by Bitmap Brothers, The
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Chaos Engine is a revolutionary shoot em up. Somewhere in the future a brilliant scientist... mess things up! By combining his exceptional brain power and some fancy new-age computer (and by twisting some fundamental laws of physics), he creates a machine that warps the core of reality itself. The Chaos Engine! A machine so foul and treacherous that it turns on its master and the rest of the world as well, turning both humans and animals into ravaging monsters. Only six men have the courage, the smarts and the gun-power to fight this menacing invention. Each of them have their own special characteristics, their own weapons and their own personal attacks... and their own unique way of killing time.
Baron Fortesque's lust for power and knowledge drove him to create the Chaos Engine. The Chaos Engine would let Fortesque achieve his dream of transmuting matter. But the Baron was over-stricken with greed and unbeknownst to him the Chaos Engine had developed a mind of its own. The Chaos Engine imprisoned Fortesque and transformed him into a hideous beast. As one of six mercenaries, it is your objective to find and destroy the Chaos Engine.
Sixteen levels (in four groups of four) await you in this long-developed Bitmap Brothers title. The basic gameplay is similar to Gauntlet, but in an open air setting, with bridges across rivers and such in the maps. The visuals are in the 'metallic and blue' style the Bitmaps appeared to favor.
There were 6 characters available in the game, each with different strengths and weaknesses, and different starting prices. In 2-player mode you each chose a character and played co-operatively, but in one-player games you also choose a character for the computer to control, with its Artificial Intelligence allowing it to open doors, pick up power-ups and take on baddies away from the ones occupying your character.
At first glance Chaos Engine looks like your average 3/4 overhead commando shooter, but after playing a few times you'll see that it's not, and will require a small amount of strategy and keen decision making to complete. Chaos Engine is full of hidden bonus areas, some are simple to find while some of the later ones are well hidden and extremely challenging to find. Like in Data East's game Heavy Barrel, scattered throughout the levels are Key's which you'll need for opening pathways, bonus areas, exits, etc... Something unique to Chaos Engine is when you start a single player game you're actually playing a 2 player game in that a CPU controlled player (which you select after choosing your character) will fight along side you. This is rather annoying in that the CPU player will start picking up everything in sight like health, power-ups etc... which 9/10 times you'll need more than him. On the positive side, you have the ability to use any one of the CPU's special abilities. Absent in Chaos Engine is the ability to Strafe (shoot in a locked direction while moving) which is found in the majority of games in this genre. The enemies become smarter as you progress and finding the exit becomes more complex then in the previous round. Chaos Engine also has a password feature.
The Chaos Engine is also known as Soldiers of Fortune.
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The Bitmap Brothers attention to detail in this game is incredible. Everything from the cracks in brick and stone walls, to the shading, to the actual characters themselves, is intensively high resolution. The cool/muddy colors in Chaos Engine set a gloomy/mysterious mood for the game. The characters and enemies animate smoothly, and little details like bubbling mud, pulsating nodes and steam (from the bio-tanks) enhance Chaos Engine 's presentation. The levels are strategically well designed, and each of the levels have their own individual enemies in them.
If you like Chaos Engine, try other games: Chaos Engine 2.
Chaos Engine system requirements:P-200.
Systems: Windows 9x, Windows 2000 Windows XP.
Game modes: Single game mode Multiplayer (HotSeat).
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2005-07-25 Chaos Engine delivers the kind of arcade-style, two-player shooting action.
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