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- Final assault -

Have you ever seen a game where you had to climb/hike up a mountain? Well Final assault is the only one that I know off and I played it a long time ago on my C64. The version I had was in German but that didn't stop me because I had plenty of fun with it even though some of the words were unknown to me. The aim of the game is to climb a mountain and you can choose from several different paths at the start of the game. Each path has a different length and difficulty, the easier ones can be completed within a day (gametime not actual time) but the longer one will have you camping on the mountain itself. This will require you to change the equipment you bring on different trips and because there is a weight limit you have to be carefull what to select. Among the many things available to you are various foods and drinks, climbing equipment and camping equipment. It's up to you what to select but remember to at least take the essentials like rope, pitons and a hammer/pickaxe. After you are finished selecting equipment you can choose the time of day you start and wether you go in summer or winter and off you go.

You always start at a flat part of the mountain with a side view and this walking part is the easiest, you'll have to avoid cracks in the ice and if you fall in one you have to climb for your life. Walking is done by alternating left/right on the joystick like many other games but you don't have to go very fast. These areas are the only ones you can rest so remember that. After a while you will come to a steeper part of the mountain where you have to climb the ice, you can do this with two pickaxes and your spikey shoes. Alternate between using the axes and your feet to climb slowly up the incline but if you wait too long you will slide lower and in the worst case you will fall down. The third part of the game is where you come to a vertical part and you have to use your climbing gear and your hands to climb up the mountain. Remember to use pitons so you can tie a rope to them and prevent you from falling all the way down. You won't be able to get them back so use them wisely!

As far as originality goes this game gets top score because seriously how many other games do you know with this subject. The game itself isn't that spectacular but the different parts and the fact that you can choose your own equipment are a big plus. Also the more difficult levels require you to make a compromise between equipment and supplies to stay alive. I found the game pretty addictive and maybe one of these days I will finally complete the most difficult level with only a mere backpack of supplies. Considering the rare nature of the game I suggest you see for yourself what you think of it .

Overal rating: 7.5/10

Erde Kaiser

This game was released for several different systems here are some notes:
Amiga Released in 1987.
Game has been tested but not completed with winUAE v0.9.91.
Looks suprisingly similar to the C64 version and the differences are minimal.
C64 Released in 1988.
Game has been tested but not completed with CCS64 v2.0 win.
The English version of the game doesn't work properly so the version here is the German one I used to play so much. It's called Chamonix challenge but apart from the language this is no different.
Others These version are not available.
Atari ST released in 1988.
DOS released in 1988.
ZX Spectrum released in 1988, this game doesn't like emu's much I guess because I could get this version to work either.

Date added Jan-21-2005 19:23
Name Final assault
Developer Infogrames
Publisher Epyx
First released 1988
Genre Misc
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Manual Download manual , filesize: 13 Kb
Zip is the same as the text manual.
Solve / Docs No solve available
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