If you’re looking for some simple, arcade style fun faintly reminiscent of classics like Armor Alley or Choplifter, check out the debut title from U.K. shareware developer
Strange Flavour, called Bushfire.
Bushfire is a 2D scrolling action game that puts you behind the yoke of a firefighting helicopter. You must extinguish fires in experimental pine forest number 13, home of the last grove of Goose Spruce trees known to man. You must put out fires by dousing flaming trees with water before they alight other trees and man-made structures in the forest. You must refill your helicopter by landing on sources of water, and you must also thwart the efforts of pyromaniacs by dropping parachuting smoke jumpers into the fray.
Although Bushfire is Strange Flavour’s debut title, the game’s individual authors are no strangers to game development and publishing. Aaron and Adam Fothergill also saw their Amiga games Base Jumpers and Jetstrike published by Rasputin Software in the 1990’s. Strange Flavour said they have plans to introduce other Mac games this year, and politely asks users to register Bushfire to encourage their efforts.
As “Strangeware,” the software is distributed electronically and fully functional, although the authors ask users to mail them £2 (or US$3) in cash (instructions are included in the game’s read me file) for registration.
The game itself is compatible with Mac OS 8.6 or later, if Apple’s CarbonLib library is installed. It also runs just find under Mac OS X, as well.