Pioneer4x4, on Sun Nov 6, 2011 4:17 PM, said:
OK, I finally got around to hooking up the atari again. I fired up the Light 6 Sears I got recently and never tested. I tried Seaweed Assault and so far, 2 comments
1 - I suck at this type of game
2 - First impressions are positive
At first I didn't like the controls at all, but I am getting used to it. I tried it as any true atari player would, stuck it in and fired it up without reading. Then realized I had no clue and RTFM.
Sound and graphic/colors wise, I like it a lot. Now I need to pretend I paid cash for it and have to play it to get my money's worth and see if I like it!
I sucked at first but the design of the game helps you learn it. Think of the climb up to maximum difficulty as a tutorial. It starts out at the easiest skill level but as you keep on trying to beat your high score you get better at it and eventually reach the highest skill level.
Something that helps me is to set a goal score and when I reach it I pause with the right controller to take a break. Since I can reach maximum difficulty now with no problem, my goal score it every 10,000 points. When I reach 10,000 points I clear an area near the top, wait for the wrothopod to pass me, and then quickly pause. That way I know I am safe from the wrothopod when I start again and if I trigger the tentacle during that second of hitting the pause I have room to dodge it when I start again. It helps to pause at a goal score to take a break. I think of it as a check point.
The best way to control the Manatee is with taps because he glides a little in the water. What I do is go up and down the screen taking out each row while holding down the button to auto-fire. If I'm at the bottom I'll shoot one direction then tap once the other direction to clear the row. Then I'll tap up then over to shoot on the next row and then tap in the other direction to clear the rest of the row. I'll do that all the way up and then all the way down. It is like tap up, tap right, tap left, tap up... tap down, tap left, tap right, tap down... After awhile the auto-firing becomes like a metronome. You'll get to a point where your tapping up then over is timed for the next torpedo. It might sound complicated but as long as you try to do taps instead of holding down the controller you'll eventually get it. It would work best with a D-pad or a joystick with a short throw. I use a StarFighter. It taps perfectly for me in a way that it feels like a D-pad in joystick form. I also use a StarFighter for the right controller for pause because it is easy to slap the button fast without having to grip it and push the button.
Sometimes the seaweed will form a wall. It is harder to shoot vertically so, what you want to do is shoot vertically, kind of wiggle back and forth in place to avoid triggering the tentacle, readjust your aim, and fire again. When you get a hole around 3 or 4 pieces of seaweed thick, you do the up then over type tapping to swing the Manatee in there while timing it so you will shoot the row instead of ramming it. If you do ram it it isn't really a big deal though because sometimes you have to sacrifice some health to earn more health. If you wedge in a row but lose a unit of health it is totally worth it when you take out the row and then a canister falls.
Anyway, when you first play it you are suppose to suck at it. It is suppose to be an overwhelming sci-fi horror type experience that challenges you to get better and kick some seaweed tentacle! I sucked when I started. I could barely reach 500 points. Don't get discouraged because when you get it down it is addictive. Very addictive!