There are old games that are just that - old games, and then there are damn-good-ol'-classic games that remain from your childhood memory. Volfied is definitely the latter one.
You play as a pilot of a ship that has returned to your homeworld - "Volfied". Soon you discover that it's been invaded by aliens. You receive an SOS transmission from the planet, and head on to rescue the people. In order to succeed, you must conquer 80% of the "territory" in each level. The territory is captured by leaving the "protected zone", and then creating a border for your captured territory. You are vanurable only when leaving your captured territory borders.
Your objective cannot be fulfilled easily since various bosses and their minions will try to stop you. Each level has a different boss, and different minions, which act differently. You cannot take your time and stay protected at your borders forever. Your shields are active only within your territory, but they're limited. When your shields run out, you are vulnerable from attacks even inside your borders, making it nearly impossible to stay alive. However, do not fear! The power-ups are here for your aid! If you conquer a territory with a "block" in it, you will get a power-up. The power-ups are random, and vary from score, speed-boost, weapons, to even minions-clearing power-up!
The challenge Volfied offers is not easily beaten. When you lose all your lives, you have one chance to continue. You cannot save the game, and have to restart every time from the beginning, but it doesn't harm the game. Every time you manage to reach a new level, you feel victorious.
The graphics in Volfied are marvelous for the time. The animations are smooth and the background is detailed, something which wasn't seen often back then. The interface remained from the arcade version, and could've been better.
There is no background music, and the only sound comes from the PC speaker. These sounds can get annoying after a while, and sadly there is no option to turn them off.
Volfied is playable with 2 players, unfourtenly not at the same time. After each completed level, the other player has its turn unless he loses all his lives.
The simple and fast gameplay, the enjoyable graphics, and the challanging difficulty make Volfied addictive and playable for quite some time. Enjoy! :-)
If you run the game in DosBOX, you can hear some nice soundeffects. There are no speed issues when running in XP however (Reup).