Thursday, February 4, 2010

Retro Game of the Day! Joust

Retro Game of the Day! Joust

Joust by Williams, arcade release in 1982.

One of the more well-remembered classics of the modern age, Joust pits you against your fellow lance-wielding opponents as you take to the air on a flying steed; the goal is to knock your all of your opponents off of their winged ride before they can get the chance to do the same to you.

Produced in a time when single-game playfields were the norm, this title used an interesting mechanic to enlarge the space; similar to games like Asteroids, the area would warp you around if you passed from one off-screen side to the other. Overall the game was very simplistic - fly, dodge, and charge. Occasionally other dangers would appear (pterodactyls, fireballs) to increase the challenge.

A tough game, but still an enjoyable one to appreciate solo or with your buddies. Pick up Joust and kill some Ostriches!

1 comment:

  1. I'm pretty sure there was a time when I actually enjoyed Joust. Unfortunately, after playing Atomic Battle Dragons I find Joust to be extremely boring. Still, you have to give it props for the whole wrap-around screen thing.