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Baal

version: pal - year: 1988 - developer: psygnosis/psyclapse - publisher: psygnosis/psyclapse - format: amiga 500, 1 disk - condition: mint - rarity: hard to find

Review - Baal was the sun god of the Phoenicians and the Canaanites, and his worship eventually spread to the ancient Jews. He was mentioned several times in the Old Testament first identified as the main pagan idol of the Phoenicians, and then in the New Testament, he was associated to Beelzebub, one of the seven princes of hell.

I believe this background information is important to put the cover artwork into context ;)

I remember playing the C64 disk version of Baal back in the day, and the audio-visuals were really advanced for the system, putting most games on the C64 to shame.

Years later, here I am talking about this Amiga version. Baal on the Amiga is very similar to the C64 version, which really shows how that version put to good use the aging C64 8 bit hardware.

To be perfectly honest, the Amiga version is underwhelming because it looks just average, with a few exceptions for the death animations of some enemies.

What hurts this version is that since graphically it doesn't look spectacular, you'll end up focusing on the repetitive gameplay which involves looking for the lost pieces of a war machine, looking for refuelling points for your weapon and travel via a jetpack to cross otherwise impossible rifts.

Bottom line: Baal is one of the forgotten games in the Psygnosis library, and although not bad, this A500 version isn't very exciting either. 6/10


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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