Tuesday, 26 April 2011

Cardiaxx CD32 (Amiga CD32) [Keyboard Required]

Copyright Eclipse Software Design, 1991-1993 (Team 17)
Unofficial Amiga CD32 Conversion By Heavy Stylus
WHDLoad Patch By C-Fou!


Cardiaxx is one of the few games published by Team 17 that universally failed to impress critics and gamers alike upon its release in the early 90's. Well presented and seriously fast, Cardiaxx is a hardcore yet flawed shooter with oversensitive controls and odd-ball gameplay mechanics that understandably missed out on an official CD32 conversion due to poor disk sales.

You're probably wondering what possessed me to port over this unloved title to Commodore's CD console... Well, the truth is that regardless of its imperfections, I still quite like the game. It's unfairly hard at the outset, but after you've adapted to the controls and learnt the attack waves Cardiaxx becomes quite addictive. The game-play won't be everyone's cup of tea, but if you're a fan of Team 17's other releases then it's certainly worth a look. There's nothing out there quite like it.

Although a keyboard isn't technically required to actually play the game, having one will improve your chances against the alien hordes ten-fold (a quick press of the space-bar will remove the obtrusive score counter from the playfield so you can actually see what you are doing).


This recently revised .iso (version 1.01) includes an improved boot sequence and full instructions on disc in the 'Docs' folder.

Cardiaxx CD32 Front CD Insert
Cardiaxx CD32 Back CD Insert
Cardiaxx CD32 (Full Game .iso)
  
(Return to the Unofficial Amiga CD32 Conversions page).