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Updated November 20, 2004
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"The Battle For the Truth is Taken to The Skies"
No living thing remains in the planet Antica.
Every living thing and person was destroyed, and communication between
Antica and the United Defense Alliance has ceased. All signs point beyond
biological warfare, and show that the devastation in that planet could
have only been done by terrorists.
Soon the battle escalates, as the head of
the UDA was killed. There's nothing left to do but to launch a war against
the terrorist base, on the Planet Eslia. You are Frex, one of the UDA pilots
assigned to battle in Eslia. Do you have what it takes to bring down the
use of animation and visual effects to stimulate the senses
|The Terror barely
crosses that line between an average-looking shooter and a good-looking
shooter, mainly because of the extra attention made in the various explosion,
ship, and enemy ship tiles. While the enemies and ship themselves don't
have separate animation frames, the number of enemies on the screen, along
with the number of animated explosions that take place on the screen at
the same time, is a graphic marvel for QB. All of the bombardment also
takes place above a background that scrolls down vertically, finishing
what overall is a good job from the Stars Development team.
smooth blend of atmospheric sounds and original harmonies
fishy going on in your mission, but you won't be able to hear a word of
it since The Terror doesn't come with any sound effects or music.
precision of control and involvement of character within its universe
|The Terror is a
nine-level, top-down, straightforward spaceshooter where you get to fly
a rebel spacecraft. In each level, asteroids and enemy aircraft fall from
the sky, often bringing with them plenty of firepower that you'll have
to dodge or shoot down. Decisions have to be split-second to survive; the
vast number of enemies that will attack you in the later levels will often
force you more into evasion than trying to face each enemy head-on.
As the background
scrolls toward you, destructible objects can be blown up by your weapon
for extra points. Shields also materialize every now and then, which is
needed to refill your energy bar. But the best bonus of all is the weapon
power-up, to which your ship can carry up to seven different weapons. Pick
up these icons, then press enter to switch to each new weapon you've acquired.
One little bonus
that makes The Terror feel like two games in one is the game's unique use
of two game modes. The first game mode, story mode, allows you to watch
some in-game demos between each game level, to help reason out why the
game is called The Terror. The benefit of this mode is that the game automatically
saves which levels you've beaten, so you're not required to beat those
same levels again when you play the Terror some other time.
The second game mode,
arcade mode, lets you skip all the cinema between levels and lets you play
the game straight through. You won't be able to choose your starting level,
but arcade mode is the only mode that records high scores. This makes arcade
mode the perfect way to test your endurance.
creativity and presentation of the game's critical plot
|The biggest surprise!
No other QB shooter comes with a story mode that features cut-scenes between
each game level, complete with dialogue and a top-down view. The plotline
is also a little familiar and doesn't feature any particularly sharp twists,
but having it nestled between game levels of a spaceshooter is a lot like
having an in-flight movie.
|Replay Value (n.)
timelessness of the gamer's delight, such that the experience can be repeated
again and again
|Although the gameplay
is very good, The Terror would have been a lot more addictive if it featured
some arcade-style sound effects. The sheer number of game levels vary in
graphics enough so that the eyes are occupied, but without a good soundtrack
to back it up or some explosion and weapon sound effects to complement
the action, a lot of the intensity that could have been in the Terror was
strike the mental nerve in such a way as to stimulate human thought and
|Good. Many spaceshooters
try to be creative in terms of challenge, requiring you to either evade
in some new way, or acquire weapons that shoot in different angles. The
Terror doesn't allow you to do either of these things-- the game pretty
much gives you weapons that shoot in only one direction, fills the screen
with enemies that shoot the opposite direction, and lets out a big "Good
Luck!" for anyone who can dodge all that enemy fire or take out the enemy
|Fun Factor (n.)
overall entertainment value as maintained throughout the adventure
now have one more choice when it comes to their arcade spaceshooting fix,
and the Terror is a fairly good choice because it has something to offer
for every type of videogame fan. People who play shooters for the weapons
have up to seven weapons to choose from, and if you want even more of a
challenge you can always try to solve the game without changing weapons.
Even QBRPG fans might spend some time with The Terror because of the game's
Story Mode. That, plus the ability to either select your level through
the story mode or go for the high score via arcade mode, make The Terror
a worthy addition to anyone's arcade game collection.
The Terror Reviewed
by Vance Velez
||To solve: 1 hour Final Rating:
download The Terror (186KB), click here.
you're unzipping this program in DOS, you may have to use the -d option.
play The Terror, unzip the file and run "TERROR.EXE".
Back to Arcade
out of 35 points
Highs: A challenging space romp full of
old-school enemy formations, several weapons to use, and tons of enemy
fire to dodge.
Lows: The lack of sound and music will
leave you humming your favorite tunes or popping in a CD while playing
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