TOP 10 GAMES A3010?

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Hi

Does it exist on the forum a topic about the TOP 10 games on Archimedes 3000/3010/3020 ????
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ok, so apparently Archimedes is not a gaming machine :mrgreen:
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drfloyd wrote:
Sat Aug 08, 2020 10:22 am
ok, so apparently Archimedes is not a gaming machine :mrgreen:
Well . . . There are games available, but I'm not the one to list the top 10. I played, and really enjoyed (as it didn't involve too much coordination!), Lemmings !

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Elite
Stunt Racer 2000
Star Fighter 3000
Chocks Away
The Dungeon
Zarch
Aldebaran

Anyone else want to add their favourites?
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For an A3010, hmm. Most of the good games are conversions, which are generally played as well if not better on other machines, but there are a handful of good originals.

Original games :
Chocks Away
Stunt Racer 2000
Star Fighter 3000
Spheres of Chaos
Cataclysm

Conversions :
Lemmings (1 & 2)
Flashback
Elite
Cannon Fodder
Populous
Speedball II


Digging through my disc boxes for games I could genuinely recommend was a bit of a depressing experience!
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there are no "real arcade" conversions from early80' like on BBC MASTER ? (Frogger, Astroblaster, Phoenix...)
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I'm not sure about the TOP games, though my favourites included Axis and Twinworld, as well as Ballarena by the French publisher, Sisteme.
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Swiv
Dune II
Nevryon 1 & 2
Terramex
Chuck Rock
Wolf 3D
Zool
Pacmania
There was a 3D space track type game whose name I forget, I think it began with Q.
Tower of Babel
Mad Professor Moriarty
Iron Lord
Alone in the Dark
Hostages
Gods
Hamsters
Heimdall
Dropship
Heroes of Might & Magic

And a mention I suppose for Repton 3.
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Naomasa298 wrote:
Sat Aug 08, 2020 11:57 am
There was a 3D space track type game whose name I forget, I think it began with Q.
Phaethon. That was it.
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VectorEyes wrote:
Sat Aug 08, 2020 11:05 am
The Dungeon
A lot of Acorn games like Dungeon really annoyed me, because they could have been awesome but just... weren't. They were impressive technical achievements, but the game itself was pretty meh.
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Roughly in order of hours of fun I had with them bitd:

Chocks away (good fun with 2 players)
Conqueror
Elite
Interdictor
Pacmania
Arkanoid
Lemmings
Zarch
Mad Professor Mariarti
Iron Lord
Paul
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there are recent homebrew games ? or it is very rare ?

there is a archimedes game archives ? Like BBC Micro archives ?
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Naomasa298 wrote:
Sat Aug 08, 2020 12:16 pm
VectorEyes wrote:
Sat Aug 08, 2020 11:05 am
The Dungeon
A lot of Acorn games like Dungeon really annoyed me, because they could have been awesome but just... weren't. They were impressive technical achievements, but the game itself was pretty meh.
I actually agree. I put it in the list because I did play it all the way to the end after I’d bought it. But even at the time I could see that the game design didn’t really stack up compared to Dungeon Master or equivalent dungeon RPGs on other platforms.
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Leaving out ports from the Amiga, these are ones that spring to mind:

Elite
Chocks Away
Stunt Racer 2000
Star Fighter 3000
Axis
Apocalypse
Spheres of Chaos
Zarch
Conqueror
SunBurst
Nevryon
Interdictor
Saloon Cars (although IIRC my A3000 struggled with this)
Aldebaran
MoonQuake/MarsQuake

Hamsters and DinoSaw were also silly fun.
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The Last Ninja conversion was excellent (if you liked the Last Ninja!) :)
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Well, some of my favourites were:
Elite
Small
Starfighter 3000
Quark
X-Fire
Cataclysm
Wavelength

There are others like:
Lotus Turbo Challenge
Lemmings
Populous
Super Methane Brothers
Paradroid 3000

but they're just ports from other systems (usually the Amiga)
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VectorEyes wrote:
Sat Aug 08, 2020 3:43 pm
I actually agree. I put it in the list because I did play it all the way to the end after I’d bought it. But even at the time I could see that the game design didn’t really stack up compared to Dungeon Master or equivalent dungeon RPGs on other platforms.
The problem was, of course, that because the Arc wasn't a big market, most homegrown games were exactly that - homegrown, written by people who were technically very clever, but not so strong in games design. Arc software houses couldn't exactly afford big teams.

Hence why a lot of games had programmer graphics. One that springs to mind was Carnage Inc - a commendable attempt at a side-scrolling beat-em-up (IIRC) but it looked awful, to the point where you'd be embarrassed to show it off to your Amiga owning friends.

Another couple of good games spring to mind, but they were both conversions:
Heimdall
Xenon 2
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Naomasa298 wrote:
Sat Aug 08, 2020 9:50 pm
Hence why a lot of games had programmer graphics. One that springs to mind was Carnage Inc - a commendable attempt at a side-scrolling beat-em-up (IIRC) but it looked awful, to the point where you'd be embarrassed to show it off to your Amiga owning friends.
Carnage Inc had isometric graphics. Perhaps you're thinking of Grievous Bodily 'ARM?

To be fair, some professional Amiga and DOS games from the same era don't exactly have great graphics either, or they haven't aged very well. ;)
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davidb wrote:
Sun Aug 09, 2020 12:38 am
Carnage Inc had isometric graphics. Perhaps you're thinking of Grievous Bodily 'ARM?
Sorry yes, that's the one.
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drfloyd wrote:
Sat Aug 08, 2020 3:14 pm
there are recent homebrew games ? or it is very rare ?
I'm not aware of any homebrew games for RISC OS 3.1x in recent years, there are some for RISC OS 5.
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there is a archimedes game archives ? Like BBC Micro archives ?
Yes..link in signature
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I'm disappointed nobody has suggested E-Type!

SF3000 is on my to-play list, and I'm waiting for a copy of Chocks Away to turn up for sale...
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Saloon Cars
Iron Lord
Darkwood -or was that later?
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What's the best emulator for it?
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philpem wrote:
Tue Aug 11, 2020 2:39 pm
I'm disappointed nobody has suggested E-Type!
E-Type was great, even on Arm2.

I'm disappointed nobody mentioned Inferno or Overload :wink:
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IanJeffray wrote:
Tue Aug 11, 2020 2:44 pm
philpem wrote:
Tue Aug 11, 2020 2:39 pm
I'm disappointed nobody has suggested E-Type!
E-Type was great, even on Arm2.

I'm disappointed nobody mentioned Inferno or Overload :wink:
I'd forgotten about Inferno and Overload! Played those for hours, I'm a sucker for a good puzzle game. Burn 'Out was a favourite too.

On a slightly related note I've had your ViewFinder patches installed since I got my Viewfinder - but that's a utility, not a game ;)
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Roughly sorted by "time spent playing" (I think I played all of them on an A3000, so should be fine on an A3010). Maybe I'm the only one who never got into playing Elite, neither on the CPC nor on the Archimedes.

Despite wasting an incredible amount of time playing stuff, I can only do a Top 9 of original games...a shame. There was really a lot of crap back then.

Original Games:
  1. Aldebaran
  2. Spheres of Chaos
  3. Chocks Away
  4. Stunt Racer 2000
  5. Star Fighter 3000
  6. Zarch
  7. E-Type
  8. Cataclysm
  9. Interdictor
Ports from other systems I played a lot:
  1. Cannon Fodder
  2. Sensible Soccer
  3. Lemmings
  4. SWIV
  5. Xenon 2
  6. Populous
  7. Nebulus
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I actually really enjoyed Apocalypse from 4D.

And while it wasn't exactly a game, 3D Construction Set from Domark was cool.
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Trying to think of the top 10, these were the ones I played the most I think :)

Angband (2.7.9) (Freeware)
Bloxed (Freeware)
Carnage Inc
Chocks Away
Dune II
Populous
Sim City
Spheres of Chaos
Starfighter 3000
Stunt Racer 2000

Near top 10

Paradroid
Super Foul Egg (Freeware)
Lotus 2
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IanJeffray wrote:
Tue Aug 11, 2020 2:44 pm
I'm disappointed nobody mentioned Inferno or Overload :wink:
They’ve probably forgotten about them :wink:

When I last asked about releasing them via JASPP I believe not enough time had passed since they were originally released. 24 years is surely enough time?
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