Monday, 19 December 2011

Fly In The Sky (Barnstorming) on TV Boy II (Atari 2600 clone)

It's a little known fact that bored (or perhaps hard-up) 1920s agriculturalists would rent out their farmland to stunt pilots with a little too much time on their hands. That's the story of Barnstorming, in which you must fly your biplane through barns of solid stainless steel while avoiding pesky low-flying ducks and various impregnable towers in an attempt to beat your own record time.

This recreation of said pastime for the Atari 2600 is a pleasant short-term time killer, but if you want to earn your Flying Aces patch, you can spend an afternoon or two attempting to complete the first three levels within Activision's target times:

Game 1: 33.3 seconds
Game 2: 51.0 seconds
Game 3: 54.0 seconds

Looks like I have quite a way to go yet, eh? Fortunately, the courses on modes 1, 2 and 3 can be memorised for maximum exploitage as the barn layouts are precisely the same each time. Mode 4 is the expert's level, and as such is totally random.

Can't really comment on how faithful a conversion this TV Boy emulated version actually is as I haven't played the original Atari version. I will say, however, that the weird graphical glitch on the first video (which very nearly made me scrap the recording altogether) is down to the TV Boy's incompatibility with my 2011 Toshiba HD TV rather than the system itself. Seems I must dig out the old CRT to test this theory.

Take one (pants version)

Take two (slightly better version)

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