Angry Bloaters is an homage to Eric and the Floaters. Help OldJohn fight his own bloaters in one of his nightmares. Only fire will purge them!
Eric and the Floaters is the Spectrum version of Bomberman, at least a first iteration of it. It was really simple but very addictive leading to many hours of fun. It was definitely one of these games one keeps coming back to (like Snakepit, Jetpac, Pssst to name but a few).
Lampros therefore decided to do a modern version for the ZX Spectrum Next. Most of the Eric and the Floaters gameplay was retained, especially the feature that allows the player and the enemies to walk over bombs, unlike the arcade Bomberman where you could trap enemies (and yourself) with bombs. A few bonus items were added, like a speed shoe (a Bubble Bobble pun), an extended range bomb, a second bomb, plus some more, trying to give it a bit more depth.
One feature that everybody hated but Lampros loved to keep was the auto-setting bomb stage. Every 4 stages, a bomb will be set on its own continuously, so that should keep the adrenaline pumping! Also, few stages have an opening on the sides, which allow a Pacman-esque movement for some nice hit&runs! And if you wonder about those entries on the high score table, Lampros wanted to immortalize the names of his high school teachers, plus some nicknames of his friends.
Coded in Z80N assembly using Zeus-ish assembler, developed on Cspect emulator and a 2A Next board. Coding, music, sound effects: Lampros Potamianos. Graphics: Phoebus Dokos and Lampros Potamianos .
The downloadable version of this game is free, donations are welcome and appreciated!