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old previews - Oblivion

Oblivion, a new sideways-scrolling shoot'em'up from the author of Artemis, the excellent free two-level vertically scrolling shoot'em'up, was progressing well but was due out sometime in 1997. It missed that! It was looking better than Artemis which was already great fun and well-designed, so it might have been something really special!

[Oblivion screen-shot]The game was being written by Jack Parkinson (code and sound) and Fillip Lund (graphics), and featured a cooperative two-player mode. At the final stage of development three levels were completed, with a fourth almost done and two yet to be started on, although there were due to also be a few bonus levels as well in the finished product.

Game features included translucent smoke, large bosses, difficulty level control and detail regulation which automatically turned off processor-intensive effects on slower machines. There were lots of power-ups, too, including missiles, various types of defence, multiple fire, missiles, lasers, chain guns, and various other weapons of destruction!

[Oblivion screen-shot]

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Darklands, Fantasia's ToyParty and VOTI's EMD have all reported signs of life in the recent past, whilst Skirmish is apparently still ongoing but is way behind schedule and it looks like it might well never make it out. TEK and Iron Dignity are still on the way, although again both are pretty heavily delayed. And as for R-Comp's port of F16 Fighting Falcon, it looks like it will never be released, having been killed by frame-rates that were just too low.

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