Uridium Reviews (Commodore 64)

Critic Score
100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
User Score
5 point score based on user ratings.

User Reviews

A new direction in shoot'em-ups Игги Друге (46454) 3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars
A defining moment for shoot-em-ups. RUSSELL HUGHES (9) unrated
Another Great Andrew Braybrook game Scott G (794) 3.25 Stars3.25 Stars3.25 Stars3.25 Stars3.25 Stars

Our Users Say

Category Description User Score
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.7
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.9
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.8
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.4
Overall User Score (18 votes) 3.7

Critic Reviews

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Your Computer (Mar, 1986)
A game with a classic stamped all over it, this game will appeal right across the spectrum of games players. Zap addicts will thrill to the speed and mindless violence of it all, whilst more sober elements will appreciate the exquisite detail.
A game hasn't caused such a stir in the C + VG office since the arrival of Exploding Fist! Andrew Braybrook's Uridium is simply the best 64 game we've seen since Fist. It's good looking , sounds great and the action comes thick and fast.You won't drop your joystick for days after you've loaded Uridium into your 64.
Zzap! (Italy) (Jun, 1986)
Potrebbe tranquillamente gareggiare con i migliori coin-op: è forse il migliore"shoot em up" in circolazione per C64.
Zzap! (Mar, 1986)
Once again our Solar System is under the threat of extinction from an unknown enemy and once again it's up to you to prevent such a cataclysm. Uridium, the follow up to Andrew Braybrook's previous offering Paradroid, puts you in the pilot seat of the latest Manta class Space Fighter and straight into the action with a press of the fire button. Your objective is to destroy all fifteen Dreadnoughts by disrupting their interstellar power units, thus causing a chain reaction which eventually vapourises them. However, things are not so easy (are they ever?) since the enemy's defence systems must be successfully avoided, or disposed of if the situation arises, before you can land on the Dreadnought's master runway, enter the engine room and prime the ship destruction sequence.
Das Spiel ist zugegbenerweise recht simpel, aber durch die runde Hintergrundstory und natürlich die tolle Grafik kann es überzeugen. Man sollte aber auch nicht vergessen, die starke Anfangsmusik zu erwähnen. Das kurze, clever komponierte Stück könnte aus dem Soundtrack zu einem spannenden Science Fiction-Film stammen. Zu diesem Programm kehre ich immer wieder gerne zurück, was bei Schießereien eigentlich recht selten der Fall ist. Uridium beweist wieder einmal die These: "Bei keinem anderen Genre ist die Grafik so entscheidend wie beim Actionspiel".
Fazit: Bei URIDIUM handelt es sich um ein Schießspiel, bei dem Wert auf gute Grafik, guten Sound und hohe Geschwindigkeit gelegt wurde. Für Freunde von Aktion-Spielen empfehlenswert.
GamesCollection (Apr 05, 2008)
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Commodore User (Mar, 1986)
The shoot'em up was the last type of game you would expect to make the running in the Best Games league at the beginning of '86. But here it is - a shoot'em up better than anything that has come before that your collection will be pretty dull without it.
64'er (May, 1986)
Man merkt, daß „Uridium“ ein besonders edles Ballerspiel ist. Dafür haben die Autoren einen riesigen Aufwand bei der Grafik getrieben. Das Scrolling ist schnell und absolut fließend, besser kann man es wohl nicht mehr machen. Durch geschickte Farbwahl kommt der 3D-Effet bei Aufbauten und deren Schatten sehr gut zur Geltung. Der Manta-Fighter ist bei Kurven und Kehrtwenden fantastisch animiert. Die Selbstzerstörung des Dreadnought gehört schließlich gehört zu den faszinierendsten Special-Effekten der C 64-Geschichte. Auch die musikalische Untermalung ist gut gelungen.
Your Commodore (Apr, 1986)
This is super game is for all those who enjoy quality sound and action mixed with frenzied activity.
Eurogamer.net (UK) (Jul 04, 2007)
After finding every possible way to destroy their ship on the first level, they switched the DTV off. Their review was quite simplistic: "It's hard," they said. Marc would agree.
Computer Gamer (Mar, 1986)
A good game for all you zap addicts, with excellent graphics, good sound, and real 'feel' to it!
Uridium offers high-quality graphics which reflect depth of field on the surface of the Dreadnought. Players must complete 15 levels of play in order to win the game. Perhaps the most outstanding factor in the game, however, is the ease with which the Manta handles. Many games allow players to move up and down on the screen, but (iridium allows the player to move vertically or even, to make a quick full-reverse roll. The fighter's handling characteristics make this game a joystick jockey's dream.
Happy Computer (May, 1986)
Spielerisch ist „Uridium“ nicht so anspruchsvoll wie „Paradroid“. Die strategische Note des Vorgängers fehlt leider völlig und es wird „nur“ Action-Kost von allererster Güte geboten. Aber das ganze Spiel ist atemberaubend schnell, verwöhnt durch blitzsauberes Scrolling, Sprites in rauhen Mengen und bietet trotz 2-D-Darstellung perspektivisch wirkende Grafik. Wer ein brillant programmiertes, herausforderndes Actionspiel sucht, ist mit „Uridium“ bestens bedient.