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Re: Level 9 adverts

Post by 8bitAG » Sat Jun 20, 2020 8:12 am

Just heard back from the Nascom archive... They've found a submission that was the real version of Colossal Adventure. :)
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Re: Level 9 adverts

Post by fuzzel » Sat Jun 20, 2020 9:21 am

8bitAG wrote:
The Level 9 game has a whole unique, extra 70 location sequence at the end of the adventure. If that's in the 16K file, then it's Level 9. If it's not, then it's the 16K Syrtis Adventure.
I don't want to put a dampener on things but it's possible that, given the 16k limitations of that version, the extra 70 locations weren't included in the 16k version. If only we had one to try...

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Re: Level 9 adverts

Post by hoglet » Sat Jun 20, 2020 9:38 am

8bitAG wrote:
Sat Jun 20, 2020 8:12 am
Just heard back from the Nascom archive...
Does the Nascom archive have a website?

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Re: Level 9 adverts

Post by 8bitAG » Sat Jun 20, 2020 9:43 am

fuzzel wrote:
Sat Jun 20, 2020 9:21 am
I don't want to put a dampener on things but it's possible that, given the 16k limitations of that version, the extra 70 locations weren't included in the 16k version. If only we had one to try...
The 70 extra locations were in the 16K version. That was one of the selling points in the advert.

See the earliest advert (April 1982) on the page...
http://8bitag.com/info/level-9.html

However, as noted, above and over the page, the 16K and 32K versions on the Nascom Homepage are for Syrtis Adventure not Colossal Adventure but they have recovered an actual version of Colossal Adventure (from an overlooked email submission who obtained it from the Digital Antiquarian) and that should be up on their site soon. I'm presuming it will be the 32K version and, sadly, not the earlier 16K one.

You can see screenshots from the (probably 32K) Nascom Colossal Adventure on Jimmy's site...
https://www.filfre.net/2012/10/level-9/

[To answer the question above... http://www.nascomhomepage.com/#TheNascomRepository ]

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Re: Level 9 adverts

Post by fuzzel » Sat Jun 20, 2020 10:01 am

Pernod wrote:
Go ahead, no need to credit. They're created with MAME, very easy to use :)
I need help getting Mame to work. I can play arcade games by putting the rom zips in the Mame roms folder but I can't see how to play 8-bit micro games. The latest version of Mame ran through the dos prompt doesn't recognise the zip file Adventr.zip.

Could someone give me a bit of advice on how to play 8-bit micro games please on Mame ? My GUI from a few years back which I use to play Galaxians, Mr Do and others only seems to refer to arcade roms so the Adventr.zip file I put in the roms folder wasn't recognised.

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Re: Level 9 adverts

Post by leenew » Sat Jun 20, 2020 10:12 am

8bitAG wrote:
Sat Jun 20, 2020 8:12 am
Just heard back from the Nascom archive... They've found a submission that was the real version of Colossal Adventure. :)
Adventr.zip
Good find!
I like your dogged determination.
It reminds me of a less-lazy version of me :D
Let's just hope the beeb versions turn up!

Lee.

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Re: Level 9 adverts

Post by Pernod » Sat Jun 20, 2020 12:48 pm

8bitAG wrote:
Sat Jun 20, 2020 8:12 am
Just heard back from the Nascom archive... They've found a submission that was the real version of Colossal Adventure. :)
Adventr.zip
Excellent =D>
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I'd say that this confirms the current 16K is by Syrtis, as I'd expect the Level 9 version to have a similar intro that says it's from Level 9.

I wonder what else they have that's not available on the site.
fuzzel wrote:
Sat Jun 20, 2020 10:01 am
I need help getting Mame to work. I can play arcade games by putting the rom zips in the Mame roms folder but I can't see how to play 8-bit micro games. The latest version of Mame ran through the dos prompt doesn't recognise the zip file Adventr.zip.

Could someone give me a bit of advice on how to play 8-bit micro games please on Mame ? My GUI from a few years back which I use to play Galaxians, Mr Do and others only seems to refer to arcade roms so the Adventr.zip file I put in the roms folder wasn't recognised.
I'll take MAME questions in my How to thread, rather than take this off-topic.
- Nigel

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Re: Level 9 adverts

Post by 8bitAG » Sat Jun 20, 2020 1:41 pm

Pernod wrote:
Sat Jun 20, 2020 12:48 pm
I'd say that this confirms the current 16K is by Syrtis, as I'd expect the Level 9 version to have a similar intro that says it's from Level 9.

I wonder what else they have that's not available on the site.
Yes, they've labelled the 16K and 32K as such now.

The communication with the Colossal Cave file was just accidentally overlooked; it's significance wasn't realised as they're not text adventure "specialists". It was just a one off, I believe, I don't think they generally have a pile of files that aren't on the site. New material goes up periodically.

Thanks for your help unravelling the mystery, Pernod. I hadn't heard about the Syrtis Adventure less than two weeks ago... and now we've got playable files of both versions! :) If only every bit of research yielded such quick and fruitful results!

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