ZugyA: October featured game
A Bosconian clone for the Sharp X68000, ZugyA has more action, a faster pace and it’s a whole lot smoother.
Anyone familiar with the classic arcade game Bosconian will instantly recognise the way ZugyA plays. You play the part of a mobile-suit pilot destroying space stations from a top-down perspective with 8-way movement. You can collect power-ups along the way that increase your yield but, rather than increasing the power of your weapon, they allow for a wider spread. There’s a plasma beam which can be accessed by holding down the fire button for a time. You cannot change direction while holding down fire although I’m not sure if this is by design as a plot feature.
Bosconian is one of my favourite golden age games but it always felt a little slow. ZugyA addresses that just nicely with the amount of action on screen. There’s 50 levels in total. The game isn’t particularly difficult and can get a little repetitive after a while. I found myself getting distracted by various aspects of the game and forgetting to watch out for enemy fire.
The graphics are pretty good. There’s plenty of colour and the sprites are varied. I cannot emphasise enough just how smooth this game runs. The background is nice but it’s the same background for every level throughout the game, subsequently some variance would have been nice.
The music is great but in-game it seems to repeat every ten levels or so. The sound effects are well done and fit nicely into the game.
|Gameplay:||(4.5 / 5)|
|Graphics:||(4.5 / 5)|
|Sound:||(4.0 / 5)|
|Final Score:||(4.3 / 5)|
Release Year: 1996
Genre: Action: Shooter
System: Sharp X68000
The ROM download is below. If you’re going to play via emulator I would recommend XM6 Pro-68k
“Munky” is a computer engineer with over 20 years experience. He has worked in both public and private sectors, mostly in the education sector, specialising in operating systems and mobile technology. He has carried out work for IBM, RM, Carillion, Capita, Click and Birmingham Metropolitan College as well as running his own I.T. Services business. He is a retro gaming enthusiast, especially when it comes to the Sinclair ZX Spectrum. He is a parent, a grandparent, and a bit of a child at heart.