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Amok

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Released
Platforms
MobyRank MobyScore
DOS
...
3.3
SEGA Saturn
65
3.9
Windows
61
3.7
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Description

Amok portrays a futuristic storyline on a planet which is identified in the manual as having the same name. There, two gigantic corporations, referred to by the acronyms NONLUN and AZTK, had previously been having an all-out war between them for forty-seven years. The war had involved all possible fronts and theaters, including operations in the air, on the surface of the land and sea, and beneath the water. Very recently, a weak peace accord had only just been reached. In the manual, the peace accord is described as being much like "a blanket covering the fire that smolders in the hearts of the people. The agreement is sufficiently unsteady that an influential mercenary company, known only as "the Bureau," has now decided to hire a capable battle walker pilot named Gert Staun to restart the war so they can continue to make large amounts of money by taking lucrative contracts from both sides. The player takes the role of Gert Staun.

Naturally "the Bureau" has placed a high priority on this, and they are funding it entirely on their own. Indeed, Gert Staun's battle walker, called the "Slambird" is explicitly said to be custom-modified. In particular, the Slambird can not only survive either on land or underwater, but it can transition between the two -- it can move, fight, and safely control its vertical position in either environment. These abilities are portrayed as costly and not standard to such vehicles in the universe where Amok takes place. The transformation of the Slambird between an underwater vehicle and a land vehicle is automatically scripted, however. The player has no power to control this transformation or alter the time when it happens. Instead, the player must get to the point when Staun will automatically bring the Slambird ashore to continue his attacks.

The object of this arcade-type game is to meet a series of objectives, and to do so in such a way that each side will blame the other. The game has a linear structure, based on levels that present tasks of increasing difficulty, and all sorts of hazards and targets are encountered. These include military bases, power generators, land mines, infantry, tanks, submarines -- even sharks and huge, aggressive birds. Infantry elements are poorly armored, so they can be killed by being run over. In one mission, the only way that the player will be able to get enough time to escape is to open with a surprise attack, slowing pursuit by destroying a parking facility full of unattended troop transport vehicles. Power-ups are scattered throughout the levels. The Slambird carries a variety of explosive devices and line-of-sight weapons. Some of the explosive weapons can bounce in a parabolic trajectory, and in addition there are two laser cannons that can fire rapidly an unlimited number of times. These cannons are useful in case no other weapons remain, and they can be used to create complex ripple fire, which can be used to cover an area that is surprisingly wide. When underwater, propellers are used, while torpedoes are automatically used instead of missiles.

Screenshots

Amok DOS In enemy base
Amok DOS The war came to end....
Amok DOS Achtung minen!
Amok DOS Mission Briefing

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The Press Says

Shin Force SEGA Saturn Jul 14, 2006 7.8 out of 10 78
Privat Computer PC Windows 1997 78 out of 100 78
Pelit DOS Oct, 1996 78 out of 100 78
PC Games (Germany) Windows Dec, 1996 74 out of 100 74
PC Player (Germany) Windows Dec, 1996 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Edge SEGA Saturn Feb, 1997 6 out of 10 60
PC Gameplay (Benelux) Windows Mar, 1997 54 out of 100 54
All Game Guide SEGA Saturn 1998 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50
GameSpot SEGA Saturn Dec 01, 1996 4.7 out of 10 47
GameSpot Windows Dec 23, 1996 3.9 out of 10 39

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Trivia

Protagonist

The manual states that in the game, the mercenary who pilots the war machine, controlled by the player, is named Gert Staun. Since the premise of the game is to make money by wrongly restarting a war that should be over, it could be that the man's name is intended to suggest an evil person with a heart of stone (a homophone), as it were, and no morals.
Contributed to by Ben Fahy (73) and Terok Nor (18749)