Jumbo elephant and crane game

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Jumbo elephant and crane game

Postby lc1981 » Thu Sep 14, 2017 3:55 pm

Seeing a crane with a sling attached on my way to work recently reminded me of a BBC Micro (I think) game that I played at primary school in the 1980s. The game involved loading an elephant on to a lorry using a crane and sling. After quite a lot of searching, I found some references to this game, which it seems was called Jumbo. It is mentioned in this thesis (which I see has been cited on this board before): http://e.bangor.ac.uk/3913/6/DX086089_1.pdf.

It is also mentioned here, but on the RML 480Z (I'm pretty sure my school didn't have one of those): https://forums.theregister.co.uk/forum/4/2011/11/30/bbc_micro_model_b_30th_anniversary/#c_1250865.

I presume this is the same game here: http://stardot.org.uk/forums/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=922&p=4405&hilit=elephant#p4405. Does anyone know anything about Zoopak, mentioned in the reply? Could Jumbo have been part of that? There's a follow-up post here: http://www.stardot.org.uk/forums/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=930&p=4528&hilit=elephant#p4528. The remake mentioned there is now available via http://primary.naace.co.uk/activities/. The teachers' notes page says it is "based on the original version of the program for the BBC microcomputer, which was written by Richard Phillips of the ITMA Collaboration, Shell Centre, Nottingham and published on MAPE Tape II in 1984".

Every other reference to Jumbo on the BBC Micro I can find is about a different game - a flight simulator. Does anyone know anything more about the elephant game or have memories of it?

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Re: Jumbo elephant and crane game

Postby joachim » Sat Sep 16, 2017 10:20 pm

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 …

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Re: Jumbo elephant and crane game

Postby lurkio » Sat Sep 16, 2017 10:56 pm

joachim wrote: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 …

Can you clarify exactly what you saw? Was it the game where you have to lift an elephant with a crane? Or was it Zoopak (which I'm assuming is different -- but correct me if I'm wrong)?

When you say you saw it, did you actually download and/or run the game yourself? Was the disc-image inside a zip file together with a load of other disc-images?

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Re: Jumbo elephant and crane game

Postby joachim » Sun Sep 17, 2017 12:04 am

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 extracted. I'm fairly sure the disc image was in a zip file with many others. The name Zoopak means nothing to me, but I think I remember the name MAPE being associated with some of the discs in the collection.

I think someone may have posted a spreadsheet inventorying the zip file too.

Edit: I think it's this set: viewtopic.php?t=7190&start=240#p95454

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Re: Jumbo elephant and crane game

Postby lurkio » Sun Sep 17, 2017 12:39 am

joachim wrote:Edit: I think it's this set: viewtopic.php?t=7190&start=240#p95454

Try this disc-image:

    RCC029.zip
    .SSD DFS disc-image of MAPE 2 (possibly "MAPE Tape 2") from John/flaxcottage's collection of educational discs from Riverside Computer Centre
    (39.06 KiB) Downloaded 18 times
:idea:

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Re: Jumbo elephant and crane game

Postby lc1981 » Sun Sep 17, 2017 5:06 pm

lurkio wrote:Try this disc-image:

    RCC029.zip
:idea:


That's it! Great job, guys!


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