At that time, the game had floundered around incompatibility issues and relative obscurity — DOSBox wasn’t a big deal yet.
The game is built on the Commander Keen 2D engine and designed as a one-man show by Jim Norwood.
This is another game I first encountered on the Aztech’s Super Shareware Games CD.
Bio Menace is just an awesome game. You play CIA operative, Snake Logan, on recon duty in Metro City, which has been taken over by the evil Dr. Mangle and a horde of vicious mutants. (The mutants look kindly cuddly in the game, but whatever.) This is a game that combines elements of action, cyberpunk, post-apocalyptic and adventure in one floppy disc-sized install.
In the game, you get to maximize Snake’s killing power with machine guns, super bullets, plasma bolts, two different kinds of grenades and even land mines. Bio Menace consists of three episodes with secret levels and hidden easter egg in the second episode.
The game is non-stop and very challenging. Snake has very limited health, and medkits are in short supply.
Bio Menace has wonderful VGA graphics, Ad Lib music and Sound Blaster compatibility.
I’ll never fully understand why this game didn’t take off in modern gaming with sequels and console remakes, but you can enjoy the original, as intended, for free.
Ye Olde System Requirements:
- IBM PC and compatibles
- 286 Computer (386 or higher recommended)
- 575k of conventional memory
- 5 meg of Hard Drive Space (10 meg for registered)
- Supports Sound Blaster, Ad Lib and Joystick