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Astaroth: The Angel of Death

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Atari ST
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2.7
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Description

You must guide Ozymandias through the catacombs of Astaroth's domain. To aid you in your quest you can pick up nine different mind powers, which act as powerups. These powerups include levitation - allowing you to float, Pyrokinetics - ability to create fire with your mind, and shape shifting.

The game is in the platform style and you must jump and duck the various obstacles you encounter. The monsters you will meet include giant scorpions, beholders and fire elementals.

You will have to defeat Astaroth's 3 guardians of the soul along the way, firstly a sphinx, secondly a 3 headed hydra and finally a marlith demon. Once you have defeated the guardians you will have to face Astaroth herself in a battle of the minds using the powerups you have collected.

Screenshots

Astaroth: The Angel of Death Atari ST Title screen
Astaroth: The Angel of Death Atari ST Staring the game.
Astaroth: The Angel of Death Atari ST The hydra boss
Astaroth: The Angel of Death Atari ST Going down or going to the right? That's the question.

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The Press Says

Zzap! Amiga Aug, 1989 90 out of 100 90
Amiga Joker Amiga Nov, 1989 74 out of 100 74
CU Amiga Amiga Sep, 1989 71 out of 100 71
Amiga Format Amiga Oct, 1989 41 out of 100 41
Power Play Atari ST Aug, 1989 29 out of 100 29

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Trivia

"Censored" cover illustration

Astaroths box originally was showing the "Angel of Death". Sandra Cousin, responsible for the packaging design, asked Steve Weston (who also did the illustrations for Eliminator, Exolon and Nebulus) to create the illustration. After creating some sketches, he finished the picture while on holiday in Spain. The Angel of Death picture showed the angel as naked woman with wings, influenced by H.R. Giger's artwork. Before release of the game, it was shown to major retailers, and Hewson were told that the game would not be stocked with the present picture on the package. As a result, the package got a very neutral black cover with only the name of the game. And inside the box, a poster of the Angel of Death illustration was included.

Graphics

The main sprite is based on a drawing of Sisters of Mercy frontman Andrew Eldritch.

Inspiration

In the manual of the game, designer Marc Dawson reveals that he got the idea for the game after reading Carrie by Stephen King.
Contributed to by Neepie Lantern (482) and Martin Smith (63160)