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Joust

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Released: 1992

Genre: Platformer

Format reviewed: Atari Lynx

Publisher: Williams Entertainment

Developer: Shadow Software

Submitted by: Darran Jones

It's a shame that Williams entered the Lynx market so late, as we'd have loved to have seen what other gems developer Shadowsoft would have converted to the excellent handheld.

While Robotron: 2084 was hampered by the Lynx's lack of buttons, this excellent port suffered from no such problems. As a result it's a truly stunning conversion of the game, that should be experienced by any fan of the coin-op original.

Taking control of a flying Ostrich (no really) you're required to do little more than knock the other knights off their airborne perches and collect any dropped eggs. Once you've jousted all your opponents you get to move on to the next, far trickier stage.

Yes it's simplistic, and surprisingly difficult, but it's also a hell of a lot of fun and this Lynx port appears virtually indistinguishable to the real deal. Sprites are beautifully drawn and perfectly mimic their arcade parents, while the sound effects are also very faithful. Then of course there's the excellent gameplay, which, while not completely identical to the arcade original's is not far off.

Quite simply this is the best handheld version of Joust on an old machine that I've ever played, and I'll be very, very surprised if I discover anything better. Another classic arcade conversion for Atari's underrated handheld.