As I was checking my old software archives, my eyes fell on this game I ordered over the net from a publisher called either Cyberflix, Hammerhead Entertainment, or Baracuda-gssm. That was back in 2002. Some promotional screenshots were to be found on the installation disc and, as such, are posted below.
Runs on an 80486 under Windows 3.1
The publisher’s name unfortunately doesn’t really matter anymore as those companies seemingly were all the same, and now defunct. I don’t think you can buy this game anymore. At the time it was clearly already out to date, as was their website.
Anywho, The install CD is so packed with Windows 3.1-era image formats it almost makes one melancholic. I must say I have always wondered why this game didn’t make it big over here. In all fairness, it didn’t have the gameplay of Duke Nukem 3D BUT it had the nicest graphics ever seen in a video game anno 1996.
Although the screenshots below cleary are “marketing-enhanced”, the product looks dazzling for something that renders on a 486 in only 256 colours.
However, it wasn’t all that fun to play. I purchased the game after seeing the screenshots below somewhere on the net. Here I was, thinking I could wander freely on a gigantic steamer, but I seemed to be mislead.
Moving and manipulating objects was very, very limited. Pressing one arrow key makes the lead character move as if he was a train on rails. During the whole game the place feels like a desolate ghost ship where, apart from the thirty-or-so characters, only 5 people seemed to be on board.
I guess the developers had to make some sacrifices in order to sport the rather limited hardware. And, after a three-hour play, the music – endlessly on repeat – got to me. But it’s an interesting piece of melancholy.