Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Photos - Blue Lightning (1989)

Why was I snapping screenshots of Atari Lynx games this weekend? I think I was sorely tempted to post these onto the Ghibli Blog, and show them off. Every once in a while, I get the temptation to buy an Atari Lynx or two, and a series of games again.

2009 marks the 20th birthday of the Lynx. It was arguably Epyx's finest hour. Pity they were forced to sell out to Atari Corp. In the right hands, this handheld would have conquered the world. Nintendo's humble Gameboy couldn't even come close.

Blue Lightning is easily the best Afterburner clone that's ever been made. It was a fantastic show-off game for the Epyx/Atari handheld, boasting vivid color palette and amazing visual effects. It really was spectacular to see in its day, and there are still some moments, like the suicide canyon run, that have yet to be surpassed. Oh, good heavens, barreling through the canyon run with the afterburners on...wow.

Killer app? Heck, Blue Lightning remains a killer app in 2009. Think about that for a minute.

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