Doug Turner has released a new game for the Commodore Plus/4. After more than 30 years after creating Icicle Works and Prospector Pete, Doug decided to work on a new game following the Boulderdash-style gameplay.
According to Doug, The Pit was born of his desire to revisit Icicle Works and correct the mistakes he made back then, most notably the lack of a smooth scrolling window. With that in mind, he also took Prospector Pete elements to create the new game.
As I mentioned before, The Pit is very like Boulderdash, but to be very honest, a better one. Although at first, it looks like the same, The Pit mesh the two of Doug’s previous games makes the game the ultimate Boulderdash, with 36 levels of frantic gravitational gameplay, new foes, magic pits to fill with stones, portals, warp holes, dynamite, spades, and much more.
From the description of the game, we get the gist of what waits for you!
“Pete is now on his new quest – to get through all the caves of the mine workings, gathering as many gems on the way as he can, solving puzzles, fighting monsters, and trying not to get stuck.
He will encounter lots of obstacles on the way. The caves are littered with boulders, which will come crashing down if he is not careful. Pete has been working out, and he is able to push and pull boulders to clear a path, and attack things.
There are numerous monsters lurking in the mine. Some have very poor eyesight and will feel their way around by following the walls. They are often quite anti-social and do not like meeting other types of monsters… The deeper parts of the mine can contain a mysterious and much-prized substance called Gemanium. Looking and behaving a lot like a boulder, it twinkles in the darkness. Be warned: it is radioactive, and if you get too much of It together in one place it will reach critical mass. Stand back!
Rock Bottom had specialist miners whose job it was to search out Gemanium. They wore radiation suits to protect themselves, but it did not work. Some got left behind, and they seem to have gone a bit mad now… For a while, Rock Bottom was illegally dumping toxic waste in the mine. Watch out for this pulsating green ooze… When Rock Bottom worked the mine, they had their advanced product R&D division develop several neat bits of kit to try to maximize profits and defeat the monsters. Some of these were left behind in the mine.” (Plus/4 World)
The Pit is available for free, following the link below. Meanwhile, watch a bit of the two first levels on our YouTube channel.
Link: The Pit