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Four new games land on… the Atari Lynx

If you’re a retro gamer, it’s hard-boiled not to ignore the Atari Lynx. The first hue hand-held it might perhaps be, but its small-time library of competitions( under 100 official names) and general mishandling by Atari itself earned it little more than a walk-on role in gaming record for most people. As such, the homebrew and indie background for the Lynx is pretty thin compared to its contemporaries( the Game Boy and the Game Gear ).

The system still has its fans, though,( me included) and a few cases dedicated folks still nurse a candle for the chonky handheld, with new names now most frequently asked than they were a decade ago. But the real rarity is the full, physical secrete. Now are four new plays you can play on original hardware, ended with cartridge and container, just as nature intended.

For Lynx diehards, there’s one destination to gather: AtariAge. And consumer Fadest( real name, Frederic Descharmes) is one of the long-standing members of the handheld’s forum there. He’s perhaps best known for his Yastuna series of puzzle recreations. His two new releases keep the puzzle trend, but with a shoot-em-up/ adventure twist.

Descharmes began programming for the Lynx as a style to direct his warmth for retro gaming while he soothed his son to sleep late at night. He came to the Lynx specifically for its technological disadvantages( although it was advanced for its go ). “I like the NES and Game Boy, and even code for them, but in my apprentice statu, the Lynx was probably the best choice when I started in 2004, ” he told Engadget.

Raid on TriCity – Second Wave

Raid on Tri City - Second Wave for the Atari LynxFadest

Raid on TriCity takes the classic Tetris format and pioneers a shoot-em-up component. As the blocks fall, you can’t move them or revolve them, but you can shoot them away brick by brick. You score, as ordinary, by completing pipelines( and not by shooting ), and some of the Tetrominoes contain power-ups or foes/ ways to die.

Descharmes once exhausted a pay-what-you-want ROM-only version of Raid on TriCity. “Second Wave” is essentially the same game as a physical exhaust with some new in-game benefits. The two most crucial ones would be the addition of an EEPROM for storing progress/ high-pitched ratings( no retail Lynx competitions ever had artilleries or reminiscence like some Game Boy designation did) and a brand-new tale procedure which infuses some animation into an otherwise pick-up-and play time killer.

As simple as the game may sound, the composite dynamic pickings very good elements of both genres and mingles them to great aftermath. As you find blocks falling you have to make a quick decision about whether you want to go for a terminated word, or whether a power-up might be more appealing or perhaps you have to sacrifice one to get rid of a baddie behind it. Sometimes this can be a bit of a gamble if a power-up you want has blocks above it that might bring you closer to the upper threshold and thus the end of the game.

Likewise, as courses end and making any power-ups above it one sequence down, a supportive bomb can become a death sentence( rockets trigger when a line is completed taking anything one square around it along with it — including your spaceship if you’re not careful ).

The story mode isn’t exactly its own adventure, more it helps as a action to break up the game play with some narrative interludes and a component of interactivity in choosing your “path” through a network of degrees. The grades themselves are certainly really more of the same shoot-a-block business, but it spawns it feel more like making progress, and thus a game with an dissolve to contact( rather than a high rating to beat ).

Asteroid Chasers

Asteroid Chasers for the Atari LynxFadest

Fadest’s second brand-new deed is another puzzler, but this time it’s more about approach and fate. I say fortune, but it’s frequently mis-fortune to be fair. The game looks like it’s going to be a retro space shooter at first glance, but is more akin to a poster game. Each turn you’ll be presented with an piece/ placard and can only place it one square away in any tack from your last move. But all the items/ card will either be a scoring opportunity or a penalty of some kind.

This simple premise is deceptively addictive. There are four main “cards” to arrange: A examination, an asteroid( two types !) a mine or a pirate ship. Your job is to surround the asteroids with four probes to earn tops( hence the game’s name ). However, the pirates have other ideas and will incapacitate any probes neighboring to them. This not only loots you of targets, but are also welcome to be fatal: pits are diffused by surrounding them with examinations, and you are unable have three “live” ones on the delineate at any time. This makes an ill-placed pirate, or time a cord of bad luck with many mine placards can resolve your mission in a snap.

The goal is simple, reach the end of the “deck” while composing as many points as you can along the way. At first, the game feels frustrating, as if you are merely at the conceit of whatever placards are in the pile. And while this is true, you soon learn some strategies to increase your chances of getting to the end and racking up some points to boot.

For me, the merriment of the game is built right into that forestalling sort. Many times I was killed earlier today, which only rekindled my desire to beat the game and make it to the end. Once you do, you find yourself wanting to then beat your own high-pitched orchestrate. As with Raid on TriCity, Asteroid Chasers can remember your high-pitched orchestrates uttering the game longer term appeal. There are also many achievements to open( fortunately, likewise retained) which will reinforce you with different music and other goodies dedicating this relatively simple game a lot more longevity than it firstly suggests.

Songbird Productions

If you’ve paid any attention to Atari’s handheld or the Jaguar indie incident in the last 20 years, you’ll be familiar with Songbird Productions. Not merely is it a popular retailer of rare and homebrew activities, its benefactor, Carl Forhan, is responsible for a number of Lynx titles being saved from gloom by observe unfinished IP and determining them through to completion, together with some original entitles of his own.

One such designation is CyberVirus, a first party space shooter. “In CyberVirus, I had to remake all the missions, remake the health and powerup organization, and contributed new facets to the game which were not in the original prototype.” Forhan told Engadget. I too enjoy the piety of these older, smaller machines where you have to fight for RAM and CPU cycles/seconds to do everything. It’s a recreation challenge for my psyche, I suppose.”

Cyber Virus – Lost Missions

Cyber Virus - The Lost Missions, new Atari Lynx game.James Trew/ Engadget

This new title, as the mention proposes, is a follow-up to the original CyberVirus. The first copy was exhausted roughly 20 years ago and is one of the “unfinished” games that Songbird rescued. It’s also a rare first-person/ 3D crap-shooter on the Lynx. Lost Missions is a collection of stages that were also in the original, developed initially by Beyond Games, and presented to Atari as a demo back in 1993.

The nine new missions see you take on a familiar shed of robotic foes as you seek to achieve your objective. This could be as simple as destroying some communication towers, but the number of members of adversaries soon ramps up obliging each mission exponentially harder. You have a selection of weapons at your disposal and a semi-open 3D life to explore , not bad for a console released after 1989.

CV-TLM will appeal to fans of early first party shooters like Doom, but instead of a complex planned you must navigate open area. Thank’s to the game’s origins, the graphics and gameplay are much nearer to those found in official releases( given that this nearly was one) compared to even some of the more ambitious homebrew names that have surfaced since the Lynx’s commercial demise.

The result is a fun, frantic shooter that deserved to make it onto shelves back in the’ 90 s. Forhan’s given the game the next best thing in this release which comes with a slick, silky chest and a physical cartridge that’s indistinguishable from the originals( countless homebrew exhausts, including the above are 3D printed ).


The catalog of official liberates for the Lynx tends to distort toward arcade entitlements, puzzlers and racing recreations. There’s a little bit of everything sure as shooting, but escapade tournaments and RPGs are generally lacking. Unnamed is a welcome salve, then, for devotees of either of those categories. While the game is published by Songbird, it’s the work of Marcin Siwek who’s other Lynx title — Unseen — was a dark, choose your own adventure style game. Siwek’s second designation is much more immersive with your onscreen person free to move around, find pieces and solve puzzles.

You awaken in a strange region with no cache of how you got there. Your assignment is to figure out why and how they find themselves in this strange life. Along your jaunt you find new chambers to explore and parts to help you along the way. It’s a classic recipe, but one that lends itself particularly well to the handheld format.

Unnamed is refreshing , not just for its playstyle, but as a true indie recreation( rather than a extricated vacated designation) it has a surprising amount of extent and atmosphere. Within moments of playing, I knew that this is a game that I would truly want to “get into” and ended. As with Descharmes’ entitlements, Unnamed facets an EEPROM for saving progress entailing you can pick it up without having to start from scratch every time.

The graphics are a good harmonize of charming and sinister and the music strikes the perfect balance of ambiance without being a distraction. The challenges and puzzles to be solved are pitched really at the liberty stage and there’s a sincere appreciation of wondering if you might have missed something — which might sound annoying, but I think is the hallmark of a good RPG.

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