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by joachim
Sat Nov 25, 2017 11:39 pm
Forum: bbcmicro.co.uk
Topic: secondary genre / games that are clones or knockoffs
Replies: 5
Views: 218

Re: secondary genre / games that are clones or knockoffs

Yes, Kenton talks about that in this thread: viewtopic.php?t=2133. He also mentions that he wrote Ghosts, a clone of Ghouls that was published in A&B, different from the Micro User knockoff that I mentioned upthread.
by joachim
Wed Nov 22, 2017 4:57 pm
Forum: bbcmicro.co.uk
Topic: secondary genre / games that are clones or knockoffs
Replies: 5
Views: 218

Re: secondary genre / games that are clones or knockoffs

Timebomb (http://bbcmicro.co.uk/game.php?id=1079) and Danger UXB (and its two alt versions) and Minefield (http://bbcmicro.co.uk/game.php?id=1073) should be merged into the secondary genre "Bomber Man". (Two of them are currently incorrectly classified as "Mine Sweeper".) I don't...
by joachim
Wed Nov 22, 2017 4:55 am
Forum: bbcmicro.co.uk
Topic: secondary genre / games that are clones or knockoffs
Replies: 5
Views: 218

secondary genre / games that are clones or knockoffs

I had been thinking it would be convenient to have a database of which games (typically magazine or PD games) are direct imitations of specific commercial releases (not just specific genres). For example Ripton is an imitation of Repton. Then I realised this information is pretty much what's in the ...
by joachim
Tue Nov 14, 2017 9:27 pm
Forum: bbcmicro.co.uk
Topic: Compatability - mulling over new feature
Replies: 6
Views: 331

Re: Compatability - mulling over new feature

What will you do if e.g. the original release was Master-incompatible but Mick's disc is Master-compatible? Or some other such combination.
by joachim
Mon Nov 13, 2017 7:48 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: Tree of Knowledge loading programs
Replies: 7
Views: 351

Re: Tree of Knowledge loading programs

What that does is copy a kilobyte (&400 bytes) from immediately above the program into screen memory. Why did they do it that way? Surely they could have stored the Acornsoft logo just once (&100 bytes) then manually added the colours and the filing system dialogue window, thus making the l...
by joachim
Sat Nov 11, 2017 8:04 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Repton Infinity High Score Anagrams
Replies: 21
Views: 2343

Re: Repton Infinity High Score Anagrams

Ok … I think the middle lines should be:

Code: Select all

THREE NATO PINS  = EARN THE POINTS
HIRO CHASE FROG  = FOR A HIGH SCORE
by joachim
Thu Nov 09, 2017 3:59 am
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Repton Infinity High Score Anagrams
Replies: 21
Views: 2343

Re: Repton Infinity High Score Anagrams

Yet even more still again! (to quote a famous forum member). This is from Tactic by Andrew Pepperell (Superior 1991). From the ones I've solved, these are definitely anagrams but not of names of people or things: SLICE OUT TRACK! = BIKE MOTHS CAME = STROCTLOW FALCON = THREE NATO PINS = HIRO CHASE FR...
by joachim
Thu Nov 09, 2017 1:08 am
Forum: bbcmicro.co.uk
Topic: Electron User games missing
Replies: 5
Views: 185

Electron User games missing

I noticed that the website now has a nice "About" page which includes an appeal to suggest any games that are missing. So I'd like to point out that Electron User published many nice games that run on the Beeb, and that have slipped through the net so far because on stairwaytohell.com they...
by joachim
Tue Nov 07, 2017 3:44 pm
Forum: archive issues
Topic: Water Works by The Micro User faulty?
Replies: 18
Views: 645

Re: Water Works by The Micro User faulty?

The only other slight problem I have found and not been able to sort is... The instructions in the Micro User say you can change a piece by holding down the "place" key for a second. This works fine in 1 player mode, but in the other modes player 2s "place" key does not allow hi...
by joachim
Tue Nov 07, 2017 2:01 am
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Repton Infinity High Score Anagrams
Replies: 21
Views: 2343

Re: Repton Infinity High Score Anagrams

That's not how you spell "Alec Guinness" … but you're probably right.
by joachim
Tue Nov 07, 2017 1:12 am
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Repton Infinity High Score Anagrams
Replies: 21
Views: 2343

Re: Repton Infinity High Score Anagrams

Yet more anagrams! These are from Pipe Mania, another game (converted) by David Lawrence. There are sixteen names in cyclic order, and each time you load the game it randomly picks eight successive names to form the high-score table. LORINDA GIANT = NATIONAL GRID OSWIN MILLIBAR = ROBIN WILLIAMS AXEL...
by joachim
Mon Nov 06, 2017 5:12 pm
Forum: archive issues
Topic: Water Works by The Micro User faulty?
Replies: 18
Views: 645

Re: Water Works by The Micro User faulty?

Lastly, the one I have not been able to fix... If you build say 8 correct squares in a game where only 6 are required and then deliberately put an incorrect square in the way to get caught, then it takes you to the next level anyway, so there must be an error OR is this actually correct and if you ...
by joachim
Mon Nov 06, 2017 3:27 am
Forum: archive issues
Topic: Water Works by The Micro User faulty?
Replies: 18
Views: 645

Re: Water Works by The Micro User faulty?

That prevents the Subscript error, but now there's the "No room" error to deal with: You can get "No room" at various different points in the game, but it's always at 1750. I suspect that passing those variable-length strings to PROCT chews up the heap somehow. The only fix I kn...
by joachim
Sun Nov 05, 2017 2:57 pm
Forum: archive issues
Topic: Water Works by The Micro User faulty?
Replies: 18
Views: 645

Re: Water Works by The Micro User faulty?

lurkio, a small problem with your fix is that it makes it possible to build over the start tile — in fact I was able to get an infinite loop of fluid with an unbounded score this way. (The ?&1B CF isn't a typo, it's the address corresponding to the start tile.) I would instead try to fix it with...
by joachim
Sun Nov 05, 2017 12:45 pm
Forum: archive issues
Topic: Water Works by The Micro User faulty?
Replies: 18
Views: 645

Re: Water Works by The Micro User faulty?

Line 1680 indexes into a table at &1BB0 to get the subscript, so the obvious inference is that that table was corrupted somehow but I don't know how. I don't see how to blame filing operations since the table was initialized after all the loading, in line 150. But do you get "Subscript"...
by joachim
Tue Oct 31, 2017 1:06 am
Forum: bbcmicro.co.uk
Topic: Game categories
Replies: 24
Views: 869

Re: Game categories

Super Fruit (http://bbcmicro.co.uk/game.php?id=1456) was published in Acorn User December 1983 pp.37–39 as part of an article on graphics by Joe Telford. The bbcmicro.co.uk disc image is slightly different from the published version — renumbered, and the REM crediting the author is missing (naughty)...
by joachim
Tue Oct 31, 2017 12:38 am
Forum: bbcmicro.co.uk
Topic: Game categories
Replies: 24
Views: 869

Re: Game categories

p.s. I wonder if 8BS knew they were publishing an Usborne game? Doesn't seem like it. I missed this before, but since this is an 8BS publication we have the 8BS description text: From: Jack Foster (E5N) This is another game from Jack. Ideally suited to Junior School aged children. Jack has now seve...
by joachim
Tue Oct 31, 2017 12:14 am
Forum: general
Topic: Who saw the BBC II Micro?
Replies: 8
Views: 384

Re: Who saw the BBC II Micro?

Still. There was an awful lot of real stuff out there which also sounded too outlandish. And a lot of things that were in that article as a joke really happened eventually. The anglepoise-mounted screen sounds familiar … as does the battery-powered computer where you press the software on-switch an...
by joachim
Mon Oct 30, 2017 2:32 am
Forum: bbcmicro.co.uk
Topic: Game categories
Replies: 24
Views: 869

Re: Game categories

Haunted House by Usborne (http://bbcmicro.co.uk/game.php?id=2123) was mentioned upthread. I see two things to be updated about it: ⋅  As iamaran mentioned, Spooky House (http://bbcmicro.co.uk/game.php?id=1493) should probably be marked as a version of it since your database has that techno...
by joachim
Fri Oct 13, 2017 11:29 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: What is the average age on here??
Replies: 209
Views: 15721

Re: What is the average age on here??

It always felt that the natural time to have encountered BBCs and become used to programming them was at school in 1982-1985 or so, which would result in you being 45-50 now. Oh, everyone feels that the way they did it is the only natural way. I encountered BBCs — and wrote my terrible BASIC progra...
by joachim
Sat Oct 07, 2017 2:51 am
Forum: bbcmicro.co.uk
Topic: Game categories
Replies: 24
Views: 869

Re: Game categories

"Executioner" was published in 8BS magazine, issue 24 (http://8bs.com/mag/mag24.htm) under the name "Intellectual Hangman". Also an updated version with more words was published in issue 31. I found this out in the most ridiculous way: the program had me guess a "word" ...
by joachim
Fri Oct 06, 2017 12:35 am
Forum: bbcmicro.co.uk
Topic: Clickable details and category errors
Replies: 14
Views: 560

Re: Clickable details and category errors

Your post about Micro User reminded me: most of the software published by Alternative was previously published as listings in Electron User . For example Manic Mole, which you have listed as Alternative 1987, was published in the July 1985 Electron User , then it was available in the compilation Ten...
by joachim
Thu Oct 05, 2017 1:32 am
Forum: bbcmicro.co.uk
Topic: Game categories
Replies: 24
Views: 869

Re: Game categories

And Crystal Castle is a Lost-and-Found (that is, unreleased) game, as explained on the co-author's homepage here: https://web.archive.org/web/20150906044 ... index.html
by joachim
Wed Oct 04, 2017 9:00 pm
Forum: bbcmicro.co.uk
Topic: Game categories
Replies: 24
Views: 869

Re: Game categories

OK, the master has spoken 8) I will leave them all as "Awaiting Categorisation" until someone gives me ANY more information on those games. The six AMF-Soft games (http://bbcmicro.co.uk/index.php?rt_W=on&search=AMF-Soft) are by Andrew Flintham who is still around: he propriets http://...
by joachim
Sat Sep 30, 2017 10:41 pm
Forum: bbcmicro.co.uk
Topic: Clickable details and category errors
Replies: 14
Views: 560

Re: Clickable details and category errors

Were the other Duckworth games all commercial releases? Looks like at least Castle Dracula and Egyptian Adventure were commercial releases. The clearest evidence I've found is this Duckworth catalogue: http://www.mocagh.org/miscgame/duckworth-catalog.pdf in which those two are full catalogue entrie...
by joachim
Sat Sep 30, 2017 6:57 pm
Forum: bbcmicro.co.uk
Topic: Clickable details and category errors
Replies: 14
Views: 560

Re: Clickable details and category errors

What do I class Model B computing tapes as? Magazine or Commercial? The tape was all you got, so I guess that Commercial suits them better, as you had to buy them! A similar, or perhaps a contrasting case: the Duckworth adventures (Castlemaze, Tunnel, Underground) were published as type-ins in the ...
by joachim
Wed Sep 27, 2017 11:20 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Repton Infinity High Score Anagrams
Replies: 21
Views: 2343

Re: Repton Infinity High Score Anagrams

joachim wrote:Also, who are Christian Lane, Andrew Gordon and Martin Coulson? Did we actually solve those correctly?

There's an Andrew Gordon named in the credits section of the OS 1.20 ROM (source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acorn_MOS#Credits).
by joachim
Sun Sep 17, 2017 12:04 am
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Jumbo elephant and crane game
Replies: 5
Views: 565

Re: Jumbo elephant and crane game

I saw a game with an elephant and a lorry and a crane. I remember it as a sort of state-machine/order-of-operations exercise, like the MicroPrimer game where you have to manoeuvre a boat through a lock. I played it under emulation, by pointing jsbeeb at a disc image I had downloaded and possibly ext...
by joachim
Sat Sep 16, 2017 10:20 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Jumbo elephant and crane game
Replies: 5
Views: 565

Re: Jumbo elephant and crane game

I saw this game recently (as in this year) — someone on this forum had posted an archive of 100+ miscellaneous educational disc images and it was somewhere in that. Now if only I could find the thread …
by joachim
Tue Jul 04, 2017 12:53 am
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: Dunjunz & Dragons
Replies: 12
Views: 722

Re: Dunjunz & Dragons

sixxie wrote:Energy drainers (flashing purple/yellow squares) reflect your shots and drain you if you stand on them. 20 shots to destroy.

It's definitely fewer than 20 shots to destroy it with the barbarian, in the original. I always assumed it was 100 total damage.

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