Although Abuse is a good game, it would have probably sunk without a trace. Electronic Arts brought it out for the PC just after Doom hit the streets in a big way and although it had user-
However, at the start of this years, along with loads of other software companies, Crack Dot Com (sounds like a pirate organisation, I know) decided to put Abuse out to pasture and give away the source code.
Although Doom got all the press, then Descent, and then Quake, it would be a mistake to ignore this quirky little platformer which not only has plenty to offer in its own right as a game, but is also more suited to the leisurely pace at which most Amiga processors amble.
For those of us with a machine on which Quake can be played enjoyably, there are bells and whistles that can be turned on, like the lightning effects, but it will quite happily run on an '030, even though it slows down somewhat when the action really hots up. Installing it is a simple matter of coping all the files to your hard disk and then you're ready to rock.
We had no trouble with it whatsoever on any of the machines we tried it on, ranging from an '030 with 8Mb RAM to an '060-equipped A4000. The game takes advantage of the hardware you have available, using AHI and RTGMaster for sound and graphics cards respectively, although it does offer native AGA screen
For those who can't determine what sort of game Abuse is from the screenshots, I'll tell you that it's like Turrican set in Aliens, but played with the keyboard and the mouse. Got it?
It's a platform-based shoot-
...there are a number of other baddies, like gun turrets, big robots and scenery-
You have a variety of weapons at your disposal, from the fairly standard pulse laser and grenade launcher to the more esoteric guided rocket launcher, flame
You see, unlike the aliens in Aliens, these little blighters have guns like you do, but fortunately they're are a lot easier to kill and don't appear to have acid for blood. In addition to the Aliens (sorry, aliens), there are a number of other baddies, like gun turrets, big robots and scenery-
The gameplay doesn't alter much over the course of the game, but neither does the gameplay in Doom. The only problem that I can see is that you're only allowed five saves to do the whole game, although you do get a nice thumbnail picture showing you where you've saved.
All in all, Abuse isn't a great game, but it is a very good one. It isn't first person perspective, it doesn't have polygon-
What's more, it's still very cheap thanks to the fact that the main executable is Freeware, and you can even try it out on AFCD30.