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Enhanced text adventures for the Beeb

Posted: Wed Aug 24, 2016 4:08 pm
by lurkio
Just creating a "holding thread" for the text adventures that Lee and I have been making "enhanced" versions of. The idea is that these .SSD disc images will be archived here and hopefully also made available on bbcmicro.co.uk.

This is all part of my and Lee's continuing quest to produce enhanced versions of Beeb text adventures by making sure that they're all as bug-free as possible, that they run on a range of machines and emulators, and that they include full, long, and painstakingly digitised and proofread instructions, for which we're using our patented (i.e. ripped-off) MODE 7 text-scroller program. This is obviously an epic task that's unlikely to be completed in our lifetimes. We are clearly insane.

Anyway, see the following posts in this thread to download the actual games.

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The Seventh Star (1984), Acornsoft

Posted: Wed Aug 24, 2016 4:09 pm
by lurkio
seventhstar.jpg
The Seventh Star box cover
Play online:
Download here:
Here are some features of this version of The Seventh Star:
  • It's been transferred to a .SSD DFS disc image. (The source we used was the UEF tape image found in the STH archive.)
  • Comes with full original instructions, including original hints.
  • You can QUIT and restart the game without error.
  • On a Model B, you can save and restore your position to and from tape.
  • On a Master 128, or any machine with an &E00 DFS, you can save and restore your position to and from disc. (An &E00 DFS is a disc filing system that leaves PAGE at &E00.)
More details here:
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Castle Of Riddles (1982), Acornsoft

Posted: Wed Aug 24, 2016 4:15 pm
by lurkio
castleriddles.jpg
Castle Of Riddles box cover
Play online:
Download here:
Here are some features of this version of Castle Of Riddles:
  • It's been transferred to a .SSD DFS disc image. The source we used was version 2 of the game (found in the STH UEF archive), which seems to be an official Acornsoft release.
  • Comes with full original instructions.
  • On a Model B, you can save and restore your position to and from tape.
  • On a Master 128, or any machine with an &E00 DFS, you can save and restore your position to and from disc. (An &E00 DFS is a disc filing system that leaves PAGE at &E00.)
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Gateway To Karos (1983), Acornsoft

Posted: Thu Sep 01, 2016 3:10 pm
by lurkio
karos.jpg
Gateway To Karos box cover
Play online:
Download here:
  • KarosFIN.ssd.zip
    .SSD disc image of Gateway To Karos
    (23.84 KiB) Downloaded 209 times
Here are some features of this version of Gateway To Karos:
  • It's been transferred to a .SSD DFS disc image. (The source we used was the UEF tape image found in the STH UEF archive.)
  • Comes with full original instructions.
  • On a Model B, you can save and restore your position to and from tape.
  • On a Master 128, or any machine with an &E00 DFS, you can save and restore your position to and from disc. (An &E00 DFS is a disc filing system that leaves PAGE at &E00.)
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Sphinx Adventure (1983), Acornsoft

Posted: Wed Oct 05, 2016 8:58 pm
by lurkio
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Sphinx Adventure box cover
Play online:
Download here:
Here are some features of this version of Sphinx Adventure:
  • It's been transferred to a .SSD DFS disc image. (The source was a copy of the original Acornsoft disc release belonging to BillCarr, who deprotected and transferred it. Thanks, BillC!)
  • Comes with full original instructions.
  • Compatible with a Model B and a Master 128.
  • The opening banner "WELCOME TO THE SPHINX ADVENTURE / GOOD LUCK IN YOUR EXPLORATIONS HERE!!" (which appears in other versions) isn't displayed at the start of a new game in this version. I don't know why. :(
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Re: Enhanced text adventures for the Beeb

Posted: Thu Oct 06, 2016 6:32 am
by denni505
Thanks for the disc images save me doing it and keep up the good work

Re: Enhanced text adventures for the Beeb

Posted: Thu Oct 06, 2016 7:26 am
by flaxcottage
If anyone is interested I have a version of the Sphinx that runs on a lot of platforms natively. So far it has worked on;

BBC micro,
Master,
Electron,
Archimedes variants,
Raspberry Pi using RISCOS,
Z88,
IBM PC clones running XP or lower (compiled using Richard Russell's BBC BASIC 86 Plus)
Linux computers inside DOSbox.

Re: Enhanced text adventures for the Beeb

Posted: Thu Oct 13, 2016 11:23 am
by lurkio
Thanks, denni505!

John, please do post the multiplatform Sphinx Adventure!

Philosopher's Quest (1984), Acornsoft

Posted: Thu Oct 13, 2016 11:35 am
by lurkio
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Philosopher's Quest box cover
Play online:
Download here:
Here are some features of this version of Philosopher's Quest:
  • It's been transferred to a .SSD DFS disc image. (The source was a copy of the original Acornsoft disc release belonging to BillCarr, who deprotected and transferred it. Thanks, BillC!)
  • Comes with full original instructions.
  • Runs on a Model B and on a Master 128.
  • You can save and restore your position to and from disc on a Model B and on a Master 128.
  • Uses mixed-case text! Previous versions used ALL-CAPS (as did Castle Of Riddles). This version also seems faster than previous ones.
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Acheton (1984), Acornsoft

Posted: Sun Oct 16, 2016 10:58 am
by lurkio
acheton.jpg
Acheton box cover
Play online:
Download here:
  • ACHETONFin.zip
    .SSD disc images for Acheton
    (138.49 KiB) Downloaded 208 times
Here are some features of this version of Acheton:
  • It's been transferred to two .SSD DFS disc images, one for the game and the other for the hints. (The source was a copy of the original Acornsoft disc release belonging to BillCarr, who deprotected and transferred it. Thanks, BillC!)
  • Comes with full original instructions.
  • Runs on a Model B and on a Master 128.
  • You can save and restore your position to and from disc on a Model B and on a Master 128.
A copy of the original hint list is available here:
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Quondam (1984), Acornsoft

Posted: Sun Oct 16, 2016 12:09 pm
by lurkio
quondam.jpg
Quondam box cover
Play online:
Download here:
Here are some features of this version of Quondam:
  • It's been transferred to a .SSD DFS disc image. (The source was a copy of the original Acornsoft disc release belonging to BillCarr, who deprotected and transferred it. Thanks, BillC!)
  • Comes with full original instructions.
  • Runs on a Model B and on a Master 128.
  • You can save and restore your position to and from disc on a Model B and on a Master 128.
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Kingdom Of Hamil (1983), Acornsoft

Posted: Sun Oct 16, 2016 3:44 pm
by lurkio
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Kingdom Of Hamil box cover
Play online:
Download here:
Here are some features of this version of Kingdom Of Hamil:
  • It's been transferred to a .SSD DFS disc image. (The source was a copy of the original Acornsoft disc release belonging to BillCarr, who deprotected and transferred it. Thanks, BillC!)
  • Comes with full original instructions.
  • Runs on a Model B and on a Master 128.
  • You can save and restore your position to and from disc on a Model B and on a Master 128.
:idea:

Countdown To Doom (1984), Acornsoft

Posted: Sun Oct 16, 2016 3:58 pm
by lurkio
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Countdown To Doom box cover
Play online:
Download here:
Here are some features of this version of Countdown To Doom:
  • It's been transferred to a .SSD DFS disc image. (The source was a copy of the original Acornsoft disc release belonging to BillCarr, who deprotected and transferred it. Thanks, BillC!)
  • Comes with full original instructions.
  • Runs on a Model B and on a Master 128.
  • You can save and restore your position to and from disc on a Model B and on a Master 128.
:idea:

Spooky Manor (1984), Acornsoft

Posted: Sun Oct 16, 2016 6:03 pm
by lurkio
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Spooky Manor box cover
Play online:
Download here:
Here are some features of this version of Spooky Manor:
  • It's been transferred to a .SSD DFS disc image. (The source was Mick Brown's collection. Thanks, Mick!)
  • Comes with full original instructions.
  • Runs on a Model B and on a Master 128.
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Re: Enhanced text adventures for the Beeb

Posted: Sun Oct 16, 2016 6:13 pm
by leenew
Good work polishing up these Acornsoft Adventures Mr. Lurkio =D>
These are now the best versions available :D

Lee.

Re: Enhanced text adventures for the Beeb

Posted: Sun Oct 16, 2016 10:02 pm
by flaxcottage
Yes, very good work. =D> =D> =D>

Snowball (1983), Level 9

Posted: Fri Jan 20, 2017 4:26 pm
by lurkio
Here's a copy of the text adventure game Snowball by Level 9, which is Part 1 of what Level 9 would come to call the Silicon Dreams Trilogy. (The trilogy as such doesn't appear to have been released for the Beeb, but the three individual games therein were released separately.)
snowball.jpg
Snowball box cover
Play online:
Download here:
Here are some features of this version of Snowball:
  • It's been transferred to a .SSD DFS disc image. (The source was a copy of the original Level 9 disc release belonging to BillCarr, who deprotected and transferred it. Thanks, BillC!)
  • Comes with full original instructions.
  • Includes the original "loading" tune, which plays on the title screen.
  • On a machine with an 8271 disc controller, which effectively means a BBC Micro Model B with 8271 disc interface and DFS installed, you can save and restore your position to and from disc.
  • On a Master 128 with a 1770 disc interface, you can load and play the game but you can't save or restore your position. :(
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Return To Eden (1984), Level 9

Posted: Fri Jan 20, 2017 4:39 pm
by lurkio
Here's a copy of the text adventure game Return To Eden by Level 9, which is Part 2 of what Level 9 would come to call the Silicon Dreams Trilogy. (The trilogy as such doesn't appear to have been released for the Beeb, but the three individual games therein were released separately.)
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Return To Eden box cover
Play online:
Download here:
  • RtEfin.ssd.zip
    .SSD disc image of Return To Eden
    (43.39 KiB) Downloaded 196 times
Here are some features of this version of Return To Eden:
  • It's been transferred to a .SSD DFS disc image. (The source was a copy of the original Level 9 disc release belonging to BillCarr, who deprotected and transferred it. Thanks, BillC!)
  • Comes with full original instructions.
  • Includes the original "loading" tune, which plays on the title screen.
  • Includes a slideshow of the graphics that are displayed during gameplay in versions of the game for other machines. (The source of the graphics was the tape image of Return To Eden from the Stairway To Hell archive. Thanks, Arcadian!)
  • On a machine with an 8271 disc controller, which effectively means a BBC Micro Model B with 8271 disc interface and DFS installed, you can save and restore your position to and from disc.
  • On a Master 128 with a 1770 disc interface, you can load and play the game but you can't save or restore your position. :(
:idea:

The Worm In Paradise (1985), Level 9

Posted: Fri Jan 20, 2017 4:48 pm
by lurkio
Here's a copy of the text adventure game The Worm In Paradise by Level 9, which is Part 3 of what Level 9 would come to call the Silicon Dreams Trilogy. (The trilogy as such doesn't appear to have been released for the Beeb, but the three individual games therein were released separately.)
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The Worm In Paradise box cover
Play online:
Download here:
Here are some features of this version of The Worm In Paradise:
  • It's been transferred to a .SSD DFS disc image. (The source was Mick Brown's collection. Thanks, Mick!)
  • Comes with full original instructions.
  • On a BBC Micro Model B or a Master 128, you can save and restore your position to and from tape.
:idea:

Lords Of Time (1983), Level 9

Posted: Sat Jan 28, 2017 11:40 am
by lurkio
Here's a copy of the text adventure game Lords Of Time by Level 9. (This game would eventually be revised and re-released as Part 1 of the Time And Magik trilogy by Mandarin Software. But the version of the game in this post is the original non-trilogy release.)
PRODPIC-21008.jpg
Lords Of Time box cover
Play online:
Download here:
  • LOTfin.ssd.zip
    .SSD disc image of Lords Of Time
    (28.53 KiB) Downloaded 186 times
Here are some features of this version of Lords Of Time:
  • It's been transferred to a .SSD DFS disc image. (The source was a copy of the original Level 9 disc release belonging to BillCarr, who deprotected and transferred it. Thanks, BillC!)
  • Comes with full original instructions.
  • Includes the original "loading" tune, which plays on the title screen.
  • On a machine with an 8271 disc controller, which effectively means a BBC Micro Model B with 8271 disc interface and DFS installed, you can save and restore your position to and from disc.
  • On a Master 128 with a 1770 disc interface, you can load and play the game but you can't save or restore your position. :(
:idea:

Red Moon (1985), Level 9

Posted: Sat Jan 28, 2017 11:52 am
by lurkio
Here's a copy of the text adventure game Red Moon by Level 9. (This game would eventually be revised and re-released as Part 2 of the Time And Magik trilogy by Mandarin Software. But the version of the game in this post is the original non-trilogy release.)
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Red Moon box cover
Play online:
Download here:
  • RedMoonFIN.ssd.zip
    .SSD disc image of Red Moon. (UPDATED March 2017 with Mick Brown's save-game fix. Previous attachment downloaded 12 times.)
    (26.41 KiB) Downloaded 169 times
Here are some features of this version of Red Moon:
  • It's been transferred to a .SSD DFS disc image. (The source was Mick Brown's collection. Thanks, Mick!)
  • Comes with full original instructions.
  • Includes the original "loading" tune, which plays on the title screen.
  • On a BBC Micro Model B or a Master 128, you can save and restore your position to and from disc.
:idea:

The Price Of Magik (1986), Level 9

Posted: Sat Jan 28, 2017 11:58 am
by lurkio
Here's a copy of the text adventure game The Price Of Magik by Level 9. (This game would eventually be revised and re-released as Part 3 of the Time And Magik trilogy by Mandarin Software. But the version of the game in this post is the original non-trilogy release.)
PRODPIC-20642.jpg
The Price Of Magik box cover
Play online:
Download here:
Here are some features of this version of The Price Of Magik:
  • It's been transferred to a .SSD DFS disc image. (The source was Mick Brown's collection. Thanks, Mick!)
  • Comes with full original instructions.
  • On a BBC Micro Model B or a Master 128, you can save and restore your position to and from tape.
:idea:

The Secret Diary Of Adrian Mole (1985), Level 9

Posted: Mon Feb 13, 2017 11:51 pm
by lurkio
Here's a copy of The Secret Diary Of Adrian Mole by Level 9 -- more of a Choose-Your-Own-Adventure type of game than a classic text adventure, but still a Level 9, so here you go.

Image

Play online:

Download here:
  • SDOAMfin.DSD.zip
    New .DSD disc image of The Secret Diary Of Adrian Mole
    (233.68 KiB) Downloaded 178 times
  • UPDATE, May 2017 - I've uploaded a new version of the disc-image (above) because the previous version (below) didn't work properly on a DataCentre, though I've no idea why! None of the actual files have changed in this new version -- only their arrangement on the disc has! Weird. For completeness, here's the older disc-image, which doesn't work properly on a DataCentre:
    • sdoamFIN.dsd.zip
      Old .DSD disc image of The Secret Diary Of Adrian Mole
      (154.31 KiB) Downloaded 180 times

Here are some features of this version of The Secret Diary Of Adrian Mole:
  • It's been transferred to a .DSD DFS disc image. (The source was Mick Brown's collection. Thanks, Mick!)
  • Comes with full original instructions.
  • Now Master-compatible.
  • On a BBC Micro Model B or a Master 128, you can save and restore your position to and from disc.

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The Growing Pains Of Adrian Mole (1987), Level 9

Posted: Sun Mar 05, 2017 8:22 pm
by lurkio
Here's a copy of The Growing Pains Of Adrian Mole by Level 9 -- more of a Choose-Your-Own-Adventure type of game than a classic text adventure, but still a Level 9, so here you go.
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The Growing Pains Of Adrian Mole box cover
Play online:
Download here:
  • GPOAMfin.ssd.zip
    .SSD disc image of The Growing Pains Of Adrian Mole
    (74.47 KiB) Downloaded 176 times
Here are some features of this version of The Growing Pains Of Adrian Mole:
  • It's been transferred to a .SSD DFS disc image. (The source was the STH archive. Thanks, Arcadian!)
  • Comes with original instructions.
  • The game is text only, because the BBC Micro version never had graphics. :(
  • On a BBC Micro Model B or a Master 128, you can save and restore your position to and from disc.
:idea:

Re: Enhanced text adventures for the Beeb

Posted: Mon Mar 06, 2017 12:37 am
by flaxcottage
lurkio wrote:Thanks, denni505!

John, please do post the multiplatform Sphinx Adventure!
Whoops! Sorry I put this on my list then lost the list. :? :oops:

I have attached two versions of the program. The BBC BASIC for Windows version runs on BBCB4W on a PC and probably a Macintosh. It loads on the Android version of BBC BASIC but bombs out at Line 274, which is a complex IF ... THEN ... ELSE IF ... THEN ... statement that appears to confuse the compiler. I have not tested this on the Pi under the Linux version of BBC BASIC yet (I should imagine it will work in a similar manner to the Android version). It should run under BBC Basic86 in DOSbox and on a DOS PC.

The RISCOS version runs on RISCOS 3.1x and RISCOS 5.x. It also runs on a BBC micro, Master and BeebEm. It should run on any version of RISCOS from 2 upwards.

The Z88 version is on a floppy somewhere though from memory if the RISCOS version is SPOOLed to disc it can then be transferred to the Z88 and EXECed as a working program.

I remember BITD we had the Sphinx running across our Level 1 Econet. This was quite an achievement considering the 12K file size limit of the server. We had to split the code into three sections and write a loader program that *LOADed each section to the right place in memory to rebuild the program and then move it down in memory to &E00. Sounds like this could be a fun project to do on my Econet ... :lol:

Re: Enhanced text adventures for the Beeb

Posted: Wed Mar 29, 2017 7:29 am
by fuzzel
I have a question regarding the enhanced version of Castle of Riddles.
I'm playing the Master 128 version so that I can save my position to disc. Could someone tell me if the INIT file which stores the opening position also stores the saved game position? I notice it isn't locked so I presume it does.
Fantastic work everyone on creating these version by the way ! I especially love the cover art of the Acornsoft games, anyone know who designed them?

Re: Enhanced text adventures for the Beeb

Posted: Wed Mar 29, 2017 12:09 pm
by lurkio
fuzzel wrote:I have a question regarding the enhanced version of Castle of Riddles. I'm playing the Master 128 version
There's no "Master 128 version" as such. There's just one version of the game (in this thread), and it's Master-compatible.
fuzzel wrote:Could someone tell me if the INIT file which stores the opening position also stores the saved game position? I notice it isn't locked so I presume it does.
The INIT file is non-existent until you save your position for the first time.
fuzzel wrote:I especially love the cover art of the Acornsoft games, anyone know who designed them?
Good question! I don't know.

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Colossal Adventure (1983), Level 9

Posted: Fri Mar 31, 2017 12:15 pm
by lurkio
Here's a copy of the text adventure game Colossal Adventure by Level 9 (an adaptation of (possibly) the very first text adventure game ever, Colossal Cave Adventure -- also known as ADVENT, Colossal Cave, or Adventure -- by Crowther and Woods).

Colossal Adventure is the first part of what Level 9 would come to call the Jewels Of Darkness Trilogy (formerly known as the Middle-Earth Trilogy). The trilogy as such doesn't appear to have been released for the Beeb, but the three individual games therein were released separately.
colossaladv.jpg
Colossal Adventure box cover
Play online:
Download here:
  • ColossalFIN.ssd.zip
    .SSD DFS disc image of Colossal Adventure
    (25.64 KiB) Downloaded 171 times
Here are some features of this version of Colossal Adventure:
  • It's been transferred to a .SSD DFS disc image. (The source was a copy of the original Level 9 disc release belonging to BillCarr, who deprotected and transferred it. Thanks, BillC!)
  • Comes with full original instructions.
  • On a machine with an 8271 disc controller, which effectively means a BBC Micro Model B with 8271 disc interface and DFS installed, you can save and restore your position to and from disc.
  • On a Master 128 with a 1770 disc interface, you can load and play the game but you can't save or restore your position. :(
:idea:

Adventure Quest (1983), Level 9

Posted: Fri Mar 31, 2017 12:24 pm
by lurkio
Here's a copy of the text adventure game Adventure Quest by Level 9, the second part of what Level 9 would come to call the Jewels Of Darkness Trilogy (formerly known as the Middle-Earth Trilogy). (The trilogy as such doesn't appear to have been released for the Beeb, but the three individual games therein were released separately.)
PRODPIC-12076.jpg
Adventure Quest box cover
Play online:
Download here:
Here are some features of this version of Adventure Quest:
  • It's been transferred to a .SSD DFS disc image. (The source was a copy of the original Level 9 disc release belonging to BillCarr, who deprotected and transferred it. Thanks, BillC!)
  • Comes with full original instructions.
  • On a machine with an 8271 disc controller, which effectively means a BBC Micro Model B with 8271 disc interface and DFS installed, you can save and restore your position to and from disc.
  • On a Master 128 with a 1770 disc interface, you can load and play the game but you can't save or restore your position. :(
:idea:

Dungeon Adventure (1983), Level 9

Posted: Fri Mar 31, 2017 12:40 pm
by lurkio
Here's a copy of the text adventure game Dungeon Adventure by Level 9, the third part of what Level 9 would come to call the Jewels Of Darkness Trilogy (formerly known as the Middle-Earth Trilogy). (The trilogy as such doesn't appear to have been released for the Beeb, but the three individual games therein were released separately.)
dungeonadv.jpg
Dungeon Adventure box cover
Play online:
Download here:
  • DungFIN.ssd.zip
    .SSD DFS disc image of Dungeon Adventure
    (26.79 KiB) Downloaded 175 times
Here are some features of this version of Dungeon Adventure:
  • It's been transferred to a .SSD DFS disc image. (The source was a copy of the original Level 9 disc release belonging to BillCarr, who deprotected and transferred it. Thanks, BillC!)
  • Comes with full original instructions.
  • On a machine with an 8271 disc controller, which effectively means a BBC Micro Model B with 8271 disc interface and DFS installed, you can save and restore your position to and from disc.
  • On a Master 128 with a 1770 disc interface, you can load and play the game but you can't save or restore your position. :(
:idea: