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Graphic adventures

Post by AndyF » Sun Dec 02, 2018 4:21 pm

Well, I wonder who can recommend a few half decent adventure games with graphics please ?

Does not have to be a pic per location but ideally more than say half a dozen throughout the whole game would be better!

I'm aware of the excellent Hobbit conversion :)
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Post by KenLowe » Sun Dec 02, 2018 4:43 pm

I'd recommend The Hunt: Search For Shauna by Robico, or some of the later Level 9 games - Lancelot, Time & Magik, Scapegoat, Ingrid's Back, Gnome Ranger & The Secret Diary Of Adrian Mole Aged 13 3/4. The only thing is that the Level 9 games require either a Master, BBC B+, or a BBC with both sideways and shadow ram expansion.
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Post by AndyF » Sun Dec 02, 2018 5:04 pm

Thanks both.

I'd be playing via emulation anyway partly as I've found some games, parser wise at least to be a bit too slow on real hardware. At least with emulation I can run it at say 150% speed not a big concern for adventure games. :)
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Post by CMcDougall » Sun Dec 02, 2018 10:08 pm

Twin kingdom valley
Adventure creator Ransom
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Post by AndyF » Mon Dec 03, 2018 12:11 am

Thanks! :D

Random is a bit easy if its the same as the other GAC versions. About 6-8 'rooms' iirc

I remember (on a different platform) taking it apart so it would load back into the interpreter/editor, compared to the 'example game' provided which was little more than a cut down version. Interestingly with GAC in that case Ransom took nearly all the memory up but it was quite graphic heavy to be fair.

As long as the adventures are not too difficult its fine, nothing worse than spending hours trying to work a crazy puzzle out, mind you these days there's usually a solution or help available I guess. :D
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Post by streaks » Mon Dec 03, 2018 12:15 am

Erik the Viking comes to mind.
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Post by lurkio » Mon Dec 03, 2018 11:36 am

I don't think you can currently search bbcmicro.co.uk for games that meet multiple criteria, such as all games that have the tag "Text adventure" and the tag "Graphics", but this Google search might be of some help:
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Post by rmbrowngr » Mon Dec 03, 2018 1:56 pm

CMcDougall wrote:
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Twin kingdom valley
Definitely a very good recommendation. A ground breaker.

The Electron version has some bugs which crash the game.
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Post by Lardo Boffin » Mon Dec 03, 2018 3:36 pm

rmbrowngr wrote:
Mon Dec 03, 2018 1:56 pm
CMcDougall wrote:
Sun Dec 02, 2018 10:08 pm
Twin kingdom valley
Definitely a very good recommendation. A ground breaker.
And one of the few adventure games I actually managed to finish! Excellent game. :D
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Post by rmbrowngr » Mon Dec 03, 2018 7:08 pm

Just remembered another one which I did buy The Lost Crystal http://www.acornelectron.co.uk/eug/sols ... l_000.html

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Post by pau1ie » Mon Dec 03, 2018 9:37 pm

lurkio wrote:
Mon Dec 03, 2018 11:36 am
I don't think you can currently search bbcmicro.co.uk for games that meet multiple criteria, such as all games that have the tag "Text adventure" and the tag "Graphics"
This does what you want:

http://bbcmicro.co.uk/index.php?search= ... on&on_S=on

Edit: Correct URL
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Post by AndyF » Tue Dec 04, 2018 11:07 am

Thanks everyone so far, some excellent ones to look at. :)
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Post by AndyF » Tue Dec 04, 2018 12:49 pm

Actually mentioning Ransom again (sometimes known as 'Avinman' as well) here is a quick combi pic showing it on various platforms. I am aware its likely avaialable on others too but these are the most common 'official' ones:

Top Left: Amstrad CPC
Top Right: BBC Micro
Bottom Left: Commodore 64
Bottom Right: ZX Spectrum

ransom_avinman_c64_zx_ams_bbc.png
Not brilliant quality pic as I had to slightly resize them to the same size to make the combi pic sensible which resulted in them being slightly out of aspect ratio. However for the point of this comparison they are quite good enough I think. It is interesting to see the graphic variances too, allowing for different palettes and resolutions.
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Post by fwibbler » Tue Dec 04, 2018 6:42 pm

Interesting that the Spectrum (normally the most inferior machine graphically) is the most colourful of the four.

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Post by AndyF » Tue Dec 04, 2018 7:00 pm

fwibbler wrote:
Tue Dec 04, 2018 6:42 pm
Interesting that the Spectrum (normally the most inferior machine graphically) is the most colourful of the four.
Yes. Very very careful use was made to avoid any signs of attribute clash. You can see from the four 'combi pic' images. One I used a tool for (top left) the others I merely used an emulator, applied a screenshot then enabled the 'OVER' attribute and then printed " " either ink or paper with a solid square to get the 'effects' , just really so you can easily 'see' how the pic is/was built up to get the (as correctly mentioned) decent quality location pic:

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The bottom two lines are original due to it was more work to 'convert' those due to the way what are lines 22+23 erm 'treated' and the text portion was not really required anyway.
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Post by trixster » Thu Dec 06, 2018 1:06 pm

I can heartily recommend Lancelot, which has been mentioned previously in this thread. It was reviewed in the same issue of The Micro User as Exile and scored very well indeed.
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Post by fuzzel » Fri Dec 07, 2018 9:24 am

There were two adventures with graphics that I loved as a kid back in the 80's The first was Twin Kingdom Valley (I still have the cassette in the loft) which blew me away because of the number of locations (from memory I think it was around 175) but even more importantly, the number of different graphic locations. How did they squeeze it all in ? My other favourite was Epic's Wheel of Fortune, although the mode 7 teletext graphics were a bit basic in comparison to TKV the game had a great quirky atmosphere which was definitely enhanced by the graphics. Even though I "borrowed" this one from a friend to play I was so impressed that I bought their next game, The Lost Crystal (also graphics), a much bigger game in several parts which came on disk.

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