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GenreAction Shooter
Reviewed byndial
Intact is a classic arcade, vertical shoot 'em up that fans of the genre and Amiga users only should definitely check out. The game was developed in 1990 by CrossTechnics and published by Sphinx, exclusively for the Amiga home computers.
An army of powerful alien species attacks and conquers planet Xyphor II and you, as a skillful pilot, have to lead the fight to restore freedom and peace. Your mission in "shooting anything that moves" may sound simple but it's not. Destroying an entire attacking formation a credit will appear, moving in a circle, so you'll need to grab it on time before it explodes. The value of a credit will be added to your weapons' account as follows: Blue credit = 1, Red credit = 2, Yellow credit = 3. In each level you will randomly pass by a shopping airway through which extras can be purchased by using the credits gained, To buy a weapon you must fly over its icon (depending on the number of credits collected and the readily available weapons highlighted in yellow. Weapon upgrades vary from engine boosters, turbo fire, sideways fire, forward multi-fire (three to four simultaneous shots), shield upgrade or an extra life. In addition, if you have more than three credits at your disposal you may bomb the enemies at any time. The game also supports a two-players mode that makes it more attractive playing with a friend.
In general, Intact does not actually add anything new or special treats or anything out of the ordinary to the genre, but it still has a certain entertainment value although its high difficulty level. Even if you have the ability to memorize flight paths and maneuvering patterns, the screen will always be overcrowded by enemies and their bullet-hell shots.

Intact is a classic vertical scrolling shoot 'em up that looks an plays much like many nice arcade games. And it's a well coded effort with smooth scrolling and flawless action. The backgrounds themselves look neat, the colors selected do the job well while the sprites and backdrops move fast.
The game's sound is better than its visuals . It features a cool intro song (yes it's song) and a variety of sampled spot effects for every single shot or explosion, all adding positively to the game's Sci-Fi shooting experience.
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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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