BAAL by Psyclapse


baalgamePublisher: Psyclapse
Developer: Probe Software
Release Date: 1989
Code: Daryl Bowers
GFX: Andrew Morris
Music: Unknown
ZZAP64 Game Rating: 65%
Our Game Rating: 65%
Completed & Reviewed by Neil Collins

> CLICK HERE to Download emu file
> CLICK HERE to view the YouTube ending video
Baal is probably the least popular game ever made by Psygnosis. It’s a straight forward platform based shoot-em-up that has you guiding your time warrior through hell collecting pieces of the war machine that have been stolen by the minion Baal. It all leads to a final showdown with Baal, who you have to defeat in order to win the game…
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Baal: “YOU BOY!”
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Baal: “Ahhhh… he slimed me!”
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The End.
HOW WAS IT COMPLETED?: Using cheats that gave me pretty much everything I needed to walk through the game.
SO WHAT HAPPENS?:  Once you blast Baal about 50 times, he eventually explodes. I seemed to lose an awful lot of my infinite lives doing this – how you do it without cheating is a mystery to me. Once he is killed you get a picture of what seems to be pyramid on an Egyptian kind of landscape. God knows what that’s supposed to mean. The game then ends.
COMMENTS:
Neil: It’s not the worst sending I’ve ever seen. The end picture is ok, but nothing special. 3/10.

Vinny: Here’s another of those quietly hidden Commodore 64 games that I’ve never played. And to be totally honest with you, I’d never heard of this game until Neil sent in the game ending! I was expecting something very basic and boring, but this is actually a cool little game – a kind cross between Midnight Resistance and Knuckbusters. I’m going to put this game to one side and explore it when I have more time…

It’s a nice enough ending, but very sparse. A lot more could have been added to this one. 4/10 from me. On a side note: anyone know who wrote the music?
Brendan Phoenix:  Tempted to say this ending is a load of Baalocks, but the ending pic is ok – some words would have been nice though.
Andrew Fisher:  I did find it boring personally – detailed graphics trying to hide a basic flick-screen platformer.
The ending picture is quite good, but perhaps not enough reward for beating a god!
Andy Vaisey:  Another shallow game hiding behind some colourful GFX. There’s a decent enough image for the ending, but some kind scrolling epilogue would have been good with it…
FINAL SAY:   Only play this is you are a die hard Psygnosis game fan.

G.E. RATING:   3.5 / 10

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