## High Score Challenge S7- R1 - Banana Man

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### High Score Challenge S7- R1 - Banana Man

Stardot high score challenge
Season Seven: Round 1
Banana Man (MRM) chosen by JeremyGrayson

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RULES
Round One starts at 9pm on Monday the 6th of March and ends at 9pm on Monday the 20th of March
The aim is to score as many points as possible
Post scores and screenshots/photographs in this thread
The rules are here
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DISK IMAGE
http://www.bbcmicro.co.uk/game.php?id=1
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INSTRUCTIONS

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SCORING
Points will be awarded using the following formula.
points = (YS / BS * 50) + ((NOP - YP + 1) * (50 / NOP))
YS = Your Score
BS = Best Score
NOP = Number of Players
YP = Your Position
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HIGH SCORE TABLE

Link to Overall High Score Table...viewtopic.php?f=46&t=12659

Thanks to Galax for the Mode 7 fonts.

I heard that this one could drive a person 'bananas'....Ed ...........
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### Re: High Score Challenge S7- R1 - Banana Man

never played this BITD, and it's ok, but why eat blue cats for a laugh

first go, got to Level9 : 37,350
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### Re: High Score Challenge S7- R1 - Banana Man

This one just to get it started..... certainly different than NightMareMaze....

Ed......

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### Re: High Score Challenge S7- R1 - Banana Man

Ok, one more to see what the heck this game is about.....

Ed......

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### Re: High Score Challenge S7- R1 - Banana Man

2nd go.
I expect to beat this score by a fair bit after some more practice.

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### Re: High Score Challenge S7- R1 - Banana Man

Moved up a bit, this is going to be harder than what I first thought....

Ed......

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### Re: High Score Challenge S7- R1 - Banana Man

Broke 60k, wasn't easy....

Ed......

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### Re: High Score Challenge S7- R1 - Banana Man

Totally new (old) game to me this one, never even heard of it, same author as Nightmare Maze/Astro Plumber by the looks of it. Nice little game, good fun to play, first score of 38210, but best score so far 55190.
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### Re: High Score Challenge S7- R1 - Banana Man

ok, bumped my score up a bit but it's a tough go around 60k I think.

Ed......

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### Re: High Score Challenge S7- R1 - Banana Man

High Score Tables Updated......

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### Re: High Score Challenge S7- R1 - Banana Man

New high score, and possibly just sneaked into the lead !
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### Re: High Score Challenge S7- R1 - Banana Man

Very true, you have the lead.... for now..... I think this one is going to get congested if we get some players.

Ed......

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### Re: High Score Challenge S7- R1 - Banana Man

CMcDougall wrote:never played this BITD, and it's ok, but why eat blue cats for a laugh
Ah, that's Ethel the Cat, MRM's semi-official mascot.

Her full name is actually Ethel The Cat Goes Quantity Surveying, in a partial nod to the book Ethel The Aardvark Goes Quantity Surveying that features in the bookshop sketch on Monty Python's Contractual Obligation album.

She was the creation of Banana Man's cat-obsessed author Mike Goldberg, later one half of the team behind the OmniPuss art studio and pot cat shop based until a few years ago on Lincoln's main thoroughfare Steep Hill. OmniPuss was purported to be owned and run by a moggy named Betty Shopcat

The instructions of the game suggest you're attacking Ethel rather than eating her, but either way moving over a square with her on it does always cause a spider to appear.

Delighted this game came out of the hat, by the way - a real, genuine longstanding favourite of mine. Pressure on to rack up a decent score now, though

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### Re: High Score Challenge S7- R1 - Banana Man

Right, then. A trio of goes this evening on my original hardware/software wrought the following.

70,780 my best so far. GAME ON.

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### Re: High Score Challenge S7- R1 - Banana Man

New high score.
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It feels a bit "written in BASIC", and it's annoying when the game places a spider down on a square a millisecond before you step on it. And the boxing-in on later levels is a bit random.

Weirdly fun in a strange kind of way, though.

54,080
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### Re: High Score Challenge S7- R1 - Banana Man

This is one of those games I've always overlooked... and the HSC gives me an excuse to play. The difficulty level seems to stay too easy for too long, and then suddenly you just get randomly boxed in. It's a strange one! Best so far: 40,340.

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### Re: High Score Challenge S7- R1 - Banana Man

New high score, my best so far, this is a really good game, but the way you keep geting boxed in is really frustrating, don't think I can better this score now.
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### Re: High Score Challenge S7- R1 - Banana Man

Slight improvement...

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### Re: High Score Challenge S7- R1 - Banana Man

Score: 66070

Finally got to have a go at this fantastically frustrating game, slightly sticky controls make it all the more hair pulling at times but overall a good game idea and gameplay, will have a few more goes too see how lucky I can get, and here's my game play tips:

* Get as many cats and bananas in the earlier levels to build a good score base, the bonus score is pretty rubbish below at low levels too
* Always make use of the shuffle even if you don't need it, it can help reduce the amount of blue squares

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The only thing I wish the author had done in this game was write machine code for the I/O in this game so that the herky-jerkyiness of input would disappear. If that had been done properly, this would be such an awesome game. As it is, I'd say it's a bit above average for playability, above average for frustration and way above average for game idea.

Ed......

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### Re: High Score Challenge S7- R1 - Banana Man

after level12, it gets a bit wild... like cat
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Jeremy Grayson wrote:Ah, that's Ethel the Cat, MRM's semi-official mascot.
cheers for info on the Blue cat

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### Re: High Score Challenge S7- R1 - Banana Man

Today's effort, keep getting trapped and unable to move at the later levels... Col you pipped me by 1 sanga!

Score: 69840

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### Re: High Score Challenge S7- R1 - Banana Man

A bit better...

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### Re: High Score Challenge S7- R1 - Banana Man

Another 'slight' bump up....

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High Score Tables Updated......

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71870

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KarateEd wrote:High Score Tables Updated......
Stone me, how close a contest is this!!!

With Sydney's latest score I make that six players covered by little more than 2,500 points.

I didn't think I had any further time to play this before next Monday due to work commitments, but I think I need to find some now...

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### Re: High Score Challenge S7- R1 - Banana Man

Slowly moving up, got past 70k this time....

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High Score Tables Updated......

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