Title The Colony Game Type 3D Adventure Company Mindscape, 1990 Players 1 Compatibility All HD Installable Yes Submission Angus Manwaring Profiled Reviewer Review The Colony bears some resemblance to the Alien films in terms of its plotline. You are travelling through space when your ship is forced down on a bleak and inhospitable world. There you find a Colony that been attacked by alien beings. You discover that while many of the colonists are dead, they managed to preserve their children by placing them in suspended animation chambers, thus preventing their vital signs from being detected by the marauding aliens. The game is presented in first person perspective 3D, except when interacting with things like control panels and doors, whereupon a a monochrome 2D image is displayed, allowing you to click on suitable areas of the static graphic to perform certain functions. The game was originally released on the Macintosh computer and this is not difficult to detect from the look of the game. Apparently though, while the Mac version was monochrome throughout, the Amiga incarnation sports relatively colourful surroundings. It has also been suggested that becuase of the common cpu; the motorola 68000, shared by both computers, the game enjoys an exceptionally good compatibility with later Amigas. Indeed, I have the game running on another screen as I write this, and have run it while on-line without problems. Before your forced landing, you had an unfortunate meeting with a blackhole which drained your ship's energy core, so in addition to your rescue mission this problem must also be solved. The game starts with you on the flight deck of your damaged ship, literally groping in the dark. After restoring the lighting, you can explore the ship which is of a fair size. Sooner or later you'll discover how to leave the ship without being instantly killed, and will find yourself on the planet's surface. At this point the game resembles Battlezone the 3D line vector tank combat game, and filled vectors are dispensed with until you return to your ship or enter the colony. To have got this far you will have found the Armoured suit and will have probably destroyed a number of aliens. Its quite enjoyable but not particuarly special, so the exploration and story revelation aspects of the game beckon you onward. You will discover all sorts of things within the colony, ranging from incidental memorandums from various individuals to useful information on the alien invaders. Without giving too much away the aliens come in various shapes, and most of them, if you drain them enough with you lasers, will shrink to a tiny egg like representaion of their basic shape. At this stage they can be absorbed by you, boosting energy to your various systems. There are essentially 5 levels to the colony, that can be accessed either by lifts or stairs, and as you might expect, you won't find the most dangerous of them on the first level. Although the gameplay is fairly simplistic, wandering around trying to find your objectives, and attacking or avoiding the various aliens, the game provides that little extra to encourage the player to contine his quest. The sound is fairly basic and owes much to the original Star Trek, as well as Holst, but new discoveries like a driveable vehicle and more data about what has transpired at the colony are well conceived, and are ample reward for the player. I could not describe the game as umissable, but if, like me, you are fond of a 3D world to explore, with a bit of adventure and a bit of action, The Colony is an interesting, and conveniently system friendly oddity that is well worth a look.