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Dismal instructions and some random elements try but fail to scupper a classic Martin Smith (66855) unrated

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Category Description User Score
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 4.0
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 4.0
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 4.0
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.5
Overall User Score (5 votes) 3.9

Critic Reviews

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Supporting the gameplay are some tremendous graphics. The use of colour is superb - I've never seen so many colours on-screen at the same time, and the sprites are excellent. There are some unusual sampled sitar sounds heralding the beginning of the screen and the end of a game, and the sound effects are pretty good. The title screen music is also good, with the Amiga version having the edge over the slightly tinny ST tune. Whether you're an ST or Amiga version, don't let this classic escape you.
This game can't be praised enough for its originality, graphic presentation, addictive gameplay and lasting challenge. Every last detail has been well thought out in the programming to make a classic game even better.
ST Action (Oct, 1988)
Hewson's Nebulus has just about every quality that a game needs; great sound, wonderful graphics, tremendous playability and fantastic lasting appeal, and what's more, it even has an original game concept!
Atari ST User (Dec, 1988)
Difficult, at times perplexing, but truly addictive. The graphics are lovely, complete with reflection in the sea below. And the gameplay is superb - I keep going back for more. This is one game which has to be played to be believed. An ideal Christmas present - put it on your list now.
Retrogaming History (May 12, 2009)
In Nebulus il divertimento è assicurato e si riconferma a ben 22 anni dalla realizzazione del gioco, verificando, così, il notevole quanto sempreverde valore di un titolo affascinante e concettualmente vincente. Il fatto di poter riscoprire oggi (magari tramite il remake per iPhone: Power Toppler) un titolo come Nebulus è, infatti, una prova della natura evergreen anche in ambito videoludico di buone idee ed intuizioni vincenti.
The most outstanding aspect of Nebulus is its addictive playability - featuring no complex rules or controls to memorize. Amiga and ST conversions are excellent games. Visually there is little difference between the two, while sound is largely limited to spot effects. The only difference is the speed, with the Amiga being slightly faster. Nebulus is one of those rare games which is not only original but also enjoyable. Don't miss it.
The One (Nov, 1988)
Nebulus regularly requires pixel-perfect jumps and split-second timing; later levels have been designed with what can only be described as a vicious streak. As such, it can be incredibly frustrating, and yet amazingly rewarding at the same time. There is no questioning the quality of the game; but if you suffer from a threadbare patience, or prefer your action a little less pre-destined, Nebulus may not represent such a great investment. Everyone else should go and buy it ASAP.
Retro Archives (Aug 10, 2018)
Nebulus s’épanouit sur Atari ST tout comme il l’avait fait sur Amiga: c’est beau, c’est fluide et c’est toujours aussi prenant. Si jamais vous cherchez aujourd’hui à découvrir ce très bon jeu, ce portage ou son homologue sur Amiga sont clairement des excellents choix.
Power Play (Oct, 1988)
Grafisch läßt Nebulus den ST glänzen: Der immer wieder verblüffende Dreheffekt der Türme ist absolut fließend, wie auch das Scrolling und die Sprite-Animation. Der Horizont erstrahlt in Dutzenden von Farben. und im Wasser spiegelt sich das Spielgeschehen. Insgesamt ist Nebulus ein echter Leckerbissen für alle Freunde von Geschicklichkeitsspielen.