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DOS - 1995

Year 1995
Platform DOS
Released in United Kingdom
Genre Action
Theme Sci-Fi / Futuristic, Shooter
Publisher Max Design GmbH & Co.
Developer Surprise! Productions, neo Software Produktions GmbH
Perspective Side view
Dosbox support Fully supported on 0.72
5 / 5 - 3 votes

Description of Prototype

Prototype is a great-looking but little-known horizontal shooter from NEO Software.

The game boasts excellent multi-parallax scrolling graphics with amazing illusion of depth. There are 8 levels and hundreds of enemies to attack. One of the game’s strengths is that the number and pattern of enemies change from game to game, which give the game an excellent replay value since no two game will be exactly the same.

On the downside, the enemies – especially end-level “bosses” - are neither as imaginative or challenging as h-shooter classics. The range of weapons you have is also a bit too limited, with many weapons being just small variations of the standard gun.

Still, the excellent production value, smooth animations, and even an outstanding soundtrack (over 30 minutes of original music) makes this underdog far above your average shooter. Recommended for action fans, especially those who like graphical details in the scenery. Thumbs up!

Review By HOTUD

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Comments and reviews

drwb1961 2022-06-13 0 point

I recall, that this game was quite difficult to install under DOS, and that it contained a lot of bugs. Technical service provided me a modified START.EXE file (on 1.44 MB disc for the time being ;-) ), but problems were quite persistent. I will now give the game a new try under D-Fend Reloaded an dhope, that the game works there.

I still have the original game CD and handbook (in German) and can upload a digital copy of the handbook, if requested.

If you want to have the music an FX with the game (as far as I remember) the game CD has to be in a CD drive. I don't know if this is manageable with a CD image...

Turric4n 2021-07-20 0 point

I'm sorry, I don't know which NFO files you mean? I once got the game running using dosbos. But without the awesome soundtrack. I don't play the game without the music. When the music is turned on with setup.exe, the game crashes.

SP 2021-03-11 0 point

After some research, you can play the game by editing the NFO files to correspond the actual drive letters for dosbox.

DRIVE.NFO = (set it to the imgmount drive letter for the .CUE file)

KC 2020-01-08 0 point

I can not get either version to work.

turric4n 2019-04-20 0 point

Unfortunately, the game cannot be started. I made it to the shown main menu (see screenshot). But only if I switch off the music in the setup before. :(

Does anyone know how to solve this problem? I have the original CD of the game, but via dosbox it just won't start. After running proto.exe and confirming with "Enter", you will immediately return to the input prompt.

I tried the "" version. I would be very happy if someone could help.

KC 2019-02-23 0 point

I downloaded the ISO version, but Boxer says the game is a Windows game and does not contain any DOS files. I can not play this version on Boxer, or on DosBox.

marco75 2018-09-04 1 point

This is the EOD (Empire Of Darkness) CD-Rip.
I cannot get this release to work in DOSbox.
The browser emulation here does not work either.

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