DescriptionKatakis on the Amiga is, like its counterpart on the C64, a shoot'em'up heavily influenced by R-Type.
It's a single space ship versus the machine intelligences from the planet Katakis in six side-scrolling levels. The R-Type influence is apparent in many ways: from the design of the player's ship and some enemies to the weapons system and even some of the level designs (for example, one level is a battle against a giant enemy ship reminiscent of R-Type's third level).
The player's ship is equipped with a standard forward-aiming weapon. Further powerups to be collected include a three-directional scattershot that can be upgraded from two to eight projectiles. A reflective laser bounces off the floors and ceiling to cause further damage. Also available is an autoseeker and a power shot which must be charged by holding on to the fire button. The R-Type influence on the weapons is most obvious with up to two protection satellites hovering above and below the ship, as well as the R-Ball, an indestructible object that can be docked to the front of the ship and be used as both a weapon and a shield (and thus is basically the same as R-Type's Force).
The game offers a two-player mode, with two players taking turns.
- "Neutralizer" -- working title
- "Denaris" -- Re-release title
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|ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment)||Mar, 1989||887 out of 1000||89|
|Commodore User||Mar, 1989||88 out of 100||88|
|Amiga Computing||May, 1989||88 out of 100||88|
|The One||Mar, 1989||86 out of 100||86|
|Computer and Video Games (CVG)||Apr, 1989||85 out of 100||85|
|Power Play||Nov, 1988||85 out of 100||85|
|The Games Machine (UK)||Apr, 1989||83 out of 100||83|
|ST/Amiga Format||Apr, 1989||83 out of 100||83|
|Pixel-Heroes.de||Dec, 2005||7 out of 10||70|
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Copyright infringementThis was the first game by Factor 5, and they were promptly sued by Activision Europe because it was too similar to R-Type. For the right to keep selling the game, they did the Amiga conversion of R-Type, as Activision couldn't find programmers to do it.
DevelopmentThe reason for lots of differences in the Amiga version of Katakis is that it is actually not a true port of the C64 original. To reduce the costs of the conversion Rainbow Arts decided to simply modify another R-Type clone called Neutralizer, that was presented to them by three hobby programmers at the time.
End credits shipIn the end credits for Katakis for Amiga, scenes from the game are shown in sepia colours. However, if you look closely, the spaceship does not look exactly like the spaceship you have been controlling for the last hours – instead it is a carbon copy of the original R-Type ship, the R-9! Similarly, the weapons pod in these screens is identical to R-Type's "Force".
NameThe name "Katakis" was retrieved by programmer Manfred Trenz by using a phone book. "Katakis" is a greek family name from someone living in the German town Gütersloh. (Source: Interview with Manfred Trenz in Amiga Joker 1990/7)
Information also contributed by Игги Друге and Zerobrain
Related Web Sites
- Factor 5's download site (Free downloads of past Amiga works including Katakis, usable in an emulator.)