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Nickolas Marentes - The Gate Crasher from Down Under!
A 3D adventure game for your Color Computer 3 written in the 21st Century!
~by Brian K. Hahn ~
From a country that gave us Olivia Newton-John, Mel
Gibson and Nichol Kidman to name a few true talents
embraced by the pop culture, another unsung hero lives,
Nick Marentes. Known only by a label hanging on a bubble
pack at Radio Shack, this man is responsible for some of
the best software ever loaded into the memory of the Color
Computer. Nick started writing software in 1979 and it
seems he never stopped. Long after Tandy orphaned the
TRS-80 Color Computer, Mr. Marentes continues to keep
them alive. Well, it's hats off to him from 8bit-micro.com as
we look into his 3D adventure, Gate Crasher.
In the mid 1990', ID Software came out with the shareware
offering Wolfenstien 3D. A game that is believed by many to
have changed the face of the computer gaming world.
Without a doubt it was impressive, and even more impressive was it's sequel Doom! But those games needed
power! Doom only ran smoothly on a Intel 80486 based machine, and Wolfenstien 3D need an Intel 80386 running at
least 16 MHz.
For many years many thought the TRS-80 Color Computer too slow and weak kneed to run anything like the new 3D
games. Nick Marentes is not one to shy away from a challenge and a couple of years ago he finished writing "Gate
Crasher" a 3D adventure for your CoCo 3 with multiple levels, smooth 3D renderings and great fun. Visit his website
and check out the game yourself.
(c) 2004, 2005, Brian K. Hahn
All Rights Reserved.