Festive BBC games for jsBeeb

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Festive BBC games for jsBeeb

Post by sa_scott » Thu Dec 10, 2015 5:57 pm

Hi all,

Just for the hell of it, I'm going to extract some festive BBC games from various magazine cover discs, and shove them onto my website for playing via the excellent jsBeeb.

I've played around with a build of Walter Schouten's bbcim software I made on Ubuntu/Linux, and the end result is an autobooting version of Revenge of the Snowmen, from the January 1990 issue of The Micro User:

http://bbc.godbolt.org/?disc=http://www ... d&autoboot

The key layout is not well suited to modern keyboards, so you'll have to switch to physical layout. Other than that, a nice little game, all done in Basic. Without checking the code, if it's pure Basic, it could run on RISC OS Pi.

Any other suggestions for Xmas games to play via jsBeeb are welcome. As long as the 8BS website has the archvies, I think I can cobble some new images with just the games on for your gaming pleasure. :D

Cheers!

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Post by sydney » Fri Dec 11, 2015 7:48 am

Any chance you could add the 6 games from the Christmas Crackers! round of the High Score Challenge? They are: Qwak, Frenzy, Castle of Gems, Duck!, Santas Delivery and Hopper. I know only one is christmas related but it might help generate some interest in the High Score Challenege.
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Post by sa_scott » Fri Dec 11, 2015 10:12 am

Hi Simon,

All six games are present under jsBeeb's Stairway to Hell linkup (plus Santa's Delivery, but the STH version is broken, but see below):
Managed to find Santa's Delivery on another thread, but have uploaded it to my site for running under jsBeeb. From what I've read in various sources, Merry Xmas Santa and Santa's Delivery are the exact same game, with a different loading screen. It's programmer was clearly rather naughty [-X

Anyhow, enjoy :D

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Post by sa_scott » Fri Dec 11, 2015 10:45 am

Incidentally, I cobbled together some text on how I used bbcim to perform the necessary extractions. More for my own knowledge than anything else. If anyone's interested, I can tidy it up and add it as a blog posting or something.

I figure there may be others out there interested in doing it, but didn't have the time to figure it out. Well, I didn't either, but curiosity got the better of me :D

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Post by Rich Talbot-Watkins » Fri Dec 11, 2015 1:27 pm

sa_scott wrote:Managed to find Santa's Delivery on another thread, but have uploaded it to my site for running under jsBeeb. From what I've read in various sources, Merry Xmas Santa and Santa's Delivery are the exact same game, with a different loading screen.
Yeah, and it's rubbish! :lol: My condolences to anyone who bought that twice! I remember seeing the advert back in the day though and thinking it looked really good.

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Post by sa_scott » Fri Dec 11, 2015 4:19 pm

Rich Talbot-Watkins wrote: Yeah, and it's rubbish! :lol: My condolences to anyone who bought that twice! I remember seeing the advert back in the day though and thinking it looked really good.
Having had to sit through the rather slow drawing intro screen, I was initially impressed by the colourful appearance. Then I played it... :shock:

Dave Edwards has written more or less what I thought of it here:

http://www.acornelectron.co.uk/eug/revs ... y_000.html
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Post by davidb » Mon Dec 14, 2015 11:30 am

An interesting-looking type-in game from Electron User was mentioned in an unexpected place. It looks a bit like Jet Power Jack if you use a bit of imagination. ;)

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Post by sa_scott » Mon Dec 14, 2015 12:11 pm

Here's my next festive themed offering. Here's Gordon Key's Pendragon. Published in the June 1986 edition of The Micro User magazine, it's basically a clone of Pengo, Percy Penguin etc. The plot involves sugar cubes, but they look like ice blocks to me. And your character is definitely a penguin. So, it's festive themed if you ask me.

Gordon Key was a Micro User alumnus, creating some seriously great games for the magazine, before moving onto creating RISC OS games such as E-type and Black Angel for The 4th Dimension.

It's a nice little game, fortunately, you can press M to turn off the music, as it gets annoying after a while.

http://bbc.godbolt.org/?disc=http%3A%2F ... d&autoboot
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Post by sa_scott » Mon Dec 14, 2015 12:12 pm

davidb wrote:An interesting-looking type-in game from Electron User was mentioned in an unexpected place. It looks a bit like Jet Power Jack if you use a bit of imagination. ;)
I happened to come across this, while doing my research. I could certainly add that in, as it's written in Basic, it could qualify for running under the Pi. Great to see the original author namedropped it. :D
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Post by davidb » Mon Dec 14, 2015 12:22 pm

sa_scott wrote:Gordon Key was a Micro User alumnus, creating some seriously great games for the magazine, before moving onto creating RISC OS games such as E-type and Black Angel for The 4th Dimension.
And some impressive commercial releases for the 8-bit machines, too, as you'll no doubt remember from this Icon Bar thread. ;)
I remember reading an interview with him where he said that he tried to make his magazine games as good as commercial releases. Unfortunately, I don't remember where I found that. :(

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Post by sa_scott » Tue Dec 22, 2015 12:02 pm

I added two more sort of festive themed offerings onto Facebook, but didn't add them here.

As a loose tie in to the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, this game harks back to a key sequence from The Empire Strikes Back. Loose tie-in aside, 3D Asteroids, from the Micro User March 1989 issue is an absolute blast. Written by Douglas Pirie, this game was a machine code marvel. But an utter b*stard to type in.

http://bbc.godbolt.org/?disc=http%3A%2F ... d&autoboot

The second is Runemaker: Codename Druid, by Chris Ruseman, from the April 1989 issue of Acorn User. Because it's Winter Solstice :D

http://bbc.godbolt.org/?disc=http%3A%2F ... d&autoboot

If 3D Asteroids was hard, this... this... was a absolute monstrosity to type in. Not helped by the fact there was a missing comma in the original listing. Howls of agony for an entire month until the errata in the next issue (Acorn Abuser helpfully printed the comma in extra large print for those who missed it.)

Anyway, enjoy these two, they deserve some love after all these years :D
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Post by sbadger » Thu Dec 24, 2015 10:05 am

As a child I loved the Micro User Christmas crackers tape/disk.

Mazepud was a particular favourite. I new the maze like the back of my hand
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