GBAtemp Recommends Revival # 001

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Oct 17, 2011
  1. Another World
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    Welcome to the 1st issue of the GBAtemp Recommends Revival Project! This project is a weekly magazine feature where we share our favorite games and applications with you. The things we recommend may be “old school” titles, a Homebrew, a ROM hack, sleeper hits, an application, etc, but one thing's for certain, we think they are fantastic and deserve your attention!

    GBAtemp Recommends!

    [​IMG] Ature​

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    The Atari 2600 had a few games that could be considered more than just basic repetitive arcade-like fun. These early platformer, adventure, and RPG style games were often winnable in a single sitting. Only a few stood out from this single-sitting classification and Ature aims to join them.

    Designed and coded as “an exercise for a simple machine with low art requirements,” Ature, is heavily influenced by The Legend of Zelda and the Seiken Densetu series. The story is one of mankind’s triumphs in the year 2600 where magical trees have brought forth the Numen, a mysterious life-giving power. When the Earth healing Numen is magically cursed and drained by the dark queen Ikaza, it is up to our hero Signe to save the human race (and a love interest).

    Game play is very similar to classic overhead Zelda titles, including a memorable “over world” broken into familiar grid-like sections. Each area of the map is unique and features not only a detailed yet minimalistic backdrop, but enemies to fight, switches to flip, and treasure to discover. During exploration of the game world our hero will face each new trial with the aid of a sword, which has been carefully implemented as to force the player into attacking with strategy. There are multiple ways to win Ature and one includes finding mystical weapons and items which will aid our hero. These special items include a powerful double damage-yielding sword upgrade and a magical shield which can block all projectile attacks. Those brave enough to unlock the secrets of Ature will also discover the Book of Striking, which allows our hero to attack from a distance. The game completes the various RPG elements by offering a leveling system, maxing out at 99, which is calculated from experience earned with each kill.

    Ature is an epic adventure in a small package. The developer has spent a great deal of time to provide gamers with an adventure worthy of their time. With multiple ways to beat the game, enough secrets to keep you coming back, and a cleverly designed continue system, this action adventure RPG has the makings of a polished Atari 2600 retail release. For these reasons I have chosen this title for the very first GBAtemp Recommends Revival article!


    StellaDS v1.2 by Alekmaul

    Ature can be enjoyed in both DS and DSi-mode thanks to Alekmaul's Homebrew Bounty entry, StellaDS v1.2. StellaDS requires a Flash Kit or the DSiWareHax to run. Ature should be renamed to "ature.a26" so that StellaDS will recognize it as a ROM. To activate the Book of Striking the left difficulty switch must be changed to "A", this can be done in StellaDS by pressing "X". Ature can be continued by pressing the reset switch, this can be done in StellaDS by pressing the right shoulder button.


    The Story of Ature
    Ature World Map
    Genre: Action-Adventure RPG
    Type: Homebrew
    Developer: Beoran
    Release Date: May 31st, 2010
    ROM Size: 32 KB
    System: Atari 2600

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    This looks interesting going to have to check it out this week some time. I'd love to see more articles like this.
     
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    with the help of community wide involvement (hint) i'm planning on doing at least a year, if not more.

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    Well if there is anything I could do to help just ask.
     
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    Interesting idea for a series. Any limits on platform?

    I could recommend Task Maker, Tomb of the Task Maker and A Whole Mess o' Trouble. All old Mac games.
     
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    i'm pretty much open to allowing anyone from our community to write for the recommends. its pretty straight forward. pick an old game/software, write a bit about it (3-4 paragraphs), collect any additional info for quotes or spoilers, and finish it all up with the file specific info (genre, size, release date, publisher, type, etc).

    if you, or any gbatemp member, would like to write something just PM me. please include what think you want to write about, a quick blurb about how you are going to attack the project, etc. i'll either OK, deny it, or make suggestions.

    so there you go, the call for writers is now officially posted! =)

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    Also, didn't you say something about it having to be able to be played on current-gen platforms? (e.g through emulators on DS).

    Writing mine now.
     
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    that was one of the original rules, keeping it related to gbatemp's sort of "on-topic" discussions (gba, ds, wii). yet, the site is changing. nds is on the way out. so we decided to pretty much allow any games and things related to them (translations, hacks, etc). just keep it software related, that's pretty much the only rule right now.

    stick to the topics you presented to me for now and then PM me new topics when you are ready. we can discuss new topics at a later date.

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