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After The War

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Released: 1989

Genre: Beat-’em-up

Format reviewed: Amiga 500

Publisher: Dinamic Software

Developer: Dinamic Software

Submitted by: Martin Dodd

There has been a nuclear war and it’s your role as Jonathon Rogers to make your way across a devastated New York City and escape to the outer colonies.  Emerging from your bunker you begin to realise that this is going to be no easy task.  You are going to encounter other survivors and mutants that will hinder your progress.  There is also the fallout radiation that accumulates as you progress to consider…..

In the first part you have a limited number of moves that consists of mostly kick, punch and roll with which to eliminate your opponents. You can pick up weapons and aids from dead survivors and this goes in some way in helping you on your journey. Part 2 arms you with a big gun that cuts down the on coming enemies as you make your way across the underground railway network.

This game is quite pedestrian to play in part 1 for an arcade style game and sadly, its not like Dragon Ninja where enemies can come at you at quite a pace on both sides.  However in part 2 it does become frantic.  It can even be quite violent in places – smacking people with baseball bats and kicking dogs to death in part 1 for example.

I would have liked to have seen the backgrounds even more devastated by the war as some of the buildings still look too intact and clean.  This is mostly on the later levels.  Yet, it still manages to retain a post apocalyptic atmosphere as there is no music making up for an eerie silence.  Some of the enemies can be quite surreal such as the cops and the guys on roller-skates.

Film buffs with recognise the obvious references from famous movies notably; Blade runner, (2019) They Live, (the black boss) Robocop, Mad Max and Escape from New York spring to mind.  This game was also a coin op but only available to play in Spain.