is a new 'retro' style shooter game programmed by the
talented Jeff 'Yak' Minter of Llamasoft, world
famous for his
work on the Atari and Commodore computers and game consoles
- among others. Gridrunner++ is an overhead shooter
which is somewhat reminiscent of the classic game Centipede
in play -- but with much better graphics and effects,
cool weapons, and much faster action. The game uses
a number of particle systems, loads of color cycling,
and tons of interesting graphical effects to create
a truly unique look and feel. Enemies come at you from
all sides, shooting at you from all directions. Blasting
an enemy leaves a pod which will explode into deadly
lasers if not destroyed in time. There is also a zapper
that zooms around the playfield with its own deadly
beams (as seen in the 3rd screenshot below), while collecting
'Sheepies' will power-up your ship with a nice set of
forward and rear lasers. Experienced players will find
these 'Sheepies' will come in handy quite often, as
falling back on these power-ups will restore you back
to life should you die above one. These and other techniques
quite a bit of gameplay depth to this great game.
Originally designed for the PocketPC
handheld computer, the finished version is now available
for Windows PCs.
GridRunner++ page here,
and be sure to read
the official strategy guide here.
the unofficial SoundFX Mod!
Details are on this page
of the game and some of my sprites:
more levels and the strategy guide here