Anyone remember Broderbund's Arcade Machine? Well,
this was a game creator program a few years back with which you could
create your own shoot 'em up without any programming knowledge.
Surprisingly there have been few games put into the public domain using
this utility but now we have The Stonetime People, an imaginative
platform style shoot 'em up with atmospheric graphics. The action takes
place in a huge cave which has various ledges from which the stone age
people are rolling boulders down to try and crush you. You wander along
the floor of the cave and have to shoot the boulders as they fall and
the stone age people on the ledges. You need to watch out for the
pterodactyls which multiply as the levels advance. On higher levels one
of the adversaries starts to push a boulder along the floor of the cave
so that you have less and less room and time in which to complete the
level. The Stonetime People is an imaginative use of a game creator, not
a classic but a game with a difference and some classy looking graphics.
Boot without Basic.