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by Venger
Sat Nov 21, 2020 6:45 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: games - high scores
Topic: The games that we play.
Replies: 2
Views: 169

Re: The games that we play.

Being a relative newcomer to the high score competition (I joined in at the tail end of season 11 (Impact! was the game)), I haven't played a lot of the games on the list. Some of this is due to the fact that I had an Electron as a kid, so some of the games on the list weren't available to me (Bubbl...
by Venger
Sat Nov 21, 2020 12:13 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: games - high scores
Topic: High Score Challenge Nominations - Season 15
Replies: 19
Views: 472

Re: High Score Challenge Nominations - Season 15

Here is my 3 choices E-Type (The 4th Dimension) Positron (Program Power) Phantom (Tynesoft) Ooh... Phantom. I haven't played that in years. As I recall it was more a case of conserving your charge than blasting the crap out of everything that moved. It could be an interesting one but I can't see th...
by Venger
Mon Nov 16, 2020 5:08 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: games - high scores
Topic: High Score Challenge S14 - Champ - Psycastria
Replies: 75
Views: 1527

Re: High Score Challenge S14 - Champ - Psycastria

Here's my final attempt. I'd have liked to get this on level 2 but got shot down on my way to the transition then almost made it to level 2 again on my last life. Not to be I guess. I did get a pretty good grasp of level 2 but never able to get my best score there. Those enemies are so persistent. ...
by Venger
Wed Nov 11, 2020 10:56 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: games - high scores
Topic: High Score Challenge S14 - Champ - Psycastria
Replies: 75
Views: 1527

Re: High Score Challenge S14 - Champ - Psycastria

I managed to get to Level 2 - it can be done , but I got a worse score . My highest score was from being on level 1 only and losing all 3 lives on there . Level 2 is more brutal than level 1 but I still think it's technically possible to complete. I've got right to the end but can only get 9 out of...
by Venger
Sun Nov 08, 2020 10:54 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: games - high scores
Topic: High Score Challenge S14 - Champ - Psycastria
Replies: 75
Views: 1527

Re: High Score Challenge S14 - Champ - Psycastria

Being an Electron user in my youth, rather than a BBC user, I decided to see how the Electron version fared against the Beeb version. I had it back in the day but haven't played it in over 30 years on the Electron. Unfortunately it's a sad, shambling mess :( . It runs at less than half the speed but...
by Venger
Sun Nov 08, 2020 9:43 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: games - high scores
Topic: High Score Challenge S14 - Champ - Psycastria
Replies: 75
Views: 1527

Re: High Score Challenge S14 - Champ - Psycastria

Here's the video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vXXI6_lRGpo At around 3 minutes and 3 seconds in there is a pod between 2 walls. I haven't managed to hit it yet. Here's a piccy. Good video. I go about level one a bit differently but am trying for the 2 pylons between the walls in a similar wa...
by Venger
Sun Nov 08, 2020 9:16 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: games - high scores
Topic: High Score Challenge S14 - Champ - Psycastria
Replies: 75
Views: 1527

Re: High Score Challenge S14 - Champ - Psycastria

KarateEd wrote:
Sun Nov 08, 2020 8:54 pm
Missed one pylon to finish the level. Getting to the landing strip is easy, those 2 pylons that are 'protected' by walls is pretty tough.

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It's an absolute doddle compared to one of the ones on level 2. I'll upload a video to YouTube and post the link on here.
by Venger
Sun Nov 08, 2020 6:56 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: games - high scores
Topic: High Score Challenge S14 - Champ - Psycastria
Replies: 75
Views: 1527

Re: High Score Challenge S14 - Champ - Psycastria

And another small increase. Making a little more headway into level 2 but it'll be a really tough ask to get to level 3.
by Venger
Sun Nov 08, 2020 2:52 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: games - high scores
Topic: High Score Challenge S14 - Champ - Psycastria
Replies: 75
Views: 1527

Re: High Score Challenge S14 - Champ - Psycastria

A very slight increase.

Those random ships are the most annoying things ever. You have to be more or less perfectly aligned to hit them but not vice versa!
by Venger
Sat Nov 07, 2020 7:21 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: games - high scores
Topic: High Score Challenge S14 - Champ - Psycastria
Replies: 75
Views: 1527

Re: High Score Challenge S14 - Champ - Psycastria

I think I've hit my skill ceiling on this one - still can't get off level 1 :( 58525 psycastria5.png You're definitely getting the scores to suggest you should be getting to level 2. Shooting all the ground-based stuff gives you a score of roughly 15000. After shooting all the stuff. you have to la...
by Venger
Sat Nov 07, 2020 6:48 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: games - high scores
Topic: High Score Challenge S14 - Champ - Psycastria
Replies: 75
Views: 1527

Re: High Score Challenge S14 - Champ - Psycastria

I thought this would happen. I finally completed the land battle (on my first life, too) then promptly fell to pieces in the next level, the sea battle. Didn't have a clue where to go and as Venger warned, a diagonal-flying enemy took care of me quick smart! My score was only 17225 :cry: but at lea...
by Venger
Fri Nov 06, 2020 9:34 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: games - high scores
Topic: High Score Challenge S14 - Champ - Psycastria
Replies: 75
Views: 1527

Re: High Score Challenge S14 - Champ - Psycastria

In theory I have managed to get all the pods but never in a single round, so I go round and round level 1 trying to maximise points. The map is hard enough to navigate but the random shooting ships are what has me swearing the most [-X ](*,) :-# Score: 49575 Psycastria.PNG Yep, those random shootin...
by Venger
Fri Nov 06, 2020 7:48 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: games - high scores
Topic: High Score Challenge S14 - Champ - Psycastria
Replies: 75
Views: 1527

Re: High Score Challenge S14 - Champ - Psycastria

This game is insanely fast! No idea what's going on? Does it actually have levels? I go left to right shooting everything, then right to left, then left to right... until I eventually bye the farm. What's going on? 48550 psycastria4.png Yes, it has levels. You have to land on the landing strip at t...
by Venger
Fri Nov 06, 2020 8:44 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: games - high scores
Topic: High Score Challenge S14 - Champ - Psycastria
Replies: 75
Views: 1527

Re: High Score Challenge S14 - Champ - Psycastria

Apparently Gary Partis hid a message intended to be read by hackers inside the game's data. Note that some versions censor the f-bomb. "What on Earth are you doing reading this. I bet you think you are a smart arse for breaking the protection this far. But you have achieved nothing, as the protecti...
by Venger
Thu Nov 05, 2020 12:17 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: games - high scores
Topic: High Score Challenge S14 - Champ - Psycastria
Replies: 75
Views: 1527

Re: High Score Challenge S14 - Champ - Psycastria

A few slight improvements but the further you go in the game, the more brutal the difficulty level gets. I'd be very surprised if anyone ever gets to level 3.
by Venger
Wed Nov 04, 2020 12:23 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: games - high scores
Topic: High Score Challenge S14 - Champ - Psycastria
Replies: 75
Views: 1527

Re: High Score Challenge S14 - Champ - Psycastria

My token entry for this round: 3300 psy.png Well done Venger - misspent youth or not, I salute your game playing skills! Looks like I'm becoming a "key worker" again, so my participation may be a bit limited in the next round. But I'll do my best to put some scores in! Thanks :). I enjoy the challe...
by Venger
Tue Nov 03, 2020 7:39 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: games - high scores
Topic: High Score Challenge S14 - Champ - Psycastria
Replies: 75
Views: 1527

Re: High Score Challenge S14 - Champ - Psycastria

The only thing I remember about Wizzy's Mansion is that it had a room called "The Doleman's Bumchum"! :lol: :lol: :lol: Indeed it does, infact (if you didn't know) quite a few of the bizarrre room names reference the TV show The Young Ones, I liked Wizzy's Mansion a lot, but it's not finished prope...
by Venger
Tue Nov 03, 2020 7:36 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: games - high scores
Topic: High Score Challenge S14 - Champ - Psycastria
Replies: 75
Views: 1527

Re: High Score Challenge S14 - Champ - Psycastria

Best I can do at the moment. I realise now why I didn't play it much back in the day: the game seems very unfair when it comes to fighting the alien spaceships. To kill them it seems that you have to hit them smack on in the centre whereas they can pick you off at will with ease. Reaction time doesn...
by Venger
Tue Nov 03, 2020 5:10 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: games - high scores
Topic: High Score Challenge S14 - Champ - Psycastria
Replies: 75
Views: 1527

Re: High Score Challenge S14 - Champ - Psycastria

The only thing I remember about Wizzy's Mansion is that it had a room called "The Doleman's Bumchum"! :lol: :lol: :lol:
by Venger
Tue Nov 03, 2020 10:15 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: games - high scores
Topic: High Score Challenge S14 - Champ - Psycastria
Replies: 75
Views: 1527

Re: High Score Challenge S14 - Champ - Psycastria

Here's an effort from me. A difficult game to be sure. Those alien spaceships are uncannily accurate with their shooting too - especially on the 2nd level :shock: It's a game I had back in the day but one I never used to play much due to the difficulty. I had the 2nd game too but didn't play that mu...
by Venger
Tue Nov 03, 2020 9:18 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: games - high scores
Topic: High Score Challenge S14 - Champ - Psycastria
Replies: 75
Views: 1527

Re: High Score Challenge S14 - Champ - Psycastria

Congrats Venger on winning season 14 =D> Wow this is a twitchy game :shock: Score: 20375 Psycastria.PNG Thank you :) . I picked this one as it's pretty hard and I don't think there'll be much chance of games turning into marathons. After some of the games we've played I didn't want to spend hours o...
by Venger
Mon Nov 02, 2020 9:45 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: games - high scores
Topic: High Score Challenge S14 - R10 - Pengo
Replies: 54
Views: 1552

Re: High Score Challenge S14 - R10 - Pengo

I think it's great that we're generating more interest for the high score competition. Long may it continue :) .
by Venger
Mon Nov 02, 2020 11:40 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: games - high scores
Topic: High Score Challenge S14 - R10 - Pengo
Replies: 54
Views: 1552

Re: High Score Challenge S14 - R10 - Pengo

I was hoping not to play again before the end of the round...
by Venger
Thu Oct 22, 2020 7:37 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: games - high scores
Topic: High Score Challenge S14 - R10 - Pengo
Replies: 54
Views: 1552

Re: High Score Challenge S14 - R10 - Pengo

Got to round 10 (A) but screwed up the round before, accidentally killing the Snobee as I was about to line the blocks up for 5000 or 10000 bonus points :(.
by Venger
Thu Oct 22, 2020 6:39 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: games - high scores
Topic: High Score Challenge S14 - R10 - Pengo
Replies: 54
Views: 1552

Re: High Score Challenge S14 - R10 - Pengo

And another minor increase. This game can be savage at times. Trying to dodge the Snobees is a nightmare as it's a question of luck - I never know where they're going to go :(
by Venger
Thu Oct 22, 2020 2:00 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: games - high scores
Topic: High Score Challenge S14 - R10 - Pengo
Replies: 54
Views: 1552

Re: High Score Challenge S14 - R10 - Pengo

A small increase again.

Does anyone know how the Easy/Difficult mode works? It says in the instructions that you can choose the difficulty level by pressing D or E but I don't see where the option is. Is there any difference? Has anyone ever got it to work?
by Venger
Wed Oct 21, 2020 12:23 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: games - high scores
Topic: High Score Challenge S14 - R10 - Pengo
Replies: 54
Views: 1552

Re: High Score Challenge S14 - R10 - Pengo

A small increase. Not a bad game but very frustrating at times! :x

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