Abuse is a platform cum shoot'em up game developed by Crack dot Com and released in 1996. If you remember, 1995 is the year when Microsoft launched Windows 95, and it really weird for Crack dot Com to release it as a DOS game.
It support gorgeous 256-color VGA graphics and wide range of sound cards, and it cleverly uses the limited 256-color palette to create the lighting effect.
We play Nick Vrenna, who has been unjustly incarcerated in a prison where the staff are performing unethical medical experiments upon the inmates. A prison riot occurs and an experiment goes horribly wrong.
The people inside the prison, except for Nick, who seems to be immune, get infected with a substance called Abuse that transforms them into monsters. Nick takes a laser gun and goes on to single-handedly destroy all mutants, stop the substance from spreading further, and escape from the prison complex.
The one thing I notice immediately after playing Abuse is the innovative control system. Unlike other platform games, we need to use both keyboard and mouse to play. We move around using the arrow keys, and aim the gun using the mouse. It is a usual configuration for 3D-shooter, but Abuse is the first to use this in a Platform game.
In Abuse, we always have to fight a whole group of monsters at once. 1-to-10 is pretty usual. And also on the traps, normally the setting is 10-to-1, meaning 10 turrets will be shooting at us simultanously. Luckily, there are plenty of health supply throughout the levels. Also, even if we die, we will start off from the saving point, not beginning of the game.
To assist us in fighting tremendously high number of monsters and traps, there are also a number of weapon upgrades available for our consumption, like grenade, flame thrower, straight laser, etc.
In conclusion, Abuse is a great platform game with good atmosphere setup and attractive gameplay. You can download the original version of Abuse here.