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Upiór (Atari 8-bit)

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Description

The eponymous Upiór (Ghoul) has invaded your castle along with his monstrous buddies. Your task is to search the labyrinthine castle for 20 gems, which will allow you to enter the ghoul's chamber and deliver some well-deserved punishment to him.

On your way, you'll face numerous monsters, some stationary, some moving. You have to defeat them by punching or kicking. The monsters have variable amounts of resistance to your blows, and variable strength with which they hit you. You've got to battle them carefully; approach them, punch and then move away before they retaliate. If hurt, you can heal yourself by picking up the chalices which can also be found in the castle.

Your health, the health of the current enemy and the amount of gems you've collected is displayed at the bottom of the screen. Note that falling from big heights will harm you too. You have only one life - if you run out of health, you instantly die and it's game over.

Screenshots

Upiór Atari 8-bit Mummy
Upiór Atari 8-bit Golden cup
Upiór Atari 8-bit Jumping over mummy
Upiór Atari 8-bit Skeleton snake

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The Press Says

Secret Service / New S Service Jun, 1994 80 out of 100 80
Top Secret May, 1993 2 out of 5 40

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Trivia

One of the authors of the game, Tomasz Sadza, has been interviewed by a Polish 8-bit Atari fansite. The interview includes a mention of Upiór. Translation follows:

[Interviewer]: Soon after release, "Upiór" has been completely panned by the press and the gamers. What's your opinion of the game after the years?

TS: Heheheh, I entirely agree with the press and the gamers :) My job was just to draw, in four animation frames, the graphics of the apathetic hero's enemies, and as far as I recall these were very hot summer holidays and the bicycle, the swimming pool and the kayaks beat the computer every time. As a result, we've got just as apathetic behemoths. Upiór is a game for very determined players, I would be too disheartened to get past even the first few levels ;)
JudgeDeadd (8255) added Upiór (Atari 8-bit) on Jan 02, 2009