Say no more, it be Shock Trooper on the TRS-80 COCO 2
You know, when you think of Shock Troopers and depending on how much television you watch, you usually think of a fast moving military team that accomplish their goal quickly, and if possible by surprise. But no, I have to get this out early, you use electricity to shock things in this game, maybe that is why it is called Shock Trooper? Well, that’s what I get from Shock Trooper and electricity stuff. And if you thought of Star Wars for Shock Troopers, then sadly your thinking is impaired and not correct. But only in my opinion, the Shock Troopers in Star Wars are not real Shock Troopers by definition, and George Lucas can eat a hard one. But, back to topic.
What is this game Shock Trooper based on?
Glad you asked, you took your bloody time! This game is loosely based on a Mini-series and TV Show V. V for Visitors to be precise! Don’t let the screen shot fool you, it may look as campy as a David Bowie/Mike Jagger contribution to the music society which I have put a silent version below without music, but it is a great mini-series with a padded on mediocre TV Series afterwards. In fact, I am tempted to talk about the TV show and not the game to be honest. And let’s face it, any TV show or movie with Michael Ironside in it is worth watching. Including Highlander 2 which is an abomination of a movie, but my god Michael Ironside plays a great villain.
Get on with the Shock Trooper game will you?
Ah, yes, why we are here in the first place for the Shock Trooper game. Available on the TRS-80 and can run on all the Colour Computers as long as it had 32K ram. Developed by the same guy who did the game Tutankam, Rob Shaw and published by Mark Data Products. On the title screen to the right, it had the title song for the V tv show repeating. Many a times I would listen to this theme song repeat and repeat. If you were a fan of the mini-series it just brought back a simpler time. (If you going to watch V the 1980’s series, don’t read the next bit. (The aliens were lizards in a human costume, and they wanted to steal all our water. BARSTEADS. And to top it off, Freddy Kruger man played a half wit friendly lizard alien who joined the rebellion and it was said because I think he died. And Michael Ironside is just such a bad ass and I believe this was his breakthrough role. Just a shame his characters name was HAM…… mmmmmmm, Ham)
But is Shock Trooper any good?
For it’s time it had great graphics, great sounds and very very very very, draw a breath, very very very hard gameplay. But almost every game back then did. As a kid this game actually scared me to play it. I would consider this a Dark Souls difficulty game of the past where it took multiple painful play throughs to even get close to finishing it. Even hearing the sounds now sends shivers down my spine. I won’t explain everything about the game now as I have put a youtube link below for you to watch. Brought to us by the Original Gamer Steve Strow and his crew. As mentioned via my other TRS 80 games Death Trap and Dungeons of Daggorath, we will be implementing our own emulation videos for these games, but I reckon Steve does a great job and don’t think he would mind us linking to his videos(Although a bit annoyed he took away his awesome intro). Enjoy!