Developed by: Simon Green
Genre: 2 Player Shooter
Extreme Violence is a 2 player combat game written in AMOS (Amiga version of BASIC) and originally released in 1991, although I expect most gamers got their copy free with Amiga Power (Issue 24, April 1993 p. 34-35) cover disk 24. The game was coded and developed by Simon Green.
Battle takes place in a maze/arena with the screen split down the middle and both players are placed far enough away that there is at least a few seconds before someone is killed. The object of the game is basically “shoot first, sod the questions”. Its kill or be killed and the first to 10, tracked by the score counter at the bottom of the screen, is declared the winner!
The graphics and sounds are basic, but the game play is awesome. The action is fast and you really need your wits about you, the controls are easy and the map scrolls smoothly, making finding each other fast and dealing out some pain inevitable. The game has a great range of weapons and power ups. Some of the best are:
Magic Bullets – Go through walls
Bouncy Bullets – The kind that go round corners and off walls, and luckily don’t come back to bite you on the ass
Speed Boots – Making running away from your homicidal opponent more efficient
Extreme Violence is a game I first played at a mate’s house on his Amiga and one I’ve wanted to play again since then. Finally, having discovered the cover disk again I had the opportunity to revisit this on my Amiga, and I still love it. After roping in a willing volunteer to play a few rounds that old feeling of anticipation and excitement came flooding back as you run like the clappers around the map hoping you find the weapon or power up first.
This all leads to the final battle, which, given the players have no health bar, is over pretty quickly. A brilliant and fun game, the simple graphics do not matter in the heat of the battle. Extreme Violence is a game you can just switch off to and happily play for a couple of hours.