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by MartinH
Fri Mar 05, 2021 11:31 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Modern computers are awful - What would you do better?
Replies: 76
Views: 1028

Re: Modern computers are awful - What would you do better?

I disagree - modern computers are awesome! I'm replying to - and reading this - at a resolution of 4K, in as many colours as exist, I have a podcast burbling in the background, and in another virtual desktop I have four applications pinned to the four corners busily going about their business. Earli...
by MartinH
Thu Feb 25, 2021 10:07 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: games - high scores
Topic: High Score Challenge Season 15 - Rd 5 - Tempest
Replies: 55
Views: 967

Re: High Score Challenge Season 15 - Rd 5 - Tempest

A little bit better......only 100k behind Martin...... :shock: :shock: Tempest10.png You're making progress though and that's what counts. If I've learned anything about the HSC it's that the competition is a marathon not a sprint - and I've yet to beat my 159k! That said, I have a long weekend com...
by MartinH
Tue Feb 23, 2021 9:57 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: games - high scores
Topic: High Score Challenge Season 15 - Rd 5 - Tempest
Replies: 55
Views: 967

Re: High Score Challenge Season 15 - Rd 5 - Tempest

159020!
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The other problem with these levels is the frame rate (which isn't great anyway) starts to drop a lot. I can only imagine what it's like on level 60... 1 frame per week, perhaps? ;)
by MartinH
Tue Feb 23, 2021 7:50 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: games - high scores
Topic: High Score Challenge Season 15 - Rd 5 - Tempest
Replies: 55
Views: 967

Re: High Score Challenge Season 15 - Rd 5 - Tempest

115640! tempest4.png I do like me a bit of Tempest! (and also Tempest 2000 and Typhoon2001 - if you've never played Typhoon it's worth tracking down. It's a completely free version of Tempest 2000 for PC with lots of tweaks. I believe some copyright holder - or other bean counting type - forced the ...
by MartinH
Tue Feb 23, 2021 10:47 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: games - high scores
Topic: High Score Challenge Season 15 - Rd 5 - Tempest
Replies: 55
Views: 967

Re: High Score Challenge Season 15 - Rd 5 - Tempest

Getting into the swing of things: 33210
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by MartinH
Mon Feb 22, 2021 9:39 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: games - high scores
Topic: High Score Challenge Season 15 - Rd 5 - Tempest
Replies: 55
Views: 967

Re: High Score Challenge Season 15 - Rd 5 - Tempest

I'll get the ball rolling: 4970
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A word to the wise: you've gotta be quick on the screen capture!
by MartinH
Mon Feb 22, 2021 9:05 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: games - high scores
Topic: High Score Challenge Season 15 - Rd 4 - Blagger
Replies: 128
Views: 1770

Re: High Score Challenge Season 15 - Rd 4 - Blagger

I quite enjoyed that... very frustrating at times, and a shame about the no looping thing. Also a shame that jumping technology hadn't quite reached the non-floaty stage yet :)

Well done to everyone who put a score in wherever you placed =D>
by MartinH
Mon Feb 22, 2021 5:08 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: games - high scores
Topic: High Score Challenge Season 15 - Rd 4 - Blagger
Replies: 128
Views: 1770

Re: High Score Challenge Season 15 - Rd 4 - Blagger

Here's something for a bit of fun. I haven't made any progress on my score but played around a bit with level 1 which I thought I was doing too slowly. Sure enough I was able to squeeze out a few more points. Anyone else getting 1230 from level 1? Pretty sure someone will have a bit more or maybe a...
by MartinH
Sat Feb 20, 2021 1:44 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: games - high scores
Topic: High Score Challenge Season 15 - Rd 4 - Blagger
Replies: 128
Views: 1770

Re: High Score Challenge Season 15 - Rd 4 - Blagger

Personally I'd say go for it! The three of us have done at least 18k without, but with some wall hacks I'd imagine. Given this is a high score challenge and there is a definite end to the game, I'd say it's fair maximise wherever possible.
by MartinH
Fri Feb 19, 2021 11:44 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: games - high scores
Topic: High Score Challenge Season 15 - Rd 4 - Blagger
Replies: 128
Views: 1770

Re: High Score Challenge Season 15 - Rd 4 - Blagger

Completed level 20 with 2 men spare but slightly less than Venger, probably some further level shortcuts to be found :-k Score: 19890 Blagger.PNG A thought: Given that the game doesn't loop and that level 19 is easy, wouldn't it be optimal to use up those two remaining lives on level 19 for a nice ...
by MartinH
Fri Feb 19, 2021 9:32 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: games - high scores
Topic: High Score Challenge Season 15 - Rd 4 - Blagger
Replies: 128
Views: 1770

Re: High Score Challenge Season 15 - Rd 4 - Blagger

In order to practice any of the screens, press simultaneously four keys ALIX , then during the demo mode , press SPACE on any of the screens to play it . Ha! That would have been useful to know... it would have saved quite literally hours of my life attempting to get to certain levels with enough l...
by MartinH
Thu Feb 18, 2021 4:21 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: games - high scores
Topic: Bird Strike (fixed)
Replies: 5
Views: 273

Re: Bird Strike (fixed)

This is a pretty nice game - I like the way it takes a tried and true formula, but instead of spaceships sets it in WW1. Thanks Iain for fixing the game for us all to enjoy!

I managed to get 25,000 points on my first go, so I can well believe your high score!
by MartinH
Wed Feb 17, 2021 8:51 pm
Forum: new projects in development: games
Topic: Possible new version of New Rally-X for the BBC Micro
Replies: 54
Views: 2282

Re: Possible new version of New Rally-X for the BBC Micro

Wow, this is coming along really nicely!

Hope we'll be able to play it in the HSC at some point.
by MartinH
Tue Feb 16, 2021 4:45 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: games - high scores
Topic: BBC Micro olympics - check it out
Replies: 11
Views: 533

Re: BBC Micro olympics - check it out

Apparently, the over 18s winner had a score of 267110. Quite a few of us had scores much higher than that in the high score competition. It seems that we must be the creme de la creme of the BBC gaming world :lol: . https://twitter.com/tnmoc/status/1361713790568591365/photo/2 I like the way you twe...
by MartinH
Mon Feb 15, 2021 12:17 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: games - high scores
Topic: High Score Challenge Season 15 - Rd 4 - Blagger
Replies: 128
Views: 1770

Re: High Score Challenge Season 15 - Rd 4 - Blagger

I think I've managed to optimise just about everything I can optimise and I don't think I'll be doing any better than this:

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by MartinH
Sat Feb 13, 2021 4:55 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: games - high scores
Topic: High Score Challenge Season 15 - Rd 4 - Blagger
Replies: 128
Views: 1770

Re: High Score Challenge Season 15 - Rd 4 - Blagger

Level 3 super glitch - in images and words: Enter the wall and position Blagger so he's facing left with half of his body outside the wall: level3_1.png Hit jump to drop one character height: level3_2.png Jump to the left to collect the key and end up like this (don't worry, the bush won't kill you!...
by MartinH
Sat Feb 13, 2021 4:25 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: games - high scores
Topic: High Score Challenge Season 15 - Rd 4 - Blagger
Replies: 128
Views: 1770

Re: High Score Challenge Season 15 - Rd 4 - Blagger

With the jump through the wall it is possible to get the top left key and continue through the platform to the section below! Guess that makes it a double glitch. Maybe even get three keys in one jump? I certainly got two. I'll give it another go tomorrow. Should help me out with this level. You're...
by MartinH
Sat Feb 13, 2021 3:38 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: games - high scores
Topic: High Score Challenge Season 15 - Rd 4 - Blagger
Replies: 128
Views: 1770

Re: High Score Challenge Season 15 - Rd 4 - Blagger

Link to the wall glitch in level 3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kJ2d4uVBpic Ha, that's awesome. A bit tricky to pull off, but the time saving is absolutely huge when you do. It's a shame it doesn't appear to be possible to get the top left key with the same hack... it almost works, but you eith...
by MartinH
Sat Feb 13, 2021 3:06 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: Forty years ago...
Replies: 77
Views: 2566

Re: Forty years ago...

The Beeb was a great computer for the home market, but I'm just pondering whether the British computer industry could have "won" if it went down the HW+SW spec route... and the BBC process could have been the catalyst. It's tricky to say. If you had a rigid specification you might just st...
by MartinH
Sat Feb 13, 2021 12:02 am
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: games - high scores
Topic: High Score Challenge Season 15 - Rd 4 - Blagger
Replies: 128
Views: 1770

Re: High Score Challenge Season 15 - Rd 4 - Blagger

I think I've just used up all my luck for the year with the luckiest run I've ever had at any game ever... I've beaten level 20! 15800! blagger19.png But... My strategy for the game was flawed! I was banking on the fact that the game would loop, so I've spent all week trying to get as far as I can ...
by MartinH
Fri Feb 12, 2021 10:52 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: games - high scores
Topic: High Score Challenge Season 15 - Rd 4 - Blagger
Replies: 128
Views: 1770

Re: High Score Challenge Season 15 - Rd 4 - Blagger

I think I've just used up all my luck for the year with the luckiest run I've ever had at any game ever... I've beaten level 20! 15800! blagger19.png But... My strategy for the game was flawed! I was banking on the fact that the game would loop, so I've spent all week trying to get as far as I can p...
by MartinH
Fri Feb 12, 2021 6:33 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: RetroShack YouTube Channel
Replies: 0
Views: 127

RetroShack YouTube Channel

YouTube recommended a new channel to me today, so thought I'd share. It's got a mini-series on restoring and upgrading a beeb, plus videos about other classic systems.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCu_sNg ... Xc02ufoTYg
by MartinH
Fri Feb 12, 2021 3:45 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: games - high scores
Topic: High Score Challenge Season 15 - Rd 4 - Blagger
Replies: 128
Views: 1770

Re: High Score Challenge Season 15 - Rd 4 - Blagger

14640 blagger14.png I spent ages on "The Bridge" trying to figure out how to solve the level and then, true to form for this game, it glitched me through a wall! I suspect what you're actually supposed to be able to do is go through the portal thing halfway up the ladder, but as the game i...
by MartinH
Fri Feb 12, 2021 2:19 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn hardware
Topic: Forty years ago...
Replies: 77
Views: 2566

Re: Forty years ago...

Blimey, I wasn't yet 3 years old when this happened. Those pioneering days must have been quite a thing to live through as an adult, with lots of opportunities opening up for the enterprising individual.
by MartinH
Thu Feb 11, 2021 9:43 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: games - high scores
Topic: High Score Challenge Season 15 - Rd 4 - Blagger
Replies: 128
Views: 1770

Re: High Score Challenge Season 15 - Rd 4 - Blagger

This was a *very* frustrating evening: 12600 blagger13.png I will say I really like the graphics in this one, particularly the train and UFO, and the puzzles in some of these levels are really quite good. if only the jumping was a bit less slow and floaty, and the collision detection was better this...
by MartinH
Thu Feb 11, 2021 2:58 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: games - high scores
Topic: High Score Challenge Season 15 - Rd 4 - Blagger
Replies: 128
Views: 1770

Re: High Score Challenge Season 15 - Rd 4 - Blagger

Grrr at levels 12 and 13. 12 has this stupid hidden box around the "bush" and 13... the floaty mechanics make this a real hit or miss affair, and I've only found miss! Grrr!

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by MartinH
Wed Feb 10, 2021 11:10 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: games - high scores
Topic: High Score Challenge Season 15 - Rd 4 - Blagger
Replies: 128
Views: 1770

Re: High Score Challenge Season 15 - Rd 4 - Blagger

Managed to make it up to 11. I'm actually finding 7, 8, 9 and 10 easier than some of the earlier levels.

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by MartinH
Wed Feb 10, 2021 7:23 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: games - high scores
Topic: High Score Challenge Season 15 - Rd 4 - Blagger
Replies: 128
Views: 1770

Re: High Score Challenge Season 15 - Rd 4 - Blagger

I struggled a bit with level 8, but it's not quite as fearsome as it first appears once you know its tricks. Sailed through level 9, and died on 10.

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by MartinH
Wed Feb 10, 2021 2:46 pm
Forum: 8-bit acorn software: games - high scores
Topic: High Score Challenge Season 15 - Rd 4 - Blagger
Replies: 128
Views: 1770

Re: High Score Challenge Season 15 - Rd 4 - Blagger

Almost managed to beat level 7.

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