Okay, for me, BOH is a choice title. I was there discussing the game with the author, Simone Bevilacqua, early on (I believe this was round update number two). Mr. Bevilacqua has been working hard to keep BOH interesting and fun for both hardcore and new fans of the game. The list of additions and fixes in update number 17 is long and varied. BOH has also found a new home to rest on the Internet, one that should give more potential fans a chance to play. If you are a fan of overhead scrolling action adventures, then you should have already made the jump.
Per the Facebook post:
This 17th update:
* adds 17 new missions (5 very easy, 8 easy, 4 average);
* improves 43 missions by means of new/revised hints, little changes to the layouts, and other changes;
* marks training missions with a dedicated icon;
* adds the remote control icon to the HUD;
* adds graphics interpolation to enemy sprites;
* improves some graphics and shooting sound effects;
* adds specific sound effects to the theme “C64”;
* renames some missions and most themes;
* reworks the manuals entirely;
* reworks the soundtrack artwork entirely;
* allows to run the game on Windows 10 as a normal user (due to changes in the Windows files handling policy, it had become necessary to run the game as administrator);
* fixes the resetting of the timer due to the focus loss auto-pause when the game was already paused;
* applies various other changes/optimizations.
For me, this update is enough to get me back into playing the game (I still have my physical copy from oh so many years ago). BOH is one of those games that makes you realize you don’t need 64-bit graphics with 16 million colors on screen to just have fun.
Grab a copy of BOH on Itch.io and prepare to be reminded of the good old days of gaming.