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GBA Review: Elite - The New Kind
Elite The New Kind Developer - Quirky
Retro freaks, prepare to be astonished
The fantastic ELITE has arrived on your GBA !!!
Elite, for those of you aged below 30, was the single most
influential game of the 8-bit era. Did I say game? Elite wasnt
a game, it was a way of life!
This game sold over 1,000,000 copies and was responsible
for single-handedly changing the face of video gaming forever.
First released in 1984 on the BBC Micro, it was soon converted
to all the major formats of the time; ZX Spectrum, C64, Amstrad,
and eventually even the Gameboy.
I remember my mum was going to take me to a psychiatrist
because I just sat in front of my computer playing it for
days and days at 10-12 hour stints J
So, whats the game about?
Well you are a sad broke guy in the future who has just inherited
an old spaceship and 100 credits, you have to make lots of
money, upgrade your ship and boost your reputation across
hundreds of star systems (and there are literally hundreds
and hundreds of them!).
The way you play the game is up to you, for instance you can
become a bounty hunter and destroy pirate ships for a price.
You could be a trader and ship commodities to worlds that
need them (each world has its own stock market). You could
do some arms / drugs smuggling, or a combination of all these.
I dont really recommend this game to people who have
never played it before, because it will most likely confound
and confuse you, and its a VERY unforgiving game. But
to anyone who has, this is one retro trip you must not miss.
So, what is the conversion like?
Well, its extremely good, and there seems to be extra ships
in there that I dont remember from my ZX Spectrum version.
The graphics flow smoothly and this is just a joy to play.
The menu system is easy to use too (the home computer versions
came with a keyboard overlay and you used just about every
key on the keyboard!).
My only criticism is that the colours are quite dark, which
is always a big problem with the GBA, luckily however, in
the options you can turn off Solid Ships and play the game
in wireframe mode. This makes objects in the distance
much easier to see. This also gives the game its 1980s
authentic look which I personally prefer. Also, the scanner
display is difficult to read, but thats due to the resolution
of the GBA itself.
Yes of course it also allows you to save when you are docked
And, there is an option to reconfigure the controls.
I tried Elite-TNK on BoyCott Advance, but the display was
cutting off the menus, making it virtually unplayable.
I dont know if this is the same for other emulators,
but on GBA hardware its perfect.
Anyone who is new to elite and wants to see the original
documentation should go here: http://www.iancgbell.clara.net/elite/
This is the website of Ian Bell (one of the creators of the
original), and here you can view online versions of the Flight
Training Manual, and of The Dark Wheel which
was the small novel that came with Elite and explains the
story of why you are there.
Im off to kill some Thargoids now!
Elite - TNK can be downloaded here:
Reviewed by Steveola