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by melchett
Sat Apr 24, 2010 8:19 am
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Dr Who and the Mines of Terror
Replies: 1
Views: 514

Re: Dr Who and the Mines of Terror

This is from the DWatMoT manual - there are some instructions on how to handle the eggs towards the end. DR WHO AND THE MINES OF TERROR PLAYING INSTRUCTIONS Doctor Who and the Mines of Terror is a complex adventure where all the action is seen on the screen. The Doctor is controlled from the keyboar...
by melchett
Fri Apr 09, 2010 7:06 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Kingdom of Hamil walkthrough?
Replies: 2
Views: 689

Re: Kingdom of Hamil walkthrough?

This walkthrough claims to be the for the Acornsoft version: http://www.bbcdocs.com/filebase/software/games/KingdomOfHamil-walkthrough.txt Hint sheet here: http://www.bbcdocs.com/filebase/software/games/KingdomOfHamil-hints.txt Map here: http://www.bbcdocs.com/filebase/software/games/KingdomOfHamil-...
by melchett
Sun Jan 03, 2010 9:02 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: unknown game seen in a picture on an ebay'd master
Replies: 9
Views: 1139

Re: unknown game seen in a picture on an ebay'd master

It looks vaguely (from memory) like one of the type in BASIC games in "36 Challenging Games for the BBC Micro" by Tim Rogers and Chris Callender. The game was called Nightfall and certainly featured an aeroplane dropping bombs on buildings. I don't remember the tops of the buildings lookin...
by melchett
Fri Jan 01, 2010 11:26 am
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Is this the bloke that wrote Ziggy by ASL?
Replies: 1
Views: 489

Re: Is this the bloke that wrote Ziggy by ASL?

I would say almost certainly given his official Microsoft Bio here: http://download.microsoft.com/download/4/b/4/4b46b761-0641-494c-9671-17d8d770b074/DeanLesterBio.doc Tying that with his profile on MobyGames which ties him to Audiogenic in the 80s: http://www.mobygames.com/developer/sheet/view/deve...
by melchett
Sun Oct 18, 2009 8:31 am
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: 2.5D games
Replies: 11
Views: 1569

Re: 2.5D games

It depends on how broad a definition of 2.5D you apply? I think this also includes isometric projection games such as Alien 8 and Knight Lore. I always enjoyed the former more than the latter, not sure why, maybe I didn't like the changing into the werewolf at inconvenient moments. They certainly co...
by melchett
Sun Oct 11, 2009 3:53 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: The slowest-loading tape games
Replies: 35
Views: 3478

Re: The slowest-loading tape games

A very stupid question I'm sure, but... how do you view the graphics? Not a stupid question as it's not obvious at all - in fact I can remember being quite frustrated trying to figure out why it wasn't working. When you load up the picture disk you have to switch off the write protect option for Di...
by melchett
Sun Oct 11, 2009 7:30 am
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: The slowest-loading tape games
Replies: 35
Views: 3478

Re: The slowest-loading tape games

I'm with Beeby - The Hobbit was one long painful loading experience that was guaranteed to need some rewinding as it ascended into the 60s. Worth the wait even with the annoying bugs or deaths of NPCs that made it impossible to complete at times without restarting or reloading save games. Loving the...
by melchett
Wed Sep 23, 2009 9:23 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: 'The Old Computer'
Replies: 30
Views: 5733

Re: 'The Old Computer'

PS i first looked for Knight Orc, but not there :x I successfully contacted Pete and Mike Austin over two years ago now in an attempt to track down the elusive BBC Micro version of Knight Orc. After much correspondence, they confirmed that a BBC version did exist and that they were going to look to...
by melchett
Wed Sep 23, 2009 8:47 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Elite (Article and video on the BBC News website)
Replies: 6
Views: 989

Re: Elite (Article and video on the BBC News website)

It's just a shame that Braben is such a pompous ass. I think he's entitled to be a pompous ass having (half) written such a seminal game? I'd certainly rest on those particular laurels. I find Ian Bell a little irritating too though just based on nothing more than his website where I can't read any...
by melchett
Mon Sep 21, 2009 1:22 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Elite (Article and video on the BBC News website)
Replies: 6
Views: 989

Re: Elite (Article and video on the BBC News website)

Frontier (David Braben's company) has also created a 25 year anniversary site with a Q&A session happening later in the week (23rd September).

http://elite.frontier.co.uk/

Also a feed on twitter for the twitterati amongst you (user frontierdev).

Has it really been 25 years? :roll:
by melchett
Thu Feb 21, 2008 7:36 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Can anyone identify this adventure game?
Replies: 33
Views: 3978

Hmmm could still be Snowball or Escape From Enthar Seven (or even some other game). In Snowball you had to fix a "snowdozer" but then in Enthar 7 you have to fix a computer (adding a wire).

Any more clues :D
by melchett
Thu Feb 21, 2008 8:17 am
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Can anyone identify this adventure game?
Replies: 33
Views: 3978

The Hunt? (Tried that out recently and failed returning through the duck-jump corridor!) Brilliant game. I don't remember there being any tweezers in The Hunt (Search for Shauna). There is a bit where you have to make some metal into an iron rod to then hit a robot with. Not quite tweezers but sort...
by melchett
Tue Feb 19, 2008 8:34 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Commodore envy?
Replies: 23
Views: 3155

Not sure if what I had was truly envy as the BBC did so many things better. There were a few classic games that I wanted, having played them on a friend's C64 including: 1. Wizball 2. Defender of the Crown 3. All the adventures in the early days that came with graphics as default 4. Ghost and Goblin...
by melchett
Fri Feb 08, 2008 8:45 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Elite - cover feature in new Retro Gamer
Replies: 11
Views: 1876

Hmm ... yes. I wouldn't lay any money out on that. Given their next game, The Outsider , may not be out until next year and David Braben has stated that Elite IV won't be developed until after that's released, I'd say 2012 is not looking unrealistic. Assuming they even continue as planned ... Rathe...
by melchett
Fri Feb 08, 2008 8:25 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: linux help?
Replies: 59
Views: 8661

err .. that IS controversial, and I'll take issue with it! I knew that'd generate some interest :D It's more a statement of practicality at the moment. It certainly isn't as functional as the WIndows version (although I think it contains all the source just most of the new function isn't activated)...
by melchett
Thu Feb 07, 2008 11:15 am
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Elite - cover feature in new Retro Gamer
Replies: 11
Views: 1876

Let the other commuters judge!! Yes, although I sometimes think I'd get less stares if I wrapped computer magazines in top shelf men's magazines :D Retrogamer is quite good overall although I have only ever bought two copies of it. They're biggest problem is the sheer number of retro computers, con...
by melchett
Wed Feb 06, 2008 7:54 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: linux help?
Replies: 59
Views: 8661

I'll be installing Ubuntu on a Sony PIII 450 in a few days, so I'll let you know how slowwwwwwwwww it is! :P I run Ubuntu 7.10 (Gutsy Gibbon) on an old PIII 500MHz 320MB laptop which I keep down the side of the sofa for "when I need it" surfing. Performs really well although a bit of a la...
by melchett
Wed Feb 06, 2008 7:25 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Elite - cover feature in new Retro Gamer
Replies: 11
Views: 1876

Hmm... finished the remains of my current book and book a copy of this in the WHSmith in Waterloo station for the long journey home and I think the article was little more than a ploy to sell more copies of Retrogamer. Nothing in there that I hadn't heard or read elsewhere before and all in all a ve...
by melchett
Fri Jan 18, 2008 9:01 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: PC SimCity (now Micropolis) Source Code Released Under GPL
Replies: 8
Views: 1751

You think he still has them? Be great to see classic game beeb source code donated to that Retro Software spin-off Dave et al are pushing ahead...
by melchett
Fri Jan 18, 2008 8:59 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Two Towers Update
Replies: 35
Views: 5750

Two Towers is really starting to take shape and is one of the most exciting things I personally have seen for years (in a BBC Micro context obviously as, er, other things in my life are far more exciting). Citadel and Palace of Magic (I haven't examined the code base to see if the latter was a rip o...
by melchett
Fri Nov 02, 2007 10:18 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: exile style game
Replies: 78
Views: 21143

Now that's just tantalising and teasing us! 9 days left to go - can't wait to see this.
by melchett
Wed Oct 10, 2007 6:43 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: exile style game
Replies: 78
Views: 21143

Can't wait to see this - it looks amazing. Good luck with the testing and hoping it'll be out before Christmas - might have some free time to have a play then :)
by melchett
Thu Sep 27, 2007 11:30 am
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Sim...A rip of or not...
Replies: 10
Views: 2475

SIM Remake

This seems to have passed me by (I don't remember it being mentioned on the STH news or forums so apologies if this is old news) - seems a chap called "Spraydough" has remade / ported SIM to the PC: http://www.retroremakes.com/forum2/showthread.php?t=9138 Looks fairly faithful to the origi...
by melchett
Tue Sep 11, 2007 10:27 am
Forum: wanted
Topic: The Micro User - Volume 3, Number 1, March 1985
Replies: 1
Views: 858

The Micro User - Volume 3, Number 1, March 1985

Does anyone have a copy of this Micro User magazine that they wish to sell?
by melchett
Tue Aug 28, 2007 7:05 am
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: dr who and the mines of terror?
Replies: 15
Views: 4159

Was there talk of it originally being a "Castle Quest II"? Can someone put a demo up on youtube? I recollect that it was supposed to be a sequel too. I feel a bit unclean saying this :D but the C64 version of the game was far superior particular the sprite animations for the Doctor and th...
by melchett
Mon Aug 13, 2007 8:00 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: BBC Master software
Replies: 22
Views: 6621

Not sure - I am hoping I don't have to try :D You may have a point though as it did use their KAOS engine (mangled acronym of Knight Orc Adventure System). I don't think this was the only game they used it in though and I'm fairly sure that Gnome Ranger I/II or Scape Ghost used the same system. Just...
by melchett
Sun Aug 12, 2007 10:50 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Why weren't more Acornsoft games available for the Electron?
Replies: 54
Views: 11407

I might have asked this before (so my apologies but I'm 95% sure I haven't). I know that it is true that not all BBC games will work on the Electron (and indeed a large majority will only run at half the speed) but is the converse true? Do and can all Electron games run on the Beeb (albeit faster)? ...
by melchett
Sun Aug 12, 2007 10:44 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Retro Gamer needs Starway to Hell's help
Replies: 38
Views: 7449

Yeah, email address still seems to be bouncing - might have to tried the old fashioned previous century's approach of actually phoning the guy... AJW - was this an educational program or a game? I think I said before that I've never heard of this but a game that comes on 5 discs sounds extraordinary...
by melchett
Sun Aug 12, 2007 10:40 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: My choice Best BBC games!
Replies: 1
Views: 912

All good suggestions - I think we've covered the "best BBC games" a few times on the forum over the past years?

That an Icelandic / Scandinavian name you're sporting there? If so, were you outside the UK during the Beeb's heyday?
by melchett
Sun Aug 12, 2007 10:38 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Melbourne House's Lord of the Rings Adventure
Replies: 30
Views: 6643

Anyone know what compression ratio they achieved on the LOTR adventure? Seems painfully slow decompression compared against some of the Level 9 offerings (which I think achieved at least 50%?).

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