Back in the days where the 3.5 inch floppy disk ruled supreme, and home-made games were to be found stuck to the front of magazine covers, Delta-9 Software came up with a fiendishly fun adventure about a man on the run from.... elevators!
The game starts off with a fairly non-descript title screen where the author leaves some messages for his buddies, with a rather funky tune that appears to resemble 'Trailers for sale or Rent'. Pressing fire on the joystick from the screen brings you straight to the first level, where the theme music changes to a much more upbeat rendition of 'Old McDonald' - complete with animal noises! Your hero is placed in the bottom right hand corner of the screen and using the vast array of controls available to you (that is left, and right) you need to get the little chap up 7 floors, avoiding the elevators that are moving up and down the screen. Touch an elevator and you die.
If you think this sounds easy then think again, for there's a catch: once you've started moving you are unable to stop. You can change direction as many times as you like, but your man won't stop running until he's reached the side of the screen.
The game starts off relatively easily, with just one elevator going up and down the screen, but the difficulty soon increases and by level 3 you are faced with (surprise!) 3 elevators. Except only two of them are going up and down the screen - the middle one wraps back around to the bottom of the screen when it reaches the top.
Those of you who have Amiga emulators can download Elevation free here.
I remember really liking this game as a teenager, but it's replay value isn't all that great. I probably played it 6 or 7 times and think I always became stuck after about level 5. If you'd had infinite lives it might have had that 'ahh one ok just more try factor'. I occasionally load this into an Amiga emulator and give it another quick go... but the nostalgia factor rarely lasts for more than a few minutes. If you've never played it before and already have an Amiga emulator set up then it's definitely worth giving it a go. I certainly can't recommend setting an emulator up JUST for this game though.