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B.A.T.

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Description

B.A.T. is cyberpunk romp through the underworld of crime and corruption. As agent for B.A.T. (Bureau of Astral Troubleshooters), an ultra-secret organization serving the Confederation of the Galaxies in the 22nd century, you will be assigned various missions covering a wide range of spy activities and planets.

B.A.T. is a mixture of first-person adventure game and role-playing. Most of the game is spent exploring the futuristic locations, talking to characters and gathering items needed to advance the narrative. Combat occurs randomly and utilizes a real-time system: the player must prepare for the battle within a limited amount of time, after which the combatants exchange blows. The protagonist is able to side-step and dodge the attacks. Other features include the ability to program the B.O.B. (organic computer implanted on your arm), and RPG-style character development based on various stats.

Screenshots

B.A.T. DOS I attacked the alien, and here are the consequences...
B.A.T. Atari ST Spy in the toilet
B.A.T. Atari ST Title screen
B.A.T. DOS Failure

Alternate Titles

  • "Bureau of Astral Troubleshooters" -- Expansion of title
  • "Bureau des Affaires Temporelles" -- Original French title
  • "B.A.T.: The Humble Guys" -- DOS in-game title
  • "BAT" -- Informal Title

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The Press Says

ST Format Atari ST Dec, 1990 92 out of 100 92
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Atari ST Jan, 1991 908 out of 1000 91
Amiga Joker Amiga Nov, 1990 81 out of 100 81
64'er Commodore 64 Jun, 1991 8 out of 10 80
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft Atari ST 1993 77 out of 100 77
Power Play Amiga 1991 76 out of 100 76
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft Commodore 64 1993 71 out of 100 71
Datormagazin Amiga Feb 14, 1991 7 out of 10 70
Datormagazin Commodore 64 Feb 14, 1991 7 out of 10 70
Zzap! Amiga Mar, 1991 68 out of 100 68

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Trivia

Mobytrack

The game features an underground transportation system on the planet Terrapolis called the Mobytrack.

Awards

  • ST Format issue 01/1991: #2 Best Adventure Game in 1990 (Atari ST)

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