Waxing Nostalgic about Warblade

Posted: May 15, 2008 in Mac OSX, software
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I came across a port of an old video game that i just had to try out since it was one of my favorites from my childhood. Its available for both Mac and Windows. check it out here…

go ahead, i’ll wait… Most will remember it as Galaga, or its predecessor Galaxian, which is what it was called at my local video arcade back in the day. ( eesh, am i old enough to use that expression now?
As soon as i started playing it i was immediately 12 years old again, hanging out in a smoke filled, nearly pitch black (except for the light coming off the machines), stale popcorn smelling, sticky floored (from all the slipped pop), video arcade with late 70’s rock music being played way too loud and probably from an 8-track player – and i loved it. For those of you who are old enough to remember this simpler time, you are probably hearing Thin Lizzy singing about how the boys are back in town, or something of that ilk. I’ll give you a minute… Ah, nostalgia.

The game itself is from EMV Software and as they describe it

… “The Plot : An alien race is invading the earth and you must try to save humanity. That’s the very simple plot of the game. The game is made with gameplay as the most important factor. Fast arcade fun and lots of adrenaline pumping action. The game runs under DirectX and will take advantage of all your hardware.” 
That pretty much sums it up nicely, and as they elude to, when you first run the game you are asked about the speed of your system in a very clever way. You choose from VERY OLD MAC, OLD MAC, NORMAL MAC or VERY POWERFUL MAC. (yes i am playing it on my mac, but the game is also available for windows) Gotta love it when you really don’t need to know what your Mac is, just a rough estimate of how new it is, most people can remember that, but may not remember the actual processor or speed. No need to worry about playing with the video settings just to play the game. Sure, if you want to you can go into the settings and make adjustments, turn down number of stars etc, but for me, the defaults worked quite well.

Gameplay itself is really simple and straightforward, simply start the game by hitting the space bar and use the arrow keys to move your ship around, using the space bar again to fire. that’s about it. As you play you collect points of course and money. Money is used to buy new weapons, or better components, bullets, etc. in the “Store”. As you play and gain points and experience your rank will increase, i don’t remember these being in the old arcade game, but that was a lot of years and way too much food prepared in aluminum pans ago, so the memory is a little rusty.


Graphics are good, movement is smooth, the sound effects are good, and the music is catchy without being annoying. I’ve only been playing the demo so far, but it does not seem limited in anyway and gives a good idea of the quality and feel of the full blown game. One little thing i noticed that bothers the neat freak in me, is the game creates a folder in your users directory just to keep the game settings. This, IMHO, should just be a subdirectory of the actual game’s folder or failing that in your preferences.

The demo of the game, which is what i have been playing, is limited to 25 levels, whereas the full version has 100 and a few more modes and options. Its a great port of an old classic, that is true to the old spirit and feel, with a few improvements. Now if i can just find a port of Crazy Climber…


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