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Abstraction Games are proud to announce that
The Chaos Engine, the classic Amiga game originally
developed by legendary outfit
The Bitmap Brothers will be coming to PC, Linux and Mac on
th August. The early ‘90s top-down shooter has
been lovingly restored by
Abstraction Games, the team who recently brought
Hotline Miami to the PS3 and Vita, in close consultation
with Mike Montgomery, one of the founding members of
The Bitmap Brothers.
Abstraction Games have been entrusted with
The Bitmap Brothers game from the ground up in its
original form, as well as throwing in an alternative mode with a
few extra enhancements.
The original version of The Chaos Engine was one of the first
games to introduce a skill system in action-adventure games,
helping players improve their characters and equip individualized
Prepare for the dark world of
The Chaos Engine, a Victorian age of discovery and
technology corrupted by a failed experiment with an early computer
- the Chaos Engine.
Choose from six hard-nailed mercenaries, each with their own
unique weapons and skills to combat the bizarre monstrosities
created by the machine. Those who have the strength and the courage
to overturn the Chaos Engine will be remembered.
Battle through four unique worlds in single-player or online and
local co-op modes. Play in ‘Enhanced mode’ or
‘Classic mode’ with its original graphics and controls
for the true Amiga experience. Steam Achievements will test the
mettle of both new players and old fans. This restoration of the
classic Amiga shooter includes all the intense gameplay of the
original with enhanced graphics, controls and Steam features.
“This really feels like the right time to bring back
The Chaos Engine” says Mike Montgomery, one of the
founding members of
The Bitmap Brothers. “There are many fond
The Chaos Engine and I wanted to make sure that the game
was true to the original without losing its charm during the
restoration process. The option to play in the original
‘Classic’ mode with the added option to play in
‘Enhanced mode’ with its refined pixel-perfect finish
is a clever way to satisfy all enthusiasts! It feels a completely
natural transition to the PC.”
“We grew up with the Amiga and those classic Bitmap games
were the inspiration for a lot of us who went on to work in games
and development. For many of us,
The Chaos Engine was our first taste of co-op and was a
platform that incited our love of top down shooters,” says
CEO of Abstraction Games. “
The Chaos Engine holds such fond memories for so many
people and it stands the test of time and we were determined to
restore the game to its full and amazing pixel-perfect glory, with
a couple of cool enhancements!”
Stuart Morton, Executive Producer at
Mastertronic says ‘‘The Chaos Engine
holds very fond memories for so many people and so many great games
have been ruined by bad remakes. We didn’t want to remake it.
It is a great game and we found very quickly when we went back and
played the original that the gameplay still holds up very well.
A lot of fondly-remembered games are pretty disappointing
when you go back and look at them now, but
The Chaos Engine still plays beautifully today
The Chaos Engine
will be released on Steam, Get Games and GOG on 29
th August for PC, Mac and Linux.
Pre-order on Steam from 6pm tonight!
For more information go to
www.chaosenginegame.com and check out
The Chaos Engine
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interactive entertainment. Using the extensive experience in our
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Established PC titles are republished through our Sold Out
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Mastertronic. The Mastertronic Group also publishes Indie games on
the Great Indie Games label. Just Flight, and its sister
company Just Trains, are the leading worldwide simulation
specialists. Just Flight was established in 1995, and within
three years became the world's largest publisher of flight
simulation software with the exception of Microsoft, with a
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grave' turnkey service for physical product, from marketing,
packaging and warehousing and an experienced sales service right
through to retail, while its specialist PC download site,
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