Atari 2600 Friday’s #18 – Towering Inferno
Returning to our regular schedule from the holidays, we bring you Towering Inferno this week.
The Story: You play as a firefighter going into a skyscraper to putout the fires and rescue any trapped civilians.
From the Manual: “Code Red! Emergency! The downtown skyscraper has burst into flames, and only you can rescue the helpless hundreds trapped within. Quickly, you helicopter to the scene, and dispatch your men to battle the deadly flames. How many survivors can you save? Play TOWERING INFERNO and find out!”
From the Box: “Emergency! A downtown skyscraper has burst into flames, and only you can rescue the helpless hundreds trapped within. Quickly, you helicopter to the scene and dispatch your men to battle the deadly flames. How many survivors can you rescue before it’s too late?”
The Game Play: Your objective is to score points by rescuing as many people as possible. There are 9 buildings with 9 floors each, all having different floor plans. There are 4 survivors on each floor, but act quickly because as time ticks forward the numbers dwindle. You get four firemen, so watch out for the flames. Once you have saved everyone you and the survivors will be helicoptered to safety and you will be taken to the next floor. What you need to do is get from the bottom entrance to the top white square, which is where the survivors are, to rescue them (by pressing the red button) and then escaping back out the bottom of the screen. Sounds easy right? well you can’t escape until you rescue the survivors, no saving yourself here.
The Controls: Standard up is up, down is down, left is left, right is right game play. The red button allows you to spray water at the flames which is necessary to survive or even get through some of the fire walls, it also is used to rescue survivors at the white door.
Post Review: This is another one of those infamous Atari games that sounds simple in theory, but is actually much harder than you would think. I can tell you right away one thing I do not like is that even if you “rescue” the people, they can still die on the way back to the exit. another thing I encountered was flames that never enter the building, so it was impossible to win by dowsing all the flames. I never made it past the first building on my initial attempt here.
The High Score: 356