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Hi guys, I completed this tribute to PENGO for our beloved TI-99/4A. Thanks to Ciro of the http://www.ti99iuc.it/ for the hard testing Download the game: http://www.bleepbit.com/2019/05/12/pengo-tribute-for-ti-99-4a/ I hope you have fun! Luca
One my reasons for getting an Atari 5200 console in the first place was to see how a home console, contemporary with the arcade machines I played very early, performed. So, Pengo, Star Wars Arcade, Pole Position and Robotron 2084 were Arcades I remembered to have played from the period 1982-84. So: Pengo... I played it both with a refurbished orginal controller and an moderated Neo-Geo joystick (which works on many, but not all games). Pengo have you playing the Penguin Pengo in randomly generated mazes of ice-blocks. It is on one screen at a time. You view it from birds-perspective (a bit of a pun there I guess). You can move Pengo in four directions, up, down, left and right, and if you walk to the ice-blocks making up the maze and push the firebutton while moving against the ice-block, you send it across the screen. You are hunted by some strange, but kind of cute´n cartoony creatures called Snow-bees. If they touch you, you are knocked out, and loses a life. You must take out the Snow-bees by pushing the ice-blocks on them, which takes them out. Also if they move along the edge of the game-area, and you also happen to be there, you can turn toward these walls and push them, making the walls occilate and knock out a Snow-be for a few seconds. Move over it, and you wipe it out. Every level has more Snow bees to get of rid. Every time you get rid of all Snow bees on a level (displayed on the top of the screen), you get to another round, new level. You can also push tree diamond-blocks - distributed randomly on levels - in a horizontal or vertical line - to have all Snow-bees on screen knowked out for some seconds; move Pengo over them to wipe them out and get bonus-score. So how is the game? In my my view: awesome!! Multicoloured sprites makes it look very nice. Pengo is cute. The Snow-bees are done really well. It retains the basic feel of the arcade. The music is different than the arcade which had «popcorn». Now, I never liked «popcorn» so I think its a bonus to have original Pengo music for the Atari 5200. Playing it with a third party arcade-stick/joystick (like Wico etc) is the best way, but its not unplayable with the orginal stick; just make sure you really have the stick overtly moved up/down/left/right, not just a little, but all the way, in a firm way, till it touches the edge, etc. But if you have a third-party joystick or an adapter that enables you to use a normal joypad, do that. Unfortunately, I don´t think you can complete the game; not sure, but I think it goes on and on until you spend all your lives. I´d rather prefer like 50 or 100 levels, then a «you made it» comment. I may be rong here, and please comment. So here is my score. (I use 1-10, including 1,5...3,5 ... etc) Graphics: 9 Sound: 8 Playability: Joystick 8,5 / Original Controller 6,5 Lastability: 8 Amusementability: 9 Overall: 8,5 Pengo is awesome, a classic and must-have for the Atari 5200. By: Giles N — Please let me know what you think.
Again, I may be like 30+ years after other people here as to classic atari-console game-mastery, but found out: In Pengo, the standard way of taking down a Snow-bee is to push an ice-block on it. The second way is to push the wall of the gamefield when Snow-bees are close to it. It knocks them out for 4 seconds or so, so you can just walk over them to take them. The third way is to push 3 diamond-blocks in a vertical or horizontal line, which give a huge bonus and knocks out all Snow-bees on screen for 4-5 seconds. Walk over as many as possible to take them out. Now I discovered a fourth way. To complete a level (called bird), you must take out a set number of Snow-bees. There are limits as to how many are on screen at-once. And here is the trick: as soon as one Snow-bee is out, several ice-blocks begins to blink in the color of the Snow-bees on that level. If you are quick and destroys the flashig ice-block before the Snow-bee spawns, you actually get one more on the counter of how many are taken out. So you can take out Snow-bees (before they come out to chase you), by destroying the flashing ice-block when they are about to emerge from these. In two of images provided you’ll see a destroyed color-flashing ice-block and in the next image the Snow-bee-count decreased from 4 to 3. Good gaming!
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