WHACK A VIRUS!
Whack a Virus! is a small whackamole type of game. The main motive behind it
is having fun! And what can be more fun in these times, then to whack some bad
viruses! Game will run on all ATARI machines capable of displaying ST Mono
resolution and atleast 1Mb of free RAM. Including Falcon030 and TT on VGA or
real ST Mono monitors. On Falcon and TT with VGA monitors, game will setup
ST Mono automaticaly. On TT exit to TOS does not restore resolution correctly
Runs on CT60 and MiNT/Geneva as well. Could not test on Magic.
Gameplay is quite straightforward. You use the numpad keys from 1 to 9 which
represent 9 virus screen's in the game field. As soon as a virus appears in
one of them, it is analyzed and it's info is displayed in the info panel. It
can be found in the bottom right part of the screen. There you can see the
virus data, damage levels and other informations about it. You need to hit the
virus, using the numpad keys before it slides back down! If you hit the virus
the score will increase and if you miss it, it will cause some damage dropping
your life energy. As soon as the life energy reaches zero, the game is over
Also, if you hit the wrong screen, the life energy will drop by 20%! So, it is
not good to whack all around!!!
Sometimes a pill will appear. By catching the pill, you can get some bonuses
to make your fight against the viruses easier. It can close screen (1, 2 or 3)
but only till the next wave of viruses. Or it can add 20% to your life energy
or decrease speed. Higher levels offer more pills. There are NO PILLS in the
In the MAIN MENU there are a few options:
F1 - START GAME Starts the game
F2 - GAME MODE Game mode selector. There are a few modes:
KIDS start with 2 slots and slow speed, slowly adding slots
and increase speed. 0 bonus points.
NORMAL starts a few levels higher (17), more slots, faster. 15,000
HARD starts at even higher level (23), more slots, faster.
20,000 bonus points.
FRANTIC record/skill mode, starts with one slot, but after each
virus, the speed goes up until max speed (6), then a new
slot opens, and so on. A miss means the game is over.
F3 MUSIC Music and sound options:
MUSIC+SFX - music and samples (STE/MSTE/TT/Falcon)
MUSIC+FX - music and effects (ST/MST/STE/MSTE/TT/Falcon)
MUSIC ONLY - music only (ST/MST/STE/MSTE/TT/Falcon)
SFX ONLY - samples only (STE/MSTE/TT/Falcon)
FX ONLY - effects only (ST/MST/STE/MSTE/TT/Falcon)
MUTE - peace and quiet (ST/MST/STE/MSTE/TT/Falcon)
F4 - DEFINE KEYS Redefine action keys
F5 - HIGH SCORE Display last 10 best players
F6 - GREETINGS Display some greetings and credits (try numpad)
F10 - QUIT GAME F10 also ends current game, skips hiscore entry, etc. It
is a general QUIT/ESC key.
When in MAIN MENU, you can get all the information about viruses: score
damage, names (they are rather unique - lack of imagination from my side)....
During game play, STATUS WINDOW offer many informations:
SCORE Your score
VIRUSES HIT How many viruses you got hit
VIRUSES LEFT How many viruses to go in current wave
VIRUS HIT RATE How successful you are with hits
EXPERIENCE LVL Current level in the game
HEART Heart and slider represents your energy level, when it
runs out, your heart is broken and the game is over!
GAME MODE Current game mode
INFO WINDOW offers information about the current virus during the game.
Pressing the numpad keys in the main menu will show virus info, too. When in
GREETINGS, then you can see some greets by pressing the numpad.
Thats about all, I hope you will enjoy the game!
P.S.: I think, that ST-Mono resolution (high res, stable and sharp picture)
is very underrated, so I decided to make game especially for the ST-Mono res
At this point I must thank MiC/Dune a lot, for contacting me, and for making
this really awesome graphics! And also, for many good suggestions about games
in general. Same big thanks goes also to Dma-SC/Sector One for great music!
It fits the game perfectly! Also thanks to gWem for SNDH wrapper, GGN/KUA for
some really useful hints, and to StCooper/PDZ for support.. And thanks to all
still active (new and old) members of the scene, for all the support and care
over all these years! THANK YOU!
P.P.S: I was not able to test game much, so please, if there are any serious
problems, please report therm to me: (janez dot valant at amis dot net)
And last, but not least:
* Graphics by MiC/Dune - as always, fantastic job! *
* Musics by Dma-Sc/SCT1 - as always, great music! *
HardwareSupports BlitterSupports STe DMA sound
SoundFeatures digitized sound fx at 25KHz on STe