Jeff Minter Classics - Jaguar
Jeff Minter Classics
For the first time on the Atari Jaguar, experience Jeff Minter's classic games "Llamatron 2112" and "Revenge of the Mutant Camels". Both games have been brought to the platform with the full blessing of Jeff Minter himself and are contained on a single cartridge.
Llamatron 2112: You play the part of a totally hard laser-spitting llama. Your mission is to collect all the tiny sheep, llamas, camels and goats you see on each wave. Standing in your way are great herds of unintelligent but numerous Grunt enemies, plus a veritable menagerie of nasty creeps which fire at you, dodge your fire, emit fire hydrants, try to ram you, murder your llamas and shoot your ass off with lasers. Kill them deadly. Not everything can be killed, and some enemies take more than one shot to destroy. Your ultimate objective - destroy the Ozric Tentacle of level 99 and get to Herd Heaven on level 100.
Revenge of the Mutant Camels: You are a rather threadbare-looking camel. If you are playing CPU Assist or Two-Player, you are accompanied by a large shaggy goat creature called an Ancipital. You are the Good Guys. Your mission is simple: stay alive through 42 zones of 7km each. These zones are populated by rampant telephone kiosks, skiing kangaroos, butch Greenham Common Peace Women, manic Minters, flying sheep and all the usual nonsense. These are the Bad Guys. They try to kill you off and you, naturally, and in keeping with the traditionally calm, rational, and thoughtful nature of videogames, get to waste them with lots of spectacularly destructive weaponry.
Jeff Minter Classics was created for the Atari Jaguar by fans who have enjoyed Jeff Minter's games for many years on various platforms, including, of course, Tempest 2000 on the Jaguar. Llamatron 2112 and Revenge of the Mutant Camels were released by Jeff Minter on the Atari ST computer platform, and these versions were expertly brought over to the Atari Jaguar by Lawrence Staveley, creator of Rebooteroids and the RAPTOR development API.
Artist William Thorup created breathtaking artwork for Jeff Minter Classics, with unique pieces created for both Llamatron 2112 and Revenge of the Mutant Camels. William Thorup is a big enthsiast of the Atari Jaguar, Lynx and Atari ST computers, and in 2016 created several original works featuring these systems as part of his Atari Propaganda Series. The box for Jeff Minter Classics is double-sided, featuring Llamatron 2112 on one side and Revenge of the Mutant Camels on the other. The manual was also created in this fashion, with the instructions for each game on opposite sides.
BONUS GAME! Gridrunner!
The Earth is under attack!! The disgusting green Slimelords of the planet Xtharrgg have unleased heavily-armed space battle fleets against the Earth for no apparent reason!! Luckily, we just happen to have a few of the very latest Vortron Hyper X-13 UltraStarfighters handy, but there's one problem... only one pilot is good enough to fly them... and that's you! You must go into battle against the Slimelords, piloting the X-13 over incredibly realistic abstract geometric grids! Can you vanquish the threat of the disgusting Slimelords and restore peace and prosperity to the galaxy? The fate of the Universe is in your hands!
In celebration of Jeff Minter's announcement of a Playstation 4 port of Gridrunner, we're excited to reveal that we've hidden a copy of the classic Gridrunner inside Jeff Minter Classics! Once you unlock Gridrunner (as described in the video below), it will be available as a choice in the menu when the cartridge boots up, so you only need to unlock it once.
As an added bonus for Gridrunner, you can choose to use an Amiga or Atari ST mouse (with a proper adapter) to control your ship, in addition to the stock Jaguar controller. Playing Gridrunner with a mouse is a blast!
Jeff Minter Classics includes a professionally printed, full-color box, a 16-page color manual, and game cartridge.
So to the games- I grew up playing these Llamasoft gems and its been a good few decades since I last played them. I fired up Llamatron and ended up spending a few hours on it. My 9 year old son wanted in on two player action and it was even better. For me it's actually better than the original Robotron.
To Revenge of the Mutant Camels- what a beautifully bonkers game! Modern gamers really haven't experienced anything like this. It's a side scrolling shooter that can again be played with one or two players and it's superb. To give any more away about what you will encounter when you playfor the first time would be ruining a uniquely bizarre experience. Enjoy.
But what's this? Those sneaky sneakers at AtariAge hid Gridrunner in the cartridge too! Released to the world on April 1 2018, you can unlock the game and it will remain on your title screen forever!
So there we go three 80s classics on one beautiful cart. Is it worth the asking price- more than a dozen Call of Duty games YES!
Please, please, please make a Vol 2.
Revenge is a fun-to-play scrolling shooter with interesting power-ups, it's definitely a bit bizarre and it'll fit right in if you're looking to round out your quirky Jaguar collection.