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Electroman (DOS)

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Description

This is a platform game with puzzle elements. You have to guide Jacek, the Electroman, around the levels, using such things as teleporters, while shooting enemies and collecting weapon power-ups. This latter activity is essential - over a period of time, your weapon downgrades itself, until you can't actually fire at all.

The game features in total 8 levels, on which there are three microchips that must be collected in order to proceed to the next. The difficulty level is very steep, and each death sets you back to your previously visited checkpoint, but fortunately already collected microchips stay collected. Checkpoints also serve as an additional difficulty factor, as once touched, they remove all your weapons, leaving you unarmed.

Unlike many platformers, you can't control your jumping mid-air, and the main protagonist can only jump and fall at a given angle. This proves an extra challenge as when there are enemies above or below you, perfect timing is essential in order to succeed.

The game suffers from almost no sound at all, and only the last level, which really is just a credit to the producers, has music.

Screenshots

Electroman DOS Robots and cannons
Electroman DOS After Level 1 is finished.
Electroman DOS New environment
Electroman DOS Electro Man title screen (Epic Games shareware version)

Alternate Titles

  • "Electro Body" -- German/Polish title

User Reviews

Wanna play something REALLY hard? Sir Gofermajster (481) 3.25 Stars3.25 Stars3.25 Stars3.25 Stars3.25 Stars

The Press Says

Top Secret Apr, 1992 3 out of 5 60
The DOS Spirit Dec 15, 2008 3 out of 6 50
PC Player (Germany) Aug, 1993 46 out of 100 46
PC Joker Oct, 1993 28 out of 100 28

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Trivia

Extras

In its original release, Electro Man came with an audio cassette with in-game music, for the benefit of people without sound cards.

Certain releases of the game also came bundled with a Covox Speech Thing, which would generate digital sounds and music when connected to a LPT port.

Freeware release

Developer xLand generously released this game as freeware under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.5 license on 25 June 2006. This version was released to work in DOSBox and will not work in original DOS.

Version 1.5

The version of the game for markets outside Poland is version 1.5, with improved graphics. The improved version also saw release in Poland.

Additional information added by Scaryfun

Related Web Sites

  • Download Electro Man! (Free, legal download of the shareware version of Electro Man -- look for $ELECTRO.ZIP)
Retron (168) added Electroman (DOS) on Jan 15, 2000