Random stuff from a brain frazzled by a lifetime of gaming...
Friday, May 24, 2013
Gorf came next with the ability to drain us of even more money by letting you insert a second coin yo get 3 more lives. yes 6 whole lives at the start of the game. With the first screen being an updated version of the space invaders theme you quickly realize that Gorf has an odd firing system. Shoot too quick and the firing missile will disappear and be replaced with your new one. This means that in those moments of panic you could find yourself shooting so fast at an approaching alien that you cant hit it. Very frustrating until you get the hang of it and settle into that slow Gorf mode shooting rhythm. Before I mention the remaining levels, Gorf must get a mention for the best so far speech in a game. With it even laughing at you in a mocking way as it says "baaaad luuuuck spaaace caaptaain" when you died. The seconds level 'laser attack' was a favorite if only for the laser sound effects and having to dodge quickly out of the way from the 1 pixel lines coming at you. After that you get a Galaxians clone before the hypnotic Space Warp level which owes its inspiration to the Pheonix level. From here its the final level with you trying to shoot out the reactor of the massive Flag Ship. Destroy the ship and its back to the start and a harder level before the inevitable "Some galactic defender you are, Space Colonel". Great game and some great synthesized speech for 1981.