Panic Button

First Star

Status: Preview, Findability: 5/5

First Star are famous for some fantastic C64 games, such as Spy VS Spy 1,2,3 and Boulderdash, and along with these fantastic titles there seems to be a few which got away.

One such was Panic Button from 1984, where you control a factory worker who has to construct small houses together using parts from the conveyor belt. Not as easy as it sounds, with a huge amount of parts crazily getting sent along the conveyor belts at one time. You have to be quick and get so many houses built before the time runs out.

Strangely although completed, First Star never released the game, and we are yet to find out why we are having to look at it via GTW.

It is a game typical of 1984, with simplistic graphics, but the great First Star trademark playability. It is basically a cross
of Toy Bizarre and Night Shift in once sense, and would have maybe been seen as the other game’s inspiration had it been released. So how has it come about now after over 20 years?…

Well, recently First Star have released a tribute CD to celebrate all their releases, and they have put all their back catalogue onto the CD for people to play and enjoy.

So a lost game has at last managed to sneak out, and finally people can play a title they may not have ever known about until now. It’s a nice piece of nostalgic software, and well worth 5 minutes of your time…

Case closed…

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One Response to Panic Button

  1. Very interesting… I’ve never heard of this game. I’ll check this one out when I get some time.

    The screenshot graphics remind me of something, but the only thing I can think of is Henry’s House. I wonder I it has anything to do with that? (Same coder?).

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