Proof if proof was needed... THE ATARI 800XL - THIS FORUM's MOST LOVED/OWNED MICRO of the 80s.
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Quick comparison, folks, of Atari-licensed software which appeared on "other" micros.
Do you recall we recently looked at Pole Position?
No? You were too wazzered on Special Brew and tape-cleaning fluid, perhaps - wake up at the back, Chadders.
Any road, Baz was very kindly given an Elk during the summer by Shaun (Diablo) and he's now got this little 'stormer' arrived fresh in the post:
ABOVE: A jauntily-angled Electron with a lovely Superior Software copy of Tempest - licensed and approved by those terribly-nice Atari people:
ABOVE: Cab art from the original arcade machine
So, as is ever our method, let us compare the "master" with the "apprentice" and check out qualities such as faithfulness to the original, playability and do both manage that "just one more go" appeal?
Vids herewith and comments to follow - please "chip in" with your findings too, retronauts.
ABOVE: The Master in action...
...and below, the faithful servants - how will the Elk get on?
Will it speed to the front or get blown away and trampled underfoot by the other micro opposition?
ABOVE: An XL clone known as Livewire - does an official port exist? You would expect so. Point me in the right direction, fellas.
ABOVE: The Atari ST has a slick official version.
ABOVE: What about the Elk's licensed version...Oh dear... maybe I'll leave this one out in the weather and a freak storm will blow the bugger away.
Finally, for this session - any comments please on these two A8bit versions - do they impress you or what??