ZX Spectrum: lets talk about some actual RETRO gaming. Page 22

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  • quadfather 8 Feb 2013 13:00:06 13,146 posts
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    Use of Computer
    Addictive qualities

    /nostalgic sniff :'(

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  • Cappy 8 Feb 2013 13:01:35 12,086 posts
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    I was actually thinking about old rating systems and the general approach to reviews in ye olde days last week. One major difference is that there is more of a sense that they're reviewing an overall 'product' and how it works.

    So for example, something like screen tearing, is completely ignored in most reviews these days. Versus jerky scrolling being treated as a cardinal sin back in the days of Crash and Zzap!.

    They have a point, if your product is supposed to be an arcade style experience, like a scrolling shooter for instance, jerky scrolling ruins that sense of fluidity.

    The same goes for screen tearing and judder, the amount of times it crops up in games supposed to be high pace, action games, and it does ruin the feel somewhat. They really should be knocking points off, if you answer the question 'would this game be better without screen tearing?' With a yes.

    Back to percentages for everything I say!
  • dominalien 6 Mar 2013 00:21:19 7,027 posts
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    Ummm...



    I believe I have officially lost my mind now. Very happy, though.

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  • Dirtbox 6 Mar 2013 00:44:21 78,771 posts
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    As much as I can't fathom why anyone would do this, I applaud it all the same.

    +1 / Like / Tweet this post

  • quadfather 8 Mar 2013 12:38:32 13,146 posts
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    Tir na nog too. Awesome! Never did complete that

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  • dominalien 8 Mar 2013 20:34:16 7,027 posts
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    I will complete it this time. Admittedly, I was way too young to grasp it the other time around.

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  • Deleted user 8 March 2013 21:28:41
    I played the trilogy, never got far I think. Can't remember the 2nd game but the futuristic Marsport was pretty cool!
  • dominalien 8 Mar 2013 21:54:17 7,027 posts
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    Trilogy? I thought there were just two games, this and Dun Darach.

    Marsport Is very attractive. I can't seem to find an original tape of it anywhere, though. I'm a bit obsessed with stuff being original lately. Maybe as a reaction to it being all pirated back in the day.

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  • Deleted user 8 March 2013 22:08:38
    Dun Darach! :) Marsport was the final one, found a nice and hefty 4h44min walkthrough:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mz09bzLrwcs
  • dominalien 8 Mar 2013 22:17:39 7,027 posts
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    I'm not sure you can say it's a trilogy, though, as Marsport has a completely different setting and protagonist to the previous two.

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  • Deleted user 11 March 2013 10:27:29
    Come on, one look at the protagonist's walk cycle and you can clearly see it's the same dude - teleported into the future! :)
  • quadfather 11 Mar 2013 10:29:50 13,146 posts
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    I remember there was a 'blue'ish area in tir na nog, and I'd always groan if I stumbled onto it, as it was a complete bastard mazey type place and you couldn't go back through the door you came in.

    I might youtube a walkthrough actually. Furthest I ever got was dagda's cauldron which I couldn't get because some massive head kept killing me. Or stopping me getting to it.

    Or something.

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  • Blerk Moderator 11 Mar 2013 10:57:42 48,225 posts
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    Marsport was supposed to be the start of a new trilogy but the other games were never done. iirc there was also supposed to be a third game to finish off the Tir Na Nog series but that never appeared either.

    Lovely animation on those games but I always found them very difficult to play due to them essentially being 3D worlds represented in a 2D way. And me having a very poor sense of direction. :)
  • quadfather 11 Mar 2013 11:03:27 13,146 posts
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    Yeah, it was pretty confusing. I started to map it, but it ended up looking like something a person with no head or arms on acid would draw

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  • mrpon 11 Mar 2013 11:56:58 29,406 posts
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    Heh, dug out some old old crap in archive box at the weekend, including some hand drawn maps for JSW, Rapscallion & Incredible Shrinking Fireman?! Also found some old letters I sent to game companies trying to wangle free stuff. Piranha were great for that, Elite not so much.

    Give yourself 5 or gig, you're worth it.

  • quadfather 11 Mar 2013 12:01:57 13,146 posts
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    Rapscallion!

    /youtubes

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  • quadfather 11 Mar 2013 12:03:54 13,146 posts
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    omg

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  • Deleted user 11 March 2013 13:16:44
    quadfather wrote:because some massive head kept killing me. Or stopping me getting to it.
    HA, so crazy. The only thing I remember from Tir Na Nog is that head! And the walking animation.

    I also tried to map it but never got far either.

    All this Speccy talk makes me want to play Dan Dare tonight, one of the few games from that generation I still play now and then.
  • DaM 11 Mar 2013 13:31:10 13,438 posts
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    I remember trying to map Tir Na Nog, very hard. One of those games, like Marsport, I really wanted to get further on with but didn't.

    Sabre Wulf was the only game I remember mapping successfully, it took a team of 3. I think we figured out there were 4 starting places, one of them was much easier to finish than the rest.

    We also sat and finished Pyjamarama in under 24hrs, to enter the competition, probably a month after it was won :)
  • caligari 11 Mar 2013 23:11:05 17,162 posts
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    quadfather wrote:
    omg

    I...had no idea what was going on in that video, but I loved every second of it.
  • Nexus_6 11 Mar 2013 23:25:04 3,893 posts
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    @valli I have Dan Dare 3 The Escape at home, in its cardboard box. One of my favourite Speccy games that. Loved the bit where you travel between stages through the spining squares. Very cool effect.
  • the_dudefather 11 Mar 2013 23:43:45 9,388 posts
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    quadfather wrote:
    omg

    There's something really unnerving about this game

    (ง ͠ ͟ʖ ͡)

  • Blerk Moderator 18 Mar 2013 12:10:52 48,225 posts
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    New game today, an excellent little Roguelike called 'Ossuary' which has somehow been crammed into just 16k.
  • EMarkM 18 Mar 2013 12:41:29 3,316 posts
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    My brother and I completely mapped Bobby Bearing, but never thought to send it in to any of the mags.

    Cracking map of a belting game :)
  • Murbs 18 Mar 2013 12:49:06 22,515 posts
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    Don't ask me why, but yesterday I was thinking about this:

    http://www.worldofspectrum.org/infoseekid.cgi?id=0006419
  • Deleted user 1 April 2013 11:28:30
    @Nexus_6 Strangely enough, I never played it despite being a huge DD1 fanboy. Probably because the 2nd game wasn't so good?

    DD3 looks ace, colour clash galore during those big explosions. I need to give it a try. Also, I've considered doing a speedrun for Fairlight, which is kind of ambitious considering I never finished the bloody game. :)
  • EMarkM 1 Apr 2013 17:24:16 3,316 posts
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    I used to get crashes on Fairlight, quite close to the end, and never managed to complete it :( Never even started the second one, and I don't think they developed the intended third game.
  • Blerk Moderator 2 Apr 2013 18:53:59 48,225 posts
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    You'll be so disappointed upon actually finishing Fairlight it's probably best if you don't. Decent endings weren't really the done thing back then, were they? Still, at least you don't have to sit through 25 minutes of Ubisoft credits, right? :)
  • DaM 2 Apr 2013 20:05:16 13,438 posts
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    I see Crash adventure reviews had a debugging score...wonder what Skyrim would get? :)
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