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Platonix Profi Edition (Atari ST)

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Description

"Platonix Profi-Edition" is an extended commercial version of the original Platonix public domain game.

You are some kind of wizard and you have to travel in a land of the fairy tales where you have to defeat the evil by collecting stones of wisdom in order to create a powerful spell and bundle the knowledge of human kind. Saving the world is practically done by solving puzzles. Those levels are divided into time zones, which does not affect gameplay, but graphics and music.

In-game you control a cursor and move over stones. On leaving a field, it vanishes and you cannot go back. A level is solved as soon as all stones are removed. Therefore the route moving over the stones have to be carefully planned to avoid later inaccessible stones. Often there are several possibilities to solve the level. Some maps are taken from the earlier free Atari ST game, but there are many new levels added to the “Profi Edition”, overall 100 levels are included.

There are several differences to the predecessor. Graphical wise, there is now variance in stone graphics – but only visually, there are no stones with special functions. By default the map is scrolling, keeping the player's cursor in the centre, which makes parts of the map invisible at times (this effect can be switched off in the options). Time limits are not so short like in the free game, but the player has to survive with only five lives instead of nine. A level password is now rewarded after each level. Overall playing speed is slower, for example you can not instantly restart the level on a button stroke if you are stucked, but have to watch and stop some animations first before re-entering the game.

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Platonix Profi Edition Atari ST Some more graphical variation and level impressions
Platonix Profi Edition Atari ST Credits
Platonix Profi Edition Atari ST The animation before the level shows the level structure. The four bars on the right are level, time, lives, stones
Platonix Profi Edition Atari ST Impression from the intro movie

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Alternate Titles

  • "Platonix Profi-Edition" -- Alternative title used on media and box side
  • "Platonix" -- In-game title

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Trivia

Discount

People who ordered the original Platonix from the original PD distributor "PD-Pool" (disk 2525), got a discount of 10 DM (~5€) on this game by sending their ST disks to this vendor (although the original game was public domain, so could be copied freely, some vendors sold those disk for cheap with their own logo on them).

DOS port

In 1997 the game was ported to DOS and released as part of the compilation gamebox 2: 50 Spiele in Germany.
Jo ST (23482) added Platonix Profi Edition (Atari ST) on Aug 11, 2015