Friday, June 24, 2005

Recommended Gaming: SNES

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Cameltry.... this is a fairly obscure title. I originally found it through Mame (it was an arcade title, released in 1989 by Taito) on my PC at work and spent many an evening shift playing this instead of working. I've always enjoyed games that had a lot of physics in their gameplay, where you felt real momentum in control. Cameltry certainly scores big there, and it's also an amazingly easy game to just pick up and play, owing to it's simple controls: left and right rotate, and jump/speed button. You rotate the maze, your ball stays in the centre of the playfield. If you get stuck press jump to get moving again, and if you have a clear and straight path hold down jump to increase speed. But be careful, sometimes that speed can work against you if you bounce against something highly, umm... bouncy. You have a time limit to complete each level, and when things start to ramp up you'll be mopping your brow as it runs down. Each maze is full of items that work for or against you. The most frustrating are ones that'll cut 5 seconds off your clock. Hit two or three of those in a row and see how you feel... some others add 5 seconds. There are semi-permeable gates, 'wooden' blocks that require you to hit them at pace to smash through, little pinball-style bumpers that bounce you off at all angles, you name it it's in there. There's no real strategy, I guess the only thing I do is keep my eye on the prize, ignore the temptations and just keep firing toward that exit. It doesn't last all that long, but even once you've completed it, the replay value remains. There's really not much more to tell you about Cameltry, it runs great on the GP32 under both main SNES emulators. If you haven't played this before you'd better put aside a good 30 minutes, it's an addictive title that's hard to put down. Enjoy.

Reviewed by: Alyinsanfran


Blogger BobBorakovitz said...

Cameltry is another awesome game reviewed by Alan! I play it a lot on my MAME cabinet, but forgot about the SNES version until now. Thanx for the recommendation!

Sun Jun 26, 12:32:00 AM EDT  

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