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Fire and Ice

Fire and Ice
GenreAction Platform
PublisherRenegade Software
Reviewed byndial
Fire and Ice: The Daring Adventures Of Cool Coyote (now that's a long title) is a computer game released by Graftgold in 1992 for the Amiga OCS/ECS and the Atari ST/E. Two years later, an enhanced CD32 and Amiga AGA versions followed.
You control a cute coyote named Cool on a quest to go through eight worlds in pursuit of the evil wizard Suten. In each level you collect fragments of a key that will grant you access to the next part. Those fragments can be obtained by killing other creatures that swarm the area. You can attack a creature by shooting ice pellets at it and freeze it. Note that this causes no actual damage and the freezing state will stop after a while so you must kill it when it's still frozen. There are also some hidden warp gates that can transport you to other lands and possibly hidden bonus zones. The game is a good looking but hard jump and run platform with pretty sensitive controls! You'll need quite some skill to get Coyote where you want since the ice world platforms are very slippery.

The Atari STE version of Fire and Ice is actually a fairly enhanced ST version (but it could still be a standard ST game with a very well chosen palette) that features nice gradients at the frozen sea and control panel (but not at the sky). It is using 16 shades of blue all on its own and surely there is a bit too much coloring to be a standard ST game (there are around 100 colors on screen!) Note that, the impressive Amiga shimmering water effect at the bottom of the screen is missing from the STE. Also, both foregrounds and backgrounds scroll smooth enough on the STE models since they have a Blitter (a chip that acts as a co-processor for loading large memory data to the CPU, much like Amiga the models)! The sound on the STE is identical to the standard ST version with some nice sound effects and a catchy in-game music!

On our video below you may watch the Atari ST, STE and Amiga OCS versions of the game.
The Atari STE version is at 04:55.
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Gameplay sample
Comparable platforms

123 colors
Commodore Amiga OCS/ECS

78 colors
Atari ST

96 colors
Atari STE

245 colors
Commodore Amiga AGA
Hardware information

Atari STE

Atari STECPU: Motorola 68000 16/32bit @ 8mhz. 16 bit data bus/32 bit internal/24-bit address bus.
MEMORY: RAM 512 (520STE) -1024KB (1040STE) upgradable up to 4 MB / ROM 192KB
GRAPHICS: Digital-to-Analog Converter of 3-bits, eight levels per RGB channel, featuring a 12-bit RGB palette (4096 colors) supporting resolutions of 320x200 (16 color), 640x200 (4 color), 640x400 (monochrome). Also features BLiTTER chip for copy/fill/clear large data blocks in memory (fill rate 4 MB/s) and Hardware-support for horizontal and vertical fine scrolling and split screen.
SOUND: DMA sound chip with 2-channels stereo 8-bit PCM sound at 6.25/12.5/25/50 kHz, MIDI in/out
The Atari STE (default) color palette
12bit RGB 4096-colors palette
(16 on-screen and up to 4096 in static image)
comment on 2010-04-25 18:43:11
FreddyJoin Date: 2009-09-07
The STE version had minimal differences to the original ST. Well mainly it was more fluid the animation (Blitter used!) but the graphics and sound I think are identical.
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