Psytronik Software are pleased to announce the release of Rocky Memphis: The Legend of Atlantis in digital download and physical cassette/disk formats.
The Legend of Atlantis sees you take on the role of Rocky Memphis who has to explore the ancient temple ruins to find the secret of the lost city of Atlantis. To complete your quest you will need to use all your cunning and skill to search the rooms in the temple for clues, useful objects and hidden switches, while at the same time battling the deadly inhabitants and avoiding the many booby traps hidden within.
Rocky Memphis is a puzzle platform game, set in an Indiana Jones inspired setting. As you start to explore the temple, you are immediately presented with a rudimentary puzzle to be solved before you are allowed to proceed deeper into the tomb.
Puzzle solving is the main game activity within Rocky Memphis, many of which looked to be based on the premise of performing an action on one location to open up the game on another screen and, as a result, you will find that Rocky Memphis’ game play is anything but linear.
The control mechanism used in Rocky Memphis will take a little while to get used to. Sideways jumps are invoked by pressing the FIRE button along with LEFT or RIGHT. Holding DOWN and FIRE is used to search or collect objects (even when the object is up above you), Holding UP and FIRE allows you to scroll through and select the inventory object, while the FIRE button alone is to use a selected object.
If the above controls sound familiar to you then you may have played Psytronik’s previous puzzle platform game, Joe Gunn. If you consider the graphic colour scheme and the type of game play on offer, it would actually be fair to say that Rocky Memphis is a spiritual successor to Joe Gunn.
For some reason, Rocky Memphis has decided to enter the dangerous temple unarmed. This means that dangerous bats and scorpions will need to be avoided until Rocky can find a whip hidden somewhere inside. To make things even more difficult, the temple is riddled with spike traps, falling debris and projectiles shot in your direction to make sure that you don’t success in find the temple’s secrets.
From my initial game play, Rocky Memphis looks to provide a bit of a challenge for retro gamers to complete with just 3 lives. The initial puzzle elements were not too difficult to solve with a small amount of persistence but a bit of attention to detail will need to be paid otherwise you may miss when unlock triggers have been set off. Avoiding the enemies will pose the greatest threat to the lives count while Rocky is unarmed. Anyone looking to blindly go through a screen without first paying attention to the enemy movement patterns will likely find themselves re-starting the gaming in a quick fashion.
The hi-res graphics allow for some detailed backgrounds while Rocky himself is large and moves around quite well. The introduction sequence sets up the story well and is professionally presented with some great artwork on display. The in-game background music does a good job to tie in all the environmental elements and is typical for temple exploring games, sounding like a mesh between Egyptian and Central American influences.
Overall, Rocky Memphis makes a good initial impression. It really does remind me of an updated version of Joe Gunn and, given that I am a fan of that game, that can only be a good thing in my mind.
Does it bring anything new to the puzzle platform game genre? Probably not. Though, this should not stop anyone from seriously consider purchasing Rocky Memphis as many hours of challenging and engaging action will be on offer. Take a look at the video link below to obtain a better perspective of the game play on offer.
Rocky Memphis: The Legend of Atlantis is available as a digital download for $4.99 USD. Alternatively, a physical release edition is available from Psytronik, starting at £6.99 and going up to £29.99 for the Collector’s Box Edition.
Digital Download: Itch.Io
Physical Edition (Pre-Order): Psytronik Software