Risky Woods is a platformer created by the Spanish studio Zeus and published by Electronic Arts and Dinamic Software in 1992 for the Amiga, Atari ST, MS-DOS, and Mega Drive/Genesis...
Risky Woods is a platformer created by the Spanish studio Zeus and published by Electronic Arts and Dinamic Software in 1992 for the Amiga, Atari ST, MS-DOS, and Mega Drive/Genesis.
The game designed by Ricardo Puerto and Raúl López represents an excellent entry in the platform-shooter genre. Controls are similar to Turrican, but the most similar game is probably Ghosts 'N Goblins. However, the Capcom coin-up conversion was suffering from many problems, while Risky Woods's quality is fantastic. With responsive controls and fluid animations, detailed graphics with a very dark tone, the game is a real surprise: it also features fantastic parallax scrolling. This is one of the few titles where we can observe a parallax scrolling with 16-colors backgrounds, which was not supported by the Amiga, at least not with standard solutions. In fact, the developers programmed a routine using one of the Amiga's custom chips to show sprites that were continuously recycled to create the illusion of a moving background. You won't find this technique very often. You can also add a piece of nice intro music and good sound effects.
The only downside of this game is the high difficulty level, especially on the first levels, while it becomes more acceptable when you progress. But don't think you can go ahead and buy random weapons. To beat the end-of-level bosses, you will need some planning.
Overall, this is one of the best platformers you can find on the Amiga, and it can easily compare with the best titles on the Mega Drive.
Review by: Manu
Published: 31 December 2020 10:57 am
Amiga version 1.2 - Language: English - Size: 8.17 Mb
Amiga version 1.2 - Language: English - Size: 8.89 Mb