Monday, October 17, 2011

Atari Emulator -> M.D. Caballero's "Batty Builders"

As in, you'll be batty yourself after playing this game for ANY length of time! A combination of Frogger and every catching game you've ever played, but with a twist. The first round is strictly the catching game... any of you ever play that old Antic! magazine about the toxic waste dump? Well, this is kinda sorta like that, except that you can place the blocks anywhere. First, you gotta catch the blocks. And you gotta put your arms up to do it, otherwise you get smashed into nine particles... hmm! Where have I seen that before? Oh, right... Firefleet, also by M.D. Caballero... well, a slight variation on the same theme. So, you gotta make sure you put your arms up to catch these things, then you gotta throw it back up into the air onto the "loading" platform, for lack of a better term. If you happen to miss and the box falls back down on you, you better stand out of the way. Don't even try to catch it, because this time it will shatter you to bits either way. Somehow this game is an unlikely champion of OSHA and worker safety. If you can't get to the thing in time, let it fall and smash. Life above all else. And, kinda like Citadel Warrior, each new level gets progressively harder and more pointless to play. As if the catching wasn't hard enough, and precise placement of each kind of box, I forgot to mention... now, you have to stay out of the way of these "round" obstacles with an 'X'. Somehow, it's a bad kind of excitement that doesn't make me want to play. Back to Jet Boot Jack for me.

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