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Before there was virtual reality, there were 3D glasses! Jim Power: The Lost Dimension is a fast- paced game that seeks to introduce that mysterious "third dimension" to a new generation.
In fact, much of this action/adventure game's personality resides in its interesting mix of viewing perspectives. Just like in those old '60s movies, you wrap hokey cardboard and cellophane glasses around your face to see the 3D effects. If you like to keep cool, though, you can play the game without the glasses. Power also features side-view action, an overhead-view fighting level, and a side-view vehicle shoot-em-up.
Power is a run-n-gun game until late in the game, when Jimbo hops into a space fighter for some shooter pyrotechnics. In this game "our very universe is threatened with extinction." That quote from the manual should tell you everything you need to know about the story.
- Save your Smart Bombs as long as you can.
- In the Uni-Jet (shooter) level, try to clear auto-weapons off the walls and ceilings whenever you can.
- The ol' one-foot-off-a- ledge position comes in handy.
- You may be one of the 10% of the population who has little or no 3D vision. You may be lucky.
- Shoot the first mid-level boss in his face. He won't chase you to the end of the level.
For those who want more detail: An evil being named Vaprak is threatening to unleash his horrible hordes by cracking open a secret, lost dimension. You guide Special Agent Jim Power in a mission of mayhem against the vile Vaprak.
Jim Power is fast, familiar fun. The precise controls are no-brainers, even for inexperienced gamers. You'd better warm up your thumbs, though, because JP dishes out monstrous challenge even on the Easy setting. Jim must blast past a fast-moving army of men, mutants, and machines, plus face humongous mid-level and end-level bosses. Booby traps and icky, gooey creatures are strewn across your path.
The graphics are good, with or without the 3D, but this game doesn't give your eyes a break. Enemies, platforms, and booby traps produce a constantly moving melange of colors and patterns. The backgrounds feature weird, scrolling landscapes that look like a psychedelic painting.
Power doesn't power-up the sound, but it rates an "E" for effort. The music consists of speedy rock that tries hard to pace the action. The highlight of the effects is your mournful scream whenever you get zapped.
Lost Dimension Found
Jim Power: The Lost Dimension is a good game that tosses the classics at you: classic story line, classic action/adventure gaming, classic overhead-view gaming, classic shoot-em-up, and classic 3D glasses. There ought to be something here for anyone who likes shoot-and-scoot action.
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Who says you can't teach old dog new tricks? Loriciel, a French game-design company, has taken an old Amiga game, Jim Power, and brought it to new technological heights-true 3D game play!
At first glance, Jim Power looks and plays like a regular 8-meg side-scrolling game, but as soon as you don the RVB (Red Violet Blue) glasses that come bundled with the game, it turns into a spectacular graphical experience. The RVB glasses, which look just like cardboard movie 3D glasses, bring the game's seven levels to 3D life. These three dimensions extend the depth of the colorful landscapes and make Jim look like he's actually running and shooting through the game's bizarre backgrounds.
Not only does your perspective change through technology, but the game shifts its perspective and game play, too. In three platform levels, you guide Jim with a side view of the action as he runs and shoots his way along. Strap a jet pack to Jim's back, and the two side-view shoot-em-up levels turn Jim into a shooting rocket. Finally, cruise on a missile-shooting rocket through two overhead-view speed levels on the Genesis, or two exploration levels on the SNES.
Tower of Power
SNES and Genesis owners won't have to argue over playing Jim Power, since it's coming stateside for both 16-bit systems. SNES version will be available Winter '93 from Electro Brain. Jim certainly has the Power to break new gaming ground.
Jim Power: The Lost Dimension is a side-scrolling platform game, a side-scrolling shooter and a top-view shooter game depending on the level published by Electro Brain for the Super NES in 1993 and designed by French developer Loriciel. Several other systems, including Amstrad CPC, Amiga, Mega Drive/Genesis, PC (DOS), have versions of the game. The game features several contrasting modes of gameplay, including side-view platforming, horizontal shoot 'em up , and also top-view. He must find fight enemies, bosses and obtain various keys to progress through the levels.