Operation Overkill


Overkill is a vertical scrolling shooter that was released by Epic Games and Precision Software Publishing in 1992. The game was designed and developed by Tech-Noir Productions and Ste Cork. Overkill was Epic's first vertical shooter. The game was lacking some of the technology that other top shareware games of the time had, such as Jill of the Jungle, ID Software's Commander Keen, and Apogee's Duke Nukem. It boasted EGA graphics, PC speaker sound effects, support for a joystick, and a General MIDI musical track. While the game did sell a considerable amount of copies, it was quickly overshadowed by later vertical shooters such as Raptor: Call of the Shadows, Major Stryker, and Tyrian. There are two versions of the game, the shareware version, and the commercial version. Because of certain business practices, in less than a year from the original release date the author took legal action against Precision Software Publishing (PSP), who immediately lost the right to publish the game or collect payments for it from any other distributors throughout Europe, and PSP's name was removed from all screens within the game for the 1993 re-release, and replaced by references to Epic UK ( now closed down? ). Nothing else was changed between the 1992 and 1993 versions. The shareware version allows the user to play planets one and two, while the commercial version grants access to all six planets. Ste Cork declared the registered version freeware on July 23, 2008.


Overkill has a very brief and bland storyline. You are a pilot who has been handed a very difficult assignment, you must destroy the menacing alien forces that have captured six planets in a neighboring allied solar system. The aliens have enslaved all of the inhabitants of the planets, and must be killed.

The objective in Overkill is to destroy all enemies on a planet, thus restoring order. Your ship, has some basic necessities such as fuel, shields, and a weapon, but, it must be upgraded if you are to complete the mission. To upgrade your ship, you must pick up various goodies. You should be extra careful to not hit enemy ships, projectiles, or the walls, as this will destroy your shields. Once all of your shields run out, your ship explodes, and you lose a life. Once you lose all your lives, the game ends.

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