The classic Amiga/SNES/Mega Drive game The Chaos Engine is about to get a re-release, courtesy of Mastertronic and Abstraction Games.
The Chaos Engine was first released a long time ago (1993) by the Bitmap Brothers, but chances are you have some memory of it if you were a gamer back then. I have some very nice memories of it myself from the Super Nintendo version- played that one more than I should have considering how far I got in it. Now the BitMap Brothers classic is being ported to the PC, Mac and Linux courtesy of developer Abstraction Games and Mastertronic.
Probably best described as a steampunk-flavored adventure set in the Victorian Age, The Chaos Engine presents a sextet of mercenaries to play as as you make your way through a landscape littered with the mad experiments of eh computer known as (you guessed it) The Chaos Engine.
“This really feels like the right time to bring back The Chaos Engine” says Mike Montgomery, one of the founding members of The Bitmap Brothers. “There are many fond memories of The Chaos Engine and I wanted to make sure that the game was true to the original without losing its charm during the restoration process. The option to play in the original ‘Classic’ mode with the added option to play in ‘Enhanced mode’ with its refined pixel-perfect finish is a clever way to satisfy all enthusiasts! It feels a completely natural transition to the PC.”
“We grew up with the Amiga and those classic Bitmap games were the inspiration for a lot of us who went on to work in games and development. For many of us, The Chaos Engine was our first taste of co-op and was a platform that incited our love of top down shooters,” says Ralph Egas, CEO of Abstraction Games. “The Chaos Engine holds such fond memories for so many people and it stands the test of time and we were determined to restore the game to its full and amazing pixel-perfect glory, with a couple of cool enhancements!”
Stuart Morton, Executive Producer at Mastertronic says ‘‘The Chaos Engine holds very fond memories for so many people and so many great games have been ruined by bad remakes. We didn’t want to remake it. It is a great game and we found very quickly when we went back and played the original that the gameplay still holds up very well. A lot of fondly-remembered games are pretty disappointing when you go back and look at them now, but The Chaos Engine still plays beautifully today .’
The Chaos Engine was also one of the first games to use something like a light-RPG system where you could improve your equipment and the characters themselves- something that’s super-common in games of all kinds today. Aside from an ‘original’ mode where you can simply play The Chaos Engine as it was when it was first released, the game also offers a mode with enhanced graphics, refined controls and Steam features; like achievements.
Get ready to lay siege to the machine- The Chaos Engine activates on the PC, Mac and Linux systems on August 29th. Click here for more.
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