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Kenton Dalziel - 16/06/2021
I put so much effort into designing the extra level for the competition, I even wrote a level designer in STOS so it would print out with lovely graphics, I think they thought they had to let me win after all the effort.

If I remember rightly the level turned out so hard it was nigh on impossible.
Black - 03/08/2016
Although the main menu is keyboard control only, the actual game can be used on a REAL STE/Falcon with the jaguar joypad. STEEM has known issues with this game in jagpad mode though...

Screenshots - Substation

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Information - Substation

GenreShoot'em Up! - 3-DYear1995
LanguageMachine LanguagePublisherST Format
ControlsKeyboard, JagpadDistributorFuture Publishing
Players1, 2+DeveloperUnique Development Sweden
ResolutionLowLicensed from-

Burman, Oskar / Jansson, Tord
Härröd, Hans [Shrimp] / Emtinger, Mikael [Empa]
Johansson, Olof / Lundqvist, Kalle

CountryUnited Kingdom
Graphic Artist(s)

Nordberg, Marcus / Hultman, Rikard

Game design

Zetterberg, Peter / Burman, Oskar
Johansson, Olof

Box / InstructionsEnglish

Andersson, Peter / Åkerhielm, Christian
Tilleby, Erik

LicenseGame Demo or Preview - Commercial
Sound FX

Tilleby, Erik

Cover Artist(s)ST TypeSTe Only, Falcon030 / 1MB
Dumpdownload atari Substation Download / MSANumber of Disks1 / Double-Sided

Additional Comments - Substation

Other versions with the same title:

Unique Development Sweden (Sweden), ChroMAGIC (USA), ST Format (version [datadisk]) ().

Instructions - Substation

        Unique Development Sweden
          SUBSTATION - the demo



KEY             FUNCTION

Esc             Pause or leave game
1-6             Select weapon
TAB/backspace   Drop bomb
Control         Fire weapon
Shift           Run; makes all movements go
Z               Sidestep left
X               Sidestep right
ALT             Sidestep on. When held down,
                rotate turns into sidestep
Space           Push buttons/open doors
.               Sidestep left
-               Sidestep right
HELP            Adrenaline-rotate left
UNDO            Adrenaline-rotate right
Arrow up        Walk forward
Arrow down      Walk backward
Arrow left      Walk left
Arrow right     Walk right

(Numeric keyboard)

1               Travel to level #1 when in
2               ---"---   level #2
3               ---"---   level #3

4,5,6,8         Scroll map
7               Place map-marker
9               Centre map on player


SubStation is a 1st person perspective game in which the player
moves freely in an extremely fast real-time gouraud-shaded 
3D world. The screen refresh rate for the 3D world alone is
an amazing 25 fps (frames per second) in a resolution of 
320*160 pixels using 3 bitplanes! The 3D system is a
state-of-the-art development solution written by Mikael 
Emtinger and Oskar Burman, and will make SubStation one 
of the technically most advanced games ever to appear on the 
Atari STE/Falcon.

SubStation runs on any Atari STE 1Mb+ or Falcon with an RGB
or a VGA monitor. Your character is controlled using the
keyboard. You can run, walk, sidestep, pick up items, choose
between a great number of weapons, open doors, access elevators
between the different sublevels, and even sidestep, rotate, run
and fire your gun at the same time, giving you total control
of your actions!

To further increase the horrifying atmosphere in SubStation, 
Tord Jansson (responsible for the amazing sound routines in 
Obsession) developed a special sound effects system called
DD Audio (Distance & Direction) which enables you to hear 
where monsters are lurking. The combined effect of foggy 
colours and the pit-pat of tiny monster feet from the far left
will give you nightmares...

By utilizing the link capabilities of SubStation, you can play 
against other humans in special combat-levels using the Atari's 
built-in MIDI ports. Up to four players can take part in a game, 
either by forming two teams, or every man for himself.

SubStation features a true 3D world, more than 2000 different
locations, a vast number of fearsome enemies, real-time Gouraud
shaded walls, advanced DD-Audio sound, 6 different weapon
types, multiplayer mode, secret rooms & booby traps, real-time
lightsourced sprites, 25 kHz sound quality, more than 30 colours,
"Trial and error" monster A.I, more than 32 action-packed levels,
end-of-level bosses, 100% horror!


From the makers of Obsession
showing now at a computer near you!

Trivia - Substation

Features up to 54 colours on-screen simultaneously (introduction screen)
Features up to 22 colours on-screen simultaneously (in-game)
Features digitized graphics (introduction screen)
Features overscan (options or static screen)

Features digitized title soundtrack at 25KHz (stereo)
Features digitized menu soundtrack at 25KHz (stereo)
Features digitized static screen soundtrack at 25KHz (stereo)
Features digitized sound fx at 12.5KHz (stereo)

Supports Blitter
Supports STe DMA sound
Supports STe palette
Supports STe hardware scrolling
Supports MIDI for multiplayer action

Book / Magazine Reviews - Substation

 ST Format · July, 1995Rating: 75% 

Substation Atari review Substation Atari review 

 ST Format · March, 1995Rating: Preview 

Substation Atari review 

 ST Format · May, 1995Rating: Work In Progress 

Substation Atari review 

 ST Magazine · Juillet, 1995Rating: - 

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 STart Micro · Septembre, 1995Rating: 7/10 

Substation Atari review 

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