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Chaos Engine (1993)

Posted at 12:00 on February 26th, 2000 | Quote | Edit | Delete
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Like in most games the story of "Chaos Engine" is not really original: A "Baron" invents a machine in his experiments that "although primitive" becomes more and more powerful and finally changes all creatures in its surroundings to evil monsters.


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Posted at 08:57 on January 4th, 2014 | Quote | Edit | Delete
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The Chaos Engine – a steampunk take on the Gauntlet concept. Let's say it's not that far fetched to assume there were fans of William Gibson's The Difference Engine among the Bitmap Brothers at the time. Though where said novel, although imaginative, is still well grounded into an alternate reality which does not sound all that far fetched, this game presents a scenario more akin to an apocalyptic horror movie: A Victorian scientist has built a machine able to influence the very fabric of time and space. That being fairly shaky anyway, what he unwittingly causes is the world turning into a surreal, monster-infected mess.


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Posted at 08:54 on January 5th, 2014 | Quote | Edit | Delete
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Re. the news of 2014-01-05: I'm not sure why anyone would want to play the version with the lollipop colours ;)
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Edited by Mr Creosote at 21:13 on January 6th, 2014
Posted at 20:47 on January 5th, 2014 | Quote | Edit | Delete
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Originally posted by Mr Creosote at 08:54 on January 5th, 2014:
I'm not sure why anyone would want to play the version with the lollipop colours ;)


Well, if you grew up with similar graphics, you might say, that the Amiga ones are somewhat drab. ;)
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Edited by Mr Creosote at 21:13 on January 6th, 2014
Posted at 21:30 on January 5th, 2014 | Quote | Edit | Delete
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Originally posted by Herr M. at 20:47 on January 5th, 2014:
Originally posted by Mr Creosote at 08:54 on January 5th, 2014:
Though I'm not sure why anyone would want to play the version with the lollipop colours ;)


Well, if you grew up with similar graphics, you might say, that the Amiga ones are somewhat drab. ;)

It really depends on what kind of game it is, doesn't it? With Steampunk/industrialisation, I really connect toned down, grey-ish colours. That, of course, would not be appropriate at all in James Pond, on the other hand.
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Posted at 10:50 on January 6th, 2014 | Quote | Edit | Delete
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Originally posted by Mr Creosote at 21:30 on January 5th, 2014:
It really depends on what kind of game it is, doesn't it?


Yes, to some degree. But every system has its distinct style. If you are used to a certain palette, the colours are more relative and you might not notice such subtleties, as long as you don't look at other systems. Retro City Rampage uses this to a great effect, and might even teach you how to tell the different colour palettes appart.
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Posted at 10:57 on January 6th, 2014 | Quote | Edit | Delete
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Did you know that (according to Mobygames and Wikipedia) this game was on the infamous German 'Index', i.e. it wasn't freely available? Any ideas why? Because it has a lightning shooting priest in it? Or are there blood drops in it?
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Posted at 21:10 on January 6th, 2014 | Quote | Edit | Delete
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Originally posted by Herr M. at 10:57 on January 6th, 2014:
Did you know that (according to Mobygames and Wikipedia) this game was on the infamous German 'Index', i.e. it wasn't freely available? Any ideas why? Because it has a lightning shooting priest in it? Or are there blood drops in it?

The preacher just struck a nerve with Nintendo and Sega, so he was renamed for those versions. Most games of this commando variety were on the index, though, weren't they? Dogs of War, Green Beret, Cannon Fodder… they were all said to be glorifying war.
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Posted at 21:17 on January 6th, 2014 | Quote | Edit | Delete
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Originally posted by Herr M. at 10:50 on January 6th, 2014:
Originally posted by Mr Creosote at 21:30 on January 5th, 2014:
It really depends on what kind of game it is, doesn't it?


Yes, to some degree. But every system has its distinct style. If you are used to a certain palette, the colours are more relative and you might not notice such subtleties, as long as you don't look at other systems. Retro City Rampage uses this to a great effect, and might even teach you how to tell the different colour palettes appart.

That muted palette is not a necessity on the Amiga. The reason I mentioned James Pond is just that – it's running on the same system, but it uses a completely different palette. That lollipop Chaos Engine was actually ported back to the Amiga in the 'AA' version. It's really a pity that the Bitmap Brothers lost their touch there. So that current re-release is based on that one, too :(

The music is another difference between the different releases, by the way.
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Edited by Mr Creosote at 21:18 on January 6th, 2014
Posted at 21:04 on January 11th, 2014 | Quote | Edit | Delete
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Update to the review: I've continued playing the game and I can now proudly announced that I have now managed to actually beat it without cheating :D Though, of course, not in one sitting, but rather by replaying each world again and again patiently.
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Edited by Mr Creosote at 21:29 on January 11th, 2014
Posted at 10:41 on January 12th, 2014 | Quote | Edit | Delete
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Congratulations! Any hints and pointers, except being persistent? ;)
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Posted at 11:34 on January 12th, 2014 | Quote | Edit | Delete
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Although it may not appear like it, the Preacher actually turned out to be the best character to choose for me. He is fast, i.e. he can easily outrun enemy fire and he can acquire the "shield" skill which just has to be the most useful one by a huge margin.
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Edited by Mr Creosote at 11:38 on January 12th, 2014
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