Publisher: Atlantis Software
Developer: Action Soft.
Release Date: 1986
Code: Andrew Bowen
GFX: Andrew Bowen
ZZAP64 Game Rating: n/a
Our Game Rating: 78%
Completed by Neil Collins & Vinny Mainolfi
Reviewed by Neil Collins
> CLICK HERE to Download emu file
> CLICK HERE to Download my Crazy Hack file
> CLICK HERE to view the YouTube ending video
Periscope Up is a side-scrolling action game by Atlantis. I didn’t really spend a lot of time playing this one as it looked very boring. It seems your aim is to guide your submarine through the underwater maze, without hitting any walls, doors or moving obstacles. You can release a smaller vessel from your sub, which is used to fire at enemies and collect items – a bit like the Cat in Wizball. I gathered what seemed to be numbers of a code on the way, which I entered into a computer at the end of the maze.
It’s all a bit strange, but I’m sure it makes more sense when you read the instructions. It looked like one of those frustrating games where navigation was awkward to me. Lucky I found a cheat for it…
HOW WAS IT COMPLETED?:
Neil: I used an infinite lives cheat.
Vinny: I spent some time looking through the code and deciding whether or not I should code a crazy hack for this game. Whilst looking through, I worked out the game ending trigger, which is LDA #$01, STA $5D. Simple. I also coded a full crazy hack, which can be downloaded above.
SO WHAT HAPPENS?: At the end of the maze there is a computer linked to a cable where a number sequence is counting up. I fired at it when the number matched the numbers in the code I collected to form the complete code. This triggered the end sequence, which looked a lot like the game’s title page. A congratulations message scrolled across the centre of the screen, followed by a message saying that I had succeeded in shutting down the malfunctioning supercomputer and stopped the threat of accidental warfare. I am now a national hero! It all makes sense now doesn’t it?
Neil: It’s just a simple scrolling message that explains what happened. It wraps the game up well, but there not a lot to see.. 2/10.
Vinny: I was disappointed with this ending because I expected a little more. I’m going for 1.5/10 because really, it’s only a scrolling message, but the scroller also appears on the title page and so there wasn’t much coding going on here.
Andrew Fisher: A very ordinary game from Atlantis, they rarely sent their products to the magazines for a review.
Very straightforward ending, sinks without a trace.
Gaz Spence: Can’t say I’ve seen let alone played the game but the ending fails to excite.
Brendan Phoenix: An ending where you are a National hero but that does not include the now standard newspaper headline – shocking! I expected that much at least!
FINAL SAY: Not a lot happens in this one really.
G.E. RATING: 2 / 10