Blue Lightning

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Blue Lightning
Blue lighting cover art.jpg
Cover art of the Atari Jaguar CD remake
Developer(s) Attention to Detail (Jaguar CD)
Epyx (Lynx)
Publisher(s) Atari Corporation (Jaguar CD, Lynx)
Producer(s) John Skruch
Sean Patten
Designer(s) F.B. & Mac Stu
RJ Mical & Stephen H. Landrum (Lynx)
Programmer(s) Andrew Howe
Jon Howard
Stephen H. Landrum (Lynx)
Artist(s) Arthur Koch (Lynx)
Dave West
Ian Harling
Composer(s) Alex Rudis & Bob Viera (Lynx)
Ian Sharp
Will Davis
Platform(s) Atari Lynx, Atari Jaguar CD
Release Lynx
  • WW: 1989
Jaguar CD
  • WW: September 11, 1995
Genre(s) Flight simulator
Mode(s) Single-player

Blue Lightning is a pseudo-simulation computer game in which the player controls a military airplane. The game was one of the first games for the Atari Lynx, released in 1989 and was programmed by Epyx, headed by lead programmer, Brian Bowhay, (who also developed the Lynx). The game was well received by critics.[1]

In 1995 a remake, developed by Attention to Detail, was released as a pack-in game for the Atari Jaguar CD.

Reception

Reception
Review score
Publication Score
IGN 9/10 (Lynx)[2]

In a capsule review of the Lynx version for STart, Clayton Walnum commented, "The 3D perspective is dazzling, with missiles and jets coming at you with such realism, you want to duck. ... The Lynx's built-in scaling features are used to the max in Blue Lightning. Luckily, the gameplay is as good as the graphics, making this a must-have game for every Lynx owner."[3]

Reviewing the Jaguar CD remake, GamePro summarized that "Looking like a scaled-down version of After Burner, Blue Lightning is a mediocre game and an awful flight sim." They elaborated that the game suffers from graphics which are simplistic and ugly even by 16-bit standards, clunky plane movements, and a feeble weapons arsenal.[4]

In a 1999 retrospective, Robert A Jung reviewed the Atari Lynx version of the game for IGN, stating in his verdict that, "Though the levels could use a little more variety, the user-friendly gameplay and the sensational graphics make this title a blue-ribbon winner."[2]

See also

References

  1. ^ "Atari Lynx - Game info with links to reviews". atariage.com. 
  2. ^ a b Robert A Jung (6 July 1999). "Blue Lightning -Sensational graphics and great gameplay highlight Atari's portable action hit". IGN. Retrieved 20 December 2017. 
  3. ^ Walnum, Clayton (December 1990). "The Lynx Collection". STart. No. 39. Antic Publishing. p. 66. 
  4. ^ "ProReview: Blue Lightning". GamePro. No. 85. IDG. October 1995. p. 76. 

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