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Amiga

Venus The Flytrap

Venus The Flytrap
GenrePlatform Shooter
Developer / PublisherGremlin Graphics
Released1990
Media2 x disk
Rating
Graphics:8.0
Sound:8.5
Gameplay:8.5
Overall:8.0
Reviewed byndial
Taking control of Venus, a robotic fly, you must battle your way through 50 insect infected levels in an attempt to restore the ecological balance. An excellent side-scrolling platform shooter that was considered among the best for the Amiga and Atari ST.
 
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Venus The FlytrapExtensive 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.
 
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Comparable platforms



59 colors
Commodore Amiga OCS/ECS



40 colors
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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