Tetrapod!

reminisce about bbc micro & electron games like chuckie egg, repton, elite & exileRelated forum: adventures


Post Reply
User avatar
HotTea
Posts: 25
Joined: Wed Jul 04, 2012 10:18 am
Location: UK
Contact:

Tetrapod!

Post by HotTea » Fri Jul 06, 2012 2:42 pm

Wonderful game, Tetrapod.

Since re-entering the land of BBC very recently, I have found that Tetrapod has crept up on me in a big way. It's quite a hostile game, but hugely enjoyable.

Doing a forum search revealed some interesting discussion about how it was originally called Star Swarm, which I didn't know at all.

Obviously, it has common elements, such as shooting and shoving, but to me, it's a pretty unique game. There's an element of strategy there too. Is there anything you can think of which is similar? I've been wondering and haven't come up with a thing.
Jon.

(BBC Model B, CUB 1431, TurboMMC).

User avatar
davidb
Posts: 2070
Joined: Sun Nov 11, 2007 10:11 pm
Contact:

Re: Tetrapod!

Post by davidb » Fri Jul 06, 2012 9:49 pm

The original Star Swarm game didn't have bullets that bounced off the walls of the arena, so it is slightly easier, I think. Both versions should be available in the STH archive.

Jeremy Grayson
Posts: 471
Joined: Tue Jan 15, 2002 11:34 pm
Location: Sheffield
Contact:

Re: Tetrapod!

Post by Jeremy Grayson » Wed Aug 15, 2012 10:44 am

HotTea wrote: Obviously, it has common elements, such as shooting and shoving, but to me, it's a pretty unique game. There's an element of strategy there too. Is there anything you can think of which is similar? I've been wondering and haven't come up with a thing.
If memory serves, Scrumpy used a similar dynamic of stray bullets remaining in play until hitting something (even if not the originally intended target), but it must be 20 years since I played that last to be able to say for absolute certain.

I do remember that it was a more conventional top-down shoot-em-up than the outstanding Tetrapod, but still reasonably engaging for all that.

gc
* Inveterate but sadly increasingly occasional BBC gamer - original hardware/software only
* Former contributor (original software and some editorial) to The BBC Games Archive
* Exhibitor at CG-Expo 2004, 2005
* Elite ranking: milquetoast

Post Reply