Here we have another game from Rucksack Games himself John Blythe. This time it is Circuitry, a homebrew platform game that has been made using the Arcade Game Designer software which was created by Jonathan Cauldwell. Circuitry is a game that sees the mainframe of Revanox, a private outsource R&D company that have been hacked. In order to save as much data as they possible can, they send in Nan’O’Bot, who task is to save the day and take out the rouge A.I doing the hacking.
Being designed for a system from the 80’s the gameplay appears to be quite simple, navigate Nan’O’Bot throughout the various levels and collect the data. Think again as you must avoid traps and enemies which takes careful planning to complete each level successfully. For a ZX Spectrum game the graphics are amazing and each level is laid out like a circuit board, which is very detailed for a 48k Speccy game. Coming back to the stage layout you will notice that you don’t always step in platforms in the traditional sense, but they are components like resistors and capacitors.
If you like platform games then you will definitely want to give circuitry a try. For a homebrew Speccy game it is probably one of the best out there. This would have easily given the AAA titles back in the day a run for their money. John Blythe did an amazing job given the limitations of these 8-bit computers.