Hands up who used to have a Spectrum. What a quaint little rubber beer-mat it was. And some of the games were quite nippy indeed, despite what the C64 snobs will tell you. Some of the greatest games on the Speccy cam from the almost criminally talented hands of Raf Cecco. He specialised in shoot-'em-ups with gallons of colour and explosive sound. On the Spectrum as well, blimey..
Exolon, Cybernoid, Cybernoid 2 and Stormlord were his biggest hits, and quite rightly too. Never had the poor old Sinclair witnessed such excitement. It was the closest thing to a "proper" game that us humble Spec-chums ever got.
What, I hear you say, has this got to do with Deliverance? Well, for those who haven't guessed, Deliverance is Stormlord, beefed up and rewritten in full colour Amiga
You take on the role of the now obligatory Barbarian, and you have to free a previously peaceful land from Satan and his totally bogus posse. Satan, or Stan to his mates, has kidnapped all the fairies. So not only has the world been plunged into darkness and damnation, but nobody can do the washing up. So, up steps brave old Stormlord, and trundles off to pick up fairies (insert any old John Inman joke here).
So, coincidence or what? No sooner have I calmed down and stopped palpitating over Myth, when up pop 21st Century Entertainment with Deliverance. It's uncanny. Two games in the same month, and they're very, very similar.
As in Myth, Deliverance requires you to don furry boots and a shaggy hairstyle and chop your way through Hell to sort out some fiendish demonic bloke. And when you reach the big baddie dude, you move from platform hack 'n' slash to fast moving shoot-'em-up action. Spooky, eh?
So, the obvious comparisons . Is Deliverance as good as Myth? Well, not quite. It's neck and neck on the graphics and sound front, but Myth's bigger and slightly more challenging. Is Deliverance as good as Gods? Ye, in fact it's tons better. The initial look is the same, but Deliverance doesn't bog itself down with fancy AI routines for the baddies. In fact, it's sheer bad luck that Myth and Deliverance have come out at the same time. Had Deliverance come out last month, things might have been different, but sometimes life can be so cruel.
You see, Deliverance has got absolutely exquisite graphics. Yes, that's what they are. Exquisite. And the sound is nice and chunky. But, unfortunately, Myth's got both of those as well and it's got a puzzly element to it, which just give it the edge.
That's not to say that Deliverance is a loser. No, no. Nobody goes home empty-
Oh, I feel so guilty about this. You can't believe the personal anguish this is causing me. Under normal circumstances, I'd love this game. In a really deep and meaningful way. We'd have candlelit dinners, walks on the beach, romantic weekends in the Peak District, a lovely wedding and some kids, and then settle down for a long and happy life together.
Unfortunately, Myth came along first and stole my heart away. I'll still carry a torch for Deliverance though, it'll always be special to me. Oh, my heart is breaking. I'm sorry Deliverance, you came along too late. Maybe if fate had smiled on us, we could have made beautiful music together. But if you don't fancy Myth, then by all means give this a look. It could be the start of a beautiful friendship...