An early version of the Saturn game Ferox has become available for download.
Ferox was a puzzle game in development for the Saturn by Hookstone Ltd. Development on the game was halted abruptly when the studio shut down. It’s now available as a playable game, provided you have a method of playing burned CD-Rs on your Saturn.
Cliff Davies, programmer on the project, has this to say about Ferox:
Ferox is an unreleased title for the Sega Saturn. It was developed at Hookstone Ltd. and reached the point where a fully playable demo was ready to be shown to publishers. Unfortunately Hookstone closed its doors soon afterwards and Ferox never saw the light of day.
The game contains no credits but they would have read as follows – “Design – Pete Tattersall; Programming – Cliff Davies; Graphics – Pete Tattersall; Sfx – Cliff Davies”.
The controls are very simple. Use the D-Pad to move around and tap A, B or C to pick up or release a block. You can push like-coloured blocks around to form longer lines. Holding A, B or C down allows you to fire a block in the direction dictated by the D-Pad.
You get bonuses for destroying more blocks in a single shot. As you progress through the levels new block-types will appear (speed-ups, blockers, etc.). It isn´t a final release (so might not be entirely bug-free) but does offer some excellent gameplay!
Along with the disc image for the game, packaging for US, EU, and JP versions of the game were provided.
You can download the disc image here.