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Highlight Educational Software & Giantkiller

Post by Dave_E » Thu Dec 25, 2014 3:51 pm

As there seems to be a drive to archive educational stuff for the BBC B at the moment, and as I have more than a few educational software for the BBC B amongst the Electron stuff I've picked up over the years...

...has anyone archived the following Highlight Software discs yet?

1. Reading Pack 1
2. Reading Pack 1A
3. Reading Pack 2
4. Reading Pack 2A
5. Reading Pack 3
6. Reading Pack 3A

Also, I have an educational game by Topologika called Giant Killer by Peter Killworth - looks to be quite good from the instructions!

They are all protected and I can't get the games off them.

If anyone wants to have a go at hacking the original discs then please pm me with address details and I will post them to you.

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Post by flaxcottage » Thu Dec 25, 2014 10:46 pm

Getting educational software from disks is one of my pleasures in life. :lol:

As far as I know these titles are not in the educational archive - well not in mine anyway. I'd be happy to have a go.

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Post by billcarr2005 » Thu Dec 25, 2014 11:51 pm

Giant Killer is here

viewtopic.php?f=7&t=5743&p=58535&hilit= ... ler#p58520

Maybe the Highlight Software disks will be similar in protection to Bert Boot
http://www.stardot.org.uk/forums/viewto ... f=2&t=8420
(assuming that Highlight Software is the same as HS software)
EDIT: i've found Reading Pack 1A - has some unformatted tracks and deliberate CRC errors on a couple of tracks too, although in Bert Boot they weren't actually checked.
Would be great to FSD these if the opportunity arises :)

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Post by flaxcottage » Fri Jan 02, 2015 7:40 pm

The first title from Highlight Software - Reading Pack 1. Also included from Golem Software - Games of Logic.

Games of Logic was unprotected but Reading Pack 1 was a 'real treat'. :lol: Now I know how they are protected, archiving the rest ought to be easy. [-o<
Batch1.zip
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scr2.jpg
Splashdown
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Firefight
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Post by leenew » Fri Jan 02, 2015 8:21 pm

Good work John :D
"Games Of Logic And Cunning" by Golem is on the MIA list. .. Is this it? (I am on my phone so I can't download and check any more carefully. ..)
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Post by flaxcottage » Fri Jan 02, 2015 8:28 pm

Hi Lee,

Might be. The label only says Games of Logic. :?
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Post by leenew » Fri Jan 02, 2015 8:56 pm

Yep - it is :D http://www.personalcomputernews.co.uk/p ... nd_cunning

I will cross it off the MIA list 8)

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Post by Dave_E » Mon Jan 05, 2015 6:43 pm

Interesting how I bought this disc (not being a big BBC "collector") without consciously being aware that it was missing from my own PCN site and without realising I had even asked if anyone had a copy of it on these very forums.

My subsconcious mind is taking care of these sort of things for me these days...

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Post by Dave_E » Mon Jan 05, 2015 6:59 pm

Updated the PCN article with screenshots. Well done for preserving this.

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Post by flaxcottage » Mon Jan 05, 2015 10:05 pm

Reading Pack 1A has now been archived.
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Post by flaxcottage » Thu Jan 08, 2015 6:46 pm

Reading Pack 2 archive.
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Post by Dave_E » Thu Jan 08, 2015 9:15 pm

Interesting to see these archived, especially the 'A' variants which are actually (c) 1988 whereas the 4 initial packs are (c) 1984. Programmers brought out of retirement maybe?

When I was at school we played a graphic adventure on the BBC Micro called Wagon's West, where you had to keep a diary of your progress in an old wagon during the Gold Rush. Wonder if anyone's got that kicking around in their collection? I'd be interested to see it again.

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Post by leenew » Thu Jan 08, 2015 9:27 pm

I've not heard of that one, but it sounds a bit like Oregon trail: http://www.filfre.net/2011/04/on-the-tr ... il-part-5/
(part 5 of a 5 part blog)

BTW that site "Digital Antiquarian" is a brilliant blog by Jimmy Maher.
If you are at all interested in the history of old games, especially adventure type games, then check out the contents page here, written over 3 years and still going strong: http://www.filfre.net/about-me/sitemap/

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Post by flaxcottage » Fri Jan 09, 2015 1:21 pm

Here are the remaining titles from this thread archived as SSD files, Reading Packs 2A, 3 and 3A.

These were all identical to crack. 40T discs with data on them written at 80T on tracks 0 and 58 to 78 even tracks only. A change of the disc size bytes in T0S1 to make the disc a 'proper' 40T disk and 'job-done'. 8)
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Re: Highlight Educational Software & Giantkiller

Post by Dave_E » Sat Jan 10, 2015 1:08 am

That's great to have these archived. It's possible I have a few more. Next time I'm back at my parents' place I'll have a hunt around.

Now can anyone get the Electron version of Superman Man Of Steel the tape version working from a .ssd disc? Or Summer Olympiad, for that matter?

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