Shamus

Copyright: © 1984 Synapse Software
Genre: Adventure

Adventure

Shamus
Review 1:
Early action/adventure game that is another oldie but goodie from
Synapse, published by IBM in 1984. According to MobyGames’ description,
Shamus lets you “...explore over 120 rooms to find the evil enemy. Shamus
is an exact combination of Adventure (the Atari 2600 game where you roam
from room to room looking for items and avoiding the dragon) and Berzerk
(the arcade maze game where you shoot robots and avoid Evil Otto). If you
like those two games, you'll like Shamus. A diverse array of special
items can also be picked up for points or extra men. It's fun for ten or
twenty minutes, but gets frustrating at times, boring at others.” The
bottom line: if you like either game that inspired this classic, you will
like Shamus. If primitive gameplay in 4-color CGA graphics isn’t your cup
of tea, then steer clear. In my opinion, it’s good for a few minutes of
nostalgic fun, but doesn’t have the truly timeless gameplay (a la Alley
Cat) to keep you entertained for long.

Review 2:

The game was developed on the Atari 400/800 series of computers. It is an
excellent maze game that is very difficult to complete. It has 4 levels
(black, blue, green and red) and each has enemies that get progressively
faster.
 

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