Proof if proof was needed... THE ATARI 800XL - THIS FORUM's MOST LOVED/OWNED MICRO of the 80s.
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I was reading a 1982 copy of Antic when I came across an intriguing review of the above game which features split screen action and the ability to either take on the computer controlled destroyer - or a friend - as you control the submarine, the eponymous Nautilus.
I'd never heard of - or seen - this early release before - has anyone else got any gameplay experience they want to share?
Here on Youtube, the enthusiastic SHADOWSNOSE (who sounds like the Liverpool manager, Jürgen Klopp), takes us on an underwater mission to discover more about this action/strategy game.
(I can't easily watch that video right now, as I reached my high-speed data limit, so no streaming video without 30 seconds of buffering for 3 seconds of video!)
I've had the game since the early 90's. It's an old Synapse title that I missed the first time around since I didn't own an Atari 8-bit until '85, and so I missed it on the store shelves, missed the magazines it was reviewed in, etc. In the early 90's I started ordering menu disks from a hacker in New York (yes, a PIRATE! ) , mostly with hacked versions of all the English and European software that was never published in the states. I think I was allowed to choose each and every game myself, and he would make custom menu disks with all the titles I picked crammed on to them. In any case, I just picked a lot of games i'd never heard of before, many were from the U.K. and Germany, Poland, etc., but many were also older releases in the states.
I only ever played it one player, I think, it's possible I may have played it once with my brother. It's a neat little game, fun. If you are asking what the goal of the game is, I don't really recall, it had something to do with those underground buildings and either saving yours from the enemy by protecting the bomb in the middle of the buildings, or destroying your enemies buildings, by getting to the bomb in the middle. I for get which. But there was more to it as well, I think you had to find an object or two as well. I'm sure someplace has a gif or pdf of the manual, I'll take a rudimentary search myself.
Synapse software was pretty legendary for it's time, on the 800, apparently, most of it is older titles that looked great graphically, for their time, but haven't aged as well, some though, still look great today as they were before their time (Encounter!). But I haven't played the game since the 90's, and so...I guess that tells you something...maybe I should give it another chance myself.