DescriptionBrataccas is a game that combines exploration, puzzle-solving and combat. You play a character named Kyne, a man who has a price on his head. You must search the mining asteroid, Brattacus, to gather proof of a government plot against you and to try to stay alive. Surveillance cameras are watching you, so take any chance to disable them.
Brataccas is a place where greed and corruption rule the day. The residents are treacherous, and while they can be bribed they are not above murder, so the player has to be careful.
- "Bandersnatch" -- Early development title
|Great idea, terrible implementation||Atari ST||Maury Markowitz (251)|
|Deep, but confusing||Atari ST||Bob Hucklescuckel (3)|
|ASM (Aktueller Software Markt)||Atari ST||Mar, 1986||8.75 out of 10||88|
|Popular Computing Weekly||Atari ST||Jan 16, 1986||80|
|ANTIC||Atari ST||Jun, 1986||5 out of 10||50|
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DevelopmentBrataccas was originally being developed in 1984 as an ambitious game for the Sinclair Spectrum called Bandersnatch which was, according to The Purple Owl, "to come in an A4 sized box containing around 30 'goodies' including a required additional piece of hardware for your Spectrum computer (an add-on device which was planned to add more colours to the system). The retail price of Bandersnatch was expected to be around £40 and it was to be a completely new concept in computer games. Apparently 10 professional artists were working on the graphics alone."
Unfortunately, the collapse of Imagine in 1984, the company developing the game, curtailed the hopes of Bandersnatch's designers. However, many of the same designers continued the project in a new company, Psygnosis, founded by Ian Hetherington, the former director of Imagine. But instead of releasing it for the Speccy, they used the new 16-bit platforms found in the Amiga and the Atari ST.
As the history page at The Purple Owl put it, "[u]nfortunately it never quite lived up to the lofty ideals of the former game but it was the catalyst for what was to come."
Information also contributed by Chris Edgar
Related Web Sites
- Brataccas.com Fan Site with Full Manual (A well-done fan site with the full game manual rendered in HTML.)
- The Purple Owl -- Psygnosis History page (A web site dedicated to Psygnosis's early games. Brataccas was Psygnosis's first game, and so is tied in inextricably to the company's early history. This page contains interesting information on the game, as well as the ambitious "vaporware" game from which it emerged, Bandersnatch.)