Zatacka is an odd, German game in which you can control six lines, using the F1-F6 buttons. Curve the lines to avoid barriers, other lines and the walls. It's really as simple as that.
Hey…want to play a strange game from Germany? Yeah? Well, who doesn’t? Zatacka is a version of an old DOS game from Germany, “Achtung Die Neve Kurve”. Now, I’m not sure what this means in German. But if it reflects what a player does in the game, it might mean something like “Control Six Lines and Don’t Hit the Wall”.
Okay, yeah. That’s too many words, surely. And I can give a more educated guess that it means something along the lines of, “Line That Never Curves”. Again, I could be wrong. But really, that’s what Zatacka is all about. F1, F2, F3, F4, F5 and F6 each control one of six lines that are all heading toward the four walls inside the square barrier. Almost like a never-ending Etch-a-Sketch in which you have to turn the dials to keep the line from running right into the edge of the toy; but, instead of dials, you have to press a button to make the different colored lines turn.
It was originally listed as a “multiplayer” game. So I suppose, unless there is some online feature I’m missing here, that you could have six people standing around a keyboard, each pressing an individual “F_” key. But I wouldn’t save it as a party-starter. Your job, as a controller of a line, is to avoid all barriers and drive other lines to run into the walls. On the simple menu screen, it appears that you can change which “F_” buttons control which lines and if they can control multiple. This might make it easier for playing alone, I suppose. You can change the speed of the lines and set different, brick barriers in the space where the lines travel.
This game does confuse me. But it is sort of fun, in an I-have-to-see-how-good-my-reflexes-and-hand-eye-coordination-are way. I can’t say that this game is all that addicting. It’s a quick download, though, and an interesting part of German’s PC gaming history.
Just a quick note: I downloaded this game using Windows 7. It isn’t listed as working for this operating system and probably for good reason. It kept shutting off on me randomly and had some trouble running. I would recommend it on XP or XP Pro.