Rick Dangerous is an action platform game developed by Core Design for the Amiga, Atari ST, Amstrad CPC, ZX Spectrum, Commodore 64 and DOS. It's one of the most anticipated games of its time offering great fun. Rick Dangerous is largely based on the Indiana Jones movie "Raiders of the Lost Ark".
STORY / GAMEPLAY The game is largely based on the Indiana Jones movie Raiders of the Lost Ark. Set in 1945, British agent Rick Dangerous travels to the Amazon jungle to search for the lost Goolu tribe. His plane crashes in the jungle and Rick must now escape from the enraged Goolu. When the game starts Rick finds himself inside a cavern running as hell away from a rolling boulder (a scene taken from the Indiana Jones movie).
Rick can jump, climb and carry a limited amount of bombs and ammunition for his pistol. The gun is mostly used to shoot enemies, although most traps that can kill Rick can also kill his enemies if used correctly. The bombs are generally used for puzzle solving, such as blowing out certain blocks. The difficulty level is quite high since you have to always be aware of traps and foes, so it might frustrate some players. But showing some patience and giving the game some time, you may learn the patterns and, perhaps, finish it.
GRAPHICS / SOUND The ST version's graphics look great and pretty similar to the Amiga! The sprites are greatly done and move relatively smooth on-screen and the overall action is quite fast paced. Each level has its own nice style (the Amazon jungles in South America, inside the Pyramid in Egypt, into the Schwarzendumpf castle and London). The sound is equally great and it features a nice intro music plus a few memorable and funny sampled sound effects like Ricks' (and his enemies) screams when killed! There are also some short tunes at the very start of each level.
CPU: Motorola 68000 16/32bit at 8mhz. 16 bit data bus/32 bit internal/24-bit address bus. MEMORY: RAM 512KB (1MB for the 1040ST models) / ROM 192KB GRAPHICS: Digital-to-Analog Converter of 3-bits, eight levels per RGB channel, featuring a 9-bit RGB palette (512 colors), 320x200 (16 color), 640x200 (4 color), 640x400 (monochrome). With special programming techniques could display 512 colors on screen in static images. SOUND: Yamaha YM2149F PSG "Programmable Sound Generator" chip provided 3-voice sound synthesis, plus 1-voice white noise mono PSG. It also has two MIDI ports, and support mixed YM2149 sfx and MIDI music in gaming (there are several games supported this).