Warlords

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Publisher:  Atari
Developer: Atari, Inc./Carla Meninsky
Platform: Atari 2600
Release: 1981

 

The game was ported over from the arcade by Carla Meninsky, one of two female game designers to work for Atari in the early 80s, she also worked on an unreleased prototype of Tempest. While not graphically superior, Warlords offers a massive amount of fun, especially when playing with friends. The game supports up to four players with the use of two sets of paddles, you control one of the four sons (Dominick, Marcus, Felipe, and Restivo) of the king apparently… Here’s what it says in the manual “Once long ago in a distant land lived a king named Frederick.  He took very good care of his subjects and pretty much let the kingdom run itself.  One day King Frederick and his wife, Queen Christina, decided to start a family. To their surprise, Queen Christina soon gave birth to quadruplets.  Four healthy sons, all at once.  The King and Queen were overwhelmed.” There is actually quite a bit more, essentially they’re four dudes trying to destroy their brothers castle.

 

If you’ve not played Warlords its a bit like a four player version of breakout where you can play against the AI or human players. Each player sits in a corner with two walls and you control a shield to protect them. Once your wall is penetrated and a good aimed lightning ball (fast)/fireball (slow) hits your warlord its game over for you.

 

Warlords features twenty-three game modes for one, two, three and four players. The game ends when all of the human players have been eliminated.  The four warlords have their own colours, orange, green, turquoise blue, and purple. The graphics are very simple like most 2600 games, and it makes it easy to just pick up and play. The controls are just a twist of a knob… and a press (and hold in some game modes) of the button. The sound, while it could be better the three sounds it does have are used effectively. Overall Warlords is fun to play on your own, and even more fun when played in a group.

 

Review: Logitech G510s

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After unboxing and plugging in the Logitech G510s, it was up and ready to use. I do have the Logitech G502 mouse though, so all the software that was needed is already installed. It lit up, and with a few button presses I was reading the news on the backlit LCD, and there’s also a button to open up the articles in your browser.


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The overall build quality is nice, I really like the blue metallic backing. I’m not sure what the coating is, but it seems fingerprint resistant, and there’s a very light rubberised feel where your thumbs rest too. The typing is fairly nice, but I’m not too fond of the space-bar, as it’s sounds and feels much different than the rest of the keyboard. In total you have 54 different macro keys using the 3 separate modes of 18 keys, and the ability to lock the Windows key, so whether you’re a FPS gamer, or a MOBA player, there’s plenty of customising you can do.

+ LCD Screen is very cool
+ Nice materials used
+ RGB back-lighting

Non tiltable LCD
Very large footprint
I personally dislike the font used on the key’s

Maplin – A26LZ