Gaming on AmigaOS 4.1: Shippy 1984

Hi there and thanks for visiting the Gaming on AmigaOS 4.1 blog. 🙂

Do you remember the old classic shoot’em up games like Space Invaders and Galaxian? Did you enjoy playing them? If yes, then you’ll feel right at home with Shippy 1984 on AmigaOS 4.

Shippy 1984 is basically a small portable game designed to bring back nostalgia for the ways games used to be made and played.

The game was created by Ryan Broomfield, Neoblaze and Kaizrsze. It was compiled for AmigaOS 4 by Spot/Up Rough. It should work on all AmigaOS 4 versions without problems, also on WinUAE.

Now, let’s get the game installed and have a look at what it offers.

Installation

You can find the game available for download at the brilliant OS4Depot website. You can also download it directly by clicking on the link below:

http://os4depot.net/share/game/shmup/shippy1984.lha

To install the game on your hard drive, go to the directory of the downloaded file and then right-click on the icon. Select “extract to” and choose the destination folder the game should be unpacked to.

After it has been unarchived, go to the directory of the game and double-click on the icon. The game starts immediately.

Gameplay

It’s worth mentioning that you can use joysticks and gamepads with this game. I have only tried it with keyboard controls though and that worked well. You use the cursor keys left and right to move back and forth, and you hit CTRL to fire at the aliens. It is very easy to get into, so you are basically good to go right away, blasting your way through hordes of enemies.

Now, let’s get started with the screenshots. 🙂

The title screen of Shippy 1984.
Some explanations on what you can encounter in the game.
It has a demo mode, so you can watch the computer play if you want. 🙂
The game starts.
A summary of the results of the previous level.
Level 12 is here! More variation when it comes to enemies!
Things got very difficult later on and the game ended.

As you can see from the screenshots, Shippy 1984 is a nice, little shoot’em up game with basic graphics and gameplay. It has sound effects and also cool chiptune music playing in the background. It starts of easy enough, but gets harder and harder as you progress through the levels. It has a variety of enemies, as well as power-ups to pick up. Controls are responsive and there is no lagging, which is important in games like this, as it takes quite a bit of coordination and quick reflexes to dodge all the bullets on later levels. 😉

If you’re looking for a no fuzz shoot’em up game in the style of Space Invaders and Galaxian, Shippy 1984 is a good alternative on AmigaOS 4. For those
looking for more advanced shooters featuring spaceships and planes, M.A.C.E. from EntwicklerX or Tyrian are better alternatives I think.

All in all, I think Shippy 1984 is a nice game, recreating the fun and joy of the old classics. 🙂

That was all for this time. 🙂 Thanks for reading and see you in another blog post here on the Gaming on AmigaOS 4.1 blog!

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