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Heartland (Atari ST)

Heartland Atari ST Title screen


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Sissy and Sassy have lost their playing card deck. On a journey through Heartland they try to get all the lost cards. In this platform game, the goal is to find the lost cards, hidden in a huge area scrolling in all eight directions. Some cards can be found directly on platforms, other are hidden behind one of the nine magic doors, which are also acting as teleporters to other locations of the game map. The player can jump and should avoid spikes on the ground as they drain energy. Energy can be refilled by some of the bottles lying around (not all regain energy). If energy dropped to zero, the game ends. Beside finding all the cards, there are also 273 gold coins spread over the complete map, which can be searched and collected for points.

There are no enemies or moving obstacles in the levels, so exploration of the levels can be done without fear (except the spikes). The player can change between Sissy and Sassy during the game, as well as saving and loading games. A high-score table can be reached and is saved on disk. On STE machines, a sample is playing in a loop.


Heartland Atari ST Invisible/hidden platforms can bring us here to a much higher place
Heartland Atari ST Title screen
Heartland Atari ST The complete game map can be shown
Heartland Atari ST Entering the door will get you one card for the deck and teleporting you to another location on the map

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Character sprite

The character sprites for Sissy and Sassy are taken from the Dizzy games by Codemasters. First, the sprites were included for testing only, but as they fitted well in the game, the authors tried to get permission to use the sprite in the non-commercial game. As it was unclear who had the rights on the Dizzy character in 1996, they couldn't get this permission, but as the game was released in the public domain only without commercial interests, the developers used the sprites without permission.

Related Web Sites

  • Atarimania (Game entry on the Atarimania website.)
  • Demozoo (Game information and download of the free game on the demo-scene website.)
Jo ST (24070) added Heartland (Atari ST) on Oct 07, 2015