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Title: Jaguar Game Review Thread
Post by: Hellcat on August 02, 2009, 08:31:17 am
Have a favorite or least favorite game? Play a new one for the first time? Feel free to tell us about it here.


Title: Re: Jaguar Game Review Thread
Post by: SpiderJerusalem on August 02, 2009, 09:45:13 am
Are we restricted to 25 words or less? Seems to be all over the rage in other forums :P


Title: Re: Jaguar Game Review Thread
Post by: doctorclu on August 02, 2009, 11:48:55 am
Speaking of reviews in 25 words or less....  :)   I'm going to repost my extensive "25 words or less" review I did on Atariage.  This will give people a good list of what's out there, and put my cards on the table on what I think of ALL the Atari Jaguar games out there:


JAGUAR GAME REVIEWS
..... in 25 Words or Less


2006- A clever pong simulator of the "Uni2006" pong station.
2600 emulator - Hey awesome, thanks for the source code, so.. how do you run this again?
Aircars - The Atari 800 could have made a better tank game, but hey, it's NETWORKED!!
Alien Vs. Predator - Kill em with claw and tail, kill em with staff and disc,
_______________ or be a man and use a shotgun.
Alien Vs. Predator (Alpha) - OMG.. the face hugger is behind me AGAIN.. and again!!
All the Rage - The Primal Rage soundtrack.
Alpine - A development Jaguar that looks like it is balancing a computer daughter board on top.
American Hero - Jack happily takes another one... or two.. for the American Team. Goooo Jack!
_____________ (Jaguar marketing budget obviously blown on hot models for this movie.)  ;)
Arena Football - A Football "could have been" for the Jaguar... yahhh.. *
Arkanna - See the next entry "Assassin".
Assassin - An interesting work in progress for years that gave hope till other projects came along.
Asteriods - Add some sound and graphics detail to the ship as the asteriods have, and this would
_________ be perfect!
Atari Karts - It's Wacky Racers for the Jaguar with wacky tracks, just wish it had wacky weapons.
Atomic - Love the opening music, a really tough but fun puzzle game where you assemble atoms.
Atomic Reloaded - Adding nice finishing touches to a already good game.
Attack of the Mutan Penguins - I remember I had fun, and there was a fun pack-in game
________________________ but can't honestly tell you what I did. :)
Bad Code 1-600 i :P - A mysterious programmer in early Jaguar amateur programming scene
________________ showing how to program "Hello world" in multiple ways.
Baldies - Has anyone really played this game? A strategy game where you get to play God basically.
Balloons - The Jaguar has early LIGHT GUN games! Woot!!
Battlemorph - reminds me of the CGI movie "Planetary Traveller" (1997). With the music and
___________ graphics is part action, part experience.
Battlemorph (Alpha) - A good close up of an unmorphing ship. Looked better than final I thought.
Battlesphere - It's Space Lords (the arcade game), or even better the dream come true ...
____________Star Raiders NETWORKED!!! Well basically.
Battlesphere Gold - All the above, plus pretty warp tunnels... wwoooooowwww... :P
Battlesphere Trio - For all you collectors out there, we thought we'd release this one copy
______________ just to piss you off.
Battlesphere (Soundtrack) - The great music Steph (Sebab) put together, still available on Jagudome.
Black Ice/White Noise - Run.. run.. run.. damn.. where is that hooker?
Black Jag: Hyper Power League - A possible Baseball game!! That is kinda cool. *
Blackout - A up and coming puzzle game where you turn off tiles using the keypad.
________ Sharply programmed.
Blue Lightning - One of a few titles that carried over from the Lynx. Think "Zaxxon" and not
_____________ "Afterburner" when playing this and you'll be fine.
Brain Dead 13 - FMV game on the Jaguar about a computer repair guy that gets stuck in a
_____________ crazy person's house. Had that happen before.
Brain Games - Paints a great checker and chess board. Glad it was found.
Brett Hull Hockey - Hockey for the Jaguar, and the only real sports game on the Jag I've enjoyed. *
Breakout 2000 - A little slow, a bit subdued, but still breakout to the next level. NEEDS PADDLES!!!
Brutal Sports Football - Play with a friend, forget the ball, KILL THE TEAM! Great fun & laughs.
Bubsy - Grasshopper... do you have the patience to learn the way of the Bobcat?
______ The path is hard, but over time addicting fun.
Cannon Fodder - Lemmings, mixed with Worms, mixed with Southpark. :) "War, never had so much fun." So true.
Catbox - A box that offers a variety of plugs and ports.
_______ Some I'm sure are there to look impressive.
Caves of Fear - Like "American Hero", but without the boobies, and well, what's the point?
Charles Barkley - Hey lookie here, ANOTHER basketball game!! *
Checkered Flag - A racing game with amazing graphics and amazingly bad controls. Hope this
_____________ game can have a code adjustment one day.
Clicks - A fun puzzle game that looks just amazing that needs to skip the networking for now and
______ just release.
Contiki - Available for the Jaguar as well as other retro systems that allowed the Jaguar limited
_______ web surfing abilities.
Club Drive - It's toy cars, and bumper car great two player fun!
Cybergolf Demo - Well.. we COULD had had a golf game. *
Cybermorph - Initially this game does not impress, but play past about four worlds and you'll find
___________ the game to be quite addicting.
Defender 2000 - A game that will be cooler once you can add another screen to the left and right.
_____________Classic Defender is excellent though.
Diamond Jag - You sure do shine! (Seals and Croft's song spoof.) Fun puzzle game
____________from start to finish.
Do The Same - A puzzle game that is a lot of fun, and would say worth every penny,
____________ but it was free, and definately worth more than that. :)
Doom - One player is great shotgun gore splatting fun, two player doubly more so.
Double Dragon 5 - It could have been a platform beat em up like on the Lynx, but noooo...
Dragon - The Bruce Lee Story - Some really like the variety of controls of this fighter.
_________________________ Me, once I left the title screen this game lost points. Later thrown.
Dragon's Lair - The fantasy FMV arcade hit that killed video games for a while. Kinda fun.
Eerievale- A good looking "Seventh Guess" game, that has us guessing when it will be released.
Ethernet Flash - A neat experiment on the Jaguar that got the Jaguar on the Net. See "Contiki"
Fight For Life - Rock 'em, Sock 'em Robots drug on five times too long.
Fight For Life (Beta) - "This is what you COULD have got Atari if you PAID ME for my time
_________________ programming this game..... jerk..."
Fevor Pitch Soccer - Well at least it wasn't Football again... :P *
Flash card - The development tool of Atari developers that has no restrictions to load all game images.
_________ Pricey, loader software is clunky, but WORTH IT!
Flashback - Need a basic puzzle/adventure/platformer for a weekend? Grab this game.
Flip Out - Do you like working on things with cats jumping at what you do?
________Then you'll love this game!!
Frog Feast - The multi retro platform 8-bit game, about frogs eating flies. Ribbit!!
Evolution: Dino Dudes - Arrange your men to solve the level puzzle. Like Lemmings, but minus the
___________________ weapons and less fun.
Gorf - Strikingly great Gorf arcade clone, which needs to be called "Frog", changed by 20%, and
_____ re-released to uncopyright infringement manner for more to enjoy.
Gorf (cartridge) - "There can only be one!" :P
Gorf 2000 - The Gorf of the early Jaguar years. Mostly there, except the flagship. A good start.
Highlander - 3D Myst-like adventure that can be frustrating to control as camera angles change,
__________ yet cool to complete once.
Hover Strike - Hey this game is slightly better than your aaaavverage ST tank game.
Hover Strike CD - Hey this game is slighty better than the aaavverrage Hover Strike cartridge game.
Hyperforce -Think of this as HERO for the 2600/5200 updated for the Jaguar.
I-War - Might as well label this TRON since it is a tank game with that look and feel.
International Sensible Soccer - Oh for crying out loud? ANOTHER Soccer game!? *
Iron Soldier - You control a pissed off Optimus Prime. Great fun.
Iron Soldier 2- More fun with Optimus Prime, and later with an AT/ST Walker from Star Wars!!!
Iron Soldier 2 CD-Like Iron Soldier 2, but with 30% more pointless movie files!
JagAds - A Jaguar movie disc showing the brilliance and absolute failures of Jaguar marketing.
_______ Good comercials: Doom, Kasumi Ninja, AvP, and the brain test.
JagCD - 150,000 were made, they cost about $150+ now, and about 13 games were originally
______ relased for it. Good amateur game loader now though. VLM rocks!
JagLink - A useful thing to have for 2 player Doom, Battesphere, or Aircars.
JagLink2 -A useful device sold for only a short time that would allow you to link more than 2 Jaguars.
JagLion Demo - A neat render of a walking JagLion. (JagLions do exist, I was amazed to learn that.)
JagMania - Jag Man runs around a maze, jumping over ghosts.. really good game but sounds
_________ familiar somehow. :P
JagMarble - An interesting Marble Madness demo.
Jag Modplayer - I'm glad there are at least two mod music players. :)
Jaguar - Was it 64 bit? One thing for sure is, it was and is a powerful Atari game system.
Jaguar Controller - A controller seemingly inspired by the intellivision on Coleco Controller.
_______________ Loved by people with large-ish hands, hated by the rest.
Jaguar Controller (Pro)- Like the Jaguar Controller, but with more buttons to confuse you, which
___________________ people seem to like for some reason.
Jaguar Hockey - JS2's way of saying "Please don't sue us!" Great game. See "Brett Hull Hockey" *
JagTos - Yes, someone has got the Jaguar to run as a 2 meg Atari ST with monochrome screen.
Janalog - Is your Jaguar one of the few chosen ones to support the covetted analog controllers?
_______ This disc tells your destiny. :)
JetPac - An astronaut collecting parts of his rocket, and then gathering fuel.
______ Much reminded me of user group games for the Atari 800. Good times.
JUGS - "Jaguar Unmodified Game Server" capible of loading a 15 second BJL game in 2 minutes, but
_____ yet a start for some on amateur game loading.
JUGS Demo CD- Gives you material to load with the JUGS game loader (PC disc)
JUGS DD - Gives you games and demos to load on your CD rom drive.
Jungle Jag - an amateur programmed and simple platformer of a Caveman who jumps through
_________ his gauntlet, carrying a club he never uses.
Kasumi Ninja - It's Kung Fu Theater meets the Village People. Great laughs to play with friends.
Kasumi Ninja (alpha) - If only special moves were so easy. And they had a maze on it? Why?
Lady Bug - An interesting Lady Bug Demo. Why couldn't they have made it playable?
Legion - See "Assassin" entry.
Lost Treasures - "Well my hard drive tanked, here is what was left, check these out." :)
Mad Bodies - It's... uh.. what the hell is it... oh AHEM.. good work guys, please make more games...
Martian Attack - The Jaguar's beefed up answer to Intellivision's "Star Strike".
The Maxx - Glad this MTv series animated character made an interesting cameo demo on the Jaguar.
Memory Track - Don't you just love how "Memory Track" is always counted as one of the Jaguar's
____________ many games? :P
Missile Command 3D - It's Missile Command as you imagined it would be as a kid. Just stunning.
__________________ Just wish my copy wouldn't always crash....
Missile Command VR - Just in time for Christmas! Missile Command, complete with VR helm,
__________________ neck strain, back pain, and medical bills in adult life. :)
Native Demo - The much talked about shooter with great graphics, no sound, and one level.. yippee!
NBA Jam - It's Basketball for the Jaguar, Yahhh!! *
Ocean Depths - An ocean picture slide show, an Eerievale demo (it is dark, you might be eaten
____________ by a grue), Jaguar Mind. Interesting at least.
Osmozys - "Diamond Jag" done in true Jaguar style. Fun watching your ball fly into space.. Wee! :)
Painter - The Jaguar's answer to "Qix". A truly good game.
Painter (beta) - Great BJL demo that foreshadowed what was to come.
Phase Zero - "Space Harrier" for the Jaguar. Yep even unfinished it is pretty fun.
Phear (Tetrisphear) - Definition 1) the awesome puzzle game originally made for the Jaguar, bought
_______________ out by SNES. 2) the look collectors give when you ask for a rom image.  :-\
Pinball Fantasies - Gotta have a good pinball game for a console. This was the most fun of two.
Pitfall - Great graphics, control, great 2600 Pitfall segment; final boss could have been more
______ menacing otherwise best version, most underrated platformer on Jaguar.
Power Drive Rally - Great detail to small cars. Lots of fun. Also see "Slam Racers".
Primal Rage - Dinosaurs fighting!! Grrr... Arrggg!! (Pretty fun for a fighter despite slow load.)
Protector - It's what Defender should have been. But wait, we can make it better? ...
Protector SE - ... ahh.. so we can make it better. And add BJL... and CD bypass....
Quake - "There is no Quake alpha... move along..."
Raiden - Man this is a great shooter, better with a friend. So how do we turn the other half
_______ of the screen off?
Rayman - He jumps, he flys, he punches, it is the great platformer that people paid money
_______ to steal it away from premiering on the Jaguar first. :P
Rayman (Beta) - Look at him walk! All the graphics are in tact, but other than walk he can't do crap.
Robinson's Requiem - An RPG game though buggy was just about ready. A game I hope can one
_________________ day see the light of day.
Ruiner Pinball - The second of two pinball games with the beefier graphics.
Scatbox - The re-release of the Catbox by Scatologic years later in recycled Battlesphere Gold
________ clear case.
Seaplane - Why oh why wasn't this finished? Such a promising Jaguar answer to
________ the arcade game "1941".
Sharkbyte Productions - A great source of Jaguar humor and parodies for years.
Skunkboard - 90% flash card, 80% BJL hookup, 30% Alpine = 200% Jaguar goodness.
Skyhammer - It's a glimmer of "Descent" with a Blade Runner feel.
___________ Activate the cheats and have a blast.
Slam Racers - An amazingly tight matchbox racer car game to be made by amateur developers.
Soccer Kid - This 3DO platformer only further enriches the Jaguar platformer library. Remember,
_________ the ball can be summoned... knowing that is half the battle. ;)
Soul Star - The really neat game that is great up to the buggy part, and if you can get past it,
_________ great AFTER the buggy part too. :)
Space Ace - FMV space game that is completely unplayable on the Jaguar.
Space War 2000 - Fly through space, blasting away with great graphics. Great two player fun
_____________ with one console. Just don't hit your friend's ship...
Super Burn Out - A truly great motorcycle game with a great feel for the road.
Super Cross 3D - This Motor cross game will have you laughing for about five minutes
______________ as you spend more time crashing than driving. ("Circus Atari" splat kinda fun.)
Surrounded - A game intended as a demo with a horrendiously long introduction for a DEMO.
___________ After the five minute intro fast paced addictive fun!
Syndicate - Command tiny people to do missions in tiny cities. A more serious Lemming type game.
Tapper - (By Reboot) Looks great, when do we get to uncork this classic game?
Team Tap - An awesome device to allow you play multiplayer with... one title. :)
Tempest 2000 - They took Tempest from the arcade, which I thought sucked, and added music
_____________ great weapons, graphics, and made it Jaguar crack! Has PADDLE CONTROLS too!
Tempest 2000 (Soundtrack) - If only Tempest could be recoded to pull tracks from the CD rom
______________________ and play this soundtrack. "Television is the retina of the minds' eye"
Tetris - How complex does it need to be? You drop blocks and arrange them right to great
______ techno music. So simple yet so good.
Theme Park - Glad one Sim game made it to the Jaguar for the stategy minded.
Tiny Toons : Plucky Duck Adventure - I'm walking... I'm walking... yep... still walking...
Tiny Toons (The other beta) - Waiting for this recently found treasure to launch (a pun at the
_______________________ rocket on the title screen.
Total Carnage - It's total meyhem, total chaos, total carnage! Add a friend and have total fun.
Towers 2 - Could have been a great fantasy Wolfenstein. Developer must have got tired of
________ writing this game in midstream, packed it up, and sold as-is.
Trevor McFur in the Crescent Galaxy - Its the "Gates of Zendocon" for the Lynx, given spiffier graphics.
Troy Aikman Football - Oh yah, ANOTHER football game for the Jaguar. *
Ultra Vortek - Just have a Jaguar and you like fighter games? This game will get you through
___________ Till you find your Dreamcast. :P
Val D'Isere Skiing - Is this like skiing for real? Not sure, but it sure is fun.
Vid Grid - A fun puzzle game that involves music videos. Good selection of music too.
VLM- "Virtual Light Machine"... when you don't feel like playing games and just want pretty music.
Warlords Demo - Warlords is in basic form on the Jaguar! Yes!! Add Team tap and rotary support
_____________ and this game would be AWESOME.
White Men Can't Jump - It's bobble head Basketball... and FOUR PLAYER to boot!! *
Wolfenstein 3D- It's like Doom was ported backwards to make this possible. The Jaguar overpowers
____________ this game, but fun. Wish knife was selectable only gripe.
World Tour Racing - Sharp, fantastic racer. Great music. And special to this game is the
________________ "pancake vision" two player mode. :P
Worms- How do you start this game.. (game finally starts) oh ok... is my controller working?
________(tests controller on Bubsy) yep, controller works...Uhh.. cute demo!
Zero 5 - Hey, let's show the power of the Jaguar in a space fighter, but fly the ship from OUTSIDE
______ the ship to be different...
ZooClan - Looked like a cute simple demo, Skunkboard hates it.
Zoop - Puzzle game that is said to be "America's Greatest waste of time" Well they had that half right.
Zool 2 - This Amiga mascot makes his way to the Jaguar for one of his best performances.
______ This is Sonic, with Ninja throwie things.


* I never have understood or been a fan of sports games on video game consoles. There is only one way to play sports, and that is to actually PLAY sports. :)


Title: Re: Jaguar Game Review Thread
Post by: SpiderJerusalem on August 02, 2009, 01:06:52 pm
Speaking of reviews in 25 words or less....  :)   I'm going to repost my extensive "25 words or less" review I did on Atariage.  This will give people a good list of what's out there, and put my cards on the table on what I think of ALL the Atari Jaguar games out there:

It's spreading like wildfire I tell you!


Title: Re: Jaguar Game Review Thread
Post by: doctorclu on August 02, 2009, 05:41:58 pm
Very good.  So which ones above did you 1) find funny and 2) disgrees with and why?


Title: Re: Jaguar Game Review Thread
Post by: remowilliams on August 02, 2009, 08:47:43 pm
Blue Lightning - a devastating disappointment for those who played the great Lynx version.  And well fans of videogames in general I suppose.   :P

Bubsy - what you play when you are tired of life


Title: Re: Jaguar Game Review Thread
Post by: doctorclu on August 03, 2009, 05:46:52 am
Blue Lightning - a devastating disappointment for those who played the great Lynx version.  And well fans of videogames in general I suppose.   :P

Bubsy - what you play when you are tired of life

Oh sure, let's all torch the Bubster....  :P


Title: Re: Jaguar Game Review Thread
Post by: doctorclu on August 03, 2009, 05:49:55 am
You have me beat if you've played all the games. I gotta get moving.

Agree with you're Brutal Sports Football review. Nothing like ripping a friends head off to start the game off right.
Then again, I also liked Mutant League Hockey and Football on Genesis so there may be a trend.  :)

Yeh there have been whole series of brawl this and brutal that.  There was a soccer game for the ST that I thought was amusing looking.  We really need to get better at porting ST games sometimes.  :)

So as far as my review list goes, did I miss anyone?

And I know my review of Worms can be better.  Seriously, I don't understand the gameplay just yet.


Title: Re: Jaguar Game Review Thread
Post by: remowilliams on August 03, 2009, 08:35:05 pm
And I know my review of Worms can be better.  Seriously, I don't understand the gameplay just yet.

Worms (in general) is a fun little game.  It's not that complicated, but you do need to learn a few concepts.  I find Worms is most fun against human players.  The Jag won't react to your gloating.   ;D


Title: Re: Jaguar Game Review Thread
Post by: Tobermory on August 05, 2009, 01:38:43 pm
Mad Bodies - An Honest Review
-----------------------------

You may have heard of this game as it's the only commercial jaguar game to be released in the last several years. And from what you might gather from the review sites, it's a pretty good game as well.

After purchasing this "masterpeice" I can only say that there are no accurate reviews of this game available online that I have been able to see.

The game resembles a Breakout - with a twist. It's no fun at all. And worse than that,  there doesnt appear to be a manual because the authors would rather you try to work out how to play it on your own. I think this is an excuse to cover up bugs in the game logic so that whatever happens they can say that it was supposed to happen.

The graphics. Well. In all honesty I have never seen a commercial game with such shoddy artwork.  The backdrop appears to be a static picture with (at most) 8 colours in it. On top of this you have badly drawn blobs which fall down the screen in exactly the same pattern repeatedly. And to make matters worse, they don't even clip at the edges.

The planets that you have to bounce move rather jerkily around the screen and occasionally the collision detection works and you hit them. Oh, they're not animated by the way - which in this case is a good thing because it means you are not subjected to more horrible pixels. Sometimes things shoot at you. But you might not recognise that they are because they look so bad as well.

And that brings me to the high score screen. A screen so bad that words cannot express the horror of seeing it. Really bad hand drawn graphics... with colour cycling animation... But wait! It get's worse... with the cycled colours also appearing esewhere on screen.

Now take all this brilliance, throw away any semblence of gameplay, and add some of the most horrificly annoying samples you are ever likely to hear, and you have what can only be called an utter disaster of a game that was released in a condition it should have looked like after a few days of coding, not several years.

I wish I could get my money back - AVOID AT ALL COSTS. 0/10.


Title: Re: Jaguar Game Review Thread
Post by: SpiderJerusalem on August 05, 2009, 01:46:37 pm
Mad Bodies - An Honest Review
-----------------------------

You may have heard of this game as it's the only commercial jaguar game to be released in the last several years. And from what you might gather from the review sites, it's a pretty good game as well.

After purchasing this "masterpeice" I can only say that there are no accurate reviews of this game available online that I have been able to see.

The game resembles a Breakout - with a twist. It's no fun at all. And worse than that,  there doesnt appear to be a manual because the authors would rather you try to work out how to play it on your own. I think this is an excuse to cover up bugs in the game logic so that whatever happens they can say that it was supposed to happen.

The graphics. Well. In all honesty I have never seen a commercial game with such shoddy artwork.  The backdrop appears to be a static picture with (at most) 8 colours in it. On top of this you have badly drawn blobs which fall down the screen in exactly the same pattern repeatedly. And to make matters worse, they don't even clip at the edges.

The planets that you have to bounce move rather jerkily around the screen and occasionally the collision detection works and you hit them. Oh, they're not animated by the way - which in this case is a good thing because it means you are not subjected to more horrible pixels. Sometimes things shoot at you. But you might not recognise that they are because they look so bad as well.

And that brings me to the high score screen. A screen so bad that words cannot express the horror of seeing it. Really bad hand drawn graphics... with colour cycling animation... But wait! It get's worse... with the cycled colours also appearing esewhere on screen.

Now take all this brilliance, throw away any semblence of gameplay, and add some of the most horrificly annoying samples you are ever likely to hear, and you have what can only be called an utter disaster of a game that was released in a condition it should have looked like after a few days of coding, not several years.

I wish I could get my money back - AVOID AT ALL COSTS. 0/10.


Wow, that sounds pretty bad. And I was saving my money to buy a copy...

Can anyone write another honest review here please? I'd like to cross check stuff!


Title: Re: Jaguar Game Review Thread
Post by: Sauron on August 07, 2009, 01:51:54 am
Do The Same - A wonderful little puzzle game that I can't stop playing. I'll say it again...if you haven't tried this out yet, do whatever you have to do to play it. :)


Title: Re: Jaguar Game Review Thread
Post by: doctorclu on August 07, 2009, 06:00:18 am
Mad Bodies - An Honest Review
-----------------------------
Now take all this brilliance, throw away any semblence of gameplay, and add some of the most horrificly annoying samples you are ever likely to hear, and you have what can only be called an utter disaster of a game that was released in a condition it should have looked like after a few days of coding, not several years.

I wish I could get my money back - AVOID AT ALL COSTS. 0/10.
Wow, that sounds pretty bad. And I was saving my money to buy a copy...

Can anyone write another honest review here please? I'd like to cross check stuff!

I did write an honest review:
"Mad Bodies - It's... uh.. what the hell is it... oh AHEM.. good work guys, please make more games..."

3D STOOGES has made some awesome things.  Gorf was great.  Surrounded was great.  But honestly, I think Mad Bodies, while released later, was actually one of their earlier works in their programming learning curve.

You have to catch and bounce this planetoid while shooting at other objects on the screen.  This part would not be so bad, except that you eventually have to juggle two and three planetoids.  This was the "not fun" part.  You can counter this by shooting the planetoids like 50 times, and after blowing them up, you can focus on the other things on the screen.  But the things on the screen to shoot are pretty few when you have nothing else to do.

My suggestion, give ONE thing to catch, and more items to shoot in the screen.

As you fly along, you catch space men, and you leave them on a space station that passes by you.  That gives you various power ups.

When you get to the boss screen, you no longer have to worry about juggling a planetoid.  Instead you catch (no penalty if you don't at this stage) colorful circles that you try to bounce back at the boss.  That part is actually fairly fun.

I think if this was like I was in the 80's when I would FORCE myself to learn the game because it was all I had, I think this game could be a lot of fun.  I practically did that after paying $80 for it, and I generally like it.  It is a game that once YOU adapt to it, you have fun.   Unlike games like Raiden and Tempest 2K where you sit back, and have fun from the get go with no real adaption. 

That seems the way it is for Jaguar games.  The ones you can adapt to like, and those that you just like.  Mad Bodies is unique experience that you can adapt to like.  I mainly like it because I applaud the efforts of 3D Stooges, and for that, glad I bought the game.  But it to me was really one of those "So that was fun enough, so when are we going to see the REAL version of Surrounded?"

Anyway, my score on a 5 part scale...  a 2.  It's there, it had some action, some promise, some good moments.  :)


Title: Re: Jaguar Game Review Thread
Post by: SpiderJerusalem on August 07, 2009, 12:17:32 pm
So, you're saying that if you paid $5 for it, you'd throw it in the waste bin as a game? (packages etc don't count for me, the game is what matters)


Title: Re: Jaguar Game Review Thread
Post by: BobbyBobBob on August 07, 2009, 02:06:39 pm
So, you're saying that if you paid $5 for it, you'd throw it in the waste bin as a game? (packages etc don't count for me, the game is what matters)

Hey that's a bit mean  >:(

But it does sound like the game had fundamental issues with gameplay - and gameplay is what it is all about.

I read that there is no manual & this is to disguise certain of these flaws - but I remember seeing a photo in an email someone sent me that showed a pile of manuals & cartridges, or was that just me dreaming about Jaguar again?!


Title: Re: Jaguar Game Review Thread
Post by: SpiderJerusalem on August 07, 2009, 06:00:29 pm
So, you're saying that if you paid $5 for it, you'd throw it in the waste bin as a game? (packages etc don't count for me, the game is what matters)

Hey that's a bit mean  >:(

But it does sound like the game had fundamental issues with gameplay - and gameplay is what it is all about.

I read that there is no manual & this is to disguise certain of these flaws - but I remember seeing a photo in an email someone sent me that showed a pile of manuals & cartridges, or was that just me dreaming about Jaguar again?!

I wish the authors could release a free gameplay rom, something like 1 min of game with timeout so you could just taste of the game without having to rely on other people  :-\


Title: Re: Jaguar Game Review Thread
Post by: BobbyBobBob on August 07, 2009, 11:35:59 pm
I wish the authors could release a free gameplay rom, something like 1 min of game with timeout so you could just taste of the game without having to rely on other people  :-\

I hear you, for all the same reasons you don't trust reviews in official magazines, the only real way is to try before you buy... & with Jaguar you're not going to pop down to GameStop & try out the latest releases.


Title: Re: Jaguar Game Review Thread
Post by: doctorclu on August 08, 2009, 01:28:49 am
Was just talking on JS2 a bit ago and it looks like some developers, at least one, is taking the idea of releasing in parts, and then selling as a whole product on cartridge.  Seems in this case they had in mind to just release the game anyway, but found that people do like having a physical cartridge.  Can't say that I blame them.  :)

Aside from reviews, there are movie files of it, but I know that is not the same.

I'd almost want to say, even though you don't get the feel of gameplay, it would be fun to send out a Jaguar movie disc that has a review in movie form.  That way you can see the game on the TV from you Jaguar with slightly less quality than it will have normally.  :P


Title: Re: Jaguar Game Review Thread
Post by: overlord on August 09, 2009, 12:10:13 am
I think demos would be a great idea! There have been a few demos released here and there, but most of them were of unfinished game.


Title: Re: Jaguar Game Review Thread
Post by: Sauron on August 09, 2009, 08:20:05 am
I decided to give Bubsy a spin tonight, since I haven't touched the game in years and thought that maybe there was something I missed the first time around.

After playing through it for about 30 minutes, all I can say is...nope, didn't miss a damn thing. This game still sucks as terribly as it did all those many years ago.

Don't get me wrong here. This isn't even close to being the Jag's worst title. I think Double Dragon V, Supercross 3D, Air Cars, and several others beat it out pretty easily. Bubsy is a well animated bobcat with amusing expressions. However, that's about where the fun ends. The level designs are outright uninspiring, the controls are pathetically sloppy, and the game would bore me to sleep if it weren't for the cheap deaths. Half the time I can't even tell what killed me when I die. It's a frustrating game that takes a hell of a lot of patience to overcome.

If you are itching to play a fun platformer for the Jaguar after taking a break from Rayman, go get Zool 2. The graphics are equally uninspiring in that game, but at least it's fast, furious, and fun. Bubsy, on the other hand, is sloppy, choppy, and frustrating.

Rating: 4/10


Title: Re: Jaguar Game Review Thread
Post by: BobbyBobBob on August 09, 2009, 07:36:01 pm
If you are itching to play a fun platformer for the Jaguar after taking a break from Rayman, go get Zool 2.

<3 Zool games! First on ST, then on PC! They took the stress out of Sonic & made it great for a fat old lump like me :-P


Title: Re: Jaguar Game Review Thread
Post by: Sauron on August 12, 2009, 07:52:32 pm
I reviewed Bubsy, so it's only fair that I review Zool 2.

Zool 2

The Jaguar did not seem to be lacking in platform games during its life span. Rayman, Zool 2, Bubsy, Flashback, Pitfall, etc. all gave gamers a select of platform games to choose from. Unfortunately, gamers didn't have a GOOD selection to choose from.

What makes Zool 2 stand out from the rest of the pack? Well, for starters, the fact that the game is just plain fun. You control either Zool or Zoolette (?), running along well-drawn levels battling hordes of cartoonish and seemingly non-threatening enemies while collecting enough candy to make your teeth rot out of your mouth in a day. Zool is equipped with a whip that fires, um, something from it. He's a ninja, after all, and, um...nevermind. That's not important. What is important is that he is certainly no slow poke and the programmers were gracious enough to equip him with mostly responsive (but imperfect: see below) controls. He zips along at the speed of Sonic through fairly non-linear levels.

I have two particular gripes about this game. The first is that the programmers were not gracious enough to equip Zool with a jump button. You have to press up on the joypad in order for Zool to jump. This probably doesn't sound like a big deal, but to me in breaks convention with hundreds of platform games that came before it. Pressing up to jump just does not come naturally, and makes certain parts of levels very frustrating to play, where you're expected to jump with perfect precision. The problem isn't with the Jaguar controller either. I've been using a Microsoft Sidewinder PC gamepad to play via emulation, and the jumping problem is just as bad as on a real Jaguar. If this could be remedied, it would raise my score of the game by an entire point.

My other issue with this game is the graphics, although this is minor in comparison to the gripe about the controls. While the levels are certainly well drawn and beautiful, they hardly inspire confidence in the hardware their running on. The game would have benefitted highly from more on-screen colors. It becomes pretty obvious at times that the game was originally conceived on inferior hardware (the Amiga), and certainly would have benefitted from a larger facelift for its Jaguar incarnation. Having said that, though, the graphics are still pleasing to the eye (in most parts), colorful, and the action speeds along smoothly with hardly any slowdown.

All other issues aside, Zool 2 is easily the second best platformer for the Jaguar. The game is fun and frantic, and will be hard to put down. You could do far worse than to pick up a copy of this game.

Score: 7.5/10


Title: Re: Jaguar Game Review Thread
Post by: kgenthe on August 13, 2009, 01:10:54 am
I have reviewed the following games on my website. I spent many hours playing these and spent a lot of time writing these reviews. They are pretty indepth:

Rayman http://implantgames.com/?p=330 I almost gave this game a 6/10 for the sheer difficulty. Play this game with a cheat code for more lives.

Power Drive Rally http://implantgames.com/?p=314 Solid and addicting racing game.

Super Burnout http://implantgames.com/?p=297 Brilliant game in every way, my favorite Jag game by a mile


Title: Re: Jaguar Game Review Thread
Post by: Sauron on August 14, 2009, 06:51:32 am
Addendum to my Zool 2 review:

Ok, apparently the A button can be used for jumping. Ugh. However, it doesn't make much of a difference at times since up on the joypad still jumps. This still adds aggravation at times when I'm accidentally pressing diagonally. Oh well. Score still remains the same.


Title: Re: Jaguar Game Review Thread
Post by: sh3-rg on August 14, 2009, 11:08:23 am
Addendum to my Zool 2 review:

Ok, apparently the A button can be used for jumping. Ugh. However, it doesn't make much of a difference at times since up on the joypad still jumps. This still adds aggravation at times when I'm accidentally pressing diagonally. Oh well. Score still remains the same.

Elsewhere in the community there's talk of hacking roms to alter games that have flawed controls. Anyone feel inclined to make a patch for this to remove up/jump- I imagine it's a lot easier then getting involved with checkered flag's whole control physics :) But then, I can imagine all kinds of things & know nothing about the practicalities of it :P


Title: Re: Jaguar Game Review Thread
Post by: Sauron on August 14, 2009, 10:37:38 pm
Interesting idea, but probably wouldn't really be worth the effort. The game is still plenty fun as it is, just a little more frustrating to control at times. :) The "up for jump" scheme probably comes from its roots on the Amiga, where joysticks typically had only one button. It probably would be a relatively simple hack, though.


Title: Re: Jaguar Game Review Thread
Post by: Sauron on August 20, 2009, 07:50:02 am
Alright, time for another review.

Today's review is on...
Cannon Fodder

"War has never been so much fun!"

So says the manual, marketing materials, and even the theme song (yes, a theme song) for this release for the Jaguar. Cannon Fodder was originally designed and released for the Amiga and ST computers, and not much has changed on its journey to our favorite gaming console. All of the gameplay elements and even the quirky dichotomy of war being "fun" has made a very solid transition to the Jaguar.

Squad-based war games are fairly common now, but were not quite so back in the mid 90s when Cannon Fodder was released. The point of the game is to run through various levels with a squad of men and achieving the objectives set forth prior to the start of the mission. You can control anywhere from 1 to, well, a certain number more. Unfortunately, I am not aware of the max allowed, although I would say it's at least more than 5. You control your squad of men my moving the cursor with your joypad to where you want them to move to and then press C. Pressing B will have them fire an infinite amount of machine gun ammunition. Holding down B and then pressing C will allow your men to either throw a grenade or fire a bazooka, depending on availability and which secondary weapon type is selected. Later on in the game, you are able to drive tanks and other assorted portable heavy weaponry, but most people probably won't make it far enough to find this out for themselves.

One thing that should be noted right away is that this game has a steep difficulty curve. The first 3 or 4 missions are pretty easy, but by the time you reach mission 5 or 6, you'll notice that the long line of recruits is becoming shorter while the hillside behind them is becoming littered with graves. Make no bones about it...this game is quite difficult.

Now, on to the important stuff. The controls are actually quite decent, despite the fact that this game was obviously made with a mouse in mind. However, the movement rate of the cursor was adapted quite well for the Jaguar pad, so there won't be too many "Oh #U*$%!!!" moments that are due simply to the controls. The graphics are nothing spectacular but are quite serviceable, and your squad and enemy characters are well animated and detailed for their size. The audio is very well done, and does a fantastic job of adding to the game. You'll often hear the screams of dying men repeatedly as you riddle their bodies with bullets. The samples are really well done despite their low sample rate.

I'm not sure what else one would really need to know. This game is definitely one of the better Jaguar titles, but be warned: you will not find it easy. However, its addicting qualities will leave you coming back for more despite the frustration that will undoubtedly settle in. If you don't already have this game, what are you waiting for? Go get it now. :)

Score: 8.5/10


Title: Re: Jaguar Game Review Thread
Post by: doctorclu on September 02, 2009, 08:10:45 am
Hey Sauron, really like the reviews, keep them coming!   

Let's see, Zool.. fun game.  It's funnny, I am so accustomed to the Bubsy controls that Zool's controls almost seem stiff in comparison.  :)  But then that might also have to do with me turning the traction on as well.  (Immediate stops)   BTW, the programmer for Zool, Trev, frequents here often so stop into his thread and say hi and ask questions.

Cannon Fodder, great game.  I seem to recall getting to a level, must be like 15 or so, where I get taken out repeatedly by bazooka fire.  One thing I can say about Cannon Fooder is that game gives as good as they take it.  Take Wolfenstein... you get a machine gun, flame thrower, bazooka... do the soldiers use those against you?  Nope.  Just get a gun, sometimes a machine gun, gatlin guns for the bosses.

Cannon Fodder, you get grenades thrown at you and bazookas shot at you as an introduction to those being ijn the game.  I mean, you are getting bazooka'd before you really get them yourself.  The enmies in that game are definately not panzies.  :)


As for Bubsy, yeh, I know, I'm so good I can make a steaming pile of crap look good.  ;)

Maybe that is the alure of the game for me.  It took so long to get good at the game and SUCH a fatality rate that when you are kicking ass and taking names in that game it just seems so satisfying.   I think all those times that damn flamingo killed me with his mohawk, or that damn bee, or learning how to take down Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum.   And now even when I can take out like three at a time, just the memory of dying to those jerks all those times makes even now worth it.

Why had a good 30 minute run tonight.  I generally get to the water levels and if I'm really bored I go through the water levels and knock out the Candy levels.  (Candy levels are fun).   If I have other things to do, then the first nine levels are fine.  And that was where I was tonight.

I really want to decompile Bubsy down to source code, make some suggestions happen in it (different level arrangement, better hit detection, no one hit deaths, etc).  But part of me wonders... if I change all that, will Bubsy loose it's inate charm?


Title: Re: Jaguar Game Review Thread
Post by: carmel_andrews on September 14, 2009, 08:03:58 pm
Sorry I am a lazy b'stard, had to nick mine from the closed AA thread about jaggie reviews of 25 wordds or less (but it is my one anyway)


Tempest

The Yakmeisters first gaming outing on the jag and in his inhibitable style, it's 'shoot anything that moves', don't read this review...get shooting






Title: Re: Jaguar Game Review Thread
Post by: kgenthe on October 09, 2009, 07:20:55 pm
Finished up Raiden and wrote a review:

Atari Jaguar Review: Raiden (http://implantgames.com/?p=544)

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Overall, Raiden does not take advantage of the Jaguar’s hardware, neither graphically, nor in the sound department. The level design is average at best, with the landscape featuring generic warehouses and terrain. But what it lacks in flash, it makes up for in substance, with responsive controls and interesting weapons. Jaguar owners looking for fast action fun should look no further. Raiden is good stuff.



Title: Re: Jaguar Game Review Thread
Post by: doctorclu on November 09, 2009, 05:19:56 am
That is a good assessment of Raiden.  I think overall while nothing is over the top, it is a solid game across the board in which all aspects compliment each other.

As Trev (the designer of the sound engine here on another thread) was saying, the nice thing about Raiden and other games his company was a part of (Zool, Bubsy, etc) is that they had the music going throughout the gameplay.  That is a nice touch since some games did not have the music during the gameplay.

I just wonder, if we were disassemble and reassemble the Raiden code, if we would find that the Jaguar could handle a full screen gameplay if the side display bar was removed?  That is what I wonder.  :D


Title: Re: Jaguar Game Review Thread
Post by: kgenthe on November 09, 2009, 07:54:59 am
I just wonder, if we were disassemble and reassemble the Raiden code, if we would find that the Jaguar could handle a full screen gameplay if the side display bar was removed?  That is what I wonder.  :D
Oh I'm sure the Jag could handle it ;) Not sure if I could handle 33% more enemy fire though  ???

Thanks for reading!


Title: Re: Jaguar Game Review Thread
Post by: ggn on November 09, 2009, 08:25:36 am
I just wonder, if we were disassemble and reassemble the Raiden code, if we would find that the Jaguar could handle a full screen gameplay if the side display bar was removed?  That is what I wonder.  :D
Oh I'm sure the Jag could handle it ;) Not sure if I could handle 33% more enemy fire though  ???

Thanks for reading!

Project 1 is proof that it actually can. Easily.


Title: Re: Jaguar Game Review Thread
Post by: ggn on November 11, 2009, 10:31:01 pm
"People who attempted to play this game were plainly horrified at the planet graphics which they had to bounce around the screen, avoiding these odd looking fireballs and occasionally hitting small selections of blue 'alien ships'. Apparently there was a boss level etc. but no-one had the patience to last more than 30 seconds!"

Report from e-jagfest 09 for Mad bodies (source: http://www.atari-forum.com/viewtopic.php?f=28&t=17470)


Title: Re: Jaguar Game Review Thread
Post by: Cyrano Jones on November 12, 2009, 08:36:59 am
Go easy on it or they might not release another "PD game coded in STOS by an absolute beginner."


Title: Re: Jaguar Game Review Thread
Post by: kgenthe on January 31, 2010, 05:14:28 pm
Atari Jaguar Review: Atari Karts (http://implantgames.com/?p=653)

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Overall, Atari Karts is a solid title. While it lacks some of the sophistication and charm of other games of it’s type, it’s extremely playable and offers a good challenge. The graphics are sharp and smooth, and show off the Jaguar 2D power well. Those looking for a decent Jaguar game should definitely give it a try. Recommended, if you can manage to find it.


Title: Re: Jaguar Game Review Thread
Post by: kgenthe on March 09, 2010, 04:19:55 am
Atari Jaguar Review: Supercross 3D (http://implantgames.com/?p=717)

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Overall, Supercross is an extremely playable game. The bad frame rate, and the fact that going off track results in a crash is likely a turn-off for most gamers. But if you stick with it, the excellent controls and decent AI offer a decent challenge. Flawed for sure, but recommended for racing fans.


Title: Re: Jaguar Game Review Thread
Post by: kgenthe on December 13, 2010, 09:52:53 pm
Hello? *crickets*

Ruiner Pinball (http://implantgames.com/?p=1031)

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Overall, this is a solid Atari Jaguar game. The 2D graphics are sharp and colorful, the music is decent, and the game play is addicting. While not impressive by 1995 standards, as a retro-game, Ruiner Pinball holds up quite well. If you looking for a good game for your beloved Atari Jaguar, you could do much worse than Ruiner Pinball. A complete copy can be found for around $15. Well worth it.