Off The Wall
|Off The Wall
|No relation to the Atari
coin-op of the same name
Although they share the same name, the 2600 version of Off The Wall
has absolutely nothing to do with the Atari arcade game of the same name
(in fact it predates it by about 2 years). Instead this Off The
Wall is an interesting Arkanoid style game in which you play the role
of a lowly peasant named Kung Fu Lu (nice name eh?), who dreams of breaking
down the evil wall that divides his land and defeating the dreaded dragon
(who just happens to look like a worm). Sounds like a bad sci-fi/kung-fu
As with any good brick busting game, your main weapon is a deadly power
ball which must be thrown at the blocks. Instead of using a paddle,
Lu deflects the incoming ball with his staff. As Lu destroys bricks
there is a chance that a power token will fall. These tokens grant
Lu a variety of special powers. If Lu can make a hole through the
bricks and hit the dragon four times he will be taken to the next level.
Zig Zag - This token makes the ball move in a zig-zag pattern
when reflected at the bricks. The ball moves in a normal straight
down motion on its way back however.
Magnetic Paddle - This token magnetizes Lu's staff. Not
only is the ball now attracted to Lu's staff, but after being hit Lu can
actually control the direction of the ball. Unfortunately since
this power up is so powerful it only lasts half as long, so use it wisely.
Nuke Ball - Perhaps the greatest ancient Chinese secret
of all time, this token causes your ball to take out large chunks of the
wall each time it hits. This power up makes reaching the dragon
Mega Paddle - This token makes Lu's staff longer, making
it easier to hit the ball.
Mystery - As the name implies, the effects of this token
are random. The mystery token can give an extra life, give bonus
points, stop the blackbird, or speed up the ball.
After the first level a new enemy appears to hinder Lu's
dream of crushing the dragon. Although the blackbird cannot harm
Lu directly, it can block the ball with its impervious body. The
blackbird will follow Lu and attempt to knock the ball back at him every
chance it gets. The only weapon Lu has against the blackbird is
the mystery token, which has a chance to temporarily stop it.
Although Off The Wall may be an Arkanoid clone, it adds
just enough new twists to make it fresh and interesting. Off The
Wall was part of Atari's last wave of new releases for the 2600 before
the decided to retire the system for good. Although it may not have
been able to compete on a technical level with the systems of the day,
games like Off The Wall proved that there was still alot of fun to be
had with the old 2600.
||Off The Wall C300042-168A 2600 5/17/89
to 2600 Software