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Début (Atari ST)

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A planet sits on the verge of environmental disaster. It's the player's job to find the sources and shut them down, but the slightest intervention can have ramifications on a worldwide scale.

Début features a fusion of both traditional arcade side-scroller action and a complex planet simulation. The arcade sections feature multiple levels as the player descends deeper into the planet's infrastructure, shutting down reactors, halting pollution, and eliminating bad guys.

The simulation part of this game presents a 3D satellite view of the planet, allowing the player to scan various attributes of the ecosystem below. Both elements combine to present the player with two separate and complimentary goals that need to be fulfilled - both careful monitoring and influence of the planet, together with direct hands-on intervention.

As an added bonus, there is a sound generator called "Vibes" included that allows various loopback and reverb effects to be applied to the game's soundtrack.


Début Atari ST Robots are patrolling this area
Début Atari ST An elevator
Début Atari ST Selecting level
Début Atari ST That looks like a computer terminal

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The Press Says

The Games Machine (UK) Sep, 1990 64 out of 100 64
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Jul, 1990 6.6 out of 12 55
Power Play Dec, 1990 22 out of 100 22


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Brian Leake (26) added Début (Atari ST) on Apr 27, 2008
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