Sunday 7 May 2023

Gordo 106: The Mutated Lab Monkey (Atari Lynx review)

Developer: Tenth Planet Software
Publisher: Atari Corporation
Released: 1993

Gordo 106: The Mutated Lab Monkey is a platformer that's exclusive to the Atari Lynx handheld.

+ Settings feature many unconventional locations for the genre and the ability to swing from objects opens up the level design.

+ Falling down a hole sees you challenged to a dungeon escape rather than losing a life, which is a neat second chance idea.

+ Dazzling visuals with amazing parallax scrolling and background animation, as well as enormous enemy sprites.

- However, the flashy graphics come at the expense of a stuttering frame-rate that makes precise platforming a nightmare.

- Proceeding through the game relies almost entirely on memorisation which can be tediously off-putting.

- Mastering the sprinting jump is key, yet executing it via a d-pad double tap is often extremely finicky and unreliable.

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