Wednesday 26 October 2022

Alpiner (Texas Instruments TI-99/4A review)

Developer: Texas Instruments
Publisher: Texas Instruments
Released: 1982

Alpiner is a mountain climbing game that's exclusive to the TI-99/4A computer.

+ The levels are randomly generated which makes each play-through a fresh and unique experience.

+ Collecting bonus points from the mountain beasts puts you in harms way and adds a great risk-reward element.

+ Being able to wrap around the sides of the mountain is very handy for dodging hazards and saving precious time.

+ There's a real visceral satisfaction when you finally manage to conquer a previously unbeatable mountain.

+ The Speech Synthesizer brings some personality to the game and helps to notify you of perilous falling rocks.

- Graphics are a little rough around the edges, and the jerky scrolling and flickering sprites are an eye sore.

- Very little is added to each successive mountain, so the gameplay can feel stagnant after a handful of levels.

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