Zen (video)

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Zen (video)

Postby davidb » Thu Jun 21, 2012 10:49 pm

I hope I'm not jumping the gun (in case the author is preparing to post on here himself), but did anyone else notice this YouTube video of an unreleased BBC Micro game, called Zen?

It looks pretty good! Definitely a candidate for a Retro Software release, if you ask me. :D

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Re: Zen (video)

Postby Michael Brown » Sun Jun 24, 2012 6:04 am

how about a copy of the game being posted here? (if anyone has one?).

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Re: Zen (video)

Postby RETRTOKID » Sun Jun 24, 2012 9:08 am

Looks really good, me wants a copy.

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Re: Zen (video)

Postby ivor_the_injun » Mon Jun 25, 2012 7:04 pm

Looks tremendous - hope it gets a retro release.

When you think of some of the rubbish that hit shelves c. 1988, it's pretty surprising it didn't find its way to shelves. Maybe didn't find its way into the right hands?

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Re: Zen (video)

Postby MatthewThompson » Wed Jun 27, 2012 5:02 pm

Just had a look at the video on Youtube, this looks excellent, I hope Retro Software can get hold of it and release it.

Just from the video it looks quality and a lot better than some of the games I bought years ago.

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Re: Zen (video)

Postby Jeremy Grayson » Wed Aug 15, 2012 10:39 am

Goodness me, that looks splendid! And to think it's completely slipped under the radar until now when - as mentioned above - there was incalculably worse being released at the time.

Hope the author and Retro Software are able to come to an agreement and effect a release - mine's a tape or 5.25" disk, ta. 8)

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Re: Zen (video)

Postby dizzib » Wed Nov 28, 2012 4:02 pm

Hi all,

Thanks for your interest in my game. Just letting you know I've released Zen over at http://zen.dizzib.org.

Hope you enjoy it :)

Cheers!
Andy.

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Re: Zen (video)

Postby sa_scott » Wed Nov 28, 2012 4:25 pm

Just visited your website. Having not watched the Youtube video, and judging solely by the website, this looks a fantastic game :-)

I look forward to playing it.

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Re: Zen (video)

Postby CMcDougall » Wed Nov 28, 2012 6:15 pm

Thanks Andy =D>
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Re: Zen (video)

Postby Cybershark » Wed Nov 28, 2012 9:07 pm

Sweet! This looked absolutely fab :D

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Re: Zen (video)

Postby Jimbob » Wed Nov 28, 2012 10:43 pm

Was that really ignored by publishers in 1988? Some of the rubbish that I spent money on, and I could've been playing this instead? I assumed, watching the video, that it had been made recently, as it has a "usability" that 25 years of gaming user feedback would provide.

Really neat - thanks for putting the SSD file on your site.
Repton Shoes!

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Re: Zen (video)

Postby davidb » Wed Nov 28, 2012 11:24 pm

Very nice. It plays as well as it looks, too! I haven't really explored it much - just doing a lot of "learning by dying". :lol:

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Re: Zen (video)

Postby MatthewThompson » Sat Dec 01, 2012 10:08 am

I can't get it to work unfortunately. I'm using BBC emulation on RISC OS 5 with !BeebIT and !6502em and both give the
same error message

DISK IS CURRENTLY READ ONLY!

PLEASE ENSURE DISK IS WRITEABLE THEN REBOOT.

How do I make an SSD readable ?

Thanks
Matthew

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Re: Zen (video)

Postby TopBanana » Sat Dec 01, 2012 9:40 pm

MatthewThompson wrote:I can't get it to work unfortunately. I'm using BBC emulation on RISC OS 5 with !BeebIT and !6502em and both give the
same error message

DISK IS CURRENTLY READ ONLY!

PLEASE ENSURE DISK IS WRITEABLE THEN REBOOT.

How do I make an SSD readable ?

Thanks
Matthew


Make sure disk is WRITEABLE ,not readable ...... :shock:

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Re: Zen (video)

Postby jms2 » Sat Dec 01, 2012 10:12 pm

A brilliant piece of work Andy - really beautifully done.

As you say, it is pretty hard!

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Re: Zen (video)

Postby MatthewThompson » Sun Dec 02, 2012 8:59 am

TopBanana wrote:
MatthewThompson wrote:I can't get it to work unfortunately. I'm using BBC emulation on RISC OS 5 with !BeebIT and !6502em and both give the
same error message

DISK IS CURRENTLY READ ONLY!

PLEASE ENSURE DISK IS WRITEABLE THEN REBOOT.

How do I make an SSD readable ?

Thanks
Matthew


Make sure disk is WRITEABLE ,not readable ...... :shock:


Can't see any way of doing that in 6502em at all, but found the option hidden away in BeebIt and finally got the game working.

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Re: Zen (video)

Postby Cybershark » Thu Dec 06, 2012 12:13 am

Alright! I'm not ashamed to admit it - I am already utterly stumped!

I've gotten as far as the destroyable blocks, but there's four of them, and I only have 9 arrows to do the job :?
Unless I can take out all four, I can't get to the next supply of arrows, and what looks like a screwdriver :(

Other than that, this really has been quite a treat!

Jimbob wrote:Was that really ignored by publishers in 1988?
...I assumed, watching the video, that it had been made recently, as it has a "usability" that 25 years of gaming user feedback would provide.

Indeed. Skill levels were unusual, and save/load was unheard of outside of Exile (and maybe Infinity)! Also, the numbered key system seems too user-friendly for back-in-the-day.

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Re: Zen (video)

Postby Cybershark » Wed Jan 02, 2013 12:31 pm

Awww c'mon, has nobody given this any time over Christmas?

Is there nobody to compare notes with? No salvation from the author? [-o<

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Re: Zen (video)

Postby dizzib » Mon Jan 07, 2013 3:10 pm

Yes, this is first major puzzle you've hit :)

Clue: have you noticed the arrows in the next room down ?

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Re: Zen (video)

Postby Cybershark » Mon Jan 07, 2013 3:47 pm

Yes, in the room with the hatch that's screwed to the wall.

I can get those arrows - or pickup all the treasure on the other side of that room - but then I'm trapped in there, and can't do anything else. Surely that L/R lever should work more than just once... :?

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Re: Zen (video)

Postby dizzib » Mon Jan 07, 2013 5:19 pm

That's the puzzle, how to get the arrows and not get trapped with only one pull of the lever ? Think about it a while, there is a way...

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Re: Zen (video)

Postby Cybershark » Mon Jan 07, 2013 5:32 pm

Well, now that you put it like that... #-o

Through to the Torture Chamber now, thanks!!

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Re: Zen (video)

Postby dizzib » Mon Jan 07, 2013 8:28 pm

Haha, glad you figured it.

I have to admit that puzzle had me flummoxed for 10 minutes on my first play after 20 years and I wrote the darn thing :)

Cheers!

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Re: Zen (video)

Postby occularis » Thu Aug 31, 2017 10:23 am

Hi all,

A little late to the party but I've just tried Zen and am having the non-writable disk error message ("Disk is currently read only! Please ensure disk is writable, then reboot"). I've followed the instruction and made Disk 0 be writable in BeebEm, but I still get the message. Any ideas?

I'm using BeebEm 0.4a for Mac OS. Do I have to use BeebEm on Windows instead for Zen to work?

Cheers!

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Re: Zen (video)

Postby lurkio » Thu Aug 31, 2017 10:43 am

occularis wrote:A little late to the party but I've just tried Zen and am having the non-writable disk error message ("Disk is currently read only! Please ensure disk is writable, then reboot"). I've followed the instruction and made Disk 0 be writable in BeebEm, but I still get the message. Any ideas?

Just tried the disc-image at http://bbcmicro.co.uk/game.php?id=1992.

I got the same error. It turns out that the file T.CHECK had been locked. The solution is to make the disc writeable and then type

Code: Select all

*ACCESS T.CHECK

before booting the game.

However, I still couldn't get the game to run after that! The game freezes as it's drawing the main game screen. Anyone know why?

Anyone have a working disc-image of this game?

:?:

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Re: Zen (video)

Postby lurkio » Thu Aug 31, 2017 12:30 pm

lurkio wrote:Anyone have a working disc-image of this game?

Ah, I see the copy of Zen included on this compilation disc from Mick works:


I think the answer is that several files need to be left unlocked, not just T.CHECK.

:idea:

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Re: Zen (video)

Postby occularis » Thu Aug 31, 2017 3:38 pm

Ah thanks! Yes that works on BeebEm on Mac for me!


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