Assassin (video game)

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Developer(s) Psionic Systems
Publisher(s) Team17
Designer(s) David Broadhurst, Haydn Dalton, Allister Brimble
Composer(s) Allister Brimble[1]
Platform(s) Amiga
Release 1992
Genre(s) Action
Mode(s) Single player

Assassin is a video game for the Commodore Amiga system. It was developed by Psionic Systems and published in 1992 by Team17, the company best known for developing the Worms franchise. The game is an action game that has platform and shoot 'em up type gameplay. Assassin was updated and re-released in 1994 as Assassin: Special Edition.


Assassin was developed by Psionic Systems in conjunction with Team17. The project manager was Martyn Brown. Development was handled by programmers David Broadhurst and Haydn Dalton. With additional freelance work from Mike and Andrew Oakley.[2] The music and sound effects in the game were handled by long term Team17 audio specialist Allister Brimble, who has credits for many Team17 video games.[3]


Assassin's storyline is fairly simple. The character is an assassin that has been hired to kill the antagonist of the game, "Midan". He is then dropped behind enemy lines and must first disable Midan's power source, and then assassinate him. The assassin is armed with a boomerang that is razor-edged.

There are three skill levels to Assassin, Rookie, Arcade and Ultimate. As well as changing the difficulty, each level unlocks more of the game than the level that is easier than it. The enemies are tougher to defeat in the higher levels, but there are more rewards.

The player must guide the assassin through the levels facing enemies ranging from vicious dogs to wall mounted laser cannons. As well as the platforms, the player is able to control the assassin to climb on walls and ceilings as a method of getting around, and avoiding enemies. The player can use the boomerang to attack enemies, or use bonus weapons that are gained by achieving certain requirements. The whole game is controlled by a joystick.[2]

Assassin: Special Edition was released 2 years after the original game and various gameplay elements were altered. The first level is gone which means that there no longer are the dogs as enemies, also the boomerang has been replaced with a laser gun.[4]


Assassin has received high ratings. The One Amiga rated the game 92%, praising all areas of the game. In particular the sound effects. In the review, the reviewer noted that the sound effects were "some of the most imaginative and atmospheric I've ever heard". The only criticism in the review was that some of the backgrounds seemed empty.[5]

The review from Amiga Power noted the similarities of the game to Strider and Turrican, but overall rated the game highly at 89%. Again, the atmosphere of the game was praised, as were the graphics and animation.[6]

CU Amiga scored the game 89% and noted the size of the game maps. There are over 1500 screens over the five levels. The magazine said this was one of the games most striking features.[7]

In episode 2 of season 1, British television show Bad Influence! gave it 4 stars (from the girls) and 3 stars (from the boys), out of a maximum of 5.[8]

Despite the critical acclaim, Martyn Brown, co-founder of Team17 considers Assassin to be Team17's least successful game. He attributes this to limited appeal.[9]

The Assassin: Special Edition re-release was seen as an unnecessary release and even a backwards step as various gameplay elements were removed. Amiga Power gave the game a lower rating of 79%, but still praised most of it.[4]


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  2. ^ a b Psionic Systems (1992), Assassin manual, Team17 
  3. ^ "Orchestrial Media Developments portfolio" (PDF). Orchestrial Media Developments. Archived from the original (pdf) on February 5, 2006. Retrieved 2008-04-07. 
  4. ^ a b Faragher, Steve (April 1994), "Assassin: Special Edition Amiga Power review", Amiga Power, Future Publishing 
  5. ^ Upchurch, David (November 1992), "Assassin The One Amiga review", The One Amiga, EMAP 
  6. ^ Squires, Matthew (November 1992), "Assassin Amiga Power review", Amiga Power, Future Publishing 
  7. ^ Patterson, Mark (November 1992), "Assassin CU Amiga review", CU Amiga, EMAP 
  8. ^ "Bad Influence!". Bad Influence!. Retrieved 2014-11-09. 
  9. ^ Pouladi, Ali (2006-07-18). "Interview with Team17 founder Martyn Brown". Lemon Amiga. Retrieved 2008-04-07.