Monday 24 October 2022

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

Developer: Jim Dramis, Paul Urbanus
Publisher: Texas Instruments
Released: 1982

Parsec is a side-scrolling shooter that optionally uses the Speech Synthesizer module.

+ Resembles Scramble (1981, Arcade) in that the action is broken down into small sections with unique enemy patterns.

+ Inability to constantly fire results in strategic gameplay, especially when trying not to overheat your lasers in higher levels.

+ The 5-second countdown while you attempt to survive an asteroid belt is both exhilarating and terrifying!

+ The Speech Synthesizer module adds a great deal of charm to the action and assists you with incoming enemy alerts.

+ Background stars and foreground scenery creates a cool faux parallax scrolling effect that's very visually appealing.

- Once the sections loop and you advance to the next level you've seen everything it has to offer in short order.

- Occasional issues with lasers shooting through enemy ships, and the controls don't quite offer precision movement.

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