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Amiga

Impossamole

Impossamole
GenreArcade Platform
DeveloperCore Design
PublisherGremlin Graphics
Released1990
Rating
Graphics:7.0
Sound:8.0
Gameplay:7.0
Overall:7.0
Reviewed byndial
Impossamole is called upon to save the aliens planet from disaster as he fights his way through over 200 screens of classical 2D platform gameplay. The game continues one step further the story of its 1987 predecessor "Auf Wiedesehen Monty, offers some cute visuals, especially the little Monty's character, but the difficulty of play and the time taken to restart (loading times) make the game annoying in the extreme.
 
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ImpossamoleSTORY / GAMEPLAY
Monty Mole has come out of retirement, but once again he longed for the excitement of adventure, as a passing alien spaceship decided to beam him up for a new mission. Apparently the Aliens' sacred scrolls of eternal life have been stolen by five Guardians. Each of these is hiding at the end of five levels, ranging from the homely mines of the Klondike to the mysterious Orient. Each level comprises several layered horizontally scrolling sections linked by chasms, ropes, and ladders. Of course they are also inhabited by plenty of evil minions and a variety of deadly traps based on the each levels' landscape, which reduce Monty's energy on contact easier than...expected! Combat involves either Monty using his super powers to kick his aggressors to oblivion or hitting his enemies with bombs and guns collected along the way. But...the weapons are far less effective than you might expect! Of course Monty's health can be restored by picking up food (worms...and ice creams!) around the levels. Also be on the look-out for jewels, lumps of gold and coins as occasionally you'll meet a shopkeeper along the way.
What is really interesting is that, the first four levels can be attempted in any order, but all four must be completed to allow access to the final one. Impossamole is a rather ridiculously difficult platfomer, as Monty's health is easily reduced. I found it impossible to get very far, just one mistake can cost a huge amount of energy and with only one-life (!) things can get more than a bit frustrating... Overall, a nice effort, a cute character and some passable gameplay here.

GRAPHICS / SOUND
Same as with the Atari ST version, the Amiga game is equally tough and nothing special to look at with typically cutesy sprites gracing adequate backdrops and a total of only 16 colors on screen! At least the default 32-colors on screen should be supported here, but anyway! Surely the platform-and-ladders action isn't exactly innovative, although there are some nice touches with each level having appropriate nasties and features to the level (world) being visited. Especially the backdrops look quite "empty" in detail at times, though there are the occasional perspective changes in the form of trees and spears (e.g. in the Amazon world) going behind then in front of you. Jolly staff but nothing to get excited over. Also the screen size here is bigger, making it a bit more...playable. Note also that, the Amiga version plays a bit easier, as for some reason, the enemies are more vulnerable to the guns or kicks! Or is it my impression? In general, the graphics are not up to the Rick Dangerous standards, and certainly not to the Amiga standards...Is this another ST port? Probably, yes, but at least the sound is enhanced!
The sound offers a rather memorable introductory tune, which is some of my best liking especially on the Amiga version. Unfortunately you may choose only between sound effects or music during gameplay. The sound effects here are some pretty cool samples that adds to the funny Monty's character in contrast to the ST version which uses some rather plain effects.
 
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Sounds
Intro/Menu music:  In-game music sample:
 
Gameplay sample
 
Comparable platforms



16 colors
Atari ST



16 colors
Commodore Amiga OCS/ECS
 
Hardware information

Amiga 500/500+

Amiga 500/500+CPU: Motorola MC68000 7.16 MHz
MEMORY: 512KB of Chip RAM (OCS chipset - A500), 512 KB of Slow RAM or Trapdoor RAM can be added via the trapdoor expansion, up to 8 MB of Fast RAM or a Hard drive can be added via the side expansion slot. The ECS chipset (A500+) offered 1MB on board to 2MB (extended) of Chip RAM.
GRAPHICS: The OCS chipset (Amiga 500) features planar graphics (codename Denise custom chip), with up to 5 bit-planes (4 in hires), allowing 2, 4, 8, 16 and 32 color screens, from a 12bit RGB palette of 4096 colors. Resolutions varied from 320x256 (PAL, non-interlaced, up to 4096 colors) to 640x512 (interlace, up to 4 colors). Two special graphics modes where also included: Extra Half Bright with 64 colors and HAM with all 4096 colors on-screen. The ECS chipset models (Amiga 500+) offered same features but also extra high resolution screens up to 1280x512 pixels (4 colors at once).
SOUND: (Paula) 4 hardware-mixed channels of 8-bit sound at up to 28 kHz. The hardware channels had independent volumes (65 levels) and sampling rates, and mixed down to two fully left and fully right stereo outputs
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The Amiga 500/500+ (default) color palette
12bit RGB 4096-colors palette
(32 to 4096 colors on screen)
 
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