Tuesday, 26 April 2011

Tubular Worlds CD32 (Amiga CD32)

Copyright Creative Game Design, 1994 (Dongleware)
Unofficial Amiga CD32 Conversion By Heavy Stylus
CD32 Enhanced By StingRay of Scarab/Scoopex

Considering the fact that Tubular Worlds (in seperate OCS/ECS and AGA versions) was released back in 1994, I was genuinely surprised that I'd never heard of it before. Digging a little deeper, it seems as though it must have been a very low profile game indeed - the only game reviews I could find were in German magazines, and there is no mention of it in a UK Amiga publication anywhere.

Tubular Worlds is a one or two-player horizontal (and slightly vertical) shooter, ported from the considerably better known PC original. It's a solid, well presented and enjoyable arcade blast that really deserved much more exposure than it got amongst Amiga gamers - the lush 256 colour AGA graphics and arcade audio result in it being a superb example of the genre, and the quality of the gameplay experience is outstanding when played by two players simultaneously.

Converted using the original hard disk install, this enhanced CD version has been made fully CD32 compatible by StingRay (Scarab/Scoopex) by patching the previously keyboard-only hi-score routine so that your initials can be entered using the joypad. In addition to this, scores are now automatically saved to the CD32 NVRAM. Thanks StingRay!

This recently revised .iso (version 1.02) includes an improved boot sequence.

Tubular Worlds CD32 Front CD Insert
Tubular Worlds CD32 Back CD Insert
Tubular Worlds CD32 (Full Game .iso)

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