Awesome is a shoot em up game developed by Reflections (the team that created Shadow Of The Beast series) and published by Psygnosis for the Atari ST and the Amiga OCS computers back in 1990.
You fly with your spaceship through various star systems blasting other alien powers, meteors or even space debris. Once you vanish every enemy on screen, you are warped to a planet where you can purchase better weapons, stronger shields and you can enhance your spaceship. The enemies attack in hordes and you have to move back and forth or rotate your spaceship to vanish them. You can check any aliens survived via your radar screen. The game needs skill since it's quite difficult to cope with.
Awesome is another classic example of Psygnosis' strengths and weaknesses. It has a great looking intro, innovative gameplay, beautiful graphics and sound, but all the technical aspects are ruined by its difficulty. Well, for me this game is not exactly "awesome" but it's not bad at all. The Amiga version is superior to the ST (thanks to Reflections once more). The camera perspective is top-down and you can move towards all dimensions available. The graphics are ok, with most of the action taking place into the...blackness of space. The animation is good with no slowdown issues. When loading, the game presents a nice intro with almost digitized graphics and sampled sound FX. Inside the game there are a few in-game sound FX of gunfire and explosions plus some nice music scores based on an electric quitar.
In-game music sample:
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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