Codex Gamicus
Gods MD cover.jpg
Developer(s) Bitmap Brothers
Publisher(s) Accolade
Renegade Software
Designer Eric Matthews y Steve Tall
status Status Missing
Release date 1991-92
Genre Platformer
Mode(s) Single player
Age rating(s)
Platform(s) Amiga, DOS, Atari ST, Acorn Archimedes, NEC PC-9801, MD/Gen, Super NES
Arcade system Arcade System Missing
Input Keyboard, Joystick
Requirements IBM PS/2 Or Compatible PC
Credits | Soundtrack | Codes | Walkthrough

Gods is a 1991 video game by The Bitmap Brothers where the player is cast as Hercules in his quest to achieve immortality. The game was first made for Amiga and Atari ST computers and then ported for various other platforms. Like other Bitmap Brothers' games, Gods was highly praised by critics thanks to the quality graphics and music.

The enemy AI was praised - it would adapt not only to the player position, but also to his skill. Some rooms contain inaccessible items - smaller "thieves" show up from a passage in the wall, try to grab the item and bring it back to another point in the room or disappear with it. The player is able to obtain the item if they shoot the thief at the correct time. Bonuses are awarded for reaching certain parts of the level under a certain limit of time or number of lives, bringing an object to a room or simply by playing poorly, where the game helps the player.

As was common with Bitmap Brothers, an external musician assured the game score, this time John Foxx as Nation 12.[1] The box cover illustration was designed by the British comic book artist Simon Bisley.


Although at first Gods might seem a "jump and run" platformer, it soon becomes evident that while precise and timed jumping are required to progress, planning each move carefully yields better results health-wise than attempting to speedrun a level, and there are some puzzles (often involving levers and objects) which require the player to go back and forth in the level, since there's only a three space inventory where objects required to get bonuses (such as keys) or to complete a level can be carried. The console versions (especially the Mega Drive/Genesis port) run at a considerably higher speed, which increases the difficulty level greatly. A rumored Gameboy Advance ROM has been rumored to exist but at this stage it is not commercially available. The console versions do not share the same opening theme music as the PC versions of the game. They do, however, have background music throughout the game, which is notably missing in the PC versions (The PC version only has background music throughout the game with a Roland LAPC-I).

Weapons work somewhat like those found in shoot 'em ups. There are several weapons available in the levels or to buy, and up to three of each can be used simultaneously. It is also possible to vary the focus of the weapons: to destroy more enemies at the same horizontal level as the player, a tight angle is advisable, but in levels with open spaces and enemies in higher places, a diffuse aim might prove more useful. There are also other weapons, such as bouncing axes that can be used to take on enemies at a lower level or fireballs.

There are four levels, each with a Guardian at the end. After completion of a level the player meets a trader, and depending on the wealth accumulated during the game (by catching diamond-shaped jewels or bags) can buy more powerful weapons or items (Xenon 2 Megablast uses the same idea).


Some awards for the game include:

  • Datormagazin Smash Hit (97%) in the Swedish Datormagazin [2]
  • CU Super Star (93%) in CU Amiga magazine [3]
  • CVG Hit (93%) in Computer + Video Games magazine [4]
  • Zero Hero (90%) in the Zero magazine [5]
  • 90% in Amiga Computing [6]
  • Amiga Format Gold (90%) in Amiga Format [7]
  • The One (93%) in the The One magazine [8]

The game was reviewed in 1993 in Dragon #189 by Hartley, Patricia, and Kirk Lesser in "The Role of Computers" column. The reviewers gave the game 4 out of 5 stars.[9]


  1. COMPUTE! ISSUE 147 / DECEMBER 1992 / PAGE 104 from
  2. Lars Jansson (May 1991), Datormagazin, Vol 1991 No 10, p. 64 
  3. Dan Slingsby (March 1991), CU Amiga, pp. 34–36 
  4. Richard Leadbetter; Robert Swan (May 1991), Computer + Video Games, pp. 82–84 
  5. David McCandless (April 1991), Zero, pp. 43–44 
  6. Nick Clarkson (July 1991), Amiga Computing, pp. 54–55 
  7. Trenton Webb (June 1991), Amiga Format, pp. 54–56 
  8. Laurence Scotford (March 1991), The One, pp. 48–50 
  9. Lesser, Hartley, Patricia, and Kirk (January 1993), "The Role of Computers", Dragon (189): 57–62. 

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