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by 8bitAG
Sat Jun 06, 2020 4:12 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic adventure games
Topic: Level 9 adverts
Replies: 22
Views: 1002

Re: Level 9 adverts

Excellent work 8bitAG. I like the web page you've created. I'm still desperate to play the 16k BBC version of Colossal Adventure, such a pity we can't get a hold of one. I keep checking ebay to see if one comes up for sale but no luck so far. There was a cassette for sale a week ago which looked ol...
by 8bitAG
Sat Jun 06, 2020 12:40 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic adventure games
Topic: The Quest for the Last Baked Bean
Replies: 13
Views: 236

Re: The Quest for the Last Baked Bean

A more easy / practical approach may be to have something similar to a 'solutions archive', but instead a 'bugs archive', so before starting an adventure, you can look up what warnings other people have about bugs, so that you don't waste time. If such a thing existed I'd use it every time. The sol...
by 8bitAG
Sat Jun 06, 2020 10:34 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic adventure games
Topic: Level 9 adverts
Replies: 22
Views: 1002

Re: Level 9 adverts

I've found an October 1981 advert for Level 9, so that takes us a month earlier...
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(I've archived all the Level 9 adverts & references to the 16K games here...
http://8bitag.com/info/level-9.html )
by 8bitAG
Fri Apr 10, 2020 7:53 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic adventure games
Topic: The Classic Adventurer (Bookazine)
Replies: 9
Views: 1802

Re: The Classic Adventurer (Bookazine)

8bitAG wrote:
Mon Feb 24, 2020 9:51 pm
The final issue of The Classic Adventurer includes an interview with David Hampton (and plenty of Stardot mentions)
http://classicadventurer.co.uk/
The final version of the final issue is now online and includes a massive interview with Magnetic Scrolls' Hugh Steers.
by 8bitAG
Thu Apr 09, 2020 2:18 pm
Forum: new projects and releases: text and graphic adventures
Topic: Nellan Is Thirsty (1980)
Replies: 23
Views: 1469

Re: Nellan Is Thirsty (1980)

I believe that Deposit The Chair is outlined in the original article about Nellan. But yes, it's a shame that the next issue of the magazine, with the article about Deliver The Cake, seems not to have been scanned and archived anywhere online. There seems to be a fairly plain .BAS file in Geoff's C...
by 8bitAG
Thu Apr 09, 2020 12:32 pm
Forum: new projects and releases: text and graphic adventures
Topic: Nellan Is Thirsty (1980)
Replies: 23
Views: 1469

Re: Nellan Is Thirsty (1980)

Aha! The original link I found to this page was dead, but I managed to locate where it had moved to...
http://draperg.cis.byuh.edu/programming/cake/

The page is by Geoff Draper, who was behind an animated point-and-click port of Nellan is Thirsty, called 'Thirsty Nellan'.
by 8bitAG
Thu Apr 09, 2020 12:28 pm
Forum: new projects and releases: text and graphic adventures
Topic: Nellan Is Thirsty (1980)
Replies: 23
Views: 1469

Re: Nellan Is Thirsty (1980)

As promised in the original article, there was, apparently, a second game 'Deliver the Cake' published in the same magazine about a year later, adapting the same 'Enchaned House' base code (and I've found mention of a third game by Dr Smith, 'Deposit the Chair'). The relevant issue of Recreational C...
by 8bitAG
Thu Apr 09, 2020 9:47 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic adventure games
Topic: Imagen
Replies: 3
Views: 362

Re: Imagen

Cool, thanks.

It seems like it probably wasn't used for anything else that made it past the bedroom door, which is a shame. I don't know of any games, aside from Warlord, that used Peter's Tabular Adventure Generator either.
by 8bitAG
Wed Apr 08, 2020 3:35 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic adventure games
Topic: Imagen
Replies: 3
Views: 362

Imagen

This system, by Peter "The Warlord" Voke looks interesting... Imagen, from Acorn User October 1988... https://archive.org/details/AcornUser075-Oct88/page/n71/mode/2up https://archive.org/details/AcornUser075-Oct88/page/n93/mode/2up Interesting because it says "You write the whole adventure while you...
by 8bitAG
Mon Mar 23, 2020 10:15 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic adventure games
Topic: Level 9's Fantasy
Replies: 6
Views: 533

Re: Level 9's Fantasy

In particular I'd like to play the 16k version of Colossal Adventure if possible. Sadly, no sign of Fantasy. This appears to be the main source for Nascom stuff, and has both the 16K and 32K versions of Colossal Adventure. http://www.nascomhomepage.com/ It's absolutely amazing (and sad) how much of...
by 8bitAG
Mon Mar 23, 2020 8:44 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic adventure games
Topic: Level 9 adverts
Replies: 22
Views: 1002

Re: Level 9 adverts

Here's the Laserbug (issue 9) review of the 32K and 16K versions of 'Adventure'...
level-9-laserbug-9-review.PNG
https://archive.org/details/laserbug-ma ... /mode/2up/
by 8bitAG
Mon Mar 23, 2020 8:25 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic adventure games
Topic: Level 9's Fantasy
Replies: 6
Views: 533

Re: Level 9's Fantasy

Aha! :)

From... https://archive.org/details/monroeoc882 ... up/search/
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by 8bitAG
Mon Mar 23, 2020 7:24 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic adventure games
Topic: Level 9's Fantasy
Replies: 6
Views: 533

Re: Level 9's Fantasy

'Fantasy' is not listed in any of the (many) early Level 9 adverts I've seen. I've managed to dig out an even earlier Level 9 advert than we found in the other thread... Practical Computing 1981 November 11 level-9-november-1981.PNG https://archive.org/details/PracticalComputing1981November11/page/n...
by 8bitAG
Mon Mar 23, 2020 7:13 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic adventure games
Topic: Level 9 adverts
Replies: 22
Views: 1002

Re: Level 9 adverts

Just to add some more firm evidence for the 16K BBC version of Colossal Adventure [even though we have the Austin's confirmation that 16K versions existed], here's the review of both the 16K and 32K BBC versions from Acorn User magazine (issue 5, December 1982)... https://archive.org/details/AcornUs...
by 8bitAG
Mon Mar 23, 2020 7:00 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic adventure games
Topic: Level 9's Fantasy
Replies: 6
Views: 533

Re: Level 9's Fantasy

I'm not actually sure where that reference to the game 'Fantasy' comes from. It's not mentioned in the earliest Level 9 advertising we've found. Edit: Ah, it is referenced in Richard Hewison's article on Level 9 that came from the 90s, so I guess it really was a thing. Don't think it was a text adve...
by 8bitAG
Mon Feb 24, 2020 9:51 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic adventure games
Topic: The Classic Adventurer (Bookazine)
Replies: 9
Views: 1802

Re: The Classic Adventurer (Bookazine)

The final issue of The Classic Adventurer includes an interview with David Hampton (and plenty of Stardot mentions)
http://classicadventurer.co.uk/
by 8bitAG
Sun Jan 19, 2020 11:07 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic adventure games
Topic: Level 9 adverts
Replies: 22
Views: 1002

Re: Level 9 adverts

Thanks 8bitAG, it looks like it's game on then regarding 16k versions of Colossal Adventure and Adventure Quest for the BBC. We'll have to set off the hounds to hunt for these lost versions. I'll see if I can find a 16k version for one of the other 8 bit machines to see how far reduced the text des...
by 8bitAG
Sat Jan 18, 2020 7:28 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic adventure games
Topic: Level 9 adverts
Replies: 22
Views: 1002

Re: Level 9 adverts

Just adding a note here to say that Mark Hardisty, of the Classic Adventurer, contacted Mike & Pete on our behalf to ask about the Level 9 games... Mike answered... Yes, there were quite a few 16K versions in the early days. The main difference was usually that the text was precised down to a very s...
by 8bitAG
Sat Jan 18, 2020 11:56 am
Forum: new projects and releases: text and graphic adventures
Topic: Nellan Is Thirsty (1980)
Replies: 23
Views: 1469

Re: Nellan Is Thirsty (1980)

lcww1 wrote:
Sat Jan 18, 2020 11:28 am
There’s a brief description of the Heathkit H89 system here: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heathkit_H8#H89
Yeah, I disappeared down an Internet rabbit-hole the other day, looking at all the Heath and Zenith stuff. A very interesting series of machines.
by 8bitAG
Fri Jan 17, 2020 6:00 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic adventure games
Topic: Level 9 adverts
Replies: 22
Views: 1002

Re: Level 9 adverts

Mike Austin said, in Classic Adventurer: "We targeted computers down to about 8K. I have a feeling we may have done a 4K version [of Colossal Adventure] at some point. The text usually compressed to about 25% of its original size." There are multiple early 16K/32K adverts for Level 9, so I don't thi...
by 8bitAG
Fri Jan 17, 2020 7:08 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic adventure games
Topic: Level 9 adverts
Replies: 22
Views: 1002

Re: Level 9 adverts

The requirement seems to be for 32K by the time Dungeon Adventure was released... https://spectrumcomputing.co.uk/mag.php?issue_id=5999&page=40 https://spectrumcomputing.co.uk/mag.php?issue_id=158&page=125 The latter advert is from a January 1983 issue... sort of hinting that Dungeon Adventure was p...
by 8bitAG
Fri Jan 17, 2020 6:56 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic adventure games
Topic: Level 9 adverts
Replies: 22
Views: 1002

Re: Level 9 adverts

There are similar BBC/Spectrum/ZX81/Nascom adverts in the multiformat magazines from around the same time... https://spectrumcomputing.co.uk/mag.php?issue_id=154&page=92 (Your Computer, September 1982) I hadn't expected to see an advert so early, given that many sites list their publication dates as...
by 8bitAG
Sun Jan 12, 2020 4:36 pm
Forum: new projects and releases: text and graphic adventures
Topic: Nellan Is Thirsty (1980)
Replies: 23
Views: 1469

Re: Nellan Is Thirsty (1980)

Very cool. Presumably the "Heath" mentioned is something like the Heathkit H8, H88 or H89.
by 8bitAG
Sun Dec 15, 2019 9:39 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic adventure games
Topic: The Seventh Star (1984) — Acornsoft
Replies: 30
Views: 2402

Re: The Seventh Star (1984) — Acornsoft

I agree. It certainly looks good from the pictures I've seen online. I wonder who the artist was? It looks like the type of image you'd get on the front of one of the US science fiction magazines. Certainly very striking... I've been unable to find it anywhere else online. There seems to be no ment...
by 8bitAG
Fri Nov 22, 2019 7:18 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic adventure games
Topic: The Classic Adventurer (Bookazine)
Replies: 9
Views: 1802

Re: The Classic Adventurer (Bookazine)

Issue 7 of Classic Adventurer is now available...
http://classicadventurer.co.uk/

Of interest to Acorn adventurers, will be the interview with John Blythe about his BBC (& Acorn) text/graphics adventures.
by 8bitAG
Sun Oct 27, 2019 11:13 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic adventure games
Topic: Twin Kingdom Valley
Replies: 21
Views: 5386

Re: Twin Kingdom Valley

Had the mobile version of TKV done well then I suspect Trevor might've produced the sequel but, from his interview in The Classic Adventurer, it doesn't sound like much work was ever done on the Valley of Gold game.
by 8bitAG
Thu Oct 24, 2019 5:10 pm
Forum: new projects and releases: text and graphic adventures
Topic: Micro Adventure
Replies: 21
Views: 2090

Re: Micro Adventure

I've mentioned the game again on Twitter and it's getting loads of interest and very nice comments, particularly about the graphics. Chrome is blocking the download off rucksack games :shock: I can confirm that I had that issue too. I just used Edge to download it instead. You may be able to get aro...
by 8bitAG
Sun Oct 20, 2019 2:16 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic adventure games
Topic: The Classic Adventurer (Bookazine)
Replies: 9
Views: 1802

Re: The Classic Adventurer (Bookazine)

Issue 6 of Mark Hardisty's Classic Adventurer has been published and includes an article on the recently recovered BBC version of Knight Orc...
http://classicadventurer.co.uk/
by 8bitAG
Tue Sep 24, 2019 9:11 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: classic adventure games
Topic: Rainbird titles on the BBC
Replies: 10
Views: 1696

Re: Rainbird titles on the BBC

Well done. I never cease to be amazed by the work of the Acorn/BBC community.
by 8bitAG
Tue Sep 24, 2019 6:37 am
Forum: archive submissions
Topic: Knight Orc (Level 9) ... yes, it actually exists!
Replies: 42
Views: 6428

Re: Knight Orc (Level 9) ... yes, it actually exists!

What a superb write-up. Wow... I had no idea. Like you said, it's only due to the Centre for Computing History sharing their archive of images/information online that this was spotted. Well done to all involved.

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