Gods is an action adventure initially developed and published on the Atari ST and the Commodore Amiga (OCS) home computers (1991). Following its great success, Renegade and The Bitmap Brothers ported Gods to the Sega Megadrive / Genesis console, in 1992.
STORY / GAMEPLAY Set in the Ancient Greece, you are a mighty warrior who has a chance to beat the Gods and gain immortality. To achieve this you must fight mythological creatures (like Griffins, Satyrs, Warriors and more), confront big bosses, avoid traps and solve some minor puzzles through the game's different levels. On the way, you'll need keys to open wooden doors and you must find some valuable goods that'll make you stronger (like potions, weapons and more). Gods follows the standards of a multi-directional scrolling action adventure with platform and slash 'em up elements and a few catchy puzzles to solve (mainly activating certain combinations of levers / switches in order to open doors). There is a variety of weapons to collect which are crucial since you start your fight throwing small daggers. Each level is swarmed by flying or walking monsters of any size. There are also some traps here and there, like spikes, flames, arms coming from walls and more. In each stage your goal is to find -and open- the door to the exit and beat up the big (sometimes REALLY big) boss. The difficulty level increases gradually, which makes the game highly playable though it sometimes gets frustrating when trying to jump from one platform to the other and there are too many foes attacking you at the same time.
GRAPHICS / SOUND In terms of graphics, the PC (DOS) version is almost identical to the ST and Amiga versions. It features some nice and shinny graphics, great sprites, fluid level scrolling and smooth sprite animation. Although the game runs on VGA-mode (it could handle up to 256 colors on screen) only up to around 20 colors are found on each screen (the Amiga and ST versions offer from 20 to 60 colors!). Other than that, the game's visuals are wonderful and look almost identical to the ST and Amiga version (except of the shades of the skies that use a single layer of color which is rather strange for a VGA graphics mode). Sonically, the game supports the wonderful intro score composed by Nation XII and offers some nice sampled SFX as long as a SoundBlaster 16 or a compatible card is available.
CPU: Various processors from Intel,AMD, Cyrix, varying from 4.77Mhz (Intel 8088) to 200Mhz (Pentium MMX) and up to 1995 (available on this site) MEMORY: 640Kb to 32MB RAM (typical up to 1996) GRAPHICS: VGA standard palette has 256 colors and supports: 640x480 (16 colors or monochrome), 640x350 in 16 colors (EGA compatability mode), 320x200 (16 or 256 colors). Later models (SVGA) featured 18bit color palette (262,144-color) or 24bit (16Milion colors), various graphics chips supporting hardware acceleration mainly for 3D-based graphics routines. SOUND: 8 to 16 bit sound cards: Ad-Lib featuring Yamaha YMF262 supporting FM synthesis and (OPL3) and 12-bit digital PCM stereo, Sound Blaster and compatibles supporting Dynamic Wavetable Synthesis, 16-bit CD-quality digital audio sampling, internal memory up to 4MB audio channels varying from 8 to 64! etc. Other notable sound hardware is the release of Gravis Ultrasound with outstanding features!