Best 2 player games?

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Best 2 player games?

Post by mr-macrisc » Tue Feb 12, 2019 7:31 pm

For electron and bbc

What are the best 2 player games particularly both playing at same time but turn based as well.

Thanks
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Post by Andrew_Waite » Tue Feb 12, 2019 10:03 pm

mr-macrisc wrote:
Tue Feb 12, 2019 7:31 pm
For electron and bbc

What are the best 2 player games particularly both playing at same time but turn based as well.

Thanks
Bandits at 3O'Clock is a superb game, despite its simplicity. Much of it is written in BBC Basic too!

http://bbcmicro.co.uk/game.php?id=200

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Post by RobC » Tue Feb 12, 2019 10:18 pm

There's also JBiPlane by our very own jbnbeeb. My kids love playing against each other or me!

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Post by lurkio » Tue Feb 12, 2019 10:59 pm

Probably not what you were looking for, but I couldn't resist...
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Post by tom_seddon » Tue Feb 12, 2019 11:29 pm

Here's a few I remember playing when with friends I was young. I'll add votes for Way of the Exploding Fist and Bandits at 3 o'clock too :)

Co-op games: Cyborg Warriors, Icarus, Dunjunz

Competitive games: Grand Prix Construction Set, Stock Car

Turn-based: Flip!, Holed Out

I have memories of playing Swag! as well, but I can't remember anything about it. I think it was competitive...

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P.S. if playing these on a real Beeb: the bbcmicro.co.uk Holed Out says it requires sideways RAM, but I'm 100% certain there are other versions that don't, if yours doesn't have any sideways RAM. You might find them in the StH archive? I definitely used to be able to play it on my BBC B, which just had the basic 32K.
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Post by IanS » Wed Feb 13, 2019 12:14 am

Harvey Headbanger, not played it on the Beeb, but it was a lot of fun on the CPC.

http://bbcmicro.co.uk/game.php?id=1107

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Post by Rich Talbot-Watkins » Wed Feb 13, 2019 12:45 pm

Skirmish. Every time Skirmish.
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Post by Kecske Bak » Wed Feb 13, 2019 3:00 pm

When I first got my BBC Micro it was Micropower's Stock Car and Bandits at 3 o'clock. Later on, as Rich says, Skirmish.

Also worth a look is Uggie's Garden which can be a lot of fun.

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Post by mr-macrisc » Wed Feb 13, 2019 3:25 pm

Thanks for recomendations so far :)

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Post by mr-macrisc » Wed Feb 13, 2019 3:26 pm

Thanks for all the recomendations l will try them all out.

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Post by richardtoohey » Thu Feb 14, 2019 5:08 am

Stock Car and Dogfight for me ...

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Post by barbarossa69 » Thu Feb 14, 2019 8:18 am

Rich Talbot-Watkins wrote:
Wed Feb 13, 2019 12:45 pm
Skirmish. Every time Skirmish.
Yes! Me and my brother spent many hours playing the 2 player version of this! Absolutely brilliant.

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Post by ivor_the_injun » Thu Feb 14, 2019 2:07 pm

Fully echo the Skirmish shouts.

Also:
Indoor Sports (mainly for table tennis and air hockey)
Grand Prix Construction Kit (we used to design half a track each)
Graham Gooch’s Test Cricket

I never tried Spy vs Spy but heard good things about it.

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Post by marcusjambler » Fri Feb 15, 2019 1:05 pm

Does anyone have any experience of running Double Phantom?

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Post by sydney » Fri Feb 15, 2019 1:26 pm

marcusjambler wrote:
Fri Feb 15, 2019 1:05 pm
Does anyone have any experience of running Double Phantom?
No, but it's something I've always wanted to do. Is it Master compatible?

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Post by RobC » Fri Feb 15, 2019 10:01 pm

sydney wrote:
Fri Feb 15, 2019 1:26 pm
marcusjambler wrote:
Fri Feb 15, 2019 1:05 pm
Does anyone have any experience of running Double Phantom?
No, but it's something I've always wanted to do. Is it Master compatible?
The INFO file on the disk would seem to imply it is. You have to make up a user port cable though:
Double Phantom prog is complete but you do need another Beeb connected in the following way Via the User ports. The data cable is a 20 way ribbon cable with 20 way IDC connectors.One end is straight through and other end is modified. 1 and 3 are cut and 2 and 4 reversed.

Impact, for cheat version request infinite lives then press shift/escape together. Pressing j the enables you to go to any screen without the passwords.
Infinite lives bit works OK on M128.
Might try getting this working at the RISC OS SW Show tomorrow...
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Post by sydney » Fri Feb 15, 2019 10:34 pm

Oh! User port cable!
I presumed it would have been serial. I even bought a cable for this very reason.

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Post by RobC » Fri Feb 15, 2019 11:30 pm

sydney wrote:
Fri Feb 15, 2019 10:34 pm
Oh! User port cable!
I presumed it would have been serial. I even bought a cable for this very reason.
I assumed that too. However, taking a closer look at the Micro Live clip, it's clear that it's a ribbon cable attaching the two machines.

Anyway, I've made up a cable and have dug out two sets of dual analogue joysticks. All being well, we should be able to get it up and running at the show tomorrow.

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Post by mr-macrisc » Sat Feb 16, 2019 12:37 am

RobC wrote:
Fri Feb 15, 2019 11:30 pm
sydney wrote:
Fri Feb 15, 2019 10:34 pm
Oh! User port cable!
I presumed it would have been serial. I even bought a cable for this very reason.
I assumed that too. However, taking a closer look at the Micro Live clip, it's clear that it's a ribbon cable attaching the two machines.

Anyway, I've made up a cable and have dug out two sets of dual analogue joysticks. All being well, we should be able to get it up and running at the show tomorrow.
Good luck, take a video

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Post by marcusjambler » Sat Feb 16, 2019 7:22 pm

Anyway, I've made up a cable and have dug out two sets of dual analogue joysticks. All being well, we should be able to get it up and running at the show tomorrow.
Would love to see this running.. Are you at Wakefield this year Rob?

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Post by RobC » Sat Feb 16, 2019 8:37 pm

marcusjambler wrote:
Sat Feb 16, 2019 7:22 pm
Would love to see this running.. Are you at Wakefield this year Rob?
Yes - I'm planning on attending. I want to see your DSP box :)

I didn't get a chance to run it at the show today but I'll set it up tomorrow and take a video.

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Post by RobC » Sun Feb 17, 2019 3:02 pm

Just had this up and running. Loading it is fairly simple - you boot it up on one machine and tell it to run the slave loader and then get the other machine to send the data across.

I tried to persuade the kids to play against each other so that I could take a video but they found it too hard to control and so couldn't get into combat mode (you have to get to >12,000 ft). I found it a bit confusing using dual joysticks for control - one is pitch and roll and the other is thrust...

I'll bring the lead along to Wakefield so that we can get it running there.

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Post by DutchAcorn » Sun Feb 17, 2019 9:50 pm

For 2 player games you can also have a look at these threads:
viewtopic.php?f=1&t=8847&p=97960#p97916

http://www.stardot.org.uk/forums/viewto ... 42&p=22956

Double Phantom was one of my favourites bitd.
I still have the original copy (and cable). See here: viewtopic.php?f=41&t=5594&p=102535#p102535
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Post by streaks » Sat Mar 09, 2019 10:19 pm

Skirmish or Joust. Also two-player mode on Zenon was fun. The only other two-player game I enjoyed was Flip! which was turn-based.
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Post by Triax » Wed Mar 20, 2019 9:56 am

Blockbusters is brilliant for 2 players. Also, pipemania.

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Post by cmorley » Wed Mar 20, 2019 10:47 am

Microball is very social. 1-4 players but best in a group.

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Post by DavidCamero » Fri Mar 29, 2019 1:30 am

cmorley wrote:
Wed Mar 20, 2019 10:47 am
Microball is very social. 1-4 players but best in a group.
Love this game. Thanks for the recommendation.

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Post by SimonSideburns » Fri Mar 29, 2019 10:20 am

There is a quiz game where players take turns. Think it is called Powerplay (the game of the Gods) with a very nice intro that is well worth leaving running for 5 minutes beforehand.

I second Dogfight, if only to recall my mate and I playing with a pair of Voltmate joysticks for hours on end, and also Flip! with its catchy music when revealing the animations under the cards.

Disc User (issue 14 if my memory is good but certainly one of those last issues) has a great two player tank game with various game options (e.g. you can guide the rounds by rotating your tank). By todays standards Acornsoft Snooker is dreadful, but we also played that fairly extensively. Nothing like real snooker at all, but kept us occupied.
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