Review by Ofisil

Reviewed: 12/09/11

Unreal boredom

Unreal is an Action\Platform developed by Ordilogic Systems. Unlike a certain popular PC game baring the same name, Unreal is not so good. Like another similar game, (again for the Amiga), called Shadow Of The Best, it’s more of a tech demo than an entertaining game. Rabid Amiga Fanboys… BE GONE!!!

Story: N/A

The story is explained in great detail in the manual but it can be summed up in a couple of words: Save The Girl – The End! Yup, it’s your basic run of the mill plot, used over a million times in early videogames. Do you care? Nope….

Gameplay: 2/10
Replay Value: -5/10

Unreal is a basic Action game with a bit of platforming thrown in. You’ll have to travel through various areas trying to avoid traps, kill enemies and solve some minor puzzles. However none of this is any fun unless you like controlling one of the most boring heroes in existence. Slow moving and worthless with a sword, you will find it very hard to avoid dying while controlling him, not to mention the somewhat bad hit detection. Furthermore the game is quite boring. Jump, slash, jump, slash, “boss” fight, repeat. Between levels you will have to participate in a different way of game where you control a dragon that flies in a pseudo-3D area and there your purpose will be to avoid obstacles and shoot down various enemies. These levels are even more boring and furthermore there are too many of them, (two 3D levels per one “normal” I think). Boring, boring, boring…

Graphics: 7.4/10
Design: 7.2/10
Sound: 6.5/10
Music: 7/10

Unreal can be divided in 2 parts. The side-scrolling 2D part and the pseudo-3D part. Both look good but lets get into more detail. When the game is a platformer you control a conan\tarzan wannabe of no importance and travel trough various well-designed areas. The levels have wonderful design and amount of detail, with great choice of colors, nice backgrounds and more importantly each scene looks different, making you feel as if you are truly travelling towards a certain place. The negative part: None of the areas look special. Honestly the title screen is quite promising but the rest of the game looks quite boring, grasslands, swamps, northlands and so on. Good looking but not something magnificent. In the 3D part you fly your dragon shooting the enemies that appear and avoiding obstacles. I don’t particularly like these portions of the game since they look substantially less good, due to pixelation and repetitive design. Now about the sound of the game: I simply LOVE the Title theme. The rest of the tunes: some good, some ok. Other than that, nothing special… sure, like most Amiga games the SFX quality is certainly there but the actual SFX are pretty lame. A ridiculous falling sound from your hero, some simple videogame fanfare and a couple of ambient sounds and that’s it.

[+]:
-Good graphics

[-]:
-Boring 2D levels
-Very boring “3D” shooter levels
-SFX could be better

Also Play:
Chiki Chiki Boys (Mega Drive)
Demon’s Crest (SNES)
Out Of This World (Amiga & PC)

Overall: 4.2/10

Like with many Amiga games, Unreal is nothing more than a nice looking tech demo. No wonder Amiga games never managed to escape their cult classic status instead of becoming true classics ala NES, SNES and Mega Drive games.


Rating:   2.0 - Poor

Product Release: Unreal (US, 12/31/90)

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