This is the third Dave Munsie game to be featured here on AtariCrypt and one I’ve never even heard of until today. The idea is to frantically run around each screen avoiding the baddies and collecting all of the diamonds. It’s pretty much a mash of ideas from numerous games with our main character shamefully ripped from the island of rainbows. Originally aimed at the younger audience but I have found it incredibly fun so there’s hope for all of us!
Graphically, it’s pretty basic but there are also so many gorgeous sprites and the big-eyed blue faces will always make me smile – especially when I’ve clubbed them! Sound effects are okay but we really needed a background tune, which is a shame. The controls are perfect, always responsive, and I loved the ability to have two jumping options. However, I did find the hammer can be a little disappointing because it seems to work only when the baddies are on the same platform as yourself (I tried to show this in the animation, above). So hit them from a horizontal perspective or you might end up losing a life, which sucks. Interestingly, you can flip between 50/60Hz at any time and there are three game speeds, all of which can be chosen at any time by pressing the function keys.
– Kid GP can be found on various floppy disks :
1) ST Review #09 – thanks to the amazing Atari ST Review Magazine ArchiveST Review Magazine Archive!
2) Gravatics #92 Menu CD – thanks to the incredible Stonish website.
3) Climatics had Kid GP v1.2(?) which you can download off my Dropbox.