The Rift is an Action game that was published in 1992. It was published by Pop Software. The game was never released commercially, it was only
created to be given as a freebie to the customers of Pop software shareware products.
The Rift is a shooting game, where the player is tasked with destroying their enemies while saving themselves from counter-attacks.
These enemies comprise UFOs and other alien bodies, that are of varied shapes. The alien crafts can also move in various directions, while the
player can only move left or right, and needs to avoid direct collision with the enemies. The player can move his ship using the arrow keys,
Fire using the F1, Enter or Spacebar keys, Backspace to pause the game, and Escape key to abort the mission.
There are only four levels in the game. In the first level, the player fights against UFOs. In the second level, the enemies are alien bodies
shaped as Lips, who fire ammunition from their mouths. On the third level, the player faces alien bodies in the shape of Spikes and the fourth
level has Warps. Points are earned every time the player manages to hit their enemy. While the first two levels are fairly easy, the difficulty
level rises considerably in the last two. The last level is especially hard, with the attacks coming very swiftly from all directions.
The scores are displayed on the left, and a status tab on the top left displays the number of enemies remaining in the level. The game has good
graphics, with shadows created to give an illusion of 3D. The game requires quick reflexes and bears a sharp resemblance to 'Space Invaders'.
The development studio was founded as Hipnotic Software in August 1996 and it is based in Dallas, Texas (2006). One of the founders was Tom Mustaine. Their first title was Quake Mission Pack No 1: Scourge of Armagon (1997), the first official expansion pack to id Software's Quake. In June 1997 the name was changed to Ritual Entertainment and their most important title so far is SiN (1998), a first-person shooter based on the id Tech 2 engine and set in a modern environment. It was followed by the expansion Wages of Sin (1999) created together with 2015, Inc.
In 2000 two more games were released: the third-person platformer Heavy Metal: F.A.K.K. 2 and the third game in the Blair Witch series: Blair Witch, Volume III: The Elly Kedward Tale. Their next game was Star Trek: Elite Force II (2003), a sequel to Star Trek: Voyager - Elite Force by Raven Software Corporation.
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