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Zippy Zapp
CA, USA

Digging out my old games - Menace

by Zippy Zapp Thu Dec 28, 2017 9:08 pm

Ok here is another one from the previous box I removed from storage. Menace by Psygnosis. A classic shoot em up. This is the NTSC version that I bought circa 1988/1989. This is another one where I don't know the working condition as I have not tried it in my Amiga yet. I played this for many hours way back when. I am glad I kept this in the box. The box for this game is very small compared to boxes at the time.

IIRC Menace was not the easiest game in the world but a lot of fun if you like shoot em ups.
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MenaceBoxF.jpg
Front of the Menace box
MenaceBoxB.jpg
Back of the Menace box
MenaceContents.jpg
Contents - Menace You can sort of tell the size of the box in comparison to the disk.
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intric8
Seattle, WA, USA

Re: Digging out my old games - Menace

by intric8 Thu Dec 28, 2017 9:42 pm

I've not played this one. Looks like an R-Type clone... except you are flying though realistic environments, not H.R. Geiger psychedelia. Oh - that really is a smaller than usual box!
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intric8
Seattle, WA, USA

Re: Digging out my old games - Menace

by intric8 Thu Dec 28, 2017 9:49 pm

Looks like a Roger Dean cover, too.
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Zippy Zapp
CA, USA

Re: Digging out my old games - Menace

by Zippy Zapp Fri Dec 29, 2017 7:37 am

intric8 wrote:I've not played this one. Looks like an R-Type clone... except you are flying though realistic environments, not H.R. Geiger psychedelia. Oh - that really is a smaller than usual box!

Exactly. R-Type is a favorite of mine, especially the arcade and SNES versions.

Looks like a Roger Dean cover, too.

Yep. Par for the course with Psygnosis. I think many of their games used him for the cover art. It definitely set them apart in the 80's and 90s. I think it ended with the Amiga titles and didn't carry over to PlayStation. Apparently they were bought by Sony Computer Entertainment in 1993. Even so they still released games for Sega and Nintendo in addition to Sony PS1. I find this interesting because there are at least a few games released after 1993 for Amiga.

Here is an interesting bit of trivia: The Psyclapse label actually came from a game of the same name for Commodore 64 that was never released. This was under the imagine brand. Only a few games were published under the Psyclapse label. I am not sure why. Budget games?
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somedesperateglory

Re: Digging out my old games - Menace

by somedesperateglory Thu Feb 22, 2018 10:33 am

What a fun memory that game is. A bit hard I thought back at the time, but wow did it push the Amiga hardware. If you're interested, there is a pretty interesting technical analysis of the game in Jimmy Maher's book about the Amiga "The Future Was Here".

Other cool trivia: Menace was programmed by the same crew that made Lemmings a few years later and then Grand Theft Auto a few years after that. Amazing one small studio could hit the jackpot multiple times.
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Re: Digging out my old games - Menace

by A1-X1000 Tue Jun 12, 2018 8:47 pm

that's some beautiful box art <3
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