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Amiga

Mad Professor Moriarti

Mad Professor Moriarti
GenreAction Adventure
Developer / PublisherKrisalis
Released1991
Media1 x disk
Rating
Graphics:8.5
Sound:8.5
Gameplay:8.5
Overall:9.0
Reviewed byndial
Mad Professor Moriarty is probably one of the best platformers made, released for Acorn Archimedes, and ported later to the Commodore Amiga and Atari ST computers.
 
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Mad Professor MoriartiHelp professor to shut down his 5 laboratories. Solve weird puzzles and use tools to destroy mutated equipment! A great arcade platform that splits over five levels - complete the first four to gain access to the final stage! Each laboratory has its own theme - botanical, space, chemical, computer science or the mystery laboratory - and its own individual hazards. Remember everything that flashes and sparks will either kill you instantly or seriously sap your energy. If you fail, you'll end up in the loony bin... not quite enough blood for some, but still a worthwhile little game. Running, jumping and ducking, you move the Professor across platforms and conveyor belts and up and down ladders. One of the earliest platform games to hit the Archimedes and released later on Amiga. A great game I believe!

The game offers some cute colorful graphics and funny cartoonish sprites although outdated back in 1991. Sprites move relatively fast and smooth in the Amiga version and is identical to the Archimedes version.
Sound is wonderful having great in-game tunes (similar to Archimedes) and cute SFX.
 
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Comparable platforms
Commodore Amiga OCS/ECS
Acorn Archimedes
Atari ST
 
Hardware information

Amiga 500/500+

Amiga 500/500+CPU: Motorola MC68000 7.16 MHz
MEMORY: 512KB of Chip RAM (OCS chipset - A500), 512 KB of Slow RAM or Trapdoor RAM can be added via the trapdoor expansion, up to 8 MB of Fast RAM or a Hard drive can be added via the side expansion slot. The ECS chipset (A500+) offered 1MB on board to 2MB (extended) of Chip RAM.
GRAPHICS: The OCS chipset (Amiga 500) features planar graphics (codename Denise custom chip), with up to 5 bit-planes (4 in hires), allowing 2, 4, 8, 16 and 32 color screens, from a 12bit RGB palette of 4096 colors. Resolutions varied from 320x256 (PAL, non-interlaced, up to 4096 colors) to 640x512 (interlace, up to 4 colors). Two special graphics modes where also included: Extra Half Bright with 64 colors and HAM with all 4096 colors on-screen. The ECS chipset models (Amiga 500+) offered same features but also extra high resolution screens up to 1280x512 pixels (4 colors at once).
SOUND: (Paula) 4 hardware-mixed channels of 8-bit sound at up to 28 kHz. The hardware channels had independent volumes (65 levels) and sampling rates, and mixed down to two fully left and fully right stereo outputs
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The Amiga 500/500+ (default) color palette
12bit RGB 4096-colors palette
(32 to 4096 colors on screen)
 
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