Virus (Amiga)

Game

Virus (known as Zarch when it was originally created for the Acorn Archimedes) is a 3d shooter designed by David Braben and one of the first real 3D games ever created.

AliasZarch
Year1988
GenreShooter
Rating4.5 (4.5)10
PublisherFirebird
DeveloperDavid Braben
Updated3 June 2017
TAGS3d sci-fi/futuristic birds-eye view

Game Review

Virus (known as Zarch when it was originally created for the Acorn Archimedes) is a 3d shooter designed by David Braben and one of the first real 3D games ever created.

Initially programmed by Braben as a demo called Lander, to show the capabilities of the Acorn computer, it later became a full game, released in 1987 under the name of Zarch. One year later the game was renamed Virus and ported to Amiga, ZX Spectrum, Atari ST and DOS.

With enemies, trees, buildings, drawn as polygons in real-time, shadows and lights, particle effects and a complete 3d environment, Virus was definitely ahead of its time. Despite the difficulty level, the reviews were extremely positive. Amiga Power voted Virus the 5th best game of all time in a 1991. Many clones and sequels have been released in the following years, the best one is probably V2000, created 10 years later by Frontier Developments for Windows and Playstation.



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