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Monday, 3 March 2014

Lemon Amiga's Project X Playguide and Review

Another week and yet another lovingly crafted Lemon Amiga Playguide and Review lands on YouTube. This latest in an ever-growing series of audio visual productions takes a look at Team 17's 1992 shoot-em-up, Project X.

Upon release Project X received a real mix of review scores, with Amiga Computing awarding it a whopping 93% in their June 1992 issue, and CU Amiga dishing out a lofty 92% in their April 1992 issue. 

Other magazines were less favourable, with Amiga Power and Amiga Joker both giving it an above average 78% in their May 1992 issues. Amiga Power reviewer Stuart Campbell commented at the time;
"The insane, unfair difficulty level makes for one of the most frustrating games we've seen in ages, and the bugs and control quirks push it to just the wrong side of intolerably annoying"
In fact, the game was so difficult that Team 17 released a modified "Special Edition" of the game in 1993.

Presentation-wise though, Stuart was much more complimentary, stating;
"It looks and sounds undeniably beautiful"
So, has time been kinder to Project X than some of the reviewers were back in the day? Check out the Lemon Amiga video below and make your own mind up.

1 comment:

  1. One bug that annoyed me with this game was what we called the "guns" bug. Without pressing the space bar or mouse button, the game would suddenly at random times activate whatever powerup was marked in the bottom. This was particularily annoying when we had full plasma and suddenly we ended up with guns level 2. That bug killed many attempts at completing the game. We even tried to pick up powerups in quick succession to avoid having the "guns" option selected and whenever that failed we played.

    This filled us with fear whenever the voices in the game said "Select now for GUNS power up". There was also a rare bug when the game would just out of nowhere say "guns" and we would let out a sigh of relief that it was just the other bug. Are bugs in Amiga games tracked anywhere? Is there a bugwiki and romhackers who correct them? Project X without the "guns" bug would be awesome.