Kid Chaos is a scrolling platform game created by Shaun Southern and Andrew Morris of Magnetic Fields, and published by Ocean Software in 1994.
Another great “hidden gem” on the Atari ST – Wrangler, developed by Magnetic Fields and published by Alternative Software in 1988.
Wrangler a strange isometric puzzle game, with you playing the role of a robotic cowboy called “Glint Eastwood” (groan), and who must patrol various levels, collecting a required number of coloured tiles in order to shut down some alien gates. It’s a difficult game to explain, but is quite easy to play when you get the hang of it, and also quite compelling.
Lotus Turbo Challenge 2 is a classic 2D arcade-style racing game, created by Magnetic Fields and published by Gremlin Graphics in 1991.
Shaun Southern‘s Kikstart 2 is a brilliant and challenging split-screen, side-scrolling motorcycle trials game for the Commodore 64 that was first released in 1987.
The first Kikstart (also created by Shaun Southern) was a bit flawed. It was too difficult and finnicky, and too frustrating. So Southern set to work improving it, and Kikstart 2 was the result.
And – although Kikstart 2 is just as difficult as its predecessor – it is not weighed down too much by a lack of variety. In fact: there’s even a course designer built in to this, so you can make your own courses if you get bored.
Watching two experienced players race each other in Kikstart 2 is a joy to behold! It is still a fantastic two-player game, if a bit tricky.