Awesome is a shoot 'em up game developed by Reflections (the team that created the Shadow Of The Beast series) and published by Psygnosis for the Atari ST and the Commodore Amiga home computers, back in 1990.
STORY / GAMEPLAY You fly with your spaceship through various star systems blasting alien forces meteors or other space debris. Once you eliminate every enemy on screen you are warped to a planet where you can buy better weapons, stronger shields and enhance your spaceship. The enemies attack in squadrons and you have to move back and forth or rotate your spaceship to shoot them. You can spot any surviving alien ships through your radar screen. The game needs some skill since it's quite difficult to cope with.
GRAPHICS / SOUND The ST version, though inferior to the Amiga, looks (and sounds) really great! Unfortunately the intro sequence has no sound at all (compared to the sampled sound on the Amiga). The camera perspective is from above and you can move towards all dimensions. The in-game graphics are good, with minor differences between the two versions (mainly due to the 16 and 32 colors of the ST and the Amiga respectively). The ST music is a mixed score of chip tunes with some ST Digi Synth sound. My only complaint is that you cannot have simultaneously music and sound FX during gameplay. The animation is good with no slowdown issues. Overall, Awesome is a good Reflections' game for the Atari ST that shows some 16bit potential.
CPU: Motorola 68000 16/32bit at 8mhz. 16 bit data bus/32 bit internal/24-bit address bus. MEMORY: RAM 512KB (1MB for the 1040ST models) / ROM 192KB GRAPHICS: Digital-to-Analog Converter of 3-bits, eight levels per RGB channel, featuring a 9-bit RGB palette (512 colors), 320x200 (16 color), 640x200 (4 color), 640x400 (monochrome). With special programming techniques could display 512 colors on screen in static images. SOUND: Yamaha YM2149F PSG "Programmable Sound Generator" chip provided 3-voice sound synthesis, plus 1-voice white noise mono PSG. It also has two MIDI ports, and support mixed YM2149 sfx and MIDI music in gaming (there are several games supported this).