Monday, 23 September 2013

The Hunt for Magenta October

By Rebelstar without a Cause

Genre: Strategerine

This little beauty from Rebelstar marks our 75th entry so far, and as we are approximately ¾ of the way through the year we mayyyyy just manage the big 100 this year.  Let’s see.

THFMO (short for The Hunt for Magenta October) is an advanced strategy game with a sub-maritime theme, if that’s a word.  Picture the scene, a Russian submarine captained by a Russian who’s also Scottish, has gone missing.  An American sub is after it for some reason or other.  Sound familiar?  It should, as this game is clearly based on the hit submarine based film starring Gene Wilder - Crimson Tide.

You press ‘W’ to start and quickly realise there is an intense turn based strategy game ahead.  Some may find the screen layout a bit too minimalist - there is no text and the game doesn’t even bother with UDGs, in this case our submarines are represented by the humble ‘o’.  But for me it aids the tension, you can literally cut the water with a knife.  To play the game you move around the screen using QAOP and occasionally (or every 5 keystrokes if you prefer) the magenta sub surfaces so you can chase it.

When you finally reach your quarry there is a world of possibility – well one, and don’t get your hopes up too much.

Thankyou Rebelstar!

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