& Reviewed by Neil Collins
After months of playing hundreds of C64 games, I've
come across a cracking game that somehow I managed to
miss out on the first time around...
Intensity by Firebird is probably the lesser known of
Andrew Braybrook's C64 games, but in my opinion it is
just as good as any of his other classics. As you would
expect from this C64 programming legend, the game design
is excellent, the graphics are great and it plays like a
The aim of the game is to
work your way through the levels, collecting the
colonists that run around on the ground by landing a
rescue ship near them. You don't control the ship itself
- you control another flying craft which you must use to
protect the rescue ship by smashing into enemy
attackers. Once you have found a suitable spot near the
colonists for the rescue ship to land, you must hold
down the fire button which prompts the rescue ship to
fly to the landing position that you have indicated.
Once all colonists are rescued you must the get the
rescue ship to land on the flashing exit zone which
takes you to the next level. There are tons of levels to
beat, each with unique obstacles and enemies to battle
with. It's great fun to play, and it's difficult to beat
so it will take a bit of practice to master.
another classic C64 game that you must try at least
once. Even twenty years on, it's a joy to play. A
stunning game from one of the C64's greatest
programmers. Simply stunning.
What's going on
Oooo... the engines
are firing up!
WOW! Now THAT is
Not sure about this
HOW WAS IT COMPLETED?:
I used an infinite lives cheat. Even with the extra
lives, this one took some playing.
SO WHAT HAPPENS?:
The final level takes place on a large landing deck,
where a huge spaceship is docked. Once all the colonists
are rescued, the game is beaten. A page of text appears
that confirms that the mission has been accomplished,
and that the Epsilon escape shuttle Adara makes her
pre-launch checks before her long journey home. The game
then cuts back to the level that was just completed, and
shows the thrusters of the large spaceship starting up.
The ship then rises off the deck and blasts off up the
screen into space. The screen then shows a chart of your
progress through the levels, before prompting you to
enter your name into the high score table. The game then
returns back to the title page.