DescriptionThis 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.
Apart from the title screen, only the last level, which really is just a credit to the producers, has background music.
- "Electro Body" -- German/Polish title
Part of the Following Groups
|Wanna play something REALLY hard?||Sir Gofermajster (481)|
|Top Secret||Jul, 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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Collector's Edition releaseAfter 22 years the game was re-released on CD-ROM at Poznań Game Arena 2014, including high quality soundtrack and printed certificate.
ExtrasIn its original release, Electroman 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 releaseDeveloper 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 1.5The version of the game for markets outside Poland is version 1.5, with improved graphics. The improved version also saw release in Poland.
Python portThe game's developer, Maciej Miąsik, was working on a Python port of the game under the name "PyElectroMan" as a hobby project. However, the project has not been active since 2011.
ContestIn 2014, the Polish indie game website 1ndie World announced "The Jam", a contest for the best game inspired by Electroman. The winner, announced at Poznań Game Arena 2014, was Ego Protocol.
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- Download Electro Man! (Free, legal download of the shareware version of Electro Man -- look for $ELECTRO.ZIP)