Extensive use of pesticides has caused insect extinction, so to replace them, a mad scientists have created cybernetic insects in an attempt to restore the ecological balance! During their development somebody made a mistake and all the insects have become maniac killers. The same scientists though have created a humungous killer fly, which can wipe out the deadly insects so long as it collects a few weapon power-ups and successfully negotiates a series of precariously placed platforms! Your main objective is to kill everything that moves and you have lots of weapons to collects to help you on your way. There are lots of bonuses to collect, such as extra time and shields too.
Controls are rather easy, but being a fly you must also master the technique of fighting upside down too! Oh yes the controls being reversed and certain platforms and this is quite unique for a shoot em up!
Venus the Flytrap is a pretty slick piece of code, and it looks particularly impressive even by today's standards! It's fun, its fast and seriously is addictive although its difficulty.
The Amiga graphics are great here, combined with some of the best use of color seen on an Amiga title! Although it runs in EHB mode (64 colors on screen), background color shading is awesome and most of the stage details are nicely designed with lots of...metallic-style graphics. Screen scrolling and sprite animation is seriously smooth too. Just have a look at the animation of the fly, which is simply amazing! In terms of visuals, the main differences with the ST version are found in the number of colors and the smoother scrolling here.
As far as the sound, the Amiga version uses a memorable intro tune, and several digitized SFX along with some nicely composed background tunes. The SFX work extremely well, with a nice use of blasting noises and other insect-bashing noises.