Home of the Underdogs
About News FAQs Contact HOTU GoogleGroup Music Manuals
Category Applications Action Adventure Education Interactive Fiction Puzzle Role Playing Games Simulation Special Sport Strategy War




Support the EFF
Welcome How you can help
Browse Games
Welcome Random Pick
Welcome By Company
  Welcome By Theme  
Welcome By Alphabet
Welcome By Year
Welcome Title Search
Welcome Company Search
Welcome Designer Search
Recommended
Welcome Freeware Titles
Welcome Collections
Welcome Community Group
Welcome Discord
Welcome Twitter
Welcome Facebook
Welcome File Format Guide
Welcome Help: Non PC Games
Welcome Help: Win Games
Welcome Help: DOS Games
Welcome Recommended Links
Site History Site History
Legacy Legacy
Link to Us Link to Us
Credits Thanks & Credits
Abandonware Ring

Abandoned Places

Creative Commons License


Game #1678
Hall of Belated Fame Inductee  Nebulus   (a.k.a. Tower Toppler)  View all Top Dogs in this genre
Action   Platformer

Rating: 7.64 (50 votes)

Nebulus box cover

Nebulus screenshot
One of the best (and cutest) platform games ever made for any computer, Nebulus is a fantastically original and addictive gem from Hewson, British developer of several solid action gems that are virtually unknown on the PC but were massive hits on the Spectrum and Amiga. As the aptly named Pogo, you'll be jumping just about everywhere in this charming game. Your mission in Nebulus is to destroy eight towers which have mysteriously emerged from the sea. Equipped with only snowballs as your weapon, off you go up the first tower...

The procedure is simple: all you have to do is climb the tower, triggering it to self-destruct, after which you can swim to the next one. In order to reach the top of each tower, though, you have to follow a mazy series of spiral steps built around the outside of the tower. Which is where the game's amazing rotational 3D scrolling comes in. This great feat of programming (for its time, of course) allows you to travel round and up the tower, entering and exiting various doors to emerge at different parts of the tower smoothly without ever going to the edge of the screen. Instead, the tower winds like a screw in your monitor, and the 3D effect is very convincing.

The further up you go, the more devilish puzzles you'll need to solve. And speed is of the essence too, as you have only three lives, and the on-screen counter counts down incessantly. The suspense is high, as you can't tell what you'll encounter round the next spiral turn. In terms of enemies, flashing blocks and bouncing balls can be zapped to add on points, but silver spheres can only be momentarily stunned. The snow crystals are immortal are very annoying – all you can do is run away from them.

Overall, Nebulus has little to fault it, barring a lack of colour in the graphics and lack of save mode – clambering back to the top when you have tumbled from a peak can be tiresome. Otherwise, Nebulus is a great classic that truly stands the test of time. Two thumbs up!

Rob's review from when the game was at CW#3: "Classic platform/puzzle game by Hewson in which you have to reach the top of various tricky towers before the timer runs out. I remember this one very well on the C64. The pseudo 3D graphics were amazing for its time, but the game also has original addicting gameplay which makes it an all-time classic in my opinion. Go figure it out for yourself, the IBM-PC conversion isn't bad. Colors look a little strange due to the EGA palette, but the game plays as well as the original 8-bit versions."

Reviewed by: Underdogs

Designer: John Phillips
Developer: Hewson
Publisher: Hewson
Year: 1987
Software Copyright: Hewson
Theme: Unique
Multiplayer:  
None that we know of
System Requirements: DOS
Where to get it:
Related Links: Your Sinclair review
Links:    
If you like this game, try: Netherworld, Stormlord, Wizball

© 1998 - 2019 Home of the Underdogs
Portions are copyrighted by their respective owners. All rights reserved. Please read our privacy policy.