls retrospective and thinking how fun it would be to play them again, and up it pops. Added to the series list, and definitely looking forward to it, but it'll be a very long time before I get there. Anyway, next up on the singles list is...Revolt of Don's knights! As far as I can tell, it's a completely awful first-person RPG, so yay! Hopefully it won't take too long. Back to Tomb Raider in the meantime. It's a much bigger game than I remember, with each level taking ages to get through, but I'm still thoroughly enjoying it.

Well, luckily, Revolt of Don's Knights doesn't seem to work at all. The version I have just crashes DosBox every time I try and run it. Onwards! Next up on the randometer is...Journey: The Quest Begins! It's an old Infocom text adventure hybrid...kind of mid way between an old text adventure and a newer point-and-click adventure. Looks like it might be quite fun.

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