Does anyone know the game: Where is Father Christmas?

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Does anyone know the game: Where is Father Christmas?

Postby b_b_c_m_i_c_r_o_2 » Fri Sep 22, 2017 10:41 am

Is anyone familiar with this game? Does it exist in the archive?

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Re: Does anyone know the game: Where is Father Christmas?

Postby leenew » Fri Sep 22, 2017 12:22 pm

is it any of these?
http://bbcmicro.co.uk/index.php?rt_R=on ... arch=santa
http://bbcmicro.co.uk/index.php?rt_R=on ... on&on_Z=on

I know a few of the Christmas games were known under a couple of titles????


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Re: Does anyone know the game: Where is Father Christmas?

Postby lurkio » Fri Sep 22, 2017 12:23 pm

Found it on the Xmas 1994 Acorn Computing cover disc on MDFS.net:

    MUxmas94.ssd.zip
    .SSD DFS disc-image of the cover disc for the December(?) 1994 issue of the magazine Acorn Computing (formerly The Micro User), containing the game Where Is Father Christmas?
    (12.83 KiB) Downloaded 10 times

A review by Dave_E here:

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Re: Does anyone know the game: Where is Father Christmas?

Postby leenew » Fri Sep 22, 2017 12:40 pm

Thanks Lurkio,
Why did we not have this classic title on bbcmicro.co.uk??
*Tsssk* :roll:
I think I may play all the Christmas titles now.... to get me in the festive spirit...

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Re: Does anyone know the game: Where is Father Christmas?

Postby b_b_c_m_i_c_r_o_2 » Fri Sep 22, 2017 3:49 pm

Yes, I am starting early, trying to find a good christmas game.... :)

Ikon made one but I don't think it was well received.

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Re: Does anyone know the game: Where is Father Christmas?

Postby leenew » Fri Sep 22, 2017 4:03 pm

I have put the disc "as-is" on bbcmicro.co.uk :D
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Re: Does anyone know the game: Where is Father Christmas?

Postby Commie_User » Mon Sep 25, 2017 8:56 am

I'll very briefly explain why BBC educational titles fell into the abyss.
Most BBC Micro games of this genre were distributed only to schools, and a quick browse through the pages of A&B Computing, which had quite an extensive educational section each month, shows they were incredibly expensive to purchase. Because many schools had strict budgets to stick to, there was also the very real question of piracy in schools for the software house to combat. The result was that BBC Micro discs were protected to such a degree that they made Kevin Edwards' efforts look like the equivalent of paddling after a speedboat.

Just as with games like Superman: The Man Of Steel, the incredible protection systems hitched onto the program code have proven impossible to crack. Hence these games have been effectively hoist with their own petards - schools either threw away the original discs when computers moved on, or donated their collections to enthusiasts who keep them, begrudgingly, in huge cardboard boxes; gems of programming destined to remain locked in their plastic slip-covers forever more.


Aren't there quite a few here? Or here: http://everygamegoing.com/landing/machi ... onals.html

But I remember our disk box at school packed with copies. Though I wouldn't mind seeing an RM Nimbus emulator run The Caxton Press, which is what we had at school mainly.

https://everything2.com/title/RM+Nimbus


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