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Atomic Robo-Kid

Atomic Robo-Kid
GenreAction Shooter
DeveloperSoftware Studios
Reviewed byndial
Atomic Robo-kid is a horizontally scrolling shoot 'em up arcade game released for the arcades by UPL in 1988 and converted in 1990 to several home computers and video game consoles.
You control Atomic Robo-Kid (a robot) as he enters the fortress and prepares to battle with the countless machines that will float around and try to kill him in multiple ways. At first the Robo-Kid can only walk on the ground and jump if necessary, but in the process you will find several power-up gems, that will give you the ability to take off and fly and shoot your enemies on air. There are four different weapons, each helping your quest in a different way. These weapons have an unlimited supply of ammo and vary from five-way blasters to massively destructive energy beams. Collecting gems is not the only way to get extra weapons, as you can also find a little dragon who will sell you new weapons, but at quite high prices. Other gems will increase your speed, supply a shield for a few seconds etc. The enemies are tough, attacking you from both directions and shooting with bombs and the like, that will drain Robo-Kid's shields. You may easily get overwhelmed by them since they can surround you. The game is split into 28 different levels of intense action. The difficulty level increases depending on the level, since some levels are very hard and others are pretty easy. Atomic Robo-Kid offers furious action and there is a good supply of levels all set at just about the difficulty needed to stop you from beating the game. It's not a fast shooter, but it is playable and addictive.

The graphics look quite similar to the R-Type, with its semi-organic atmosphere. They are not brilliant on the Amiga conversion, which is negative. Although the sprite detection is very good and the backdrops sport a lot of variety and remain faithful enough to the coin-op, there are occasional frame-rate drops while the color palette is limited to ... 16 colors only! This leads to understand that the Amiga version is actually a lazy ST port! The actual playing area is also restricted, though the interesting backgrounds. The scrolling slow-downs could work to your advantage, giving you some extra time to react! Comparably, the only arcade-perfect conversion is the Sharp X68000's. The truth is, I would expect better results (at least in graphics and animation) from the Amiga hardware but it seems that there is no actual use of the OCS custom chips. The sound is fairly good and adds to the overall style of the game since it offers a smashing piece of music as well as some nice stereo sound effects during the game.
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Intro/Menu music:  In-game music sample:
Gameplay sample
Comparable platforms

16 colors
Commodore Amiga OCS/ECS

88 colors
Sharp X68000

16 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
The Amiga 500/500+ (default) color palette
12bit RGB 4096-colors palette
(32 to 4096 colors on screen)
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