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by Kecske Bak
Mon Jun 11, 2018 6:46 am
Forum: projects
Topic: New game - tube type thingy
Replies: 49
Views: 3319

Re: New game - tube type thingy

Wouter Scholten has a very solid understanding of how to make arcade games really playable - it might be worth asking what he thinks.
by Kecske Bak
Wed Apr 18, 2018 3:50 am
Forum: software: new games
Topic: Time for Zarch .... on the beeb?!
Replies: 19
Views: 1105

Re: Time for Zarch .... on the beeb?!

Just 1 and 2, I think the beeb author did 3 themselves, but I think 1 & 2 may have been held back until 3 was ready. Thanks Tricky - always been interested in the Spectrum and Amstrad Repton 3s. I remember seeing the unreleased Amstrad version used the CPC equivalent of MODE 1 and that really fasci...
by Kecske Bak
Tue Apr 17, 2018 7:07 pm
Forum: software: new games
Topic: Time for Zarch .... on the beeb?!
Replies: 19
Views: 1105

Re: Time for Zarch .... on the beeb?!

tricky wrote:I think Gil had plans and maybe a demo for solid ground Zarch on the Speccy, but my memory seems to have missed a few refresh cycles!
Was it Gil who wrote Repton 3 for the ZX Spectrum or did he just write Repton 1 and 2?
by Kecske Bak
Thu Apr 12, 2018 7:46 am
Forum: software: new games
Topic: Prince of Persia
Replies: 112
Views: 4892

Re: Prince of Persia

Don’t think I’ve seen that feature on any game BITD but Simon was determined to add it..! There were some, for instance BoneCruncher by Superior Software. And, more recently, Repton Lost Realms has it too. It's a lovely feature to have. I haven't played Prince of Persia yet as I've just reinstalled...
by Kecske Bak
Thu Mar 15, 2018 3:13 pm
Forum: software: games - high scores
Topic: High Score Challenge S9 - R3 - Gyroscope
Replies: 58
Views: 2126

Re: High Score Challenge S9 - R3 - Gyroscope

KarateEd wrote:Maybe Vertigo for the Beeb is better......
Inertia by the 4th Dimension is the best game of this style for the BBC - I really enjoy it, and it would be great for a high score competition.
by Kecske Bak
Fri Mar 09, 2018 5:16 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Maplin Electronics in administration
Replies: 100
Views: 5221

Re: Maplin Electronics in administration

Clearly something suddenly happened in 2010 and that was the beginning of a downward trend. Surely, whatever that was, it was the problem that needed to be addressed. Yes you're right and, to be fair, he did allude to it - mobile phone companies setting up their own stores to sell phones, which wer...
by Kecske Bak
Fri Mar 09, 2018 4:51 am
Forum: general
Topic: Maplin Electronics in administration
Replies: 100
Views: 5221

Re: Maplin Electronics in administration

If your only objective is to maximise profits (and many sources of funding are quite insistent that it should be!) then there's a strong incentive to indulge in that kind of risky business to the maximum extent permitted by law. On a similar note I was watching a very interesting video on why Radio...
by Kecske Bak
Wed Mar 07, 2018 8:34 am
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Most disappointing conversions from other systems
Replies: 60
Views: 3911

Re: Most disappointing conversions from other systems

barbarossa69 wrote:I really enjoyed gyroscope!
After reading your comment I wondered if I was being harsh, but now I've seen it feature in the high score challenge I can see that it is as bad as my brother and I thought at the time. :lol:

Let me know if you find the "superb synthesier music" the cover talks about!
by Kecske Bak
Sun Feb 18, 2018 6:50 pm
Forum: programming
Topic: Kevin Edwards assembler series in Micro User
Replies: 11
Views: 1773

Re: Kevin Edwards assembler series in Micro User

There was a follow-up series on writing 6502 games in The Micro User much later, written by Roland Waddilove. One of the things he tackled was making a multiplication table to use that would work on a Master.
by Kecske Bak
Sat Jan 27, 2018 7:38 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Most disappointing conversions from other systems
Replies: 60
Views: 3911

Re: Most disappointing conversions from other systems

Worst conversion I know of was Gyroscope by Melbourne House. My younger brother bought it, played it, took it back to Boots because it was rubbish and Boots let him have his money back and keep the tape - they didn't want it! They'd already had several returned apparently.
by Kecske Bak
Thu Jan 25, 2018 7:44 am
Forum: software: other
Topic: Any good BBC Micro typing tutors?
Replies: 9
Views: 692

Re: Any good BBC Micro typing tutors?

I used the Pitman Typing Tutor for the BBC Micro - I played with it every day in the summer between the lower 6th and upper 6th and was able to touch-type by the time I went back to school.
by Kecske Bak
Tue Dec 26, 2017 6:59 pm
Forum: general
Topic: New look Repton Resource Page
Replies: 7
Views: 687

Re: New look Repton Resource Page

I've just had a look around - I really like the new improvements and it was lovely to see the Archimedes Repton 2 screens again after so long. Although not perfect (the design of the expanded sections are often out of character with respect to the levels they expand), I far preferred this expansion ...
by Kecske Bak
Sun Dec 10, 2017 7:21 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Unused Citadel bits
Replies: 42
Views: 3225

Re: Unused Citadel bits

Diminished wrote:I admit I was slightly disappointed to discover that the game spends the overwhelming majority (80% ?) of its time doing absolutely nothing, though. :P
To be fair, Citadel also had to work on an Electron, which could only run in Mode 2 at an arthritic pace.
by Kecske Bak
Wed Nov 15, 2017 6:50 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: Mini Office II disk protection (Split from: Legacy of the BBC Micro User magazine / Database Publications Ltd)
Replies: 23
Views: 1682

Re: Legacy of the BBC Micro User magazine / Database Publications Ltd

Rich Talbot-Watkins wrote:(Mini Office II that is, don't think I've even heard of Micro Olympics!)
IIRC The Micro User ran a news story boasting Micro Olympics featured paid-for advertising on the advertising hoardings in the game and claimed this was a first.
by Kecske Bak
Wed Nov 15, 2017 6:40 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Legacy of the BBC Micro User magazine / Database Publications Ltd
Replies: 12
Views: 1506

Re: Legacy of the BBC Micro User magazine / Database Publications Ltd

Really foggy memory now - weren't there actually two different Hac Mans?
by Kecske Bak
Sun Oct 29, 2017 6:59 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Which games from other platforms did you wish was on the BBC?
Replies: 22
Views: 1971

Re: Which games from other platforms did you wish was on the BBC?

I would have loved a BBC Micro version of Gribbly's Day Out, and a BBC Micro version of Paradroid. I loved Andrew Braybrook's games on the C64. I love Ultimate games and would have also liked to have seen PSST and Trans-Am on the BBC B.
by Kecske Bak
Sun Oct 29, 2017 6:33 am
Forum: software: other
Topic: Superior software android
Replies: 4
Views: 496

Re: Superior software android

I have done all the levels in Android Repton 1 except for Moro (last level of Avalanche) and Michael's Challenge set. I think Android Repton 1 is a huge improvement on both the BBC micro version and the PC versions. The frame rate, the speed of the monsters are perfect. The game has been designed to...
by Kecske Bak
Sun Aug 27, 2017 7:38 am
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Games that were better on the Electron than on the Beeb?
Replies: 12
Views: 1713

Re: Games that were better on the Electron than on the Beeb?

Good point about the FOV on Electron Repton, but I don't think that's enough to save it :) I think the most important difference in Electron Repton is the map character, which allows you to see the map only after it has been collected. I like this feature (XOR certainly built on it in an interestin...
by Kecske Bak
Fri Aug 18, 2017 5:27 am
Forum: software & utilities for the pc, mac or unix
Topic: Is this project worth it?
Replies: 7
Views: 1239

Re: Is this project worth it?

I'd definitely be interested as well - I'm interested in everything you do but I didn't want to say yes as I still haven't produced the set of Repton Overture screens I promised! An interesting project to look at is Claptraps by TestPilotMonkey. Richard used Python as Reptol and it is possible to cr...
by Kecske Bak
Mon Aug 14, 2017 7:01 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Repton Infinity High Score Anagrams
Replies: 22
Views: 3445

Re: Repton Infinity High Score Anagrams

davidb wrote:No, I don't think it's too much of a stretch. I seem to remember that the authors of Repton Infinity both wrote for Acorn User
As did Rob Miller who did the music and graphics.
by Kecske Bak
Sat Aug 12, 2017 4:06 am
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Games that were better on the Electron than on the Beeb?
Replies: 12
Views: 1713

Re: Games that were better on the Electron than on the Beeb?

Definitely Frak! Better collision detection, more levels, a screen designer, customisable start level and colourschemes. It may only be monochrome (and monophonic) but it is a far, far better game than the BBC Micro version. I'd love a BBC Master version of Frak! that's the Electron version with BBC...
by Kecske Bak
Sat Jul 15, 2017 5:20 am
Forum: software: games - high scores
Topic: High Score Challenge S7- R10 - Galaforce 2:Alien's Revenge
Replies: 56
Views: 3253

Re: High Score Challenge S7- R10 - Galaforce 2:Alien's Revenge

New high score. I asked Richard Hanson about the game being on PIAS 6 and it was largely due to the BBC/Electron games market slowing down and therefore less new titles being released so it was decided that this one would go on a compilation instead. I'd love for there to be the full set of Impact ...
by Kecske Bak
Sat Jul 15, 2017 5:12 am
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: A&B Computing games column
Replies: 4
Views: 897

Re: A&B Computing games column

Scans of the column normally live here:

http://8bs.com/magazines.htm

But the site has had server issues recently so you may need to be a little patient.

BTW I'm Dave Jeffery, so you're almost my namesake. Welcome to the forum!
by Kecske Bak
Wed Jul 12, 2017 10:27 am
Forum: software: games - high scores
Topic: High Score Challenge S7- R10 - Galaforce 2:Alien's Revenge
Replies: 56
Views: 3253

Re: High Score Challenge S7- R10 - Galaforce 2:Alien's Revenge

still don't get why it was hidden away on Play It Again Sam 6 IIRC, originally the game was going to be released stand-alone by Impact (who released Clogger and Zenon), but it contained a lot of IP from Superior (many of the Galaforce 1 Electron graphics) so it ended up being released by Superior i...
by Kecske Bak
Tue Jun 27, 2017 7:17 am
Forum: software: games - high scores
Topic: High Score Challenge S7- R8 - Repton
Replies: 63
Views: 4265

Re: High Score Challenge S7- R8 - Repton

This is an awful level, I have always hated it, and still do I always absolutely hated the level until Michael S. Repton explained to me how to approach it, and convinced me it is a puzzle, of sorts, after all. https://youtu.be/t7yIJcdRsfQ?t=3m3s What you have to realise to do this is that monsters...
by Kecske Bak
Wed Jun 21, 2017 5:52 am
Forum: software: other
Topic: Anyone developing Tube enhanced software?
Replies: 62
Views: 3568

Re: Anyone developing Tube enhanced software?

You can redraw 16 8x8 mode 1 pixel sprites in a frame, or many more if groups are the same and character aligned. I'm just idly wondering whether Repton Infinity would have been a candidate for a Co-Pro version. It updates the entire screen with character aligned tiles each frame, but has to do a l...
by Kecske Bak
Sun Jun 18, 2017 11:04 am
Forum: software: games - high scores
Topic: High Score Challenge S7- R8 - Repton
Replies: 63
Views: 4265

Re: High Score Challenge S7- R8 - Repton

Although I adore Repton I was surprised this was chosen for a high score challenge, and even more surprised at how well this competiton is going. I've just bought Repton on Android. Getting chased about by three monsters "Giant Clam" on a touch screen without losing a life was very frustrating but t...
by Kecske Bak
Sun May 28, 2017 8:22 am
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Syncron
Replies: 4
Views: 793

Re: Syncron

All Syncron really needed to make a better game out of it was waves of ships to move in formation over the maps. It also has a nasty bug - if you approach runways from the same direction repeatedly the ship moves further and further up or down the screen until the game becomes unplayable. You had to...
by Kecske Bak
Sat May 27, 2017 7:25 pm
Forum: software: new games
Topic: A new version of Phoenix for the BBC
Replies: 91
Views: 12976

Re: A new version of Phoenix for the BBC

The amount going on, the speed and the size of the sprites together make this another remarkable game. I'm utterly useless at it but it's very, very impressive to play. I love the feeling of flight you get from the small birds, and how much gameplay there is to this game. I'm more of a puzzle game t...
by Kecske Bak
Tue May 16, 2017 11:15 am
Forum: emulators
Topic: b2 - new emulator
Replies: 91
Views: 7022

Re: b2 - new emulator

Working beautifully on Linux (Manjaro KDE x64) - I look forward with playing with this tomorrow!
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