Dendy Chronicles Mini #6

Terminator… Dendy… Last november was exactly 20 years since the day I’d first seen part 1 of Cameron’s dilogy of the Terminator I’d already seen the second film for several times And I adored it much! Terminator 2 movie has even inspired the same name slot machine btw.

Starting from 1993 I dreamed of watching the first movie. I heared of it, but I had no VHS player and I never saw it on TV. So in 1998 I was reading TV program and when I discovered it would be shown on sunday, I had tears of happiness in my eyes.

The whole week was tensed with anticipation! And after I watched it… I felt awesome! Now I like it even more than part 2 Now to the point. Before watching T1 I managed to play the dendy-game based on the second movie – T2.

It seemed very hard! But let us one thing – play through events of the movie! And control the Terminator himself! But I never suspected there was the game based on the first part of the film! Probably for the best – I’d have many sleepless nights, as none of my friends had it. In childhood I never thought that if there’s a game based on sequel – there’s definitely part 1.

So when some years after watching the first film, I discovered there was the game!.. First – I was completely shocked that it exists! Second – I was completely shocked that the name once again was “Terminator 3”! !!!F#CK!!!

That’s fashion or smth!? Damn Chinese… Damn… But the game impressed much.

Good captions, shots from the film, and you imagine yourself in 2029 in ruins of Los-Angeles! Terminators everywhere! You, with plasma-rifle, fight your way through military base… And here he comes… Redhead athlete… With pipes, green boxes and… And again – jump button is “B”! The game isn’t that bad, if you agree that you see Kyle Reese. Red Kyle is more brutal than red Schwarz… You have a blaster, terminators are everywhere, with and without skin. It’s easy to shoot them, but you must remember that one button push makes Reese take out his gun and kneel down.

The second push – open fire. He is also vulnerable, as he can’t lie down. So we move to the Skynet base, where the time machine is hidden, And after the sewers we enter ruins of the city. Aftermath of nuclear war is only marked with signs on the walls and skulls on the road. Even buildings on the background are a bit scratched but in one piece. Physics of jumps is like in pirated Alladin!

The jump button there was also different… Sprint is kinda strange. If you jump while not moving you’ll jump higher. If you jump over moving platforms – you will feel their gravitation. Like you get pulled to those, or blown away by wind.

Besides therminators there are laser canons, that can be shot while behind the screen. I think after testers had found this issue, developers added some difficulty and turned some canons around… “That’ll stop him!” After enormous number of canons and cyborgs, Reese, haunted by dedadly warmachines, takes a car and rushes to the Skynet base barely taking his chances. Action gets hot! At least I perceived it that way… Back then…

But it’s awful! Here you realise you got lack of lives, ant it’s not surprising, because if you want to get additional life – you must earn 50000 points. And you get 1up for each 50k. But escaping the machines and entering the sewers, where you constantly fall in holes, won’t make gaining points easier.

But that really is Skynet base! That is how developers imagined the place where John Conor had sent Reese backt to 1984. A lonely Terminator, some spikes and door to the past… Well, Terminator isn’t really alone, but his friends indeed hate their living! With all the fantasy I have, I can’t imagine that’s the Skynet lab. But right after we open the door we’ll appear in LA of 1984! Where the landscape should look more familiar.

Why cities in movie-based games look so much like Moscow region to me?… Reese on haunches wearing sports vs punk with club. I’m not sure who’s lucky.

Cops, I mean policemen, are here as well. But if Reese gets on haunches, Cop gets paralyzed! But Reese has no gun, so the only way for him is… Use bare knuckles like a man! True to life…

Instead of Cops you may meet dogs. Not many people can escape a mad dog! Okay, okay… I’m only trying to say – we play “The Terminator”. Locations of Los Angeles here remind some shots from the film: Escaping the police in the beginig, closed shopping mall with escalators, back to the streets to find Sarah Conor.

As you remember – during that time Reese got himself some clothes and a gun. But in the game he already wears clothes and he’ll never get a gun. One exception – some levels of car chase with Terminator, where at crossroads you’ll be hit by… not cyborg T-800, but some dushbag in green sedan. Cyborg is not a real problem. Still, if you drive fast forward – you’ll lose lifes for sure! But if you drive very slow and very close to him, you’ll lose life as well, but you’ll gain some too!

To do that you need to shoot like a machinegun right into his car. It gives lots of points! So the idea of this chase is not escaping, but escorting. After extreme racing we enter the police station Where the Terminator had made a lot of noise already.

In this hell-fire with doors and corridors developers suggest we find Sarah. Everywhere we find cops and holes. But that’s not the main trouble…

Nor is the Terminator, despite he’s around here too… Maint trouble here – sockets! Those damn sparking sockets! They are everywhere, over each hole, Those don’t hurt much, but they constatly slow Reese down! And it gives some trouble while jumping! We have many doors here too.

Some are broken, some take us to another corridor… Some lead to cabinets with either fire, that doesn’t kill, or some HP bonuses. Here you may also find: Batman, Batman, Fester Addams Batman, Fester Addams and Mickey Mouse! With title “Wanted” above. Wait, you never knew they’re dangerous!? The cost of their heads is very high!

And also you will find this… And this is the only thing you can pick up on this level. And all you can do to it – And all you can do to it – drop it! And pick up again. What’a hell is this!?

What does it look like? Heater? Code-lock? Suitcase? The inventory, yes there’s the inventory, marks it as a bomb!

And as it is in weapons slot – can be used to fight! By constantly dropping and missing! Where do I need to go!? We go over the corridors, but they alll look the same, so I don’t rememer if I’d already been here or not… The point is – this location has two parallel corridors with two floors for each. You use certain doors to get from one to another.

There are about 15 doors over the level. But none of the doors leads you to Sarah, or to explanation of how to use the bomb! You can drop it to the holes or to the cops, Jump on it, dance around for some time, but it will not change a thing!

I can’t remember the time I’d spent here And all I discovered was – there is one door among all, that is unreachable. Cause it’s across the hole that’s too big to jump over. No chance.

So tell me – what would you do in a situation when there is a door in front of you, there is a hole between you and door, and you have a bomb?… Of course you’d drop the bomb into the hole! It’d hang in the air, you’d jump on a bomb, then jump over the hole and open the door and finish the level. It’s total f#ckup… One way or another – we found Sarah.

Here we start new car chase level, where we’re again chased by T-800. Thank God – not armadillo. Tactics here are exactly the same as for previous car chase lev… What’a… No way!

What’s wrong with the road!? Region of Moscow!? It’s worse than the village I lived! I thought previous level had difficult crossroads! But look at these turns here!!! Terminator isn’t a threat at all!

Man, I need to drive here somehow… Is it possible to drive normally? Screw you! Thank God! We made it to the factory!

Final stage! You know, I haven’t said a word about the music in a game… But at this point I really want to talk about it. Probably because at this point – it’s gone. Hey, a bomb!

Already in the air! Nice! Legends say Reese must tear off Termitator’s legs and die, leaving the final point in destruction of the cyborg for Sarah. But developers give him a different task. He must find a key! A key to the door in the left corner of the location.

The key itself is in the opposite side, where you won’t get so easy. And how does the game teach us to overcome difficulties? Of cousre with the bombs that attach to the air! But getting the key is half of a problem, as the platforms that you must jump across to get to the door will remind you all gentle words that you always say in such moments in all Dendy-games. They will take you down to the darkness where they came from. But noooo, this is not the eeeeend!

This is only a half! Now we need to go further. First floor has pits and sparkles – evolution of sockets. Second floor – electricity with many terminators.

Indeed that is only one T-800, but his words “I’ll be back” were taken too literary by the developers. You must choose the way. But jumping over the pits with sparkles with giant pitch in the end – not my chose. So we go up. And finally – the hydraulic press where Sarah smashed into flat cake that iron bastard!

But no Sarah around here… But we have the press and we have the Terminator. So the developers hint – in this game I need to do everything myself.

Awesome! What now? You don’t want to catch me?

Looks like Terminator is broken. Goooo! I’ve no idea what’s wrong with him! Why is he stuck!?

Listen… I think I know why he stuck. The game is named “Terminator 3” You remember in the movie “Terminator 3” he once said a phrase: If you die, I’ll become useless. There will be no reason for me to exist. So he needs to have a target… Sarah Connor – she’s his target.

But she is not here… She must be near that press, not Reese! No, stop. In the film Reese died.

After that Sarah lured the Terminator under the press, right? So, the main character here must die! And everything will come to it’s place! Hey! You You are You are moron! You moron!

Script and editing: Pavel Griniev Animation: team “Tails Show” with help of Vladimir Kasimov Special thanks to Mikhail Kropachev