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Overview

The game was developed and published in 1989 by Golden Goblins, a label of the German company Rainbow Arts. It was released for the Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore 64 and PC. Later re-releases were done in Europe by Top-Shots and EDOS and in the USA by ISC. The PC version supports CGA, VGA and Hercules video modes.

The soundtrack to the game was done by Chris Hülsbeck and the source code of the game became available via the Internet Archive in March 2017.

Grand Monster Slam is based on a fictional tournament in the fantasy world GhoLD and it's gameplay is heavily based on the 1985 arcade game Penguin-Kun Wars by UPL. The participants of the Grand Monster Slam are taken from common fantasy races, including trolls, dragons, orcs, ogres and goblins. The player assumes the role of an unnamed dwarf. In the final, the player encounters a golden goblin called Winner, who is based on the company logo of the developer Golden Goblins. The original release also included two pewter figurines of the golden goblin Winner in the game box.

Story

The biggest sporting event of the fantasy world of GhoLD, the Grand Slam, was born from a war between the humans and the goblins. The goblins besieged a desert fortress of the humans and both parties fired at each other with stones from catapults. This took three years until the war-weary parties could finally agree on a peace treaty. In remembrance of this historical event in the desert it was agreed to meet each other again every three years in order to exchange some honorable catapult shots as part of a big festival. The other races also found this peace-festival great and wanted to participate in the catapult shooting. After some incidents at the catapult shooting, in which now almost every race in the fantasy world GhoLD participated, it was time for some rule changes.

One of the participants (Amiga)
One of the participants (Amiga)

A special arena had been build, the catapults were abolished, a tournament system was introduced and the "Grand Slam"-games were hold now every five years. The most significant modification of the game was the introduction of the Beloms(small furry creatures). Instead of shooting or throwing stones at each other, only the best of each race compete against each other with the aim to kick all one's Beloms over to the opposite side.

This year, everybody's attention is attracted by the dwarves, who participate in the games for the first time. One can hear rumors of the champion of the dwarven as being a legendary hero, and also the king of all the proud dwarves clans is expected as a visitor to the games. So it is no surprise that the newcomer is a player controlled Dwarf whos aim is to rise up into the top class of Grand Slammers - or even achieve the title.

Gameplay

Main Menu

The main menu (Atari ST)
The main menu (Atari ST)

At the begining of the game the player can select in the main menu the current "Hall of Fame" to see the high scores. With "Faulton Feeding" and "Revenge of the Beloms" the two mini games can be trained. "Grand Monster Slam Main Tournament" starts the actual game.

The Main Game

The players character The Dwarf is placed in the foreground, and each of his opponents plays in the background. In front of each player is a baseline with six Beloms lined up on it. The Beloms are brown, spherical ball-like creatures with faces, which tremble as the player approaches them. The players task is to kick all his own Beloms across the playing field to the opponent and make his "homerun", which means running across the playing field to the opponent's baseline. The Beloms can be kicked up the field in one of three directions and at a stregth determined by the fire button. It's also important to avoid the opponent's Beloms and to hit the opponent with his own Beloms as often as possible. In case of a player being hit, he remains lying on the ground for a certain amount of time which gives the other player the opportunity to kick as many Beloms as possible to the other side.

Penalty shot (Amiga)
Penalty shot (Amiga)

The playing field is separated from the audience by a low wall. If a Belom is kicked over the wall into the audience , the Belom player receives a so called "Pelvan", the penalty in the Grand Monster Slam. A duck-like Pelvan creature sinks down a rope to the playing field and places itself on the pelvans-point ("P") of the executing player. The penalty-taker then kicks the Pelvan creature, and the other must move to try to save it. If the penalty-taker converts the shot then three Beloms move over to the opponents side, otherwise one Belom moves back to the side of the penalty-taker. The penalty can be kicked straight forward, angled to the right, or angled to the left and the receiver can move in the same directions, so any Pelvan has a one-in-three chance of being saved. In order to be awarded a penalty shot the opposite fans should be irritated with the so called "vituperations" which are done by pulling down the joystick and pressing fire. This will make the opponent more and more nervous and at some point he will kick a Belom over the wall into the audience.

The Leaugues

1st League

1st league opponents (Amiga)
1st league opponents (Amiga)

The "Grand Monster Slam Tournament" consists of two leagues and an final round. The player starts the game in the 1st league in which only beginners or fighters who have been disqualified in the last games compete. It is a knockout tournament with 8 players, who fight each other in pairs. The winners of the first match form the pairs of the second fight so that finally only 2 players are left at the end of the second match. These two will then fight in the final in order to decide who is the winner of the first league.

After every won match the player has to participate in an intermediate mini-game called "Revenge of the Beloms". The winner of the whole league must also pass a qualification, an event which is called "The Remarkable Six Faultons". Anybody who fails in this qualification cannot ascend to the higher league with the next group of competitors.

The opponents in the 1st league:

2nd League

The wall (Amiga)
The wall (Amiga)

The 2nd league also consists of 8 players, and again there is an knockout tournament in order to find out the next league winner. The participants of this league are veterans with considerable experience and the playing field is now separated by a waist high wall with a gap in the middle, thus making the game more difficult. Since the height of the shot is determined by the duration of the "fire button pressing" it takes more time to get the Beloms over the wall from the sides of the baseline. Effective and fast shots are only possible from the middle of the baseline when the Beloms get throught the gap in the wall and hit the opponent. Also the homerun can not be started from any point on the baseline. The playing character has now to be moved up to the middle of the baseline in order to start the run through the gap in the wall.

2nd league opponents (Amiga)
2nd league opponents (Amiga)

Also in the 2nd league the mini-games("Revenge of the Beloms" after every won match and the "The Remarkable Six Faultons" as qualification to get to the final round) have to be completed, which are a bit more difficult this time.

The opponents in the 2nd league:

The final round

The winner of the 2nd league joins the final round, there meeting only three players - the winners of the last 3 Grand Slam-tournaments. The opponents have to be beaten one after the other in order to finally obtain the yellow shirt and the golden metal. All three opponents are hard to beat and have magical powers which they use variably.

The opponents in the final round:

  • Nurfuk: an yolk magician who can perform the magic lightning
  • Roarch: a dragon man who can spit fire
  • Winner: a golden goblin who is the only professional among amateurs and who uses the magic cyclone.

Reviews

MagazineIssuePageSystemRating%ReviewerLanguage
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment)06/198942,43Amiga900 out of 100090
Bob WadeEnglish
The One05/198968,69,70Amiga87 out of 10087
Ciaran BrennanEnglish
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt)05/198952Amiga10.2 out of 1285
Matthias SiegkGerman
The One06/198918Atari ST85 out of 10085
-English
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt)08+09/198956Atari ST10 out of 1283
Manfred KleimannGerman
Power Play05/198944Amiga79 out of 10079
Heinrich LenhardtGerman
Power Play - Die 100 besten Spiele 1989198941Amiga79 out of 10079
Heinrich LenhardtGerman
The Games Machine06/198950,51Amiga76 out of 10076
-English
Power Play - Die 100 besten Spiele 1989198941Atari ST76 out of 10076
Heinrich LenhardtGerman
Power Play - Die 100 besten Spiele 1989198941PC75 out of 10075
Heinrich LenhardtGerman
The Games Machine07/198927Atari ST74 out of 10074
-English
Power Play - Die 100 besten Spiele 1989198941C6473 out of 10073
Heinrich LenhardtGerman
Zzap07/198974Amiga72 out of 10072
Paul Rand, Phil KingEnglish
Commodore User05/198969Amiga71 out of 10071
-English
Zzap07/198974C6471 out of 10071
Paul Rand, Phil KingEnglish
Datormagazin06/198915Amiga7 out of 1070
Tomas HybnerSwedish
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt)08+09/198956PC8.4 out of 1270
Manfred KleimannGerman
100 aktuelle PC-Spiele199032,33PC7 out of 1070
-German
The One05/198968,69,70PC67 out of 10067
Ciaran BrennanEnglish
64er08/1989128C6410 out of 1567Henning WithöftGerman
Amiga Computing07/198930Amiga64 out of 10064
Duncan EvansEnglish
Your Amiga09/198962,63Amiga62 out of 10062
Duncan EvansEnglish
The Games Machine07/198927C6455 out of 10055
-English
ST Amiga Format07/198990,91Amiga54 out of 10054
Gary BarrettEnglish
Datormagazin07/198910C643 out of 1030
Magnus ReitbergerSwedish

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