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by joachim
Mon Sep 12, 2016 8:57 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: (yet another) identify educational game from vague description
Replies: 5
Views: 937

Re: (yet another) identify educational game from vague description

It does seem a similar concept, doesn't it? But I don't think it is … I think there was more flavour-text and less game-mechanics. Also, World Travel Game is conspicuously based on Waddingtons' Travel Go, and I would have remembered that.
by joachim
Mon Sep 12, 2016 6:38 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Games That Were Lost
Replies: 19
Views: 2398

Re: Games That Were Lost

Telemark is part of "Business Games", by Acornsoft, which is apparently available in this thread: viewtopic.php?f=32&t=5011&start=30 as part of Elite_etc.zip.
by joachim
Mon Sep 12, 2016 4:26 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: (yet another) identify educational game from vague description
Replies: 5
Views: 937

(yet another) identify educational game from vague description

… a text game in which you had to execute a trip around the world, buying plane tickets and experiencing random hazards. Your itinerary of cities was chosen for you (mine included Karachi of which I'd never heard) but was different every game. A time limit (in terms of days/hours to get back to Lond...
by joachim
Mon Sep 05, 2016 8:35 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: "Adventure Island" Does anyone know it??
Replies: 37
Views: 6087

Re: "Adventure Island" Does anyone know it??

Not very much help, but this thesis refers several times to a BBC educational title called "Adventure Island": http://e.bangor.ac.uk/3913/6/DX086089_1.pdf http://e.bangor.ac.uk/3913/2/DX086089_2.pdf and a person in this thread claims that Adventure Island (the BBC educational title) was by 4Mation (...
by joachim
Mon Sep 05, 2016 8:11 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: A long *long* time ago...
Replies: 18
Views: 2000

Re: A long *long* time ago...

Well, I found what looks like a full catalogue of the programs in the thesis bibliography at http://e.bangor.ac.uk/3913/2/DX086089_2.pdf: "I spent part of the Lunch hour and until afternoon Break looking at the MicroPrimer MEP software packs which had recently been returned to the Head. I made a not...
by joachim
Mon Sep 05, 2016 6:19 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: A long *long* time ago...
Replies: 18
Views: 2000

Re: A long *long* time ago...

You know, it would be nice if we had an archive-quality record of all of MICROPRIMER ... as far as I know there's just those two overlapping disk images, and no catalogue of which programs were on which volume (1-4), so there may be programs that are still unpreserved. Well, 99p on ebay this week if...
by joachim
Mon Sep 05, 2016 4:57 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: A long *long* time ago...
Replies: 18
Views: 2000

Re: A long *long* time ago...

You're talking about the MICROPRIMER software packs. Samwise knows about those — check this thread: viewtopic.php?t=3074.
by joachim
Mon Aug 29, 2016 2:23 am
Forum: software
Topic: archive submission ...
Replies: 1
Views: 585

archive submission ...

... but to what archive do I submit RISC OS software, if it's not a commercial release? I have managed to locate and upload !Quest, an unpublished (incomplete?) game by Matt Lucas who also wrote Letrouve for a Superior 32-bit compilation. (It's a RISC OS archive, but I called it .gz to pacify the fo...
by joachim
Sun Aug 28, 2016 9:55 pm
Forum: bbcmicro.co.uk
Topic: Problemette with JSBEEB
Replies: 4
Views: 1259

Re: Problemette with JSBEEB

This isn't what you posted to ask about, but there's a bug in your program. After some seconds the sound buffer for channel 3 fills up, the SOUND command in line 30 starts to block, and thenceforward all three channels only progress at the speed of the slowest channel. To get three independent chann...
by joachim
Thu Aug 18, 2016 1:53 am
Forum: bbcmicro.co.uk
Topic: erratum (year of publication)
Replies: 7
Views: 1220

erratum (year of publication)

No way is Breakthrough (Audiogenic) from 1981, as claimed at http://bbcmicro.co.uk/game.php?id=740. It seems weird to say "its graphics and gameplay are too sophisticated for 1981" — but more importantly, there essentially weren't any BBC games published in 1981. Certainly it would have had a much b...
by joachim
Fri Aug 29, 2014 11:02 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: bats and balls. that is all.
Replies: 3
Views: 714

Re: bats and balls. that is all.

I remember having such a game. I think it must have been an EU listing.

It was simple BASIC (a couple of user-defined characters in MODE 4), nothing much even by type-in standards, so perhaps it was a 10-Liner?

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by joachim
Wed May 29, 2013 11:11 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: identify a book of game listings?
Replies: 3
Views: 2092

Re: identify a book of game listings?

… I think it may have had a yellow cover …

For non-Acorn-specific books I've found an excellent source for this kind of thing to be http://www.worldofspectrum.org/books.html, but is there any comparable archive for Beeb literature?
by joachim
Fri Apr 19, 2013 4:50 pm
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: Alright... Hands up who's got a QL..!
Replies: 18
Views: 2620

Re: Alright... Hands up who's got a QL..!

At the risk that I may be broaching a controversial topic … what's the status of software preservation efforts for the QL?
by joachim
Sun Aug 05, 2012 5:25 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: The Stairway to Hell archive
Replies: 33
Views: 5474

Re: The Stairway to Hell archive

OT, but now I'm curious as to where Minesweeper was really invented. The Wikipedia page gives two precursors, "Relentless Logic" which at 1985 postdates the Graphic Research game in PitfallJones' ad, and "Cube" which judging by http://www.atariarchives.org/basicgames/showpage.php?page=53 just has mi...
by joachim
Sat Apr 21, 2012 4:28 pm
Forum: software: other
Topic: Recommended maths games for 5-7 year olds?
Replies: 4
Views: 1119

Re: Recommended maths games for 5-7 year olds?

'TRAINS' from one of the Microprimer collections meets your criteria (and was very popular at my primary school BITD). You can set the difficulty anywhere from 4 + 5 = ? to 459 x 796 = ?, so it's a challenge for all ages. It may even be an Anita Straker, I can't remember for sure. There are some lin...
by joachim
Wed Nov 23, 2011 9:44 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: identify a book of game listings?
Replies: 3
Views: 2092

identify a book of game listings?

ok, I was inspired by AbsoluteZero's thread to ask here. (Feel free to move this thread to a different subforum if more appropriate.) I'm trying to identify a book of BASIC game listings based on a recollection of one distinctive game. I don't even remember whether the book was BBC/Electron specific...
by joachim
Fri Oct 14, 2011 11:25 pm
Forum: adventures
Topic: HTML remake of Merlin's Castle
Replies: 1
Views: 1698

HTML remake of Merlin's Castle

Merlin's Castle, the more-complex (and more-unfair) of the two games in Anita Straker's "educational" (meaning, aimed at children) adventure package, has been converted to HTML by Aimee Daniells and made available at http://merlinscastle.net/. It's a nice conversion ... too bad the game is full of w...
by joachim
Thu Oct 13, 2011 10:52 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Gisburne's Castle: Unsolvable?
Replies: 1
Views: 749

Re: Gisburne's Castle: Unsolvable?

If you're having the same problem in Gisburne's that I had BITD, then it's answered in Merlin's Cave in the June 1986 Electron User : If you use the wooden key in the trap door rooms without having the rope you will fall and die. To prevent this use the rope before using the key. Never drop the rope...
by joachim
Wed Feb 16, 2011 4:02 am
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Mike Goldberg's Type In Games on Youtube
Replies: 8
Views: 2109

Re: Mike Goldberg's Type In Games on Youtube

He definitely did some Arc work for Micro User/Acorn Computing: I remember CATris, a Tetris variant in his inimitable graphical style with the blocks themed as cat paraphernalia (food tins, chicken drumsticks) and with a special 4x4 block that had a bonus effect if you completed a line with it.
by joachim
Tue Nov 16, 2010 11:05 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Repton Infinity XNA
Replies: 20
Views: 4551

Re: Repton Infinity XNA

omigosh, you'll be wanting this. It's the source to my Java applet conversion of Repton Infinity, the fruit of a couple of weekends of staring at a disassembly of a snapshot of the game some years ago. (The applet itself fell off the internet a couple of years ago after much neglect.) It accepts and...
by joachim
Thu Sep 16, 2010 10:06 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Acornsoft Game Authors
Replies: 40
Views: 7672

Re: Acornsoft Game Authors

The "W Mansell" of several titles is, of course, Walter Mansell (given in some Acornsoft games boxes as just "Wal Mansell"), whose other credits include Smash and Grab for Superior and Sorcery for Pace. gc Makes sense. Did anyone else notice that Boxer , Smash and Grab and Firebug seemed to all be ...
by joachim
Sat Aug 14, 2010 5:33 pm
Forum: off-topic
Topic: Monitor Screen Has Gone To White Line
Replies: 4
Views: 814

Re: Monitor Screen Has Gone To White Line

Not to be pedantic, but if you're seeing a horizontal white line then it's vertical collapse. See for example here: http://www.overclockers.com.au/wiki/TV_ ... _Diagnosis
by joachim
Sat May 01, 2010 4:29 am
Forum: archive requests
Topic: Teashop, Hazard and Rescue
Replies: 7
Views: 3012

Re: Teashop, Hazard and Rescue

(threadjack)

Tea Shop was an Anita Straker, right? I swear that woman deserves her own fan site: we've had several requests for her classics such as The Lost Frog and Mallory Manor.

Which MICROPRIMER games was she responsible for? Any particularly memorable ones?

Where is she now?
by joachim
Sun Feb 21, 2010 8:00 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Help needed with game title
Replies: 15
Views: 1834

Re: Help needed with game title

Yes! I'm sure it's Mallory Manor ... I dug it out and you are indeed demoted a rank every time you guess wrong (I didn't remember that bit). It's on disk EDU-08 at 8bs (although you couldn't find that out by searching the 8bs catalogue for "Mallory" or "Manor" ... grr.)
by joachim
Fri Feb 19, 2010 10:41 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Help needed with game title
Replies: 15
Views: 1834

Re: Help needed with game title

If it's not required to be a Melbourne House game, then my second guess is Mallory Manor, which was an educational game by (I think) Anita Straker.
by joachim
Tue Feb 16, 2010 12:26 am
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Help needed with game title
Replies: 15
Views: 1834

Re: Help needed with game title

In Melbourne House's game "Sherlock", you start with the rank "Chief Superintendent of Scotland Yard": that might be what you're thinking of.
by joachim
Fri Feb 05, 2010 6:25 am
Forum: off-topic
Topic: The Chuckie Egg Pro's Resource Kit recent outage
Replies: 12
Views: 1210

Re: The Chuckie Egg Pro's Resource Kit recent outage

Samwise wrote:18 year old Pentium 75 web server
Come off it, mate; the Pentium 75 was only introduced in October 1994: so saith Wikipedia.
by joachim
Tue May 26, 2009 6:48 pm
Forum: archive requests
Topic: Can Anyone Answer This Acorn Computing Query?
Replies: 2
Views: 819

Re: Can Anyone Answer This Acorn Computing Query?

Acorn Computing had a 32-bit subscription disk which was separate from the 32-bit cover disk as well as from the 8-bit subscription disk. I'm pretty sure the 8-bit subscription programs were included in an '8bit' directory on the 32-bit subscription disk, not the cover disk.
by joachim
Thu Feb 26, 2009 4:37 am
Forum: software
Topic: What was the name of this program?
Replies: 7
Views: 1848

Re: What was the name of this program?

jimmy, I remember that demo too, which means it was probably from Acorn Computing.