Friends, since I did an 1UP episode of the Diary of An Arcade Employee podcast on 1982’s Night Stalker for Mattel Electronics’ Intellivision home console – it is probably safe to say I am a big fan of the game. In my personal opinion there is quite a lot to enjoy about Night Stalker, not only was it a truly great title for the Intellivision but is a solid representation of the maze shooter genre. In fact the only thing I can complain about off the top of my head is that designer Steve Montero wasn’t able to somehow tie the game to the classic Kolchak: The Night Stalker television series!

Video Provided by Matt Payne.

If you have not had the pleasure of playing Night Stalker before, the premise is a pretty simple one – the Player is stuck in an underground maze – where they are continuously hunted down by vicious robots. In addition the Player has to contend with a pair of swarming bats that will stun them – leaving them easy prey for the robots. Then there is the rather oversized spider that is crawling through the underground maze – it too can paralyze the Player. At the very least there is a futuristic weapon to fend off these attackers… although only for six shots before the Player has to scramble through the maze seeking a new one.

Which is why I perked up when Earl Green was kind enough to share a new video with me – Night Stalker for the Intellivision Amico… and it looks absolutely amazing if I am being 100% honest. This new version of that classic maze shooter game offers multiplayer – that includes both a Co-Op mode as you will see in the video itself and a Versus mode. I would like to point out that in multiplayer is appears that a Player can only pick up the weapon that matches their color – a nice touch and an element that should add some stress in later levels. While the graphics have been given an update although with an appropriately retro look – it appears there are new enemies to contend with too, such as the creeping slime that might be able to merge to create a tougher enemy!

Video and Article Image Provided by Intellivision.

In closing I want to point out that in the description for this preview of Night Stalker for the upcoming Intellivision Amico – they make a point of saying:

“This is only a small unfinished sampling of what the game will ultimately be like. Many more surprises on the way! This was recorded and played directly from the Intellivision Amico system.”

Published by Vic Sage

An avid devotee to pretty much all things retro and retro related - I love to share my memories and passion for films, comics, gaming, podcasting... and curiously enough my overwhelming desire to never stop eating beef jerky.

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