The Chaos Engine, the modern remake of the classic Amiga shooter created by the legendary developers The Bitmap Brothers, is now available on PC, Mac, and Linux. The 90s shooter has been remade by Abstraction Games, who recently handled the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita ports of the indie hit sensation from last year, Hotline Miami.
The remake has been built from the ground up, and every care has been taken to ensure that it is as faithful to the original game as possible; it includes a number of enhancements as well.
The Chaos Engine was notable for multiple things when it first released- it was one of the first games to have a Victorian era Steampunk setting, and it was also the first game to have a skill based equipment mechanic in its genre.
“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 memories of 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.”
“When Abstraction Games was first approached by Mastertronic to work on The Chaos Engine we were super excited,” said Ralph Egas, CEO of Abstraction Games. “Revitalizing a game that was so much ahead of its time and has been on gamers all-time favorite lists for almost two decades has been such a treat and a real honor. We’ve gone all-out in making sure that we captured its original brilliance. At the same time we wanted to make sure that players who never got the chance to play the original had an opportunity to do so, so we added 360 degree controls, online co-op and enhanced visuals that make the game shine on higher resolutions too. We hope that this revitalized version will appear on more gamer’s all-time favorite lists for at least another two decades.”
The game is now available on all three OSs so make sure to get it.