During my visit to Retro Revival last month I spent an enjoyable hour hanging out at the homebrew area set up by OldSchoolGaming and enjoyed some of the titles playing on the C64, Atari 800XL and Amiga. On the Amiga, I was instantly hooked on Downfall,, a cracking little casual game similar to the version I’m familiar with by Reboot on the Atari Jaguar.
Retro Revival 2014 – Spot the Chameleon?
The aim of the game is to simply stay alive by moving your mouse(?), left or right to land on one of the platforms below. The screen scrolls vertically from bottom upwards and so if you stay put for too long, you mouse will hit the top of the screen and die. Likewise, mistime a jump and fall off the bottom of the screen and it’s curtains again for poor mousey. Occasionally, you’ll need to leap blindly in the hope that a platform will scroll up from the bottom to catch you. These ‘leap of faith’ moments are quite exhilarating and what makes these game so additive,
During you endless journey down, objects will be appear at random which can be collected for points or provide one of many special abilities. For example, on the Jag version there’s a Jetpack and on the Amiga version there’s some go faster shoes.
It’s while I was searching for Downfall to add to my Amiga harddrive did I happen to come across a low res screenshot of the game. On closer inspection, I found it to be a WIP port for the C64 and have been messing around with it this afternoon.
I’ve got them both running on my PC via WinUAE and Vice and side by side, compared to the Amiga AGA version on the left (of course!), it looks a bit sparse. However, it’s still the same great game and comes with a tap-tastic SID tune.
Down, down, down we fall.
You can pick up the Amiga version here – http://downfall.mikendezign.com/
and the C64 version here – http://www.rollingpet.de/c64/downfall/
Do you know of any other ports of Downfall or games of a similar style? If so, it would be great to hear from you.