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Rick Dangerous

Rick Dangerous
GenreAction Adventure
DeveloperCore Design
PublisherRainbird
Released1989
Rating
Graphics:7.0
Sound:8.0
Gameplay:9.0
Overall:8.0
Reviewed byndial
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".
 
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Rick DangerousSTORY / 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 DOS version is graphically inferior to the ST and Amiga versions. By 1989 (and early 90s) the favored PC machines were 286 or 386 based processors (running up to 25Mhz and having VGA based graphics capabilities) but due to the fact that lots of people still owned and used older XT and AT (!) systems, the game had to be programmed with these in mind! The game has the choice of either EGA or CGA (screenshots of both versions included below) or Tandy graphics. The EGA mode is better, with 16 colors on-screen (note that Amiga and ST also use 16 colors here but picked from a 4096 and 512 colors palette respectively) whilst the CGA mode has only 4 colors. The sprites are nice and move relatively smooth. Sound-wise the game is horrific as it supports the PC-speaker only! The game does not support any additional sound hardware, thus no fancy sampled sounds effects are present on this version!
 
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Commodore Amiga OCS/ECS
Atari ST
PC MS-DOS
 
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PC (ms-dos based)

PC (ms-dos based)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!
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The PC (ms-dos based) (default) color palette
CGA: 16-color palette (4 on-screen)
EGA: 64-color palette (16 on-screen)
VGA: 256-color palette (256 on-screen)
 
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