Paradroid 90 is the remake/enhanced version for 16-bit computers (Amiga and Atari ST) of the classic C64 shooter Paradroid. It was published by Hewson Consultants in 1990.
The conversion to 68000 Assembler, and the subsequent Atari ST version, was made by the original creator of the Commodore 64 game: Andrew Braybrook. He also personally ported the title to the Commodore Amiga.
In this top-down multi-directional shooter, you control a small droid, and your goal is to eliminate all the other droids infesting the spaceship. Interestingly, you can destroy them with your laser or try to control them with a ‘transfer.’ The transfer is dangerous, but it will allow you to use their skills and weapons. The resulting gameplay is quite fascinating and original.
The game received highly positive reviews at the time, and it’s considered one of the best shooters of the ‘90s. Some fans of the C64 version still prefer the classic 8-bit title, and others criticized the Amiga version because it’s just a copy of the ST version (the color palette on the Amiga could have been better, for sure). But despite some minor flaws, this is a fantastic game that every retro gamer should try.