Oids (Atari ST)

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Oids may be described as a cross between the classic arcade games Gravitar and Choplifter, including a game editor for creating your own planetoids and galaxies.

You control a V-Wing fighter on many different planetoids to rescue and free a race of android slaves, the "Oids" of the game's title. The spacecraft controls are similar to a lunar-lander. Turn and thrust because gravity is always pulling at your ship. If your ship crashes into a mountain or any other obstruction on the ground, it will explode.

To survive against the various defenses on the planetoids (enemy spaceships, rockets and more) your ship is equipped with two different weapons and an energy shield. Flying around and using the energy shield costs fuel. You can refuel by landing next to a fuel base.

The main objective on each of your missions is to rescue all the Oids on each planetoid in the galaxy. To rescue the Oids, you must first destroy the factories in which they are held captive. Use only single shoots to avoid killing the Oids. Once you have blasted a factory open, the Oids will run out and wave to you. Find a flat surface nearby and land your ship. Once eight Oids have climbed aboard, or you have rescued all the Oids on the planetoid, it's time to dock with your mother-ship to complete your rescue mission.


Oids Atari ST Using the shield against a rocket
Oids Atari ST Destroying enemy buildings
Oids Atari ST Using a fuel base
Oids Atari ST While refueling an enemy ship approaches from the right side

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Fun game that I had almost completely forgotten about eamonman (8) 3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars

Critic Reviews

ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) May, 1988 969 out of 1000 97
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Oct, 1988 955 out of 1000 96
Power Play Mar, 1988 8.5 out of 10 85
The Games Machine (UK) Apr, 1988 82 out of 100 82
Atari ST User May, 1988 8 out of 10 80
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Apr, 1988 8 out of 10 80
Happy Computer Mar, 1988 79 out of 100 79
ST Action May, 1988 68 out of 100 68
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Apr, 1988 7.6 out of 12 63


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1001 Video Games

Oids appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.


For a long time none of the standard ST emulators ran it successfully due to its exact hardware routines, so one called Oidemu was written which can run it - and virtually no other games.


  • ACE
    • October 1988 (issue #13) - Included in the Top-100 list of 1987/1988 (editorial staff selection)
  • Retro Gamer
    • September 2004 (Issue #8) – #83 Best Game Of All Time (Readers' Vote)
  • ST Format
    • May 1990 (Issue #10) - Included in the list "ST Format's 30 Kick-Ass Classics"
    • January 1993 (Issue #42) – #23 in '50 finest Atari ST games of all time' list

wishbringer (5551) added Oids (Atari ST) on Jun 25, 2003
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