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 Atari ST version features colorful graphics, having impressive background coloring and nicely designed sprites. The colors being used here obviously are more than the default 16 (the Amiga version uses more than 64 colors) and count up to 40 which is rather impressive here! The animation is pretty smooth that makes the game playable enough as you have to jump and shoot at the same time mostly against the evil little creatures. The animation of the fly is simply amazing! Note that the Atari ST and Amiga version were written from scratch, due to their difference in hardware and especially due to the lack of hardware scrolling on the ST, and thus both versions did not share the same code! As far as the sound, the ST version uses a memorable intro tune (of course inferior in quality to the excellent Amiga music score), and several in game SFX but no music.