Firstly, in terms of gameplay and structure Gloom Deluxe is virtually the same game as Gloom. The second thing that might come to mind is that if it is only an upgrade, why cover it again? The beneficial difference is that Gloom Deluxe can now run on non-AGA Amigas. Any Amiga with a 68020 processor and 2Mb of RAM can be used to sample the delights of this cracking Doom clone.
Due to a new chunky to planar (C2P) routine developed by Black Magic - original Gloom used a chunky copper technique - the screen resolution can bo bumped up. Brace yourself for this, but it also means that beefier Amigas can play at a satisfactory screen size with the by now de facto 1*1 pixel resolution. The game can also be played on an Intuition screen which means that you can play without shutting down the operating system. This means for example, that you could have Gloom set up as a tiny little playable screen to kill time while rendering an object in a 3D package. Tremendous. No more thumb twiddling. If desired, you can even play Gloom in a Workbench window that's been set to 255 colour mode. But as the readme file with the package states, this option is really only of use to graphic card owners due to the limitations of the standard OS routines. Modem support has been tightened and stabilised. Mostly at the expense of the chat mode; no more "you're going to die horribly" messages Pressing ESC or pause now brings up the game options screen on both machines.
Almost revolutionary is the support built in for the head tracking version of Amiga Technology's i-Glasses. The potential is there to look in one direction while firing in another. Hurrah. The most noticeable difference on booting up is the inclusion of an onscreen gun. It might seem ridiculous to say, but there's something comforting about having the gun projecting into the screen. It gives the player focus and consequently makes it easier to target on the bad guys.
Anyone should consider the game as a must have.
Maybe the first well designed Doom clone for the Amiga. You should own a quite expert Amiga config to play it with good graphics and speed. A 68040 cpu required! Gloom is a hard game, with brutal ADULT scenes. The enemies can blast, the blood is spluttering, etc.
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