Saturday, August 13, 2011

Heartland (C64, 1986)

So here's one from the golden era of C64 arcade-adventures. In this game you come across a magical book, which makes you travel to the dimension of Heartland. Therein you have to find the missing pages of said book, while also destroying six evil duplicate pages.

C'mon, they stole the plot from The NeverEnding Story.

Anyhow, this is the kinda game where you have to explore each level in search of certain items (in this case book pages). Apart from that, you need to collect protective spells, cause there's lotsa enemies lurking around. Also, stay alert for evil spells, which can hit you and deplete valuable energy. Oh there's a time limit too!

This game isn't exactly what you'd call terribly ambitious. In many ways it's a typical arcade-adventure from the mid 80's. Mind, it's still a lot better than, say, a shoot-em-up.

Where the game scores highly is in the atmosphere department, with five graphically brilliant levels, each carrying it's own distinct theme. Check the longplay and if you like what you see, check the game too..


Change of strategy..

Hey guys. I know I haven't posted anything in a year, but I don't want this blog to die. I'll change the approach a little bit though. Instead of posting reviews in the previous style, I'll post quick reviews, accompanied by a longplay video in YouTube, which should display the gameplay of any given game better than screenshots. Here goes then..