Baal is a monster who has stolen a war machine. You, as leader of the "Time Warriors" must destroy his minions, collect the war machine pieces (they flash yellow), and destroy Baal. You can use joystick or keyboard.
You're a Time Warrior and your mission is to stop a monster named Baal!
Baal has stolen a war machine and you must get it back before it's too late. That's why you've been given a team of 5 warriors and have been sent to Baal's hideout.
Naturally you'll face many of his monsters there, while trying to get through the underground maze of platforms. Luckily, you have the technological superiority on your side, so you can go out there and blast the life out of those icky, slimy, gooey, alien underground monsters!
When you collect all the pieces of the machine, you need to get to a transporter and you'll be delivered into a different domain.
The game also has a "Save" option, but only at certain locations. You have to be standing just right (close, but not touching it). At certain points of the game you also have the ability to fly, otherwise you simply fall and go out with a bang.
The graphics are nice. The background is made out of petrified dragons that formed the caves (at least it looks that way). The animation is smooth and the sound is adequate. The controls are slightly clumsy (you need to press the direction you wish to jump to first, and fire later), but you'll get the hang of it. You must also be very alert, as there is little room for error. Get just a wee too close to an energy beam and you're toast! Also watch out for anti-personnel mines, they're really hard to spot and needless to say - deadly.
So if you're in the mood for a quick run-around-and-shoot-them-up game Baal is just what the boredom ordered!
The controls are as follows:
- numbers 1 - 5 select different weapons, if you have more then one;
- R - refuels the laser (but only at a refueling point);
- S - saves the game (but only at refueling points);
- L - loads the game;
- Esc (with fire pressed) - abort current game.
A decent conversion of a little-known Commodore 64 game, Baal is a fun side-scrolling shooter with a banal plot: you are member of the Time Warriors, an elite commando unit sent into the alien lairs to defeat Baal, a crazy demon who is bent on conquering Earth. There is little innovation in the game, except for the fact, in contrast to most shooters where picking up a new power-up replaces your existing one, Baal lets you select different types of cartridges as you find them. You will also have to worry about refueling your laser gun at the refueling points, which can be destroyed, so you actually have to look at the target before shooting. You are equipped with a scanner, which flashes red to tell you of an approaching aliens. This is a neat idea that's not very useful, because the levels are mostly linear, so you can only move toward the right of the screen without going back. Progress is a bit tedious, because not only will you have to find the transporter to advance to the next domain (i.e. level), you must also collect a certain number of war machine components. Overall, Baal as an old game is barely above average, and there is little surprise or challenge to keep anyone playing to the end. Definitely one of Psygnosis' more lackluster shooters.
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