As You May Have Gathered, Overboard! is a game all about pirates. No, geekboy, not software pirates - we're talking about pirates of the old skool, cutlass-waving,
"arr-har, me hearties" variety here. The ones who used to bob around on the high seas, singing off-colour songs about mermaids, drinking rum laced with their own urine, and of course boarding passing ships, gutting the occupants like fish, then nicking all their stuff. They all had names like Blackbeard, Bluebeard and Yellowbeard, but never names like Pink Moustache or Cyan Anal Hair. (Well, not that we are aware of) Their famous skull and crossbones motif could strike terror into the heart of even the stoutest seafarer, and today looks way cool on the side of a motorbike. Adam Ant used to dress up like one - a pirate, I mean. He never dressed up like a motorbike, although these days he'd probably wear anything if it would revive his flagging career. I digress.
Pirates, that's what Overboard! is concerned with. It's an action-cum-puzzle game in which you, Captain Spod, take command of a large pirate galleon and pilot it around a series of peril-packed levels. It makes sense that the pirates are of the old school variety, since the game itself is also decidedly retro in feel, like a 3Dfx remake of a long-forgotten Spectrum game.
Pieces of eight, film at eleven
I Play Overboard! for a few minutes and you'll come away thinking "Is that it?" And the answer, essentially, ' is "yes". There really isn't much to it. It's all viewed from an overhead, slightly angled perspective (although a few other camera positions are available), and the controls are extremely simple: rotate left/right, move forward (there's no reverse because, hey, it's a boat yeah?) and fire (from port or starboard). The aim of the game is to I traverse each level, blowing up enemy ships and taking over ports (by destroying their defences), with the occasional smuggling run or power-up tossed in to keep you happy. Rather than consisting of vast expanses of ocean, the levels are decidedly labyrinthine and claustrophobic - it's a bit like navigating a canal system designed by a blind man with an Etch-a-Sketch.
And a small ruled pad. Furthermore, each stage is rammed to the hilt with plenty of typically old skool computer game hazards of yore: intermittent jets of flame, rotating buzzsaws, gun implacements, etc. You can't just go steaming in (especially since you don't have a steamboat). It's fiddly, timeconsuming, and really rather toilsome. It's also strangely moreish. In the same way that shelling pistachio nuts can become more addictive than eating them, so finishing a given Overboard! level can rapidly become an obsession. Whether you're actually enjoying yourself during this time is a moot point. Think of it as a kind of non-edible snack. But not a rip-roaring excursion into hard-core gaming bliss. Wait for the budget release.
Overboard is a pirate- and maritime-themed arcade title that combines a free-roaming top-down perspective where the player is expected to use sea-based strategy as well as shoot-'em-up action. Players will captain a galleon on a mission to rid the world of the infamous Blowfleet. a pirate of great cunning and power.
The player will destroy various enemy strongholds, ports and shipyards while building his/her own fleet of oddly enhanced ships with add-ons during the game. One of the add-ons is the ability to morph your ship into Jules-Vern-style airships to attack with grace from the air.
OVERBOARD is a bizarre little game that'll remind players of the good old Super NES days, where gameplay and decent graphics went hand in hand. But Overboard is like nothing you've ever seen before, guaranteed!
You control a galleon full of pirates, sailing through five zones earning booty. Each zone is broken up into four levels, and there are old-fashioned Bosses for you to face, too. It's retro gaming on the PlayStation, where the aim is simply to rack up as much money as you can.
Throw in the maze/puzzle theme, enemy pirate ships, hidden health and weapon power-ups, and you get an enjoyable, fun game.
Your ship is armed with various types of weapons, from standard cannons to mines you can drop in the path of other ships, rockets which fly upward to take out enemies and that all-important' electric gun just like the one in Quake!
A large Map Screen, done in 'ye old-fashioned' style, charts your progress through the levels,, and areas of the map are revealed whenever you find a bottle.
While aimed at the younger player. Psygnosis just may have found a new niche.
Ahoy, mates! Psygnosis has an eye on the high seas this season with Overboard, a 94-overhead view battleship game that should play like Soviet Strike (if it were set on Treasure Island).
You take charge of a galleon and travel 'round the world, blowing up ports and pirates as you add to your ship and build your own fleet of fearsome firepower. You'll travel through exotic lands like the Caribbean, the Middle East, and the Arctic while using your swashbuckling arsenal of mines, depth charges, and cannons. Psygnosis could have a sleeper hit with Overboard, and these early screens show a sea full of fun!