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Title: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: cpc4eva on 10:41, 05 April 14
just thought this might be a good thread to see what other users / members of the cpcwiki are playing on their cpc's / cpc emulators on a weekly basis or have been playing recently.

it might get others interested in playing a game they have not played for some time or maybe someone just needs some help or tips in a particular section they may be stuck on or it could be just for nostalgia and remembering the good old days?


working 2 full time jobs i dont get much time for games of any kind but this week i have had the urge to play cpc games on my emulator and i have been playing wec le mans and tag team wrestling.

what have other people been playing ??
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Post by: dcdrac on 12:54, 05 April 14
Mostly Savage, Elite and Camelot Warriors still after all these years want to beat that game
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Post by: Gryzor on 13:10, 05 April 14
Superpix! I'm addicted to that thing!
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Post by: Puresox on 15:39, 05 April 14
I am trying to give Superpix a look , on WinApe, Does anyone know how to get it running on the emulator, It requests too Unprotect the Disc . I am not sure how to do this.
S'ok managed to work it out.
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Post by: SyX on 17:49, 05 April 14
More than playing, i have ported and now i'm testing and fixing bugs in "Serra Pelada (http://www.tilt.net/aventuras/serra/index.htm)", a ZX conversion to CPC from one of the first brazillian comercial videogames. It looks the perfect game for being the first CPC portuguese game ever, jajaja.

It's an interactive fiction game in portuguese and i'm using as a help to learn portuguese in the same way that i used "Jack The Ripper" and friends for helping to learn english during the 80s. Of course, i'm using as test bank for replacing firmware routines for faster ones for my improved GAC interpreter, too.
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Post by: EgoTrip on 17:53, 05 April 14
nothing
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Post by: SuTeKH/Epyteor on 19:00, 05 April 14
nothing
Is that emulated or on real hardware?
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: EgoTrip on 19:10, 05 April 14
Both, i have no real hardware. I've been busy on different stuff this week so no WinAPE.
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Post by: beaker on 22:24, 05 April 14
Alien Breed Tower Assault on my 1200 and Bare knuckle on my WonderMega. My FM Towns Marty should hopefully be with me next week before my 6128 should is back from having the disk drive refurbished and Parados installed. So nothing I guess...

I think Gryzor likes his Sega machines so here's some eye candy of the WonderMega, SG-1000 II Bryce RGB modded, My Megadrive with language and 50/60hz switch, MegaCD and Everdrive, and my hot-rodded ZX81 from BluesBrothers and TheCortfiot with ZXPand hanging off the back. Soon I'll have my modded SMS2 and SMS1 with its 50/60hz switch on it as well  :laugh:

Sorry for hijacking another thread...
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: redbox on 23:36, 06 April 14
Pwning the entire world on the SNES version of Sensible Soccer.

Whilst wondering how a CPC version might be possible. Honest.
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: EgoTrip on 23:38, 06 April 14
Sensible Soccer would be cool on the CPC, but isn't someone already working on a football game?

Personally I'd rather see a Zelda-style adventure ;)
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: redbox on 23:49, 06 April 14
Personally I'd rather see a Zelda-style adventure ;)

Me too - only problem is kids aren't that entertained by watching someone code Z80  :)
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: SyX on 01:07, 07 April 14
Pwning the entire world on the SNES version of Sensible Soccer.

Whilst wondering how a CPC version might be possible. Honest.
Maybe as "Mundial de Futbol (http://www.cpc-power.com/index.php?page=detail&num=1483)", but without all the bugs and a little faster, jejeje.

Personally I'd rather see a Zelda-style adventure ;)
The last Zelda clone for zx, Brunilda (http://www.cpcwiki.eu/forum/other-retro/goty-2013-for-spectrum-soon-on-cpc/), has its sources free for somebody take a look and try the conversion to CPC or make a new game.
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: cpc4eva on 06:01, 07 April 14
Sensible Soccer would be cool on the CPC, but isn't someone already working on a football game?

Personally I'd rather see a Zelda-style adventure ;)

if they are i have not heard do you know what sort of football game is being made ?
i read recently that sensible soccer was a cpc project but they released kick off instead of it.
didn't hermol begin a zelda remake on cpc a while back im sure he posted a screen shot or 2 of his work somewhere i thought it looked rather promising and was keen to play it when completed but i never heard if the project was completed or abandoned ?
 
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Post by: Nich on 21:44, 07 April 14
didn't hermol begin a zelda remake on cpc a while back im sure he posted a screen shot or 2 of his work somewhere i thought it looked rather promising and was keen to play it when completed but i never heard if the project was completed or abandoned ?
You may be referring to Demoniak's Zelda project (http://cpc-aventure.chez-alice.fr/divers/zelda/zelda.htm). I can't remember when he started work on it but I've heard nothing at all about it for several years; the page hasn't been modified since September 2006. :( It's a shame, because the graphics look really beautiful - but I never saw any actual code.
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Post by: TotO on 22:33, 07 April 14
Playing Orion Prime and Pac-Man emu on a 464...  :P
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Post by: beaker on 22:37, 07 April 14
I wish they'd do another production run of that Orion Prime - I'd still love to own an original copy.
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Post by: TotO on 22:54, 07 April 14
This game is just amazing. (I own the 3" and 3"1/2 boxed versions)
Probably the most impressive 8bit adventure game ever.  8)

Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: paradroid90 on 23:53, 07 April 14
Now my menu disks have been completed probably a bit of rebelstar and Laser squad  :D
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Post by: AMSDOS on 00:50, 08 April 14
I'm reworking a BASIC 1.1 program which makes use of the FILL command and I'm rewriting the program so it works in BASIC 1.0 without any RSXs or BASIC Fill Routines.
Originally the program was using some FILLs to setup the initial screen, which I've substituted with some workable BASIC 1.0 which produces the same result, however some FILLs are being used during the program to recolour certain areas so corresponding INKs aren't being shown and then Reverting those sections back to their Original Colour. I think I've figured out a way to use my existing routine to fill the appropriate spot, though will have to write some more code to check the position and use the relevant portion of the code, so it'll be interesting to see how big the program gets and how it will compare to the original.

If I get it working I'll definitely post a copy of it here.  :D
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: cpc4eva on 15:20, 08 April 14
You may be referring to Demoniak's Zelda project (http://cpc-aventure.chez-alice.fr/divers/zelda/zelda.htm). I can't remember when he started work on it but I've heard nothing at all about it for several years; the page hasn't been modified since September 2006. :( It's a shame, because the graphics look really beautiful - but I never saw any actual code.


no im pretty sure Hermol was doing something a while back now.....
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: cpc4eva on 15:24, 08 April 14
Now my menu disks have been completed probably a bit of rebelstar and Laser squad  :D

someone is going to have to teach me how to play laser squad have no idea what im doing in that game and everyone seems to think its awesome !

another reason why i think the cpcwiki should have a cpc cheat mode / tip shop added.


have been playing silkworm a fair bit last few days.....
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Post by: arnoldemu on 15:47, 08 April 14
Playing Orion Prime and Pac-Man emu on a 464...  :P
your ram expansion must be working ! :)
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Post by: TotO on 19:15, 08 April 14
Yes, it is.
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Post by: Puresox on 21:44, 08 April 14
Loving SuperPix game,brilliant puzzle game !
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: zeropolis79 on 01:20, 11 April 14
I've not played on mine this week but will be playing Shadow of the Beast, The Pawn and Lord of the Rings when they get here.
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: cpc4eva on 10:43, 11 April 14
I've not played on mine this week but will be playing Shadow of the Beast, The Pawn and Lord of the Rings when they get here.

all cpc games ?

i thought shadow of beast was not great and not reviewed well on cpc ?

the pawn and lord of the rings dont ring any bells for me were they adventures ?

just saw on the AA reviews list AA gave shadow of beast 12.99/15.99    90    80    83    85    84 rave

must have a look see if it was AA rave worthy i really thought it was canned on 8bits and only great on the 16bit amiga ?

12.99 for tape and 15.99 for disk prices inflation was rife or was it rorting ? prices were getting pretty hefty back then.
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Post by: zeropolis79 on 17:47, 11 April 14
I think the price of Shadow of the Beast reflected the nature of the release.. I remember the first Turtles game costing a similar price.

Pawn and Lord of the Rings are text adventures.

Shadow also saw release on the Spectrum (good) and Commodore 64 cartridge (not bad).
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Post by: Gryzor on 13:32, 14 April 14
Alien Breed Tower Assault on my 1200 and Bare knuckle on my WonderMega. My FM Towns Marty should hopefully be with me next week before my 6128 should is back from having the disk drive refurbished and Parados installed. So nothing I guess...

I think Gryzor likes his Sega machines so here's some eye candy of the WonderMega, SG-1000 II Bryce RGB modded, My Megadrive with language and 50/60hz switch, MegaCD and Everdrive, and my hot-rodded ZX81 from BluesBrothers and TheCortfiot with ZXPand hanging off the back. Soon I'll have my modded SMS2 and SMS1 with its 50/60hz switch on it as well  :laugh:

Sorry for hijacking another thread...


Yeah, I'm a SEGA boy, but no Dreamcast? Come on!
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: cpc4eva on 07:15, 30 April 14
been playing Shadow of The beast, 10th Frame and r-type 128k

really didnt think much of cpc version of shadow of the beast no way did it deserve 84% and an AA RAVE from AA.

was playing 10th frame to see if i could remember the system i had come up with for getting a strike all the time but i failed miserably...

i did get quite a few spares but not one strike the speed / hook system i will have to look up on as im sure it had something to do with that.

r-type 128k was because a friend had brought up he was playing r-type on his phone so i downloaded the cpc games cd onto a cd for him so he could play it and ive ended up playing it as well.

Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: Sykobee (Briggsy) on 11:59, 01 May 14
I think I'll be playing Jetpac this week :-)
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: Border_7 on 00:36, 29 October 14
Now my menu disks have been completed probably a bit of rebelstar and Laser squad  :D

You don't know how to load the Laser Squad expansion kit do you? I can't seem to figure it out... and I want to check out those extra scenarios I've never seen before...

Thanks
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: Puresox on 10:02, 29 October 14
It loads by itself doesn't it. I am sure you just have to use the Expansion pack and everything runs automatically.
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: Optimus on 12:11, 29 October 14
Nothing so far, that's a shame.
I am hooked to some PC gaming mostly (Borderlands mainly, the Pre-Sequel has arrived. Also, I like to continue with Legend of Grimrock 2)
I didn't notice before that the new Zelda I am currently playing on 3DS (a link between worlds), is actually having the same map as the original SNES one (Which I started but never reached far. Only the Zelda on gameboy is the one I finished)


I am still thinking of trying to make a longplay of Blacklands though, capturing video of my attempts. It's a huge game that I never been able to finish and I think something was corrupted too, either saves or save states later. And there is no video at youtube or anywhere else showing much of this great game. I don't know when I will attempt this though.
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Post by: Carnivius on 12:29, 29 October 14
Death Wish 3 on CPC (I love the over the top violence, of which I want to have some of in my RoboCop game cos the official Robo games were lacking in blood,  and also I love the awesome music).  Oh and enjoying another blast on UN Squadron which I still think is among the very finest arcade conversions ever done especially on the CPC  (lots of big, well pixelled sprites, music and 2 player mode all running on my standard 464, yay!)

For non-CPC I've been playing Gremlins 2 for NES (again good music and the pixel work is great particularly in cutscenes and the sprites).  Far superior than the very disappointing and completely different game I got on my CPC.

Picked up WWE AllStars for PS3 for £2 in my local charity shop.  I don't normally buy physical media anymore but that price was a bargain and the game isn't available on PSN so I tought what the hell.  It's a silly game but has most of my childhood fave wrestlers like Randy Savage, Ultimate Warrior and Hulk Hogan and is pretty fun to play so £2 is a steal.

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Post by: dlfrsilver on 12:33, 29 October 14
Played Passengers on the wind 1 & 2 in english in order to make fully compete walkthroughs :)
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Post by: CraigsBar on 12:35, 29 October 14
Bumpy's Arcade Fantasy (groovy plus colours baby) and Cyber Chicken.
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Post by: Bryce on 14:22, 29 October 14
Soldering :)

Bryce.
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Post by: dcdrac on 14:24, 29 October 14
this week mainly relearning Protext not used it since 1991
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Post by: beaker on 14:34, 29 October 14
Sadly not a lot  :(


Too busy still going through all the machines from my pallet. Last night I played Final Fight and Ghouls and Ghosts on my x68000, A bit of Galaga 88 on my PC Engine LT, AvP on my Jag after I still couldn't get the CD unit to spin up, Battle Heat or something like that on my PC-FX and some Doom on my 32x. My SD2IEC for the C16 turned up today so the plan is to play some of that and go down and get a CF card for my Final Expansion then try out the Vic20...


Did play some Zelda on the Philips CDi earlier in the week but the less said about that the better  :laugh: .... I did love the TRS-80 though. Some nice games I've not played before and the speech is a scream.


Hopefully by the end of the week I'll be able to try out the CPC Plus monitor with my 6128+ and put the Pet SD on the CMB Pet.... but I have the Enterprise 64 still to mess around with, Oric 1 and about half a dozen other machines  :'(
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Post by: Optimus on 15:59, 29 October 14
Oh, I just realized that there are only two videos of Blackland and both of them show the intro, not even the main game. I remember there was a video in the past showing the start of the gameplay. Maybe I should really do the longplay at some point. I just have to think of how I should present this. The game is enormous and maybe I'll have to use save states at some points.
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Post by: TFM on 21:20, 29 October 14
Oh and enjoying another blast on UN Squadron which I still think is among the very finest arcade conversions ever done especially on the CPC


Sadly it's a speccy port, that makes it slow, the screen area small and the scrolling jerky.
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Post by: EgoTrip on 21:32, 29 October 14
Home Runner and Supergran
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Post by: TotO on 22:00, 29 October 14
6 channels tunes.  ;D
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: dlfrsilver on 22:28, 29 October 14
Sadly not a lot  :(


Too busy still going through all the machines from my pallet. Last night I played Final Fight and Ghouls and Ghosts on my x68000, A bit of Galaga 88 on my PC Engine LT, AvP on my Jag after I still couldn't get the CD unit to spin up, Battle Heat or something like that on my PC-FX and some Doom on my 32x. My SD2IEC for the C16 turned up today so the plan is to play some of that and go down and get a CF card for my Final Expansion then try out the Vic20...


Did play some Zelda on the Philips CDi earlier in the week but the less said about that the better  :laugh: .... I did love the TRS-80 though. Some nice games I've not played before and the speech is a scream.


Hopefully by the end of the week I'll be able to try out the CPC Plus monitor with my 6128+ and put the Pet SD on the CMB Pet.... but I have the Enterprise 64 still to mess around with, Oric 1 and about half a dozen other machines  :'(

When i will have the money, the next step will be for me to find and buy an X68000 :)
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: Border_7 on 00:31, 30 October 14
It loads by itself doesn't it. I am sure you just have to use the Expansion pack and everything runs automatically.

Well that's what I thought... using Winape - I insert the LSQDKIT1.DSK file and it appears to do nothing / have nothing on the disk. Nothing to "run". Whereas LASERSQ.DSK the normal game is fine.

That's why I was wondering if you need to load Laser Squad first, then choose load saved game or something....
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: dcdrac on 19:27, 30 October 14
I still love laser squad, simple effective strategic fun
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Post by: TFM on 19:48, 30 October 14
Home Runner and Supergran


Running home to Granny? Oh, I forgot, it's Helloween!  :o  Nice game!  :)
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Post by: Puresox on 23:06, 30 October 14
Well that's what I thought... using Winape - I insert the LSQDKIT1.DSK file and it appears to do nothing / have nothing on the disk. Nothing to "run". Whereas LASERSQ.DSK the normal game is fine.

That's why I was wondering if you need to load Laser Squad first, then choose load saved game or something....
I remember having completed the normal LS Game . Then avid for more I got the Ext pack , and I'm sure I didn't have any issues , I will give it a burn in a bit to check procedure on it.                                                             
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: Puresox on 23:08, 30 October 14
Yes it just boots up from Laser Squad Ext pack .
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Post by: Border_7 on 23:56, 30 October 14
Yes it just boots up from Laser Squad Ext pack .

Ok - I believe you! I've got the lsqdkit.zip file which contains LSQDKIT1.DSK & LASERSQ.DSK. So I do the usual (WINAPE) insert disc image thing, If I pick LASERSQ.DSK - I can play Laser Squad. If I do this again I try to use LSQDKIT1.DSK - nothing, zip - no action, CAT gives me no files... I'm just not sure what exactly I'm doing wrong...

Try as I might, I can't seem to get anything happening with LSQDKIT1.DSK

Can you list out you exact steps? or heck, even upload a snapshot file (.sna) of the Expansion pack loaded!!

Thanks
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Post by: dlfrsilver on 11:09, 31 October 14
I think there is a modus operandi for that on CPC-power.
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Post by: Puresox on 11:32, 31 October 14
Ok - I believe you! I've got the lsqdkit.zip file which contains LSQDKIT1.DSK & LASERSQ.DSK. So I do the usual (WINAPE) insert disc image thing, If I pick LASERSQ.DSK - I can play Laser Squad. If I do this again I try to use LSQDKIT1.DSK - nothing, zip - no action, CAT gives me no files... I'm just not sure what exactly I'm doing wrong...

Try as I might, I can't seem to get anything happening with LSQDKIT1.DSK

Can you list out you exact steps? or heck, even upload a snapshot file (.sna) of the Expansion pack loaded!!

Thanks
1.Try getting a new Rom Dump from CPC Power of Laser Squad-Kit 1, (which is what I did yesterday)
2. Load up WinApe
3. Select the Disc File LaserSquad-Kit 1.open up that file.
4. WinApe does the auto load thing and Bobs your Uncle .Et Voila .
The only problem I can see that you have is that Rom you have is not the right?
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: Carnivius on 14:37, 31 October 14

Sadly it's a speccy port, that makes it slow, the screen area small and the scrolling jerky.

None of that ever bothered me cos the game itself was just so enjoyable and had so much going on.  Easily among my fave shooters on CPC.

Also you can play it at a 'normal' speed if using Turbo mode in WinApe.
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Post by: Puresox on 16:34, 31 October 14
I could just about forgive the slow down on UN Squadron , because it was an enjoyable  game. Almost superb .
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: MaV on 17:19, 31 October 14
Hm, I never played the Speccy version of UN Squadron, but I don't see colour clash or monochrome screen in the CPC version, it's MODE 0 all the way (or I am confused and thinking of another game?). It could probably have been done better on the CPC by utilising the CRTC, but the game as such is fine and playable.
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: Carnivius on 17:35, 31 October 14
Hm, I never played the Speccy version of UN Squadron, but I don't see colour clash or monochrome screen in the CPC version, it's MODE 0 all the way (or I am confused and thinking of another game?). It could probably have been done better on the CPC by utilising the CRTC, but the game as such is fine and playable.


If he's right then I think he means it's one of those weird cases where the code is ported from Spectrum but the graphics are all (beautifully) redrawn in Mode 0 based on the original 16-bit/arcade game to make much better use of the CPC's superior graphics abilities.  So I don't consider it a Spectrum port really cos it's actually had effort poured into it, at least on the graphics side of things.
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Post by: MaV on 17:58, 31 October 14
Yes, that's probably what he meant.

Was there a 128k version of it? I can see TFM's point when one has more RAM, as most CRTC techniques require a bit more RAM to work properly.

As a game which has to work on the 464 as well, the choice for a smaller screen and lack of hardware scrolling was likely made out of necessity.
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Post by: beaker on 18:13, 31 October 14
Still not getting the hang of this.....  :(

Meteor Mission 2 on the TRS-80 and Metal Gear Solid 2 on the MSX2.... Now everyone has 512k it would be awesome if we could convert it to the CPC  :laugh:
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: Carnivius on 18:15, 31 October 14
Yeah but I always felt it was one of the most 'complete' games available for the 464.  Very little was cut out from the original game.   They didn't even kept in the large character portraits, mission briefing screen and shop whereas the C64 version reused the small status panel portraits on the select screen, and cut the briefing and shop graphics down to only include the character's head.   The game sprites are much smaller on the C64 version as well (in some cases almost half the size of the CPC ones) and obviously lacking the extra colours the CPC could fill it's sprites with.
CPC UN Squadron (http://www.mobygames.com/game/cpc/un-squadron/screenshots)
C64 UN Squadron (http://www.mobygames.com/game/c64/un-squadron/screenshots)

By the way does anyone know why CPC-Power is down again?

Now everyone has 512k it would be awesome if we could convert it to the CPC  :laugh:

Not everyone.  64k here.  ???
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: TFM on 20:52, 31 October 14
Meteor Mission 2 on the TRS-80 and Metal Gear Solid 2 on the MSX2.... Now everyone has 512k it would be awesome if we could convert it to the CPC  :laugh:


Hell yes...! I got 4 MB though.  :-X
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: Puresox on 00:54, 01 November 14
Couple of great computers there , and great games to boot.
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: Border_7 on 01:10, 03 November 14
1.Try getting a new Rom Dump from CPC Power of Laser Squad-Kit 1, (which is what I did yesterday)
2. Load up WinApe
3. Select the Disc File LaserSquad-Kit 1.open up that file.
4. WinApe does the auto load thing and Bobs your Uncle .Et Voila .
The only problem I can see that you have is that Rom you have is not the right?

Brilliant - thanks! Must have been the expansion kit files I had were no-good.
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: Border_7 on 00:50, 04 November 14
So this is brilliant - Laser Squad expansion scenarios! Great fun!

It would be awesome if someone out there knew how to make more scenario's / campaigns!!! and further expansion kits...  ;D
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: Puresox on 14:46, 04 November 14
I'm surprised there isn't more scenario's out there seeing as the game is virtually the same on every system.
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: Carnivius on 16:59, 04 November 14
Ghostbusters
Batman The Caped Crusader
Fast Food
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: Border_7 on 01:12, 07 November 14
Ghostbusters
Batman The Caped Crusader
Fast Food

Ghostbusters is a bit of good fun!
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Post by: Jckf on 01:22, 07 November 14
I've been playing Zork. Learned about it watching Chuck when that was on, and now finally have the ability to try it out :)
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: CraigsBar on 01:40, 07 November 14
Well I've mostly been playing with 5v 3inch floppy drives. I now have 2 6128plus's and 2 Cpc 6128's all with 5v drives. No more 12v powerleads for me. Yippee.
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: Jckf on 01:45, 07 November 14
Well I've mostly been playing with 5v 3inch floppy drives. I now have 2 6128plus's and 2 Cpc 6128's all with 5v drives. No more 12v powerleads for me. Yippee.
Is that a modded original drive, or a "new" drive?
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: CraigsBar on 07:46, 07 November 14
Is that a modded original drive, or a "new" drive?
They are 6128plus drives.
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: Carnivius on 12:16, 07 November 14
Ghostbusters is a bit of good fun!

Yep.  I don't agree with the bad reviews it gets, it's a charming and enjoyable game that captures the concept of the movies well enough.  As I said before in another thread I wish there had been a sequel game that built upon the general gameplay of it greatly (I think it was in a topic about the game Arachnophobia which is similar but with the higher quality you'd expect from a later game). 
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: Token on 16:46, 07 November 14
Rockford on a 464 and GT-64. I owned the Amiga and Atari ST version. Pretty cool on the CPC.
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: Gryzor on 12:45, 08 November 14
Gryzor.

When I first had it I really sucked at it though I loved it to death (obviously). I managed to finish it a while back and thought hey, I'm good at it now - not so. It's not like a bike, if you leave it, it leaves you. Bummer.
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: TotO on 13:53, 08 November 14
You can discover a homebrew game on CPC each week.
Actually, I'm playing to Magical Drop (http://homebrew.amstradtoday.com/jeux/m-n_uk.htm#magicaldrop) !:)







Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: Zoe Robinson on 18:05, 08 November 14
Croco Magneto. I am determined to finish this bloody game.
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: CraigsBar on 20:27, 08 November 14
Croco Magneto. I am determined to finish this bloody game.
LOL. I have been saying that since AA gave it away all those years ago. I've got very very close on several occasions but never got all the bloody targets.
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: Carnivius on 02:02, 09 November 14
Croco Magneto. I am determined to finish this bloody game.


Man, that was a great freebie.  Simple and addictive and had a fantastic piece of music too.
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: CraigsBar on 14:56, 10 November 14
Well today I am playing 'Invasion of the Zombie Monsters' an amazing console style platform game on my 464 Plus. Fast scolling, smooth animation. Amazing that this is  a homebrew title, had it been a commercial release it would easily be best looking platformer ever reviewed by AA.


Craig

Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: Puresox on 20:07, 10 November 14
Croco Magneto. I am determined to finish this bloody game.
Is Ball Bearing by the same people? It has a similar idea but scrolls doesn't it? Great game
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: dcdrac on 22:09, 10 November 14
i dusted off the Duct the other day that was fun
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: CraigsBar on 22:31, 10 November 14
i dusted off the Duct the other day that was fun
Oh WOW, that was a game.


Craig

Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: MacDeath on 02:04, 11 November 14
Quote
'Invasion of the Zombie Monsters'
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smooth animation
Lol not really.

But yeah those "character" based engines can actually get nice result and this game has sweet intro and so on... And good to have a game quite comparable on those 3 machines.

should do Enterprise version as well...
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: Grimmsqueaker on 10:09, 11 November 14
I fired up Into the Eagles Nest yesterday and ended up playing it for over an hour, such a great game and the better color on the cPC makes it look much better than the C64 with its washed out colors.
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: TFM on 22:22, 12 November 14
Lol not really.

But yeah those "character" based engines can actually get nice result and this game has sweet intro and so on... And good to have a game quite comparable on those 3 machines.

should do Enterprise version as well...


OMG! It's a speccy port !!!  :o
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: MacDeath on 22:48, 12 November 14
Nope, an MSX1 port...
 ;)

Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: Carnivius on 23:38, 12 November 14
I fired up Into the Eagles Nest yesterday and ended up playing it for over an hour, such a great game and the better color on the cPC makes it look much better than the C64 with its washed out colors.

So true.  Also I prefer the version of the game that DOESN'T play the theme from 633 Squadron.  Classic tune sure but I prefer the other music from the alternate released of the game I have on cassette.  Helps give the game more  of it's own 'character'.
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: dcdrac on 11:01, 13 November 14
Still wander if a CPC vesion of Doom or wolfenstein 3D is possible.
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: steve on 13:55, 13 November 14
Still wander if a CPC vesion of Doom or wolfenstein 3D is possible.

Perhaps the 512KB of rom in a cartridge could make it possible (fast screen copying), with sprites and DMA sound to help the processor.
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: CraigsBar on 14:16, 13 November 14
Perhaps the 512KB of rom in a cartridge could make it possible (fast screen copying), with sprites and DMA sound to help the processor.
Doom on a GX Cart then... Ready for release next year... who would be up for writing it?  LOL
I'd buy a copy for sure.


Out of interest, have any other 8 bit machines got doom port? So long as the result is not anything like the awful speccy ported Space Gun.
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: robcfg on 15:55, 13 November 14
Atari 8-bit - Project-M (game Wolfenstein 3D) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z3-J2-VeoH8#)


DOOM game on ZX Spectrum - YouTube (http://youtu.be/3v7cFGneuaw?t=1m41s)
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: dcdrac on 17:44, 13 November 14
Doom on a GX Cart then... Ready for release next year... who would be up for writing it?  LOL
I'd buy a copy for sure.


Out of interest, have any other 8 bit machines got doom port? So long as the result is not anything like the awful speccy ported Space Gun.

Count me in as well
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: VincentGR on 21:49, 18 January 15
This week I've finished :
Sly Spy
Batman the movie
Invasion of the zombie monsters
Rainbow Islands

Now I am fighting with the awesome new bubble bobble and Mountie Mick's Death Ride.
I am sure that I can't finish them without a cheat, especially the second one  :-X

Also I am trying the great game rolling thunder but it has unresponsive controls.
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: TFM on 00:54, 19 January 15
That new Bubble Bobble is AWESOME. And the greatest achievement IMHO is to press that in 48 KB!!! Kudos!  :)
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: VincentGR on 21:22, 01 February 15
I was very sick but before that as you can see in my post Prehistorik is past.
Yesterday I finished Rick Dangerous 128+ on the emulator because I don't have a Plus machine  :-[
Today on the real thing it was Sword of the Samurai!!! Great game.
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: Gryzor on 19:24, 08 February 15
You finished RD without cheats? :)

Welcome to the club!
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: TFM on 22:31, 08 February 15
MegaBlasters finished - the one in the Clouds.

Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: VincentGR on 22:48, 08 February 15
You finished RD without cheats? :)

Welcome to the club!

Without cheats??? The old one 25 years ago maybe, not anymore  ;D
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: wiggydiggypoo on 15:02, 09 February 15
Space Crusade


Interesting game, takes a little time to finish a game but enjoying it.
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: VincentGR on 20:15, 09 February 15
Gryzor finished at last.

I tried solac coaster just for the score... hard as hell.
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: VincentGR on 22:37, 10 February 15
Mother of all versions, Dragon Ninja!!!
A bit better hit detection when while changing platforms but the game is awesome on my beloved 6128.
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: CraigsBar on 15:41, 11 February 15
Mother of all versions, Dragon Ninja!!!
A bit better hit detection when while changing platforms but the game is awesome on my beloved 6128.
on my CPC? This week, nothing unfortunately, but this is because my JXD S7800b arrived. Wow, what a handheld. I am amazed it can emulate a Sega Dreamcast, and more so that virtua tennis is playable.
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: Puresox on 18:11, 11 February 15
I may be interested in one of these. Is it pretty user friendly/Is it pre configured with emulators etc?
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: CraigsBar on 19:30, 11 February 15
Yes very, they now seem to be shipping with the android 4.4.4 upgrade pre installed.

The emulator selection is amazing. I am a bit suspect over the legality of their free downloads of apps that are paid for in the play store, the same goes for the emulator ROMs.
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: dcdrac on 21:45, 11 February 15
Doom on GX cart sounds good to me
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: Puresox on 22:22, 11 February 15
Yes very, they now seem to be shipping with the android 4.4.4 upgrade pre installed.

The emulator selection is amazing. I am a bit suspect over the legality of their free downloads of apps that are paid for in the play store, the same goes for the emulator ROMs.
Last question are the Joypad and controls good quality? Without wishing to hyjack the thread too much.
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: CraigsBar on 22:34, 11 February 15
Yes. Above what I was expecting. The range of movement on the analog sticks is wonderful. I just played smash TV in mame and it has working proper arcade controls. Meaning 2 joysticks.
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: Hicks on 10:59, 12 February 15
Megablasters - Escape from Castle in the Clouds, of  course ;)
I was quite proud to reach the level 4, because the game is quite difficult!
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: TFM on 18:16, 12 February 15
Half the way there. Some later levels are harder, some are not. You'll make it!  :) :) :)
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: CraigsBar on 20:25, 12 February 15
Yes. Above what I was expecting. The range of movement on the analog sticks is wonderful. I just played smash TV in mame and it has working proper arcade controls. Meaning 2 joysticks.
OK this will be the last S7800b comment in this thread... This is such a good device it just proves that android is crying out for a plus/gx emulator. I would live to play the best pang home port on my new toy, but can't. I wonder if there would be interest in a S7800b as as prize for an android plus emulator. I'd donate £30 towards the purchase price of the prize console.
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: seanb on 01:42, 23 February 15
Thought I'd try captain america.

So after I finally figured out how to start the game, kept getting mocked for scratching my head... honestly, i died and game over less than a second into it.

Got a bit further on my second go except I threw my shield away and then couldn't do anything other than commit suicide.

Of to try camelot warriors
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: trabitboy on 12:29, 23 February 15
I'm moving houses so my cpc is packed and my CRT's unreachable.


I find myself craving for a go at sub hunter and invasion of the zombie monsters  :P


I have been playing them regularly since winter 2013 I guess !!!!!!
( coming back to them at least once a week )
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: Gryzor on 13:52, 23 February 15
@VincentGR (http://www.cpcwiki.eu/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=1053) : I've always maintained that RD was not that hard. It was a memory game. Of course you need time and patience, both of which tend to be lacking as we grow older, but Rick Dangerous can definitely be finished...


Gryzor, on the other hand, I think I hadn't finished it back in the day :D Got back to it a few years back and dusted my skills off :)
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: Puresox on 14:07, 23 February 15
Playing Vampire, really well put together game, I think anyhow.
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: VincentGR on 15:07, 23 February 15
@VincentGR (http://www.cpcwiki.eu/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=1053) : I've always maintained that RD was not that hard. It was a memory game. Of course you need time and patience, both of which tend to be lacking as we grow older, but Rick Dangerous can definitely be finished...


Gryzor, on the other hand, I think I hadn't finished it back in the day :D Got back to it a few years back and dusted my skills off :)

I'll agree for R1, R2 is beyond my powers.
Χρόνια πολλά αδερφέ  :D
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: Gryzor on 18:43, 23 February 15
Not sure if RD2 is more difficult, but then again I never played it in depth...

Καλά χταπόδια :)
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: Puresox on 19:48, 04 March 15
Los Inhumanos- Been checking this out ,pretty nicely programmed game.
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: cpc4eva on 15:30, 03 April 15
Los Inhumanos- Been checking this out ,pretty nicely programmed game.


hahaha mailboxes shooting out envelopes at you in a prehistorik setting loved it.... but how do you get out of there just seem to be wandering around the place???  Playing it for 1st time checked out the manual on cpc power but not in english.....

so i've been playing today Easter Friday day off work..... Los Inhumanos, Darts, Leaderboard, Track and Field, Endzone, Hardball and Graham Gooch Cricket.
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: Puresox on 19:27, 20 April 15
Titanic Blinky, real shame there is no music in this , had it a decent tune the game would be great  enjoyable title . Did they run out of space I wonder, Or performance issues?
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: Puresox on 00:14, 27 April 15
Jet-pac , really grateful for this addition to the CPC's library , great game, good for a quick blast, my high score so far 23,050. loads of room for improvement thats for sure .
Oh and giving Audiogenics World Class Rugby a spin, I'm amazed at how well they pulled off , quite a complex style of game. I think it plays better than most of the football games on the cpc..
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: TFM on 05:10, 27 April 15
MAXAM 1.14. Trusty and reliable.  8)
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: AMSDOS on 14:14, 27 April 15
I played "La Guerra de Gamber" like there was no tomorrow and was dead - game over before I was half way through. I played "Jim Power" the same way and was able to get to the end of the first level, but Jim Died with no scenery around him. :laugh:  "Invasion of the Zombie Monsters" still irritates me, even more annoying that it got a 9 on reviews. :o 
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: cpc4eva on 00:23, 02 May 15
Oh and giving Audiogenics World Class Rugby a spin, I'm amazed at how well they pulled off , quite a complex style of game. I think it plays better than most of the football games on the cpc..

i quite enjoy it too but its a bit quirky with the gameplay and the GFX are naff as but it does play well cant remember if it had any nice tunes ?


was just on FB and someone has posted IK+ on one of those 8bit groups and they chatted about if you pressed certain keys easter eggs in the c64 and Amiga version would occur like dropping paints, change of background colour and a pac man would appear on screen...... so i loaded up the CPC IK+ and had a play around but i couldnt get any easter eggs by pressing the keys has anyone found any on the CPC version???
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: cpc4eva on 21:05, 06 July 15
been playing Warhawk and classic invaders theres a retro forever group on Fb that has had these games as a high score challenge if anyone else is interested in playing come on down :)
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: zeropolis79 on 15:08, 07 July 15
When I can keep my goddaughter off Paperboy (please someone, adapt it for the GX4000 C4CPC cart!), I've been playing B.A.T by UBISoft. Good game.
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: CraigsBar on 17:20, 07 July 15
Well this week, I am working through the Spanish coding compo 2014 tape. So far I just live 2048.... The music is wonderful, anyone know who wrote it?
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: Puresox on 17:47, 07 July 15
After watching Lukozer's you tube channel's review of Zolyx for the C64. I had to check out the Amstrad version again to see how it compared.And was pretty impressed with the conversion , for some reason I had written it off when I had played it in the past. Really good game , and that is what I am playing mainly this week .
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: Carnivius on 17:51, 07 July 15
Dunno if you can call it 'playing' but I been loading up more recent RoboCop Prime stuff to check it all looks fine on a real CPC.   And it does.  So that's nice.

Oh and some blasty fun on UN Squadron! 
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: seanb on 18:43, 07 July 15
Dunno if you can call it 'playing' but I been loading up more recent RoboCop Prime stuff to check it all looks fine on a real CPC.   And it does.  So that's nice.

Oh and some blasty fun on UN Squadron!


Show off.
hope its unplayable.










I don't mean that, I really don't.
I want to play it so badly
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: Carnivius on 19:18, 07 July 15

Show off.
hope its unplayable.

Well yeah it's unplayable cos it's mostly screenshots and sprites/tiles testing on the real CPC.  The running game code only exists on PC at moment.  I just like to test the colours all look right on the real CPC screen.
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: Nich on 21:34, 07 July 15
Well this week, I am working through the Spanish coding compo 2014 tape. So far I just live 2048.... The music is wonderful, anyone know who wrote it?

Les Crackers Velus.

I love 2048 as well, although the MODE 0 version looks much better than the MODE 1 version!
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: CraigsBar on 21:53, 07 July 15
And where is this mode 0 version? I am really impressed with the music and dithering shades. I feel a cart image coming up here.
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: Nich on 23:15, 07 July 15
And where is this mode 0 version? I am really impressed with the music and dithering shades. I feel a cart image coming up here.

It can be downloaded from NVG:

ftp://ftp.nvg.ntnu.no/pub/cpc/games/board/2048.zip (ftp://ftp.nvg.ntnu.no/pub/cpc/games/board/2048.zip)

The file contains DSK images of both the MODE 0 and MODE 1 versions.
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: Dizrythmia on 07:12, 08 July 15
I finally cleaned out my back room enough to rescue my 464 & 6128. Using the tape cable & my mobile phone I loaded up Seymour Goes to Hollywood. I always wanted to give that a try...
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: Puresox on 22:33, 14 July 15
Playing Space Harrier II at the moment, I have to say I think SHII is a brilliant port, I was quite happy with SHI with its wire frame graphics. But the sequel tops it , moves at a decent enough pace (for an 8bit), Lovely colourful graphics, great music and there is very little noticeable  slowdown . I think they did a good job with this , great bosses and an enjoyable challenge.
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: Puresox on 21:02, 21 July 15
Starstrike 2 again, this game never ceases to blow me away whenever I delve into it, so much variety , and all done with superb skill and presentation, plenty of action and a little bit of  depth to keep you involved. Far superior to Elite IMO although different game in many respects
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: TFM on 21:53, 21 July 15
Yes, that's awesome! Also they may fascinate you: Starglider, StarFox and so.
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: Puresox on 22:35, 21 July 15
Hmmm Starfox , yes that one needs to be checked out , not really looked at that one, Starglider, I really want to enjoy more than I do , whenever I play it . I never seem to get very far in it ? I'd like to see a playthrough/guide of it.
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: Nich on 00:01, 22 July 15
Hmmm Starfox , yes that one needs to be checked out , not really looked at that one, Starglider, I really want to enjoy more than I do , whenever I play it . I never seem to get very far in it ? I'd like to see a playthrough/guide of it.

Here's a hint: To replenish your energy, find a power line (a set of three pillars) and fly very slowly between two of the pillars, aligning your ship with the third pillar, while hovering just above the ground.
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: ukmarkh on 00:20, 22 July 15
I had a go of Space Harrier 2 on the CPC... What a complete load of balls and sluggish shit. Then loaded the original, my life and balance was restored.


 
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: Puresox on 00:55, 22 July 15
I like both the Space harriers probably mentioned it before , Don't find it particularly sluggish on SH2 .


SH2 yeah it's not the quickest thing in the world , but can you really see an Amstrad throwing all those sprites around any faster ? Apart from doing it with wire frame like the first one? don't think it's a bad effort really , Especially when sluggish comes to mind with most games on the amstrad .
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: Puresox on 03:32, 23 July 15

Yes, that's awesome! Also they may fascinate you: Starglider, StarFox and so.
Yep Starfox turns out to be a great game for sure , I would have turned this off in the past , had I not given it a good chance to show what good shit it had to offer, best find in ages.
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: Neil79 on 03:54, 23 July 15
I was going to play Star Wars on Disc, but the **** didn't work and I got a refund  >:( >:(
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: zeropolis79 on 21:23, 23 July 15
Talk about football games on a CPC group on Facebook got me digging out the Soccer Stars compilation to play Gazza 2.. Great games. about the only footie game I can play!
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: CraigsBar on 14:04, 24 July 15
Talk about football games on a CPC group on Facebook got me digging out the Soccer Stars compilation to play Gazza 2.. Great games. about the only footie game I can play!
I have never been a footie fan. If you cannot pick the ball up and run with it, what's the point ;)

However I do love the occasional kick about on Manchester United Europe.
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: remax on 02:04, 25 July 15
I have never been a footie fan. If you cannot pick the ball up and run with it, what's the point ;)

However I do love the occasional kick about on Manchester United Europe.

Well in Kick Off, i could take the ball and run in "8" around the opponents players...

How bad was his game (also it was far greater than it's sequel!).

There is only three soccer game i still play on CPC : Emilio Butrageno (too easy but really fun), Matchday II (i like to play two player at once by redefining the keys to the same configuration) and Emlyn Hughes (the best amstrad soccer game imho).

And one day i'll add the game sigh is (slowly) creating.
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: AMSDOS on 08:28, 25 July 15
I've been playing B.A.T by UBISoft. Good game.


It was one of 4 Mastergames when it was reviewed in AA68. The other 3 was a Flight Simulator game (don't remember the name), Switchblade for Cass/Disc (I think) & Total Recall.  :)
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: cosa_nostra-6128 on 15:33, 25 July 15
Well in Kick Off, i could take the ball and run in "8" around the opponents players...

How bad was his game (also it was far greater than it's sequel!).

There is only three soccer game i still play on CPC : Emilio Butrageno (too easy but really fun), Matchday II (i like to play two player at once by redefining the keys to the same configuration) and Emlyn Hughes (the best amstrad soccer game imho).

And one day i'll add the game sigh is (slowly) creating.


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Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: dcdrac on 16:08, 25 July 15
Catch 23, he Armageddon Man and  Battlefield Germany
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: Puresox on 16:34, 25 July 15
Catch 23, he Armageddon Man and  Battlefield Germany
Armageddon man, are you fluent with this game? I don't think I understood it when I looked , admittedly not read instructions or paid close attention.. Is it any good?
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: zeropolis79 on 16:35, 25 July 15

It was one of 4 Mastergames when it was reviewed in AA68. The other 3 was a Flight Simulator game (don't remember the name), Switchblade for Cass/Disc (I think) & Total Recall.  :)

F16 Combat Pilot (Digital Intergration), Switchblade cass/disc (Gremlin), B.A.T (Ubi Soft) and Total Recall (Ocean)
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: dcdrac on 16:50, 25 July 15
it is good if you stick with it, the balance of maintaining  M.A.D (Mutually Assured Destruction) was not easy but an amazingly originally idea for a computer game, you could laways play to lose and let them blow up the world.
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: Puresox on 17:19, 25 July 15
Games like these are great cos it always means I have something on the Amstrad that will maybe one day entertain me. Battlefield Germany similar, although with that I do find procedure too slow.
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: dcdrac on 17:52, 25 July 15
oh yeh over use the nukes in BFG the AI kicked in and you had full on wipe out, if you played it cleverly as NAtO you held a defensive line giving a few kilometres here or there and got your helicoptes knocing out the Warzaw pacts supply ime you could hold out until the NATO reinforecments arrived and push them back
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: ukmarkh on 17:55, 25 July 15
I like both the Space harriers probably mentioned it before , Don't find it particularly sluggish on SH2 .


SH2 yeah it's not the quickest thing in the world , but can you really see an Amstrad throwing all those sprites around any faster ? Apart from doing it with wire frame like the first one? don't think it's a bad effort really , Especially when sluggish comes to mind with most games on the amstrad .


The games I like on the CPC aren't sluggish when compared to games you mention. Space Harrier (Amazing), Wec le Mans, Dan Dare 3, Robozone, Robocop, Operation Wolf, Mr Heli... The list goes on. I liked U.N.Sqadron, but it's too slow to be playable, so what's the point. Outrun and Turbo Outrun were the same, ruined the experience for me. Well, it's all subjective at the end of the day, but there's no argument that if Space Harrier 2 on the CPC ran at the same pace as the original, it'd be playable, and Space Harrier and most SEGA games are all about speed.
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: dcdrac on 18:04, 25 July 15
I also loved Arnhem because I used to play it by ditching Montgmery's plan, and came up with my own, I put all the parachute troops into Arnhem UK, US Polish, and then want around Nijmegan, and also hit the bridges with the mobile armoured units
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: arnoldemu on 20:46, 25 July 15
I enjoyed Space Harrier on the CPC. It's fast although it is vector like and if you look the graphics scale smoothly.

I was curious to see if it really was line drawn, and looking at the code I'm not convinced it is. The vector graphics appear to be stored as sprites in a special compressed format so drawing a scanline at a time. I can see that doing that means there is hardly any pixels drawn and it will be fast. So although they may have been designed as vector graphics they seem to be pre-converted into sprites.

There appear to be functions for drawing various runs of pixels.

So it doesn't appear to be "pure" vector graphics i.e. drawing lines from point to point.

The man is a sprite and has a mask stored, so effectively 2 times the graphics used up *BUT* this means it is fast to draw.

Like I said, I enjoyed Space Harrier a lot.

@ukmarkh (http://www.cpcwiki.eu/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=34): I understand where you are coming from. I found the same with Outrun and Turbo Outrun, they are a bit too slow, and it's more of a challenge to endure the game rather than to enjoy it and finish it.

For me contintenal circus is fast, and if outrun had been the same then I think it would have been much better. I feel for outrun perhaps they did too much maths and tried to do real 3d projection to make the road work instead of doing an approximation. Doing 3d roads on 8-bit and 16-bit is more about good fakery than doing real maths.
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: Puresox on 22:01, 25 July 15



Well I will enjoy Space Harrier and Space Harrier 2 equally. And for different reasons . I am in the minority in rating SH2 , but I think it is perfectly adequate , there is a great variety in stages and bosses and it plays and a pace that is acceptable. I really can't see the CPC ever pushing the amount of lovely sprites about the screen . More than this does . Which I know isn't the point that bothers you but still, I really enjoy the game when I play it , so consider it a successful game on the Amstrad .
Anyway, as you were..
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: AMSDOS on 11:50, 26 July 15
F16 Combat Pilot (Digital Intergration), Switchblade cass/disc (Gremlin), B.A.T (Ubi Soft) and Total Recall (Ocean)


So AA reviewed them games back in 1991 (Issue 68) and I think F16 Combat Pilot slightly edge out the other 3 games according to AA. But do you have a different favourite out of those games?  :D
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: zeropolis79 on 14:42, 26 July 15
Well, I have all four of these games (Switchblade only being on tape though).. They're all good in their own way but I'd have to say Switchblade is my favourite of the four.

Re: Space Harrier.

I had both games back in the day and while both were good, I felt the first one was the better game.


Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: ||C|-|E|| on 20:12, 26 July 15
Did anyone manage to land in F16 combat pilot? I had some pretty long flights, but they always ended crashing. Maybe it is me, though, because I also had a horrible time to land the planes in the much easier Gran Thief Auto V  :D :D
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: remax on 00:30, 27 July 15
Super michel skills you do not like ? Screen small but fairly fast game


I don't know this one, i'll have to try it :)
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: dcdrac on 00:59, 28 July 15
Did anyone manage to land in F16 combat pilot? I had some pretty long flights, but they always ended crashing. Maybe it is me, though, because I also had a horrible time to land the planes in the much easier Gran Thief Auto V  :D :D

A couple of times I pulled off a landing in F16 just had to get the speed and angle of attack dead on
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: zeebee on 13:22, 22 October 15
This week after a long time away from my emulator.. I am playing Guild of Thieves by Magnetic Scrolls.

I never played it all those years ago, but I do remember the adverts and good reviews. It was definitely one I wanted.

I am really enjoying it. I didn't think I'd stick with it long, I thought I would just play around a little while but I've been making some steady progress and have been on it every evening so far. :) The puzzles are all sensible so far, once you solve them (!), and there is plenty to do and some funny moments too. I am doing my best to resist googling for help or solutions, just trying to recreate that 80s feeling of being on your own with it and waking up in the night with ideas about how to get down in the cellar without the rats killing me!

No spoilers please! :)
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: TrainingForUtopia on 16:24, 22 October 15
Antiriad &  Ikari Warriors
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: TFM on 19:12, 22 October 15
Space Chicken! Even made a high-score...  :-X :-X :laugh: :-X :-X :-X
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: Zoe Robinson on 19:44, 22 October 15
For me it's Helvera: Mistress of the Park. I am determined to complete this game.
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: ||C|-|E|| on 20:21, 22 October 15
I am basically testing and coding my own text adventure instead of being with the PS4 and the Whitcher 3 or Mad Max  :picard2:
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: VincentGR on 20:42, 22 October 15
I am basically testing and coding my own text adventure instead of being with the PS4 and the Whitcher 3 or Mad Max  :picard2:

Yes, but don't you feel complete with this?  ;D
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: ||C|-|E|| on 21:30, 22 October 15
Yes, but don't you feel complete with this?  ;D

I feel very complete but, when I am done, I am going to play Mad Max, Whitcher III with all the expansions and Fallout 4 to death  :D :D :D
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: TFM on 21:44, 23 October 15
Yep, the Amstrad version of MadMax is relly cool, vid here:


Mad Max: Fury Road - 8 Bit Cinema - YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NsXWTcVvCwQ)

Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: Gryzor on 18:45, 10 November 15
Still going through the CPCRetroDev entries :)
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: dodogildo on 19:04, 10 November 15
I'm on a playtrough of Rick Dangerous 2

The good thing is that I'm planning to continue the quest with the GX4000 Gamepad which just arrived by @CraigsBar :)

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Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: Shaun M. Neary on 19:34, 10 November 15
Decided to have a crack at Paperboy. I managed to get to the third day and I started to get a bit bored though.
Manic week in terms of work, so not had much chance to play games.

Paperboy used to keep me entertained for hours way back. These days the repetition got to me.  :laugh:
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: Shaun M. Neary on 22:06, 10 March 18
Resurrecting this thread for the gamers.


Playing Karnov at present. Although the cracked version won't bring you back to the start of the game when you run out of lives. Thankfully there's an original image I can load with a Gotek.


What you playing?
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: CraigsBar on 22:38, 10 March 18
Resurrecting this thread for the gamers.


Playing Karnov at present. Although the cracked version won't bring you back to the start of the game when you run out of lives. Thankfully there's an original image I can load with a Gotek.


What you playing?
I am playing lots at the moment, all in the name of "playtesting" my PiGRRL 2. but really enjoying 'a prelude to chaos' and feud.

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Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: DanyPPC on 22:45, 10 March 18
I'm playing Flying Shark and Wec Le Mans. Both are a little slower than spectrum versions.
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: mahlemiut on 22:59, 10 March 18
Been playing Monty on the Run (poorly) for some reason. 

This was my best attempt - https://www.twitch.tv/videos/237373276 (don't laugh ;))
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: CraigsBar on 23:07, 10 March 18
Been playing Monty on the Run (poorly) for some reason. 

This was my best attempt - https://www.twitch.tv/videos/237373276 (don't laugh ;))
Respect for taking on the moley one.

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Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: tjohnson on 00:37, 11 March 18
Been playing jail break.  I wanted this game so much back in the day and eventually got it to be ever so disappointed, however playing it again now have been enjoying it.

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Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: Shaun M. Neary on 00:51, 11 March 18
I wrote this in the chat when Xyphoe played this a couple of months back, Jail Break really is not a bad game. It just needs a little perseverance. I've enjoyed this one too but I'm a massive fan of pretty much all the games on the Konami Arcade Collection compilation.


Once you get a decent weapon, it's plain sailing.
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: tjohnson on 02:44, 11 March 18
Agreed it isn't a bad game but i think my disappointment stemmed from finding it very hard as a youngster.   I'm still finding it hard even with the weapon upgrades, I'm not convinced i ever got past the first level as a kid but have got to the second level now.  How many levels are there?

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Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: Shaun M. Neary on 08:49, 11 March 18
Agreed it isn't a bad game but i think my disappointment stemmed from finding it very hard as a youngster.   I'm still finding it hard even with the weapon upgrades, I'm not convinced i ever got past the first level as a kid but have got to the second level now.  How many levels are there?

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Five. I think I've made it to level 2 back in the day but haven't been able to do it since I started re-playing it.
I don't fancy my chances to be honest.
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: mr_lou on 09:07, 11 March 18
Been playing jail break.  I wanted this game so much back in the day and eventually got it to be ever so disappointed, however playing it again now have been enjoying it.

That's exactly my story too - only with Bubble Bobble.
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: YuT666 on 14:26, 11 March 18
Antiriad & The Great Escape.
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: ComSoft6128 on 16:01, 11 March 18
I played ATF last Sunday for the first time in over twenty years and it felt good.
I then played two (very) quick games of Tank Busters, scored zero each time and that didn't feel so good. On the bright side, I didn't need to keep filling a slot with ten pence pieces as I had to back in the early eighties. And now..........its a grudge match.

Cheers,

Peter


 
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: tjohnson on 20:52, 11 March 18
Antiriad & The Great Escape.
Great Escape was one of my favourite games, there were a few items i never worked out what they were for.  Might have to fire it up for another session sometime soon.

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Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: Shaun M. Neary on 23:01, 11 March 18
Agreed it isn't a bad game but i think my disappointment stemmed from finding it very hard as a youngster.   I'm still finding it hard even with the weapon upgrades, I'm not convinced i ever got past the first level as a kid but have got to the second level now.  How many levels are there?

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Almost made it to level 2 but lost a life towards the end of level one and couldn't get grenades to get past the machine gun guys. Lose your weapons before there and forget it, its game over!  :'(
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: tjohnson on 16:16, 13 March 18

Almost made it to level 2 but lost a life towards the end of level one and couldn't get grenades to get past the machine gun guys. Lose your weapons before there and forget it, its game over!  :'(
I've got quite far into level 2 now and came across a vehicle too, definately never got this far back in the day.   The level 1 situation with the machine gun guys seems almost a bug, they can't be killed with any other weapons. 

One downside i find to replaying games from my childhood is that the new memories over write the old memories a little.

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Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: Shaun M. Neary on 13:48, 15 March 18
One downside i find to replaying games from my childhood is that the new memories over write the old memories a little.

I can honestly say, I don't have that problem. If anything, i'm adding to them.

On topic: I've actually got an itching to play Everyone's A Wally. Despite that game frustrating the hell out of me back in the day.
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: tjohnson on 22:26, 15 March 18

I can honestly say, I don't have that problem. If anything, i'm adding to them.

On topic: I've actually got an itching to play Everyone's A Wally. Despite that game frustrating the hell out of me back in the day.


I don't think I played any of the wally games when I was a kid, will have to check them out.


I've started writing out a list of all the games I remember having, one way I've been doing that is looking at games on ebay as I remember the covers quite vividly, like a game called Future Knight, completely forgot about it but then saw it on ebay and all the memories started coming back.
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: blackdalek on 15:16, 17 March 18
Last game I played was the Pac-Man emulator

But this last week I've also played:
Cheril of the Bosque by Mojon Twins
Wonder Boy
Guzzler
Knight Tyme
Galivan
1943
Captain Fizz Meets the Blaster Trons
Ghosts 'N Goblins
Ghouls 'N Ghosts
Switchblade and
Chibi Akumas Ep 1
 
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: Shaun M. Neary on 15:36, 17 March 18
I had a good run at a few games yesterday.

Ghostbusters: It was a rushed cash-in, but I actually enjoy it from time to time. It's pretty cool to actually try and rack up as much money as you can in a "beat your last score" kinda way.

Spy Hunter: Another fun romp for a while. It's just unfortunate that you're driving around the same map in different colours with a few new enemies. Playing it on Expert is somewhat of a challenge too.

Grand Prix Simulator: Still prefer this over Super Sprint, despite the blocky cars.

Street Gang Football: Not sure why I never got to play this until now. It's not a bad little game, shame the graphics weren't a bit more colourful, but they move a lot better than a lot of soccer games out there.

IK+: Hadn't played this in ages, got the stuffing knocked out of me though once I reached brown belt!

Target Renegade: I'd actually forgotten how very difficult this game gets after you kill the boss the first time around. Your time limit gets so tight and the enemies get so much smarter. Still a great blast from the past.

Platoon: I don't know how ANYONE has managed to finish this game. I always get stuck on level 4! Either I get hit with a stray bullet or I keep grazing myself off the barbed wire or tripping on a landmine.

Oh... and all were loaded from tape in an act of true nostalgia, because I still love my 464.
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: Shaun M. Neary on 17:51, 17 March 18
In addition:


Bubble Bobble (original Firebird release): Made it to screen 42, surprised myself.


Mr. Freeze. Sooooo sloooow, but not a bad little game once perseverance (and stubbornness) kicks in.


Laserwarp: Defeated The Master for the first time since 88!
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: arnoldemu on 18:56, 17 March 18
Mr. Freeze. Sooooo sloooow, but not a bad little game once perseverance (and stubbornness) kicks in.

poke 7c05,0
poke 7c06,0

Too fast now?  ;D
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: Shaun M. Neary on 19:23, 17 March 18
poke 7c05,0
poke 7c06,0

Too fast now?  ;D

Hahah may give this a go later!!
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: VincentGR on 20:22, 17 March 18
La Guerra de Gamber
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: Shaun M. Neary on 21:14, 18 March 18
Played since my last post:


Bombjack: A true classic but 11 minutes to load from tape is insane to think about today!


Gauntlet II: were any levels past level 9 or 10 designed to be seen on one credit? 😂


Breakthru: Couldn't get my tape to load for years when I had it, then got it going. Strange shoot em up from an even stranger Arcade.



Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: VincentGR on 01:05, 19 March 18
When you fire in breaktrhu is like the CPC is trying to tell you something.
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: Shaun M. Neary on 01:57, 19 March 18
When you fire in breaktrhu is like the CPC is trying to tell you something.

Yes, and I usually interpret it as "This is painful, please load something else and end this misery!"
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: Shaun M. Neary on 23:57, 19 March 18
And final game of the last weekend was Robocop.


I've finished this on the Spectrum, and still haven't finished it on the Amstrad! I make it just before the final screen and then get nailed before I finish it.


Some day, I'll get there though.
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: Lazy Dude on 15:13, 21 March 18
So I was browsing around looking at this and that, and I came across a review for 'After the war' its a Spanish game, no problem I may have to swot up on Google translate for some bits but what the hell, a good game is a good game.
Then I discovered it was released in UK and reviewed in AA52. Could this get any better?
I downloaded the dsk and then a lightbulb went on..... I had a look at my ancient tape collection and lo there it was as handy as you like. No need to download the instructions then!
How odd I had it all these years. And totally loving it for this week and the next 😎

Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: Shaun M. Neary on 19:06, 21 March 18
So I was browsing around looking at this and that, and I came across a review for 'After the war' its a Spanish game, no problem I may have to swot up on Google translate for some bits but what the hell, a good game is a good game.
Then I discovered it was released in UK and reviewed in AA52. Could this get any better?
I downloaded the dsk and then a lightbulb went on..... I had a look at my ancient tape collection and lo there it was as handy as you like. No need to download the instructions then!
How odd I had it all these years. And totally loving it for this week and the next 😎




After The War is a class game. A lot of Dinamic's games had a tendency to be well written and look really well.
They also had a tendency to be quite difficult too. I always managed to get to the end of After The War, part one, but never had either enough energy to defeat the end guy, or I'd lost a life somewhere and respawned so far behind that I'd run out of time by the time I got to him the second time around. Stupidly strict time limit on that game.

There are also English and Spanish versions of most Dinamic games too, handy if you're like me, can't speak a word of Spanish and you need to redefine the keys!  :D
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: VincentGR on 20:55, 21 March 18
Found a photo that I took recently and yes, I have After the war too, couldn't remember that  :picard:


(https://s26.postimg.org/qzr365v89/20180129_192157.jpg)
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: Lazy Dude on 22:13, 21 March 18
Nice selection you have there.
Well we can't  all be expected to remember what stuff was bought decades ago, and yeh end of level bad guy is a toughie.
I am trying to perfect my high kicks on level one, they seem to be doing somthing.
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: Shaun M. Neary on 22:32, 22 March 18
This week so far!


Robocop: After 30 years, I finally finished the thing. Bucket list!
Hunchback: Also finished this today, did two and a half rounds of it and racked up a nice big score to top the scoreboard.


A good week and that's with barely any playing time!
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: Dominoid on 22:57, 22 March 18
Robocop: After 30 years, I finally finished the thing. Bucket list!

Your next task is to do the same on the Commodore 64 version ;)
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: Shaun M. Neary on 23:49, 22 March 18
Your next task is to do the same on the Commodore 64 version ;)


I would but the faded palette of the C64 would make me throw up my lunch!  :laugh:
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: Shaun M. Neary on 13:22, 25 March 18
Currently playing: Frank Brunos Boxing.
Got this on budget in 1988 and was really disappointed with it at the time due to the fiddly controls.

Hindsight being 20/20, it was the closest thing we got to Nintendo's Punch Out at the time of it's original release, and it's actually a lot of fun too. The last few guys are very difficult. The Italian guy (Ravioli?  :laugh: ) has been kicking my ass the last few rounds.
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: tjohnson on 23:38, 25 March 18
I've been playing a few GX4000 games today, Batman and Crazy Cars II.  Batman is strange with the slowdown, seems to happen mostly when Batman is near the top of the level (level 1 I haven't got past the Batmobile level yet).  Crazy Cars II the music could be used in a torture chamber!  It's taking me back to being 14 again playing the games in my bedroom on my Tatung 14" CRT connected with Scart although I had neither of these for my GX.
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: Shaun M. Neary on 01:14, 26 March 18
Batman on cartridge is an abortion. I won't go near it, the slowdown is just too distracting.


Had a visit from @CraigsBar (http://www.cpcwiki.eu/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=482) earlier today, so there was some 2 player fun to be had on a recently repaired GX4000 (bandy joystick ports lost some pins so new ports had to be fitted).


We treated ourselves to rounds of Gauntlet and Rampage. Much fun!
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: Vyper68 on 11:53, 26 March 18
I managed to get a complete copy of the Amstrad version of Elite Gold a week ago so i am playing that again now after reading "The Dark Wheel" again. It's 35 years on and i still cannot dock properly ( story of my life  :-X )
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: tjohnson on 14:33, 26 March 18

Batman on cartridge is an abortion. I won't go near it, the slowdown is just too distracting.


Has anyone worked out what causes the slowdown in the cartridge version, seems weird as the disk version doesn't seem to slowdown;
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: tjohnson on 11:38, 27 March 18
I was playing batman again last night, I've got to the batwing level. I do pefer the coloring of the gx4000 version but the slow down is annoying on level 1.  Oddly the slowdown seems to happen most when batman is at the top of the level.  Maybe the original game code was optimised, while the code for gx4000 used an early code release before optimisation, i think they were released a couple of years apart so quite possible the code releases were different.

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Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: Joseman on 15:57, 27 March 18
I was playing batman again last night, I've got to the batwing level. I do pefer the coloring of the gx4000 version but the slow down is annoying on level 1.  Oddly the slowdown seems to happen most when batman is at the top of the level.  Maybe the original game code was optimised, while the code for gx4000 used an early code release before optimisation, i think they were released a couple of years apart so quite possible the code releases were different.

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As i was told by an expert coder (i dont know if he want his name here cause i know that he wanted to do something related), the ocean code for batman, robocop, darkman etc, is anything but optimized, it's wasting memory having the scoreboard twice, and he told me that can rewrite the code to make this games run at a much higher speed.
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: blackdalek on 16:38, 27 March 18
I was playing Master Chess tonight by Amsoft/Mikro-Gen against the computer on the easiest level, given the renewed interest in Chess lately with Joseman's CPChess developments...
I knew I was bad at chess, but I thought I at least knew most of the rules. I got to a point where the game would not let me continue.
Computer said "check with mate in 1 move". As far as I could tell there was only one move I could make to get my king out of check, but the computer wouldn't let me do it. When I pressed the R key for a hint. The computer recommended I move a completely different piece on the board which would have resulted in my king being taken. Not sure what happened there, so I just quit the game  :P
I thought that when your king was being threatened by check it was illegal to make a move that deliberately keeps yourself into check, but apparently the computer wanted me to make a suicide move ;)
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: Shaun M. Neary on 16:52, 27 March 18
As i was told by an expert coder (i dont know if he want his name here cause i know that he wanted to do something related), the ocean code for batman, robocop, darkman etc, is anything but optimized, it's wasting memory having the scoreboard twice, and he told me that can rewrite the code to make this games run at a much higher speed.


Not that I found anything wrong with the original games but I would definitely find this interesting and give them another play through.  :D
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: VincentGR on 17:26, 27 March 18

Not that I found anything wrong with the original games but I would definitely find this interesting and give them another play through.  :D


Same here, Robocop is one of my favorite games ever.
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: blackdalek on 17:31, 27 March 18
I liked the bat wing level on the Batman Movie game. I think because I found it the easiest of all the levels :P
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: Carnivius on 18:08, 27 March 18
As i was told by an expert coder (i dont know if he want his name here cause i know that he wanted to do something related), the ocean code for batman, robocop, darkman etc, is anything but optimized, it's wasting memory having the scoreboard twice, and he told me that can rewrite the code to make this games run at a much higher speed.

That is very interesting since for example RoboCop already packs in quite a bit into it's initial tape load on a 464.  First couple of levels, nicely animated sprites (the legs being quite smoothly done), mini-games and a couple tunes all in there.
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: Joseman on 19:18, 27 March 18
That is very interesting since for example RoboCop already packs in quite a bit into it's initial tape load on a 464.  First couple of levels, nicely animated sprites (the legs being quite smoothly done), mini-games and a couple tunes all in there.

I LOVE, Robocop, Batman the movie and Darkman.

As he told me, if you use a vertical rupture and separate the scoreboard from the buffer (and have the 2 game buffer en #c000), you can gain 2k-4k, and apply the modern sprite routines with this free memory.

Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: Shaun M. Neary on 19:38, 27 March 18
I liked the bat wing level on the Batman Movie game. I think because I found it the easiest of all the levels :P


That level was concocted by the devil. I always get screwed over in the last 20 seconds of it!
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: tjohnson on 21:13, 27 March 18
Yeah got to the batwing on final life but lost too much energy, might play again tonight

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Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: tjohnson on 00:15, 28 March 18
Batman on cartridge is an abortion. I won't go near it, the slowdown is just too distracting.

So I had another play with this tonight I think the slowdown is in the music only not in the graphics difficult to tell without a side to side video but while the music labours the actual movement seems ok.  I guess the laboured music gives the impression of game slowdown but it seemed to play ok.  What is causing it is strange, would be good to get some answer on this and see if its possible to fix the cartridge version as the colours are much better than the original when compared side by side, a much more subtle palette.
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: Shaun M. Neary on 00:29, 28 March 18
So I had another play with this tonight I think the slowdown is in the music only not in the graphics difficult to tell without a side to side video but while the music labours the actual movement seems ok.  I guess the laboured music gives the impression of game slowdown but it seemed to play ok.  What is causing it is strange, would be good to get some answer on this and see if its possible to fix the cartridge version as the colours are much better than the original when compared side by side, a much more subtle palette.


I disagree a bit. I'm not a fan of the GX Palette of Batman at all. Maybe cos I was just used to the original but I genuinely felt that they took a great game in Batman and made it worse for the GX between pricking about with the colours and the music slowdown which still distracts from the gameplay.


They took a fixed game, and they broke it.
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Post by: Shaun M. Neary on 01:35, 02 April 18
Finally back home after a week away and discovering that the thumb stick on a PSP really is not good for playing Amstrad games at all!


Just finished Treasure Island Dizzy again, in the spirit of Easter.
After watching Xyphoes stream last night, Kwik Snax is next!
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: tjohnson on 00:23, 04 April 18
This week I've been having a GX4000 fest, been playing Pang, Navy Seals, Fire and Forget II, Crazy Cars II, Copter 271, Pinball Magic and a bit more Batman.  Copter 271 could be better and suffers horrendous slowdown, maybe some better coding could have made it so much better, Fire and Forget and Crazy Cars are ok but definitely lacking any real enhancement and even the graduated sky flickers on crazy cars.  I thought pinball magic was quite good.  Pang is good fun and makes good use of the enhanced capabilities and my kids were playing it, Navy Seals was a demonstrator but bang hard!
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: Shaun M. Neary on 01:43, 04 April 18
I utterly tanked on Kwik Snax, so I put it away for a bit.

I spent a good chunk of the bank holiday playing Leaderboard and Leaderboard Tournament. On novice level as I can't be bothered trying to get the joystick timing for hook and slice just yet. After playing Leaderboard Tournament, I can't really go back to Leaderboard. The faster course drawing speeds being a good part, but equally important, the putting gauge was slowed down for a more realistic response in Tournament, it's next to near impossible to putt in the original.

Busy few days ahead, but I'm sure I'll be attacking my 464 in the next few days with another update.  ;)
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: ukmarkh on 01:49, 04 April 18
Football Manager 2 for me


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Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: Shaun M. Neary on 01:57, 04 April 18
This week I've been having a GX4000 fest, been playing Pang, Navy Seals, Fire and Forget II, Crazy Cars II, Copter 271, Pinball Magic and a bit more Batman.  Copter 271 could be better and suffers horrendous slowdown, maybe some better coding could have made it so much better, Fire and Forget and Crazy Cars are ok but definitely lacking any real enhancement and even the graduated sky flickers on crazy cars.  I thought pinball magic was quite good.  Pang is good fun and makes good use of the enhanced capabilities and my kids were playing it, Navy Seals was a demonstrator but bang hard!

Out of that entire list for the GX4000, Pang was the only one I found enjoyable. I've said it before and I'll say it again, but the GX needed to come out a year earlier. I think it would have seen more success and Amstrad may have capitalised on that to aim to fit in with the 16bit market later on.
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: VincentGR on 02:04, 04 April 18
Yesterday I repaired my joystick and the RGB socket on my CPC, yes a friend gave him to me in a pretty bad condition a couple of years ago.
So, Bubble Bobble (New), Bruce Lee, Magica, Rick Dangerous 1, TMHT.
Also tried some other games but my M4 WIFI didn't like the loader, oh well.
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: ukmarkh on 02:06, 04 April 18
Out of that entire list for the GX4000, Pang was the only one I found enjoyable. I've said it before and I'll say it again, but the GX needed to come out a year earlier. I think it would have seen more success and Amstrad may have capitalised on that to aim to fit in with the 16bit market later on.

They rushed Pang, I’m not saying it isn’t good, but in later levels it’s bugged as hell, balls get trapped, collision detection is way off and it just serves to ruin what should have been a great game playing experience. I find it almost impossible to progress without cheating, I don’t have this issue with the Amiga or arcade version. So I know it’s not me. I think people like to claim it’s great without fully experiencing it to its fullest, it would be good to know how many people have actually completed it without cheating?


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Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: tjohnson on 02:47, 04 April 18
Out of that entire list for the GX4000, Pang was the only one I found enjoyable. I've said it before and I'll say it again, but the GX needed to come out a year earlier. I think it would have seen more success and Amstrad may have capitalised on that to aim to fit in with the 16bit market later on.

Pang is ok, makes good use of the enhanced capabilities, nice coloured background, no scrolling and hardware sprites.  The whole GX/Plus thing was a disaster, in hindsight I  they made the mistake of sticking to the z80 and releasing too late, by then people were wanting Amiga, ST, Megadrive,  definitely 2 years earlier and it could have done well and probably sustained the machine beyond its final days maybe a couple more years.  Maybe they should have forgotten the whole cart thing and just provided the enhanced capabilities in the plus models accessible with normal tape and disk.  Then develop a more advanced machine around a 16 bit processor  I wonder what processor they would have gone with, 68000 like Amiga, ST, Megadrive or could they have gone with something like the Intel 286?  What else was available at the time?  I can't see Amstrad having the clout to develop their own custom processor.  Its a shame its not possible to turn back the clock and see if things could have panned out differently.

They rushed Pang, I’m not saying it isn’t good, but in later levels it’s bugged as hell, balls get trapped, collision detection is way off and it just serves to ruin what should have been a great game playing experience. I find it almost impossible to progress without cheating, I don’t have this issue with the Amiga or arcade version. So I know it’s not me. I think people like to claim it’s great without fully experiencing it to its fullest, it would be good to know how many people have actually completed it without cheating?

I haven't got very far, it was a game I wanted back in the day but never found a copy.
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: dthrone on 11:05, 04 April 18
They rushed Pang, I’m not saying it isn’t good, but in later levels it’s bugged as hell, balls get trapped, collision detection is way off and it just serves to ruin what should have been a great game playing experience. I find it almost impossible to progress without cheating, I don’t have this issue with the Amiga or arcade version. So I know it’s not me. I think people like to claim it’s great without fully experiencing it to its fullest, it would be good to know how many people have actually completed it without cheating?


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Completed it back in the day but only doing the trick of switching to controller 2 when you're on your last life with player 1.  Is that cheating?  ;D   
Title: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: ukmarkh on 12:02, 04 April 18



Completed it back in the day but only doing the trick of switching to controller 2 when you're on your last life with player 1.  Is that cheating? 

I will let you answer that, but I commend you for working this out


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Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: Shaun M. Neary on 17:11, 04 April 18
Yesterday I repaired my joystick and the RGB socket on my CPC, yes a friend gave him to me in a pretty bad condition a couple of years ago.
So, Bubble Bobble (New), Bruce Lee, Magica, Rick Dangerous 1, TMHT.
Also tried some other games but my M4 WIFI didn't like the loader, oh well.


Might be worth uploading to the latest beta. I had a few issues with some loaders on the m4 that recent betas have since fixed. Might be worth a go?
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: Shaun M. Neary on 17:13, 04 April 18



Completed it back in the day but only doing the trick of switching to controller 2 when you're on your last life with player 1.  Is that cheating?  ;D


That's exactly how I got to the end of Bubble Bobble, only to discover there was only 80 levels instead of 100!
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: VincentGR on 17:14, 04 April 18

Might be worth uploading to the latest beta. I had a few issues with some loaders on the m4 that recent betas have since fixed. Might be worth a go?


Do you think that this will help with the no disc in drive issue?
I'll have a go, thanks my friend.
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: Shaun M. Neary on 17:16, 04 April 18
Haven't had that particular issue myself.


Might be worth throwing the M4 rom in slot 7 and Parados in slot 6 too?
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: VincentGR on 17:25, 04 April 18
Will try that.
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: blackdalek on 03:33, 05 April 18
Mostly just been playing Fruity Frank this week, but also Frogalot briefly.
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: Dominoid on 13:44, 06 April 18
I'm going to be working my way through this lot. £5.50 on eBay, so there's still some occasional bargains to be had there. Been meaning to pick up 3 Weeks in Paradise and Jack the Ripper for ages so I reckon it's worth it just for those two.(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180406/7f45e6541809636dc69b406c0bb92ce8.jpg)

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Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: blackdalek on 17:09, 06 April 18
I'm going to be working my way through this lot. £5.50 on eBay...
Only thing I had in that photo was Gremlin's Chart Attack.
I could never get the Impossamole tape to load though, so never really got to play that until years later on an emulator.
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Post by: Shaun M. Neary on 19:08, 06 April 18
Had a few of those, Chart Attack, 100% Dynamite, Live Ammo and Ten Great Games.


Enjoyed Impossamole. Never finished it though, my patience wore thin as it just plodded along as a game in general. Done by the same guys at Core who did Rick Dangerous II I think.
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: tjohnson on 13:44, 14 April 18

Played a bit of green beret because it was the first thing I picked up when trying to test my CPC to scart cable.  Its not an awful game in my opinion, although I think lot of people would disagree, it is a tough as I remember but I must be a better gamer now than I was when I was 10 as I got further much quicker than I remember. 


Played a couple of the games on the 6 hits compilation by Beau Jolly, Gauntlet (defender clone) and Killer Gorilla (Donkey Kong clone), both are pretty good.


Also play a little bit of burning rubber, Switchblade, Robocop, Stryker in the Crypts of Trogan.


Only playing 5 or 10 minutes at a time though.
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: VincentGR on 14:38, 14 April 18
Finally finished Bruce Lee like I did back in the glory days.
That laser thingy level is the one I hate most.


Now my off-topic quote:


Two years ago I saw Bruce Lee 2 on the PC that was ported successfully to the brown machine.


No love for the CPC???
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: ukmarkh on 14:42, 14 April 18
I tried Green Beret again a few weeks back, still s#it! This game badly needs a remake, hopefully once Ghosts n Goblins is done.


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Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: mr_lou on 15:37, 14 April 18
I tried Green Beret again a few weeks back, still s#it! This game badly needs a remake, hopefully once Ghosts n Goblins is done.

I think the general perception of any CPC game depends on whether or not you saw the original Arcade game version first.

I never played the original Arcade version of Green Beret - loved the CPC version.
But I played a lot of Bubble Bobble on the Arcade - absolutely hated the CPC version.

An exception to the rule: Loved Mr.Do. Loved Fruity Frank.  :)
Title: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: ukmarkh on 15:43, 14 April 18
I think the general perception of any CPC game depends on whether or not you saw the original Arcade game version first.

I never played the original Arcade version of Green Beret - loved the CPC version.
But I played a lot of Bubble Bobble on the Arcade - absolutely hated the CPC version.

An exception to the rule: Loved Mr.Do. Loved Fruity Frank. 

It’s bad, sluggish controls, crappy sprites, crappy jingle like tune, decent background graphics, gave the CPC a bad name, definitely harmed sales as everyone from that point forward believed the CPC couldn’t scroll. I’ve completed it many times as I was stuck with it as a kid, my mum paid over a tenner for it from memory. I don’t believe anyone was that blinkered back to not know that the CPC version had major issues.


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Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: mr_lou on 15:47, 14 April 18
It’s bad, sluggish controls, crappy sprites, crappy jingle like tune, decent background graphics, gave the CPC a bad name, definitely harmed sales as everyone from that point forward believed the CPC couldn’t scroll. I’ve completed it many times as I was stuck with it as a kid, my mum paid over a tenner for it from memory.

Well I liked it.  :)

It's not like I don't understand or see what people are complaining about though.
But I remember, as a kid, thinking the bad scrolling was part of giving the player the tension.
(I also remember two mates laughing at it though).

I do recognize that the controls aren't the best - but since I didn't try out the original Arcade game, I just assumed that's how it was. And I enjoyed the game a lot.  :)
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: ukmarkh on 15:49, 14 April 18
Well I liked it.  :)

It's not like I don't understand or see what people are complaining about though.
But I remember, as a kid, thinking the bad scrolling was part of giving the player the tension.
(I also remember two mates laughing at it though).

I do recognize that the controls aren't the best - but since I didn't try out the original Arcade game, I just assumed that's how it was. And I enjoyed the game a lot.  :)

You’re just kidding yourself, it’s like Stockholm syndrome


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Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: tjohnson on 17:15, 14 April 18

It’s bad, sluggish controls, crappy sprites, crappy jingle like tune, decent background graphics, gave the CPC a bad name, definitely harmed sales as everyone from that point forward believed the CPC couldn’t scroll. I’ve completed it many times as I was stuck with it as a kid, my mum paid over a tenner for it from memory. I don’t believe anyone was that blinkered back to not know that the CPC version had major issues.


No way is it that bad.  I got it as part of a Konami 6 hits pack, my main issue at the time if I recall was just how damn hard it was.  I never once saw it in the arcade (and still haven't) nor played it on any other format so had/have nothing to compare it to.
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: ukmarkh on 18:14, 14 April 18

No way is it that bad.  I got it as part of a Konami 6 hits pack, my main issue at the time if I recall was just how damn hard it was.  I never once saw it in the arcade (and still haven't) nor played it on any other format so had/have nothing to compare it to.

Oh well it appears as if people really do live under rocks


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Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: Carnivius on 19:18, 14 April 18
Green Beret?  One of my least fave games I own for CPC though I got it on the Ocean Top 20 compilation for 99pence so it wasn't a bad buy since there were so many great games on those tapes too.  But yeah crappy game, but I never liked the arcade game much to begin with.

recently I been playing Stryker in ye olde crypts of trogan, magica, Island of Dr Destructo and Back to the Golden Age.
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: Shaun M. Neary on 21:00, 14 April 18
Well I liked it.  :)

It's not like I don't understand or see what people are complaining about though.
But I remember, as a kid, thinking the bad scrolling was part of giving the player the tension.
(I also remember two mates laughing at it though).

I do recognize that the controls aren't the best - but since I didn't try out the original Arcade game, I just assumed that's how it was. And I enjoyed the game a lot.  :)

Meh, fuck the haters. I enjoyed Green Beret as well *and* I played it in the arcade first. People who obsess about scrolling in 8bit video games clearly need to get out more, I'm sorry, but it was a 64k with limitations. At least it didn't blend in with the background! Plenty of games had similar treatment Ghosts N Goblins, and nobody complains about it there, despite that game also being marred with dreadful flickery sprites and missing half the game!

The controls weren't the worst either, but the collision detection was my biggest gripe in the game. Sometimes it didn't recognise your stab and you ended up colliding with someone you thought you hit.

On topic:
Just finished a 72 hole game of the original Leaderboard after getting used to the faster putting compared to Leaderboard Tournament.
Novice level, but managed 72 holes with 23 under par, which I didn't think was all that shabby. Some of those courses are a real nightmare to navigate!
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: Shaun M. Neary on 15:12, 15 April 18
Ok so more from recent sessions.

Pub Trivia Simulator - First got this in the Quattro Coin-Ops collection around 1992 and was hooked on this due to the music and showbiz questions. The sports ones can take a running jump though, was never into sitting in watching people run around fields. Managed a score of 3850 (Average), I'm ok with this.

Donkey Kong - I keep coming back to this one, didn't do so well this time around. Got to 75mm on level 2. I usually do better than that, didn't bother noting the score.

Chuckie Egg - One of our esteemed posters here showed me a screen grab of his score with a message saying "Beat that, Buster!" Of course, what he didn't know was I got a good practice run about two weeks ago, and his score had only topped mine by about 500 points. I gave it another run, and topped his by about 15,000 points, totalling mine to 89,890 points.

Not bad before Sunday lunchtime, if I do say so myself.
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: Shaun M. Neary on 23:11, 15 April 18
Pub Trivia Simulator - Made it to Bright! Score = 5750. Again due to the Showbiz and Music questions


Donkey Kong - Better today! Level 2, 100m. Final score: 43800.


Paperboy - Despite the inexcusable lack of sound, I still loved this one and still do today. It's still very playable. Probably the most playable out of all the 8bits. I think I made it to either 13 or 14 days and racked up a score of 99,250. Was gutted that I didn't make it to the 100,000 mark but it just got trickier the further I got on. It's not bad for a game that essentially loops.
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: Shaun M. Neary on 21:09, 16 April 18
Rampage - Was always a fan of this in the arcade. One of the first multiplayer games, I think it even predates Gauntlet but don't quote me on that. It's also criminal that the budget and compilation versions changed the loader and removed the two awesome loading screens.


Managed to get 8728 on one credit.
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: CraigsBar on 00:21, 19 April 18
They rushed Pang, I’m not saying it isn’t good, but in later levels it’s bugged as hell, balls get trapped, collision detection is way off and it just serves to ruin what should have been a great game playing experience. I find it almost impossible to progress without cheating, I don’t have this issue with the Amiga or arcade version. So I know it’s not me. I think people like to claim it’s great without fully experiencing it to its fullest, it would be good to know how many people have actually completed it without cheating?


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I completed it without cheating whilst at uni. (not many games I can say that for)

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Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: ukmarkh on 00:32, 19 April 18
I completed it without cheating whilst at uni. (not many games I can say that for)

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Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: CraigsBar on 02:37, 19 April 18
What system?


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Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: ukmarkh on 07:57, 19 April 18

Sadly it's a speccy port, that makes it slow, the screen area small and the scrolling jerky.

It’s better than the crap version on the SNES...


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Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: Carnivius on 09:51, 19 April 18
It’s better than the crap version on the SNES...

Hm that required a bit of searching through old posts to find out what you were referring to having quoted a reply from 2014. :P

But you meant UN Squadron?  The SNES game is excellent.  Lacks the 2 player mode which even the CPC version does well (for some reason most of Capcom's early SNES games dropped the 2 player mode but it's less notcable here than in Final Fight, thankfully Street Fighter 2 kept it)  but it's very playable, smooth, fun and has a mission based structure
Certainly one of my fave 16 bit shooters and one I go back to often.  I'm a big fan of both the CPC and SNES games for different reasons.
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: Shaun M. Neary on 22:43, 19 April 18
I never thought I'd be saying this about this game...


Beyond The Ice Palace - I've actually managed to make it off the second level without using a cheat! Got up to level 3 and was completely taken by surprise by the return of the dragon from level 1. It's doable it seems, once you have the power sword from level 2 as a weapon. I also remembered never to take up that sword in level 3 cos you reach a spot where two daggers are beside each other and you WILL end up picking up one of them, losing your weapon and the rest of the game is impossible!


Weekend project: To defeat this one with no cheats and no snapshots!
Final Score: 24180
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: ukmarkh on 00:04, 20 April 18
Hm that required a bit of searching through old posts to find out what you were referring to having quoted a reply from 2014. :P

But you meant UN Squadron?  The SNES game is excellent.  Lacks the 2 player mode which even the CPC version does well (for some reason most of Capcom's early SNES games dropped the 2 player mode but it's less notcable here than in Final Fight, thankfully Street Fighter 2 kept it)  but it's very playable, smooth, fun and has a mission based structure
Certainly one of my fave 16 bit shooters and one I go back to often.  I'm a big fan of both the CPC and SNES games for different reasons.

The SNES version is less forgiving with that one life bollox. Sorry, they ruined it


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Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: Shaun M. Neary on 09:40, 20 April 18
The SNES version is less forgiving with that one life bollox. Sorry, they ruined it


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WRONG!
The arcade counterpart only had one life. And technically so did the CPC version, except it offered 3 chances to continue it. But the SNES version wasn't 'ruined' because of it. If anything, it made it more faithful to the arcade.  :)
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: Carnivius on 10:56, 20 April 18
The SNES version is less forgiving with that one life bollox. Sorry, they ruined it

Didn't ruin a damn thing.  It's a great game and well-regarded by most gamers that played it.
Even many years later it's getting good reviews.  IGN rated it as 37th best SNES game and said '
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Proving that Konami's Gradius series wasn't the only shooter worth playing early on in the SNES library, Capcom also offered up an energetic port of their arcade game, U.N. Squadron. This game is nuts – a side-scrolling shooter starring real-world jet fighters instead of spaceships and featuring a cast of anime-styled characters, it packed in tons of power-up items, explosive boss battles and even a running cash total for your pilots. You could use that money to buy more planes and wilder weapons, of course. Even crazier was the fact that Capcom went the extra mile for this SNES port, actually infusing it with even more options and upgrades than the arcade original had. Home console ports usually go the other direction, sacrificing content in order to fit the home format. Not U.N. Squadron. It soared.
and a Nintendolife review said
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The opening level may seem a little too tough but the difficulty curve is otherwise well judged in what is a challenging game. The occasional instances of slowdown are unfortunate but there's not much else to fault with this excellent shooter. With some great music, varied levels, exciting action and interesting bosses, U.N. Squadron is a game that's enjoyable to play through again and again.
and gave it 9/10. 

I certainly consider it one of my all time fave shooters too.  Definitely one of the ones I played most, particularly back in the SNES era along with Axelay.  Only thing missing was the 2 player mode. 



Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: Shaun M. Neary on 12:29, 20 April 18

I certainly consider it one of my all time fave shooters too.  Definitely one of the ones I played most, particularly back in the SNES era along with Axelay.  Only thing missing was the 2 player mode.


THIS, and to be honest, the two player mode didn't stop the show either. It wasn't a deal breaker for Bad Dudes on the 8bits.
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: Shaun M. Neary on 12:42, 20 April 18
In a vain attempt to get back on topic...


Started playing Death Stalker last night. It's actually a nice attempt for a budget, especially when it came in one of the Quarttro packs. The menu and screen instructions are quite amusing too. I think I'll be sticking with this one over the weekend.
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: ukmarkh on 12:46, 20 April 18

WRONG!
The arcade counterpart only had one life. And technically so did the CPC version, except it offered 3 chances to continue it. But the SNES version wasn't 'ruined' because of it. If anything, it made it more faithful to the arcade.  :)

Without a continue system, like the arcade and other versions, I lost interest, found it too difficult to progress, prefer other versions. I’m not going to argue with Nintendo fanny boys.


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Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: Shaun M. Neary on 13:03, 20 April 18
Without a continue system, like the arcade and other versions, I lost interest, found it too difficult to progress, prefer other versions. I’m not going to argue with Nintendo fanny boys.


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So let me get this straight... if the game isn't dumbed down enough for you, you lose interest?
For the record Mark, I was a Sega fanboy.  :P
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: ukmarkh on 15:17, 20 April 18

So let me get this straight... if the game isn't dumbed down enough for you, you lose interest?
For the record Mark, I was a Sega fanboy.  :P

The crippling frame rate dumbed down the experience for me if that’s what you’re referring to. I loved the arcade version, just not the SNES. I’ve given my reasons, if that’s not good enough for you, tell someone who gives a #### 🤪


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Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: Carnivius on 15:57, 20 April 18
I’m not going to argue with Nintendo fanny boys.

Didn't know there were any here.  I'm certainly not one. I bloody hate Nintendo these days.  :-X
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: ukmarkh on 20:27, 20 April 18
Didn't know there were any here.  I'm certainly not one. I bloody hate Nintendo these days.  :-X

They’re everywhere, secretly masquerading as Sega fan boys they pretend not to be and go out of their way to convince you otherwise


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Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: Shaun M. Neary on 03:07, 21 April 18
The crippling frame rate dumbed down the experience for me if that’s what you’re referring to. I loved the arcade version, just not the SNES. I’ve given my reasons, if that’s not good enough for you, tell someone who gives a #### (https://emoji.tapatalk-cdn.com/emoji1303.png) (https://emoji.tapatalk-cdn.com/emoji23.png)🤪(https://emoji.tapatalk-cdn.com/emoji6.png)


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Clearly you do give a #### as you're going out of your way to inform us!
You actually never mentioned the frame rate (didn't notice myself), only the lack of credit system which by itself is a lousy reason to crap on a game.


Spoiler: Dont ever play 1943 - it only gives you one life.  ;) :laugh:
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: ukmarkh on 09:39, 21 April 18

Clearly you do give a #### as you're going out of your way to inform us!
You actually never mentioned the frame rate (didn't notice myself), only the lack of credit system which by itself is a lousy reason to crap on a game.


Spoiler: Dont ever play 1943 - it only gives you one life.  ;) :laugh:

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As for 1943, in the arcade and on the CPC, it’s not crippled with being overly difficult... I remember being able to complete both. In fact the CPC version is probably too easy, there’s a balance, if you go under or over then the danger is you lose your audience. You have to find that middle ground. But Lets get back to the CPC and what people are playing 🤪


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Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: mahlemiut on 14:15, 21 April 18
Yeah, 1943 on the CPC is way too easy.  Largely because when you pick up a POW, you get all your life back.  As opposed to the arcade version, where POWs only give a tiny amount of life back (although there are items that give more or even full health, but are just a lot rarer).
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: Carnivius on 14:24, 21 April 18
Ok I am playing Roland on the Ropes on CPC...

actually no I'm not... I'm playing the new God of War on my PS4 Pro cos it's fookin' lovely.  But hey sometimes Kratos be climbing up some kinda rope thing and I'm thinking aw hey, Roland used to do that too back in the day, probably not with as much style and grace and polygons but it was still fun in it's own ways too. :)

I do so love a nice mixture of retro and modern.  A fun game is a fun game no matter how technologically advanced it may or may not be. :D
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Post by: Shaun M. Neary on 23:39, 21 April 18
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As for 1943, in the arcade and on the CPC, it’s not crippled with being overly difficult... I remember being able to complete both. In fact the CPC version is probably too easy, there’s a balance, if you go under or over then the danger is you lose your audience. You have to find that middle ground. But Lets get back to the CPC and what people are playing 🤪


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Ooooooh! I got meme'd! Wow, you certainly showed me didn't you?  ::)


The 1943 comparison was strictly to prove my point that one life is not the be all and end all of games on any format. That being said, 1943 was easy on every format. C64 is even easier.


Finished Beyond The Ice Palace today... and didn't even have to use all my lives to do to it!
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: ukmarkh on 01:44, 22 April 18
Ok I am playing Roland on the Ropes on CPC...

actually no I'm not... I'm playing the new God of War on my PS4 Pro cos it's fookin' lovely.  But hey sometimes Kratos be climbing up some kinda rope thing and I'm thinking aw hey, Roland used to do that too back in the day, probably not with as much style and grace and polygons but it was still fun in it's own ways too. :)

I do so love a nice mixture of retro and modern.  A fun game is a fun game no matter how technologically advanced it may or may not be. :D

I saw God of War for sale in Game yesterday, £47.99 I was like no chance, I’ll wait until it comes down to around £25. But yes, I loved Roland on the Ropes, that feeling of nearly reaching the top and then finally escaping


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Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: ukmarkh on 01:56, 22 April 18

Ooooooh! I got meme'd! Wow, you certainly showed me didn't you?  ::)


The 1943 comparison was strictly to prove my point that one life is not the be all and end all of games on any format. That being said, 1943 was easy on every format. C64 is even easier.


Finished Beyond The Ice Palace today... and didn't even have to use all my lives to do to it!

IMHO one life is bad game design, to bleat otherwise is foolish 🤪 I’ve never completed Beyond the Ice Palace without slightly cheating, another game that could have been great, but too difficult and not enough lives...

Games like Renegade, Shinobi, Operation Wolf, Robocop and Wec Le Mans are all good examples of games where the balance is just right and the allotted lives and energy feel as though they were dished out fairly. But there’s many examples of games where one life is never enough, especially on the CPC...


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Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: Shaun M. Neary on 12:35, 22 April 18
IMHO one life is bad game design, to bleat otherwise is foolish 🤪 I’ve never completed Beyond the Ice Palace without slightly cheating, another game that could have been great, but too difficult and not enough lives...

Games like Renegade, Shinobi, Operation Wolf, Robocop and Wec Le Mans are all good examples of games where the balance is just right and the allotted lives and energy feel as though they were dished out fairly. But there’s many examples of games where one life is never enough, especially on the CPC...


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It's called a challenge. To bleat otherwise just means you're not cut out for it.


Partially agree with you on BTIP, Mark. On the surface it's too difficult, like most games where Cecco or Perry were involved with. But persevere with it and you'll see that the monsters spawn in exactly the same place on each go. This allows you to develop a successful path. It engages your brain. To say there's not enough lives when you get nine of them, sorry but I don't get that. They're only not enough if you don't learn from mistakes which is what arcade games were kinda like anyway. If you weren't careful, you lost your credit.


Operation Wolf was one life only too, and far more difficult than UN Squadron, so you're kinda contradicting yourself there with that statement. I do agree with the rest of your examples though.


I'm gonna agree to disagree on this and leave it there because we could go around in circles on this. I'm just not the kind of guy who wants to finish a game on first load. Especially as I was a tape loader back in the day, so if I got some sort of challenge from a game, I was okay with that.
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: ukmarkh on 12:53, 22 April 18

It's called a challenge. To bleat otherwise just means you're not cut out for it.


Partially agree with you on BTIP, Mark. On the surface it's too difficult, like most games where Cecco or Perry were involved with. But persevere with it and you'll see that the monsters spawn in exactly the same place on each go. This allows you to develop a successful path. It engages your brain. To say there's not enough lives when you get nine of them, sorry but I don't get that. They're only not enough if you don't learn from mistakes which is what arcade games were kinda like anyway. If you weren't careful, you lost your credit.


Operation Wolf was one life only too, and far more difficult than UN Squadron, so you're kinda contradicting yourself there with that statement. I do agree with the rest of your examples though.


I'm gonna agree to disagree on this and leave it there because we could go around in circles on this. I'm just not the kind of guy who wants to finish a game on first load. Especially as I was a tape loader back in the day, so if I got some sort of challenge from a game, I was okay with that.

Bloody hell, are you still bleating! Please agree to disagree as you are wrong! Operation wolf was not one e’ffing life! If you died, you could continue on the level you died on, you didn’t have to go back to the eff’ing start and lose everything. Stop protecting bad game design. Next you’ll be telling me that Green Beret is a good game on the Amstrad!


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Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: Shaun M. Neary on 12:54, 22 April 18
Bloody hell, are you still bleating! Please agree to disagree as you are wrong! Operation wolf was not one e’ffing life! If you died, you could continue on the level you died on, you didn’t have to go back to the eff’ing start and lose everything. Stop protecting bad game design. Next you’ll be telling me that Green Beret is a good game on the Amstrad! (https://emoji.tapatalk-cdn.com/emoji23.png)


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That's a credit, not a life. Learn to differentiate between the two! Most of the time you lose your score by using a credit.
Go back to using cheats, you clearly suck at gaming.  :laugh:
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: tjohnson on 13:31, 22 April 18
I can't really remember finishing many games on the amstrad, treasure Island dizzy is about the only one i do.    Green Beret was an ok game but i never finished it and only recently picked it up again.  Time to climb back under my rock ;-)

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Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: Shaun M. Neary on 13:50, 22 April 18
I can't really remember finishing many games on the amstrad, treasure Island dizzy is about the only one i do.    Green Beret was an ok game but i never finished it and only recently picked it up again.  Time to climb back under my rock ;-)

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Treasure Island Dizzy took me ages to complete. Mostly due to the fact that my original tape version had the bug where the game reset as soon as you entered the water! Once I finally got the fixed version, the amount of backing and forthing got to me after a while (if only we knew what Spellbound Dizzy had in store for us a few years later!). But I got there in the end. :)

Green Beret has been done to death on this forum. I still enjoyed it, sure it didn't do scrolling (neither did a lot of games), but to me, the biggest fault with Green Beret was the collision detection. Sometimes your stab wouldn't register, therefore making you lose a life when you really didn't need to. End of level 3 was also a nightmare trying to time your rockets to hit those helicopter type enemies. I think I may have finished that level once around 89, but I never finished the game. Might try today.  :)
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: tjohnson on 14:05, 22 April 18
Treasure Island Dizzy took me ages to complete. Mostly due to the fact that my original tape version had the bug where the game reset as soon as you entered the water! Once I finally got the fixed version, the amount of backing and forthing got to me after a while (if only we knew what Spellbound Dizzy had in store for us a few years later!). But I got there in the end. :)

Green Beret has been done to death on this forum. I still enjoyed it, sure it didn't do scrolling (neither did a lot of games), but to me, the biggest fault with Green Beret was the collision detection. Sometimes your stab wouldn't register, therefore making you lose a life when you really didn't need to. End of level 3 was also a nightmare trying to time your rockets to hit those helicopter type enemies. I think I may have finished that level once around 89, but I never finished the game. Might try today.  :)
Yep lots of split opinion on green beret,  don't need to go there again!   Good luck trying to finish it, might have a go myself later too.

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Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: Carnivius on 14:57, 22 April 18
I saw God of War for sale in Game yesterday, £47.99 I was like no chance, I’ll wait until it comes down to around £25.

I don't normally buy AAA games on release day (partially cos there ain't many that seem worth it to me and also I'm unemployed so couldn't buy lots even if i wanted to) but this one is absolutely worth it.  I got me the digital deluxe version for about £48 on PSN and it's a huge game of the absolute highest quality.  None of these overpriced regurgitated bits of crud like call of duty, the yearly fifa and such.   And these highly focused single player games like God of War with no micro-transactions and no lootboxes absolutely need the support of gamers even just to show the greedy companies like EA and Activision that there are game dev companies like Santa Monica and Naughty Dog out there who treat gamers with respect and take their time crafting a game with lots of love and care rather than having to rush out half-assed crap all the time.  :)

oh forgot to say i was playing a bit of chase hq on the cpc emulator on my PSP this morning while stuck outside waiting for a guy who wanted to buy a chair i was selling and my flat is a bit tricky to find. :P
 
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: ukmarkh on 16:44, 22 April 18
I don't normally buy AAA games on release day (partially cos there ain't many that seem worth it to me and also I'm unemployed so couldn't buy lots even if i wanted to) but this one is absolutely worth it.  I got me the digital deluxe version for about £48 on PSN and it's a huge game of the absolute highest quality.  None of these overpriced regurgitated bits of crud like call of duty, the yearly fifa and such.   And these highly focused single player games like God of War with no micro-transactions and no lootboxes absolutely need the support of gamers even just to show the greedy companies like EA and Activision that there are game dev companies like Santa Monica and Naughty Dog out there who treat gamers with respect and take their time crafting a game with lots of love and care rather than having to rush out half-assed crap all the time.  :)

oh forgot to say i was playing a bit of chase hq on the cpc emulator on my PSP this morning while stuck outside waiting for a guy who wanted to buy a chair i was selling and my flat is a bit tricky to find. :P

Completely agree with everything apart from price, no game is worth that much.


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Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: Carnivius on 19:49, 22 April 18
Completely agree with everything apart from price, no game is worth that much.

And yet in another topic you say
I would pay over the odds for a GX4000 version of Outrun!

How much would that be?  For an 8-bit video game cartridge that even if using the Plus features will still not be quite the same as the 30 year old arcade game it's based on?   How is that worth 'over the odds' yet approx £50 is far too much for a high quality state of the art video game that took at least five years of development and cost millions of dollars to make, offers many hours of gameplay and from what I've heard and read is highly replayable after the main story is completed (I haven't reached the end yet so cannot confirm but I bloody love playing it)?   Console games have always been expensive but some are definitely more worth it than others.   It's a lot more difficult for a system exclusive game to sell a lot than it is for a multi-platform game to do so yet a lot of exclusive games are cheaper than those (Sony's first party dev games like God of War and those from Naughty Dog such as The Last of Us and the Uncharted series have all been far cheaper than games such as those from Activision and EA).   I always like to see these kinds of games do well (when they deserve it which these ones clearly do)  and it pains me to see when great games don't sell well and the developers are disuaded from doing anything else in that genre.  For example, Housemarque are a company who have done a lot of great arcade shooters for PlayStation and PC but their best game Nex Machina, which is a superb top down shooter made in collaboration with Eugene Jarvis of arcade classics such as Defender, Robotron and Smash TV, sold so poorly they have now quit the arcade shooter genre because they just couldn't afford to do it anymore.  Their new game is apparently some kind of Battle Royal thing (like Fortnite, PUBG and all that kind of thing) which I personally have no interest in.  I mean great if it can help them pay their bills but them quitting the arcade shooter genre they were so damn good at makes me wish I'd at least bought Nex Machina at full price of £15.99 rather than had waited for the sale price of £7.99.  I kinda feel guilty when I play it now. Knowing I'm at least a tiny bit responsible for the non-existence of follow up titles.   I like to see quality game developers rewarded.  Even in the 8-bit scene I happily buy new releases when available of the digital versions of 8-bit games even for systems I don't care for (I've bought many C64 titles) even just for appreciation of the scene (even though I don't play those much I'm often impressed by their quality and ideas and such).  I don't buy the physical versions for various reasons (I don't buy physical of modern system games either) but I buy almost all the digital versions and have even given a few quid each to various developers when they've released games for free.  Just to show my appreciation that they'd made a game I thought was fun or interesting.  I can't go nuts cos I'm long term unemployed.  God of War motivated me to do a 'spring clean' of some old stuff onto eBay finally (and I made about three times the cost of the game anyways.  :D ).  Yes there's difference between hobbyist indie developers making 8-bit games in their spare time and those folks full time employed making AAA modern games but at the end it's all people putting a lot of their hard work into creating these things.  I've been meaning to give @reidrac (http://www.cpcwiki.eu/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=1504) some money for the enjoyment I have got from his games. I can't recall if maybe I already offered and perhaps he declined? I shall have to check.  I do have the posters of Magica and Golden Tail at least. :) 

Ugh I probably babbled but anyways those be some of my reasons why I not only feel God of War is worth the money but also that quality developers of any scene should be encouraged more when they create something that clearly has so much love and effort put into it and money is gonna always come into it with these things.   
Anyways I hope you do enjoy it when you decide which price you feel is worth it.  It's a really good game that I'm hoping will do really well (I already know of a few Xbox folk buying a PS4 just for it so that's encouraging in itself, especially since Xbox is seriously lacking in exclusives..and the ones it does have... well... You wanna look up Sea of Thieves if you wanna see a game that is not worth the money.  It could be good, but there's barely any content in it for an expensive game).   Ok I'm done with this subject. I doubt I can change your mind at all but I felt I should explain why I feel about it the way I do.  :)

Anyways BACK ON TOPIC. :)
Just got home from rehearsal where I ad continued my Chase HQ game from this morning while waiting for my scene.  My one scene in the whole darn show.  And then I played Stryker in the Crypts of Trogan (I like that it push scrolls at the edges rather than Switchblades flick screen and the character is actually still controllable during the fast scroll onto the next screen.  It may be basically a pseudo-sequel of Switchblade but it does have some nice engine improvements).



Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: ukmarkh on 20:34, 22 April 18
And yet in another topic you say
How much would that be?  For an 8-bit video game cartridge that even if using the Plus features will still not be quite the same as the 30 year old arcade game it's based on?   How is that worth 'over the odds' yet approx £50 is far too much for a high quality state of the art video game that took at least five years of development and cost millions of dollars to make, offers many hours of gameplay and from what I've heard and read is highly replayable after the main story is completed (I haven't reached the end yet so cannot confirm but I bloody love playing it)?   Console games have always been expensive but some are definitely more worth it than others.   It's a lot more difficult for a system exclusive game to sell a lot than it is for a multi-platform game to do so yet a lot of exclusive games are cheaper than those (Sony's first party dev games like God of War and those from Naughty Dog such as The Last of Us and the Uncharted series have all been far cheaper than games such as those from Activision and EA).   I always like to see these kinds of games do well (when they deserve it which these ones clearly do)  and it pains me to see when great games don't sell well and the developers are disuaded from doing anything else in that genre.  For example, Housemarque are a company who have done a lot of great arcade shooters for PlayStation and PC but their best game Nex Machina, which is a superb top down shooter made in collaboration with Eugene Jarvis of arcade classics such as Defender, Robotron and Smash TV, sold so poorly they have now quit the arcade shooter genre because they just couldn't afford to do it anymore.  Their new game is apparently some kind of Battle Royal thing (like Fortnite, PUBG and all that kind of thing) which I personally have no interest in.  I mean great if it can help them pay their bills but them quitting the arcade shooter genre they were so damn good at makes me wish I'd at least bought Nex Machina at full price of £15.99 rather than had waited for the sale price of £7.99.  I kinda feel guilty when I play it now. Knowing I'm at least a tiny bit responsible for the non-existence of follow up titles.   I like to see quality game developers rewarded.  Even in the 8-bit scene I happily buy new releases when available of the digital versions of 8-bit games even for systems I don't care for (I've bought many C64 titles) even just for appreciation of the scene (even though I don't play those much I'm often impressed by their quality and ideas and such).  I don't buy the physical versions for various reasons (I don't buy physical of modern system games either) but I buy almost all the digital versions and have even given a few quid each to various developers when they've released games for free.  Just to show my appreciation that they'd made a game I thought was fun or interesting.  I can't go nuts cos I'm long term unemployed.  God of War motivated me to do a 'spring clean' of some old stuff onto eBay finally (and I made about three times the cost of the game anyways.  :D ).  Yes there's difference between hobbyist indie developers making 8-bit games in their spare time and those folks full time employed making AAA modern games but at the end it's all people putting a lot of their hard work into creating these things.  I've been meaning to give @reidrac (http://www.cpcwiki.eu/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=1504) some money for the enjoyment I have got from his games. I can't recall if maybe I already offered and perhaps he declined? I shall have to check.  I do have the posters of Magica and Golden Tail at least. :) 

Ugh I probably babbled but anyways those be some of my reasons why I not only feel God of War is worth the money but also that quality developers of any scene should be encouraged more when they create something that clearly has so much love and effort put into it and money is gonna always come into it with these things.   
Anyways I hope you do enjoy it when you decide which price you feel is worth it.  It's a really good game that I'm hoping will do really well (I already know of a few Xbox folk buying a PS4 just for it so that's encouraging in itself, especially since Xbox is seriously lacking in exclusives..and the ones it does have... well... You wanna look up Sea of Thieves if you wanna see a game that is not worth the money.  It could be good, but there's barely any content in it for an expensive game).   Ok I'm done with this subject. I doubt I can change your mind at all but I felt I should explain why I feel about it the way I do.  :)

Anyways BACK ON TOPIC. :)
Just got home from rehearsal where I ad continued my Chase HQ game from this morning while waiting for my scene.  My one scene in the whole darn show.  And then I played Stryker in the Crypts of Trogan (I like that it push scrolls at the edges rather than Switchblades flick screen and the character is actually still controllable during the fast scroll onto the next screen.  It may be basically a pseudo-sequel of Switchblade but it does have some nice engine improvements).

I said that with tongue in cheek as we all know it’s never going to happen. Saying that, I love supporting the CPC and other 8 bit communities, if a game did come along that really needed my support, I could definitely be pushed to support it, but supporting new CPC games and current next gen commercial games is completely different for me. I recently purchased the new Kevin Toms Footy Manager game in good faith, only to find out that I needed to spend more to unlock additional features. It’s this kind of sickness that plagues modern gaming, so I’m more likely to support an indie title or old CPC project where you get the whole package and more in one purchase. Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice shame on me... So I will wait until God of War has reduced in price to around £30 -35 and then purchase it. Why the hell a digital download costs as much as the same game with cover and DVD in 2018 is beyond me, but the cynic in me says we’re being taken for a ride.




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Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: ukmarkh on 20:54, 22 April 18
That's a credit, not a life. Learn to differentiate between the two! Most of the time you lose your score by using a credit.
Go back to using cheats, you clearly suck at gaming.  :laugh:

Go back to Nintendo Life or whatever Nintendo site you crawled out of and wash your mouth out, I never cheat 🤥 🤪


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Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: Shaun M. Neary on 22:21, 22 April 18
Go back to Nintendo Life or whatever Nintendo site you crawled out of and wash your mouth out, I never cheat 🤥 (https://emoji.tapatalk-cdn.com/emoji23.png)🤪


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Man... how old are you? Because your posts read like a 12 year old keyboard warrior.
The difference between you and me? I attack your posts, you attack the poster.


But whatever helps you sleep at night, kid. 😂
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: ukmarkh on 22:42, 22 April 18


Man... how old are you? Because your posts read like a 12 year old keyboard warrior.
The difference between you and me? I attack your posts, you attack the poster.


But whatever helps you sleep at night, kid.

I’ll be the adult here and bid you farewell


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Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: Shaun M. Neary on 22:44, 22 April 18
I’ll be the adult here and bid you farewell (https://emoji.tapatalk-cdn.com/emoji6.png)


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Regret to inform you that you stopped being the adult several posts ago, but sleep well.
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: Shaun M. Neary on 22:47, 22 April 18
Yep lots of split opinion on green beret,  don't need to go there again!   Good luck trying to finish it, might have a go myself later too.

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It hasn't happened yet. Went on a long cycle instead. Maybe tomorrow.
But i actually enjoyed Green Beret when I first played it in 87. It's far from perfect but it's nowhere near as bad as people make it out to be. Ghosts N Goblins has the EXACT same flaws as Green Beret but for some reason it's praised more. At least Green Beret kept all it's levels.  :laugh:
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: ukmarkh on 22:48, 22 April 18

Regret to inform you that you stopped being the adult several posts ago, but sleep well.

You just can’t help yourself, it appears to me that you might be nothing more than an argumentative nasty pasty...


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Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: Shaun M. Neary on 22:50, 22 April 18
You just can’t help yourself, it appears to me that you might be nothing more than an argumentative nasty pasty...


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Why? Because I won't take your word as gospel? Okay mate...


I'll close the book on this one Mark, here's the last word, have it. I'll give it to you on a platter.  :doh:
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: ukmarkh on 22:52, 22 April 18

Why? Because I won't take your word as gospel? Okay mate...


I'll close the book on this one Mark, here's the last word, have it. I'll give it to you on a platter.  :doh:

I always win, but stop taking things as serious as cancer, gaming is supposed to be fun. If I ever meet you, be prepared to get your arse kicked at Street Fighter 2


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Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: Shaun M. Neary on 22:56, 22 April 18
I always win, but stop taking things as serious as cancer, gaming is supposed to be fun. If I ever meet you, be prepared to get your arse kicked at Street Fighter 2 (https://emoji.tapatalk-cdn.com/emoji23.png)


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Please! I'll just use Blanka and keep tapping the middle punch with your ass stuck in a corner.
AND IT'LL BE ON THE SEGA VERSION!!


(Less serious for you?  :laugh: )
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: ukmarkh on 22:59, 22 April 18

Please! I'll just use Blanka and keep tapping the middle punch with your ass stuck in a corner.
AND IT'LL BE ON THE SEGA VERSION!!


(Less serious for you?  :laugh: )

On the Sega version, but with you using a SNES pad Being good at green Beret won’t help you here...


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Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: Shaun M. Neary on 23:01, 22 April 18
On the Sega version, but with you using a SNES pad (https://emoji.tapatalk-cdn.com/emoji23.png) Being good at green Beret won’t help you here...


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You're convinced I'm a Nintendo fanboy. Only Nintendo console I bother with is a WiiU. Laugh all you like but I lost 3 stone due to Wii Fit U in large part.  ;)


For the record, you have admitted you never finished Beyond The Ice Palace without cheating.
So you don't ALWAYS win. And that's okay.  :D
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: ukmarkh on 23:06, 22 April 18

You're convinced I'm a Nintendo fanboy. Only Nintendo console I bother with is a WiiU. Laugh all you like but I lost 3 stone due to Wii Fit U in large part.  ;)


For the record, you have admitted you never finished Beyond The Ice Palace without cheating.
So you don't ALWAYS win. And that's okay.  :D

This was you earlier, playing Street Fighter 2... So stop lying

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I only discovered Ice Palace later on in life, kids and a job get in the way of a single sitting these days, so I used save states, so technically cheating.


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Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: Shaun M. Neary on 23:11, 22 April 18
This was you earlier, playing Street Fighter 2... So stop lying (https://emoji.tapatalk-cdn.com/emoji23.png)

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I only discovered Ice Palace later on in life, kids and a job get in the way of a single sitting these days, so I used save states, so technically cheating.


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I'm insulted. Plus I was always more a Mortal Kombat guy anyway.


I use save states occasionally when I'm really pressed for time. The way I see it, save states are redeemable of it means finishing the game in one sitting in the end.
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: ukmarkh on 23:53, 22 April 18

I'm insulted. Plus I was always more a Mortal Kombat guy anyway.


I use save states occasionally when I'm really pressed for time. The way I see it, save states are redeemable of it means finishing the game in one sitting in the end.

I wish the C4CPC in conjunction with my GX allowed for save states, so many games I’d like to invest the time into, especially with a pad, but don’t have the luxury of a single gaming session.

I loved MK, but I don’t seem to play it as much as SF2, hopefully we will see the likes of SF2 on the CPC soon.


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Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: Shaun M. Neary on 00:20, 23 April 18
I wish the C4CPC in conjunction with my GX allowed for save states, so many games I’d like to invest the time into, especially with a pad, but don’t have the luxury of a single gaming session.

I loved MK, but I don’t seem to play it as much as SF2, hopefully we will see the likes of SF2 on the CPC soon.


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I won't go near those pads. I'll use a Quick Shot Maverick instead. Those pads are so ergonomically unpleasant!


And there's always Exploding Fist and Yie Ar Kung Fu!  :laugh:


Back on topic:


Green Beret: I'm blaming @tjohnson (http://www.cpcwiki.eu/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=2129) for this. I enjoy this to be honest. It has it's flaws but then the same people who bash Green Beret would spend hours floating on Space playing the most boring game on the planet better known as Elite, so its horses for courses really.


I'm doing pretty lousy at it. Although I had 54km (35m) cycle earlier and a couple of drinks after so I'm not quite with it for gaming, and given the games poor CD, you need your wits about it. So I'll give it a few more runs.


UPDATE: Got to end of level 3 again. End of level is badly glitched as once you run out of rockets to kill the end of level choppers, the pilots can't be stabbed. So it's either have a perfect aim for all four, or you're dead. A frustrating glitch but I'll see if I can do it again tomorrow.


Score to date: 70,800
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: Gryzor on 07:37, 24 April 18
Right, I hope all of you had a good night's rest and cut back on beer. Next post even remotely smelling of flame will result in this thread being cleaned.
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: CraigsBar on 16:57, 24 April 18
Well. From tonight..... This! (https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180424/81dcf5ee177f3309e749630f5e92f518.jpg)

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Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: Shaun M. Neary on 18:34, 24 April 18
My haul arrived today interrupting my Green Beret spree!



Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: Skunkfish on 19:29, 24 April 18
I'll be attempting another go at Pentomino in survival mode to see if I can get a less embarassing distance into the game....

Other than that, I'll be playing FM Touch on the Switch, if I can wrestle it away from the wife who is hooked on Splatoon 2.
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: CraigsBar on 20:46, 24 April 18
Looks like I need extra practice at this one
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Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: ukmarkh on 20:53, 24 April 18
My haul arrived today interrupting my Green Beret spree!

Is it just me, or does the Story so Far box with the 8bit logo look like a Megadrive?


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Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: ukmarkh on 20:54, 24 April 18
Well. From tonight..... This! (https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180424/81dcf5ee177f3309e749630f5e92f518.jpg)

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What a great game, I was lucky enough to find this on disk for a tenner at a car boot


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Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: CraigsBar on 21:10, 24 April 18
What a great game, I was lucky enough to find this on disk for a tenner at a car boot


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An I thought 20eur Inc postage was good for the tape. You got a real bargain.

Score getting better(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180424/d2bb1fc0115470dd45e5a7954d873086.jpg)

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Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: Shaun M. Neary on 21:10, 24 April 18
Is it just me, or does the Story so Far box with the 8bit logo look like a Megadrive?


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Hahah I've often wondered if that's what Sega modelled the design on, myself. 😂
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: Shaun M. Neary on 21:11, 24 April 18
An I thought 20eur Inc postage was good for the tape. You got a real bargain. (https://emoji.tapatalk-cdn.com/emoji1.png)

Score getting better(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180424/d2bb1fc0115470dd45e5a7954d873086.jpg)

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You're gonna have to do better than that to topple me, matey!  ;)
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: Cholo on 22:26, 24 April 18
...

Green Beret: ....


UPDATE: Got to end of level 3 again. End of level is badly glitched as once you run out of rockets to kill the end of level choppers, the pilots can't be stabbed. So it's either have a perfect aim for all four, or you're dead. A frustrating glitch but I'll see if I can do it again tomorrow.
...


Wait, ive never had Green Beret glitch like that (cracked version?). I mean i wasnt particular good at the game at first and sometimes id enter the lvl 3 boss without picking up a rocket launcher too, but once on the screen, the blue bonus weapon trooper would away spawn & upon killing give me a new rocket launcher. Same if i ran out of shots .. just wait untill the current enemy runs off the screen or kill him, to get a new blue bonus guy run in (and kill him to get another rocket launcher). Good luck  ;)
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: Shaun M. Neary on 22:31, 24 April 18

Wait, ive never had Green Beret glitch like that (cracked version?). I mean i wasnt particular good at the game at first and sometimes id enter the lvl 3 boss without picking up a rocket launcher too, but once on the screen, the blue bonus weapon trooper would away spawn & upon killing give me a new rocket launcher. Same if i ran out of shots .. just wait untill the current enemy runs off the screen or kill him, to get a new blue bonus guy run in (and kill him to get another rocket launcher). Good luck  ;)


Was playing the CNG version, but I also recall seeing it on the Konami Arcade Collection version too.
I'll be giving it another go in a few. Wrestling with some very old tapes that are quite stuck in terms of playing, fast forwarding and rewinding! 😂
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: Shaun M. Neary on 00:46, 25 April 18
@cholo Surprised myself and managed to make it to level 4 tonight. The glitch is still present on occasion even on the original version that I loaded from an iPod, usually after you're shot down the second or third chopper, so I guess the key is to improve my aim.


Hopefully will finish it tomorrow!
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: Cholo on 22:35, 25 April 18
@cholo Surprised myself and managed to make it to level 4 tonight. The glitch is still present on occasion even on the original version that I loaded from an iPod, usually after you're shot down the second or third chopper, so I guess the key is to improve my aim.


Hopefully will finish it tomorrow!
Ah ok, the blue guy may perhaps not respawn as fast as i remember, like outside on the normal lvls he only spawn ever so often, but with a bit of patience he always end up respawning. May take a while but as long as you arnt carrying a special weapon & wait he'll end on coming. You can also use this to your advantage on particular nasty sections .. aka before entering a particular nasty/crowded areas, simply find a nice "safe" area like on top of a ledge, carrier, catwalk, platform etc. & just kill the shooters untill the blue guy spawns & he will even gladly climb the ladder up to you just like the shooters.


Oh and good luck. You will need it on lvl 4 & on as they litterally do things to ramp up the difficulty like 800%. A bit unfair if you ask me, remembering you are still just a single guy taking on a infinite sized army with just a toothpick (Darn you devs, lol)
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Post by: Shaun M. Neary on 22:55, 25 April 18
Oh and good luck. You will need it on lvl 4 & on as they litterally do things to ramp up the difficulty like 800%. A bit unfair if you ask me, remembering you are still just a single guy taking on a infinite sized army with just a toothpick (Darn you devs, lol)


I'm slowly discovering this. The special weapon for that level is awful too. Very non responsive.
I've just about nailed levels 1-3 though. Just need to figure out how to get through 4. Racked up a nice score tonight, 92080. But failed to finish it again so I've settled for this for the night.
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: Shaun M. Neary on 02:31, 30 April 18
Only got to do some proper playing on the Sunday. The weather kept me outdoors!

1943 - Oh dear oh dear. Musically, it was there, graphically it was there, but four screens and a loop around makes this somewhat of a disappointing conversion. I can't help but think if a bit more time and a few more levels had been added to the mix that this could have been so much better. Still, not a bad way to kill 10-15 minutes while a Windows update was installing, but once you've done those four screens once, there's really no going back to them.

Punchy - Complete Hunchback ripoff, but I enjoy these kind of games. I'll probably give it another couple of attempts tomorrow just to see if I can finish it. As it stands, I'm about halfway through. Late night impatience got the better of me, I guess.
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Post by: Cholo on 00:16, 02 May 18
...
1943 - Oh dear oh dear. Musically, it was there, graphically it was there, but four screens and a loop around makes this somewhat of a disappointing conversion. I can't help but think if a bit more time and a few more levels had been added to the mix that this could have been so much better. Still, not a bad way to kill 10-15 minutes while a Windows update was installing, but once you've done those four screens once, there's really no going back to them.
...
Ah yes, If 1943 hadnt been that short it would have been a real classic. Its saving grace is the 2 player co-up mode thou. Dont get me wrong its not near Ikari Warriors 2 player or Silkworm 2 player but its quite ok & does give the game a difficulty level as you have to share the power-ups & its easier for 2 players to mess up and the game is only "easy" as long as you are fully upgraded with the machine guns. A good game if you have a friend visiting who arent particular "amstrad gaming savy". Still barely a hours worth of gameplay in this one.


Park Patrol - Suddenly remembered this one. Aint too bad for a 2 bucks budget game. Does suffer for the "super sprint difficulty" a bit .. aka in the attempt to implement different difficulty/speed levels you end up somewhat crippling the beginning of the game. Of cause later levels play at a much smoother speeds & controls. Also i guess it does suffer a little from mode 0 fat pixels.
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Post by: Shaun M. Neary on 02:16, 02 May 18
Got a bunch of stuff in this week. 4 compilations.


SDI: First game I loaded from the Special Action compilation. Criminally underrated game that hits a very frantic pace from about level 4 onwards. Graphics are Spectrum like but it plays quite well. Made it to the defensive half of level 5 for now but will definitely return to this one before the week is out!


Xevious: Probe software before they got completely and utterly lazy. This one has all the hallmarks of coming from the design team of Slap Fight a year or so earlier. The arcade of this was fun and so is this conversion. Looks well for an old game, scrolls nicely enough for a vertical scrolling shoot em up. Easy to control and not requiring the need for a second fire button. The first choice of load from the Space Ace compilation which quite honestly, doesn't have a bad game on it!
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: ukmarkh on 05:19, 02 May 18
Got a bunch of stuff in this week. 4 compilations.


SDI: First game I loaded from the Special Action compilation. Criminally underrated game that hits a very frantic pace from about level 4 onwards. Graphics are Spectrum like but it plays quite well. Made it to the defensive half of level 5 for now but will definitely return to this one before the week is out!


Xevious: Probe software before they got completely and utterly lazy. This one has all the hallmarks of coming from the design team of Slap Fight a year or so earlier. The arcade of this was fun and so is this conversion. Looks well for an old game, scrolls nicely enough for a vertical scrolling shoot em up. Easy to control and not requiring the need for a second fire button. The first choice of load from the Space Ace compilation which quite honestly, doesn't have a bad game on it!

I personally found both of these games to be boring, poor translations to the Amstrad CPC. There’s no real challenge either, the same goes for 1943... Have you ever played 1942 for the Amstrad, what were Elite thinking releasing that?

I actually quite enjoyed SlapFight, but for me that tiny screen and slow pace does kill the experience a little, the colours do look amazing though.


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Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: jesusdelmas on 05:40, 02 May 18
Only got to do some proper playing on the Sunday. The weather kept me outdoors!

1943 - Oh dear oh dear. Musically, it was there, graphically it was there, but four screens and a loop around makes this somewhat of a disappointing conversion. I can't help but think if a bit more time and a few more levels had been added to the mix that this could have been so much better. Still, not a bad way to kill 10-15 minutes while a Windows update was installing, but once you've done those four screens once, there's really no going back to them.

Punchy - Complete Hunchback ripoff, but I enjoy these kind of games. I'll probably give it another couple of attempts tomorrow just to see if I can finish it. As it stands, I'm about halfway through. Late night impatience got the better of me, I guess.


i love punchy!!! first game i played! :) .


this last month i have played 3 games:


Orion Prime, Doomsday last Echoes and galactic tomb. finished all of them, so much fun!
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: ComSoft6128 on 08:50, 02 May 18
While digging thru old discs a few months ago I found SlapFight, that one must win an award for having the smallest playing screen on the CPC - or was there anything worse?
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: mahlemiut on 10:36, 02 May 18
Last V8 had a pretty small playing area, at least vertically, anyway. 
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: Shaun M. Neary on 11:06, 02 May 18
While digging thru old discs a few months ago I found SlapFight, that one must win an award for having the smallest playing screen on the CPC - or was there anything worse?


Yes! Supergran.
Your playing area was small compared to the size of the sprite you had control of.
At least the sprites for Slap Fight matched the playing area!
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: CraigsBar on 13:09, 02 May 18

Yes! Supergran.
Your playing area was small compared to the size of the sprite you had control of.
At least the sprites for Slap Fight matched the playing area!
The blues brothers was also super tiny ISTR.

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Post by: ComSoft6128 on 14:21, 02 May 18
I have a copy of "The Fury" by Martech that I will looking at this weekend. Is it as bad as the original reviews suggest?
Has anyone played this?


Cheers,


Peter
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: Shaun M. Neary on 21:57, 02 May 18
So testing the Special Action compilation that arrived in bundle 1:


The Vindicator: Am I the only person on the planet who doesn't get the idea behind this game? All I seem to do is wandering around aimlessly in and out of rooms and occasionally keying in codes (anagrams of all the programmers), wasting bullets and eventually dying. It's a game I keep coming back to despite not getting any further in!


Driller: Freescape bores me. Was more a test to see if it works.


Captain Blood: I will actually sit down over the weekend and read the manual for this. It looks beautiful but I don't have a foggy notion in terms of what I'm supppsed to be doing in this game at all. It looks like a steep learning curve to be honest. But in terms of presentation, it's up there with one of the best on the CPC.
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Post by: VincentGR on 21:59, 02 May 18
The Vindicator: Am I the only person on the planet who doesn't get the idea behind this game? All I seem to do is wandering around aimlessly in and out of rooms and occasionally keying in codes (anagrams of all the programmers), wasting bullets and eventually dying. It's a game I keep coming back to despite not getting any further in!


No you're not.
I don't understand either nor my friends.
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: Shaun M. Neary on 22:04, 02 May 18

No you're not.
I don't understand either nor my friends.


It's quite possibly one of the most difficult CPC games I've ever played. And to think that Ocean almost marketed this as a sequel for Green Beret. Thankfully Konami released an official sequel later that year called M.I.A!
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: ukmarkh on 22:05, 02 May 18

No you're not.
I don't understand either nor my friends.

I couldn’t understand it either, kept getting lost. Ended up skipping the first level, but the rest was mediocre at best... There is another game where the first level sucks like this, I think it’s Thunderzone, giant mechs have to navigate through a maze like structure, massively boring, but after that the game gets really good.


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Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: remax on 14:32, 04 May 18
Captain Blood: I will actually sit down over the weekend and read the manual for this. It looks beautiful but I don't have a foggy notion in terms of what I'm supppsed to be doing in this game at all. It looks like a steep learning curve to be honest. But in terms of presentation, it's up there with one of the best on the CPC.


Not so hard : Your mission : find the coordinates of the five numbers (your five remaining clones) and teleport them into your ark so that you can kill them and get back your life fluid.
You go on a planet (the first one is always populated) then you navigate on it (but thanks god, on the Amstrad port, this tedious part is avoidable by ESC), then you talk with the local alien until he gaves you a mission and one or many coordinates, so that you can meet more aliens, so that they give you more missions and coordinates so that you can progress in your search.


Even if the quite small number of planet on the CPC port makes it possible to cheat (that's how i finished it the first time : try each planet until you find someone), the right way to play the game is to avoid by all cost counting on luck and just talk with the guys you already met until they give you more informations.


EDIT : 1000th post for a post on my favorite game on CPC, yay !  ;D
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Post by: Shaun M. Neary on 03:00, 05 May 18
A bank holiday of retrogaming begins as I finish testing some of the box sets I got this past week!


North Star: I think this came with Ten Mega Games vol 1, but I can't be sure but that's when I first played it. It's bundled with Space Ace which I'm finishing testing. I've always had a soft spot for this one.
Amazing tune once again by Jon Dunn, probably some of his best work of I'm honest. The game itself is a bit on the tricky side though, I've learned not to move too fast because you simply can't break in time in order to avoid a collision!


On the positive, I did manage to get past the second level! Which I consider an achievement for North Star!


Cybernoid: Lovely graphics, but load it for the music, because it's the only thing you'll experience from start to finish, unless you use a cheat, but fuck that!
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: ukmarkh on 09:42, 05 May 18
A bank holiday of retrogaming begins as I finish testing some of the box sets I got this past week!


North Star: I think this came with Ten Mega Games vol 1, but I can't be sure but that's when I first played it. It's bundled with Space Ace which I'm finishing testing. I've always had a soft spot for this one.
Amazing tune once again by Jon Dunn, probably some of his best work of I'm honest. The game itself is a bit on the tricky side though, I've learned not to move too fast because you simply can't break in time in order to avoid a collision!


On the positive, I did manage to get past the second level! Which I consider an achievement for North Star!


Cybernoid: Lovely graphics, but load it for the music, because it's the only thing you'll experience from start to finish, unless you use a cheat, but fuck that!

What? My cousin and I loved Cybernoid, admittedly we never finished it, but I looked on a YouTube long play recently, we got bloody close. The 2nd game is even better.

I own Northstar, but labelled it as one of those games I will come back to (that was thirty years ago) as it didn’t grab me from the off. I will try to give it a go this bank holiday


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Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: Cholo on 22:45, 05 May 18
...It's quite possibly one of the most difficult CPC games I've ever played. And to think that Ocean almost marketed this as a sequel for Green Beret. Thankfully Konami released an official sequel later that year called M.I.A!

If i recall right the maze in Vindicator is quite logic so if you get in trouble you can draw a map. The trick is that they arnt linear so you get confused & double back a few too many times. You do get a compas of sorts to help you navigate, but i guess the game would have been better if it had had a mini-map like Death Wish 3.
 
Then its just getting around to kill enough aliens to get keys, ride the elevators & use the terminals. Of cause that isnt as easy as it sounds. Ive always had trouble juggling the different "strength" ammo myslef but i guess the trick is to use the low "strength" ammo when you life bar is full, make sure to pre-fire if you know you are entering a new room & get ready to duck the alien shots. Takes a little bit of practice but aint hard to do once you get the hang of it.


I guess the game suffers a bit from being programmed by "the old generation". Aka you get sent into the dark wood by yourself & have to remember your way back .. even without breadcrumbs. Today kids have google maps & gps  :D

What? My cousin and I loved Cybernoid, admittedly we never finished it, but I looked on a YouTube long play recently, we got bloody close. The 2nd game is even better.
...

Cybernoid is indeed finishable. Most of the game you can just shoot your way thru, however there is some real nasty "green wall maze with unkillable patrolling ships" in there that is incredible hard to pass as they require correct timing & 100% pixel perfect movement skill. Infact i can only recall making it thru the game using a real "the arcade" or "competition pro" joystick. Now before we all accuse Raffaele Cecco of bad programming, lets not forget that the game thankfully has a "invisibility" bonus that even being extremely short on time should get you past all the "walls" screens .. except the very last one where you need to show off your coordination skills at least past the first 1-2 walls before triggering invisibility & race thru the rest.
One general trick to the game is to take your time as well. Some screens are also perfect for "harvesting" bonuses, weapons/bonus items as as long as you stay in the right area the enemies will continually respawn & you can then stock up on everything, before moving on.
Cybernoid 2 however is great too & is thankfully free off the "perfect" requirements.
Title: Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
Post by: robcfg on 23:51, 05 May 18
I’m playing Galactic Tomb, and I’m enjoying it a lot!
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Post by: Shaun M. Neary on 01:27, 06 May 18
Before I get started, I want to correct my previous post. North Star's music wasn't Jonathan Dunn's, it's actually Ben Daglish, who did a lot of stuff for Gremlin too, but this is still up there as one of his best.

Finishing off the Space Ace compilation testing, I literally saved the best for last.

Exolon: Fuck me, how and why did I never give this game a proper chance back in the day? Typical Cecco game, so it's infuriating to play. But by the same token, it keeps dragging you back again and again. Lovely graphics, ok tune. I've made it to zone 22 so far, so I can't imagine me surviving just over 100 more. But I'll definitely give it more of a go over the bank holiday weekend.

Space Harrier: Managed to beat my personal best making it to level 10, but this game should be more aptly titled 99 ways to die! I'm not a fan of vector graphics in general, but given this game's arcade counterpart, I completely understand sacrificing full sprites for the speed. Without speed, this game would be nothing. It's frustratingly addictive though, you know you're going to die repeatedly and then you'll die some more. But when you hit screen 10, KNOWING that you've only six screens left to go. It's really difficult to put it down.
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Post by: ukmarkh on 09:13, 06 May 18
Before I get started, I want to correct my previous post. North Star's music wasn't Jonathan Dunn's, it's actually Ben Daglish, who did a lot of stuff for Gremlin too, but this is still up there as one of his best.

Finishing off the Space Ace compilation testing, I literally saved the best for last.

Exolon: Fuck me, how and why did I never give this game a proper chance back in the day? Typical Cecco game, so it's infuriating to play. But by the same token, it keeps dragging you back again and again. Lovely graphics, ok tune. I've made it to zone 22 so far, so I can't imagine me surviving just over 100 more. But I'll definitely give it more of a go over the bank holiday weekend.

Space Harrier: Managed to beat my personal best making it to level 10, but this game should be more aptly titled 99 ways to die! I'm not a fan of vector graphics in general, but given this game's arcade counterpart, I completely understand sacrificing full sprites for the speed. Without speed, this game would be nothing. It's frustratingly addictive though, you know you're going to die repeatedly and then you'll die some more. But when you hit screen 10, KNOWING that you've only six screens left to go. It's really difficult to put it down.

On Spacer Harrier, one of my favourite games on the Amstrad, you can pause the game and press the + key for an extra life


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Post by: ukmarkh on 09:16, 06 May 18
Playing Speed King intensely... Trying to beat my old lap times. I did get it down to around 50.3 at Silverstone, but I forget to take a pic. Love this game.

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Post by: Shaun M. Neary on 09:58, 06 May 18
On Spacer Harrier, one of my favourite games on the Amstrad, you can pause the game and press the + key for an extra life (https://emoji.tapatalk-cdn.com/emoji1303.png)


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I don't like using cheats though. Any idiot can beat a game that way, nullifying the achievement.  ;)
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Post by: CraigsBar on 10:50, 06 May 18
Playing Speed King intensely... Trying to beat my old lap times. I did get it down to around 50.3 at Silverstone, but I forget to take a pic. Love this game.

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Wow! Full respect, the best I managed yesterday was 54 seconds, and I am not sure my gear changing quickly enough skill is the to get faster.

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Post by: ukmarkh on 10:58, 06 May 18
I don't like using cheats though. Any idiot can beat a game that way, nullifying the achievement.  ;)

You’ll probably die and never complete it it’s one I can complete, but trust me, there’s plenty I can’t...


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Post by: ukmarkh on 11:00, 06 May 18
Wow! Full respect, the best I managed yesterday was 54 seconds, and I am not sure my gear changing quickly enough skill is the to get faster.

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Yeah, thx I’m trying to do it without cheating on corner 3, purely staying on the track, so I think 50.3 is good so far.


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Post by: Shaun M. Neary on 14:05, 06 May 18
You’ll probably die and never complete it (https://emoji.tapatalk-cdn.com/emoji15.png) it’s one I can complete, but trust me, there’s plenty I can’t...


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Well this is it. I'm the same, I've seen the end of many games that others haven't. It's all down to persistence at the end of the day. The respawn/infinite lives culture has killed off gaming for me these days. I love GTA for example, but let's face it, you can't lose at the game, can you?


Just back from a 2 hour cycle along the coast. So gonna have another crack at Space Harrier in a few.  :D
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Post by: ukmarkh on 22:17, 06 May 18

Well this is it. I'm the same, I've seen the end of many games that others haven't. It's all down to persistence at the end of the day. The respawn/infinite lives culture has killed off gaming for me these days. I love GTA for example, but let's face it, you can't lose at the game, can you?


Just back from a 2 hour cycle along the coast. So gonna have another crack at Space Harrier in a few.  :D

The problem with GTA is that the game instructs you on what to do next, you have to follow the mission based script in order to progress. So not a true open world experience in that sense, but it’s still massively fun. There’s still a few games out there you can lose at, but these tend to be indie titles, but disappearing fast.


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Post by: ukmarkh on 00:42, 07 May 18
Bloody hell! Managed to get my Silverstone lap down to 00:49:4 Massively addicted to this, I challenge you to better it

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Post by: CraigsBar on 12:43, 08 May 18
Bloody hell! Managed to get my Silverstone lap down to 00:49:4 Massively addicted to this, I challenge you to better it

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More interesting is how you got *that* far off the track and did not crash.

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Post by: Shaun M. Neary on 13:27, 08 May 18
More interesting is how you got *that* far off the track and did not crash. (https://emoji.tapatalk-cdn.com/emoji6.png)

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Outrun syndrome! Way off the track, still maintain your speed. ;)
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Post by: ukmarkh on 15:00, 08 May 18
More interesting is how you got *that* far off the track and did not crash.

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you don’t crash at low speed, the bike just pitter patters along nicely...


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Post by: Shaun M. Neary on 15:15, 08 May 18
Moving forward... in my vain quest to find a cassette version of Karate Ace, it turns out I have most of the games on separate compilations anyway. So played some games from it.

Work's a bit quiet at the minute so I've WinApe on a surface pro, so I got some quality gaming time in.

Bruce Lee: This one is an undisputed classic, fight me if you think otherwise! I can usually finish this one blindfolded, but for whatever reason, I bottled it on the screen with the electric floors today. A lot of sentimental value on with this one as it came as part of the very first game compilation I ever bought (They Sold A Million II, bought from some dodgy geezer selling it door to door of anyone they knew had a computer). It's so basic, but even though you can finish it, there's something very relaxing about playing this game. It's one where if you're already on autopilot, it helps pass the time, or if you're on a bad day, it can help relax you. As my signature says, forever playing Bruce Lee.

Kung Fu Master
: When I first loaded this up in 1988 (when I first got my hands on it), I was bitterly disappointed with this arcade conversion. Elevators? Where's the staircases? And what's with the blocky mess in regards the guardian at level 3? That being said, it's still quite playable, although hitting the space bar to alternate between punch and kick can be a bit of an inconvenience, but thankfuly you really only need to use the punch for levels 4 and 5 (a kick for some reason knocks the 4th guardians head off, and kicks don't seem to register with the 5th one). I managed to finish this once in 88, and never again since. Today was no exception, I got completely wiped out by the end of game guy. It's just a disappointing re-loop anyway.
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Post by: ukmarkh on 15:57, 08 May 18
Moving forward... in my vain quest to find a cassette version of Karate Ace, it turns out I have most of the games on separate compilations anyway. So played some games from it.

Work's a bit quiet at the minute so I've WinApe on a surface pro, so I got some quality gaming time in.

Bruce Lee: This one is an undisputed classic, fight me if you think otherwise! I can usually finish this one blindfolded, but for whatever reason, I bottled it on the screen with the electric floors today. A lot of sentimental value on with this one as it came as part of the very first game compilation I ever bought (They Sold A Million II, bought from some dodgy geezer selling it door to door of anyone they knew had a computer). It's so basic, but even though you can finish it, there's something very relaxing about playing this game. It's one where if you're already on autopilot, it helps pass the time, or if you're on a bad day, it can help relax you. As my signature says, forever playing Bruce Lee.

Kung Fu Master
: When I first loaded this up in 1988 (when I first got my hands on it), I was bitterly disappointed with this arcade conversion. Elevators? Where's the staircases? And what's with the blocky mess in regards the guardian at level 3? That being said, it's still quite playable, although hitting the space bar to alternate between punch and kick can be a bit of an inconvenience, but thankfuly you really only need to use the punch for levels 4 and 5 (a kick for some reason knocks the 4th guardians head off, and kicks don't seem to register with the 5th one). I managed to finish this once in 88, and never again since. Today was no exception, I got completely wiped out by the end of game guy. It's just a disappointing re-loop anyway.

Have you played Bruce Lee on the C64, if so what are your thoughts?

I personally thought Kung Fu Master on the Amstrad was a half decent conversion, but no music for this type of game is criminal.


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Post by: Shaun M. Neary on 17:18, 08 May 18
Have you played Bruce Lee on the C64, if so what are your thoughts?

I'm glad you asked, but you'll wish you hadn't!  :laugh:
I think it had a lot of potential, but they ballsed it. It goes downhill rapidly after the loading screen.
The title tune is quite possibly one of the worst examples of the use of the SID chip that C64 fanbois rave about so badly. It's painful to listen to.

The game itself would be fine if it wasn't for the piss poor controls. Half the time Bruce runs, he seems to stop for no apparent reason, which is really frustrating when you're trying to jump the electric floors. And that is what ultimately kills the game, because for any platformer, the movement *has* to be fluid. Going back to Green Beret, sure, the lack of scrolling kills the game for many, but at least the movement, and the screen transitions are consistent, so it's still playable (if not frustrating for some). When your main character stops in mid run when trying to jump a gap or over an object, it's only going to be a matter of time before you just give up on it.

I double checked to see if it was an issue with emulation too, but it happens on my C64c as well, so it's definitely a game flaw.

I've played the Spectrum, Amstrad and Commodore versions of this game, and I'd honestly rate the Amstrad version the highest, when the Spectrum second. Although the Spectrum is too easy, it does win points for the fact that the Yamo will actually climb up vines and follow you.


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I used to play games with the radio or other kinds of music in the background, so lack of background music doesn't really bother me. The fact that it's near impossible to beat the final guy is frustrating!
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Post by: tjohnson on 19:39, 08 May 18
We had Bruce Lee on the amstrad back in the day, it got alot of gameplay.  I think my dad must have bought it for us, i don't really recall when it arrived, that event is lost in the depth of my mind, but played it to death and then some.

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Post by: Gryzor on 20:09, 08 May 18
Imagine that, a lovely thread where I could/would add quite a few posts, ruined for me by having to comb through and remove posts made by adolescent boys.


Thanks, guys!
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Post by: Shaun M. Neary on 20:12, 08 May 18
Imagine that, a lovely thread where I could/would add quite a few posts, ruined for me by having to comb through and remove posts made by adolescent boys.


Thanks, guys!


We love you, T!  :D


We had Bruce Lee on the amstrad back in the day, it got alot of gameplay.  I think my dad must have bought it for us, i don't really recall when it arrived, that event is lost in the depth of my mind, but played it to death and then some.

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I actually found the third screen workaround (where you duck under the fence to move to the castle screen) before finding the actual way through (going back to the second screen). It would take months before I'd finish the entire game due to this.


Only time I use the workaround now is to show people unaware of it.  :laugh:
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Post by: ukmarkh on 21:01, 08 May 18
We had Bruce Lee on the amstrad back in the day, it got alot of gameplay.  I think my dad must have bought it for us, i don't really recall when it arrived, that event is lost in the depth of my mind, but played it to death and then some.

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I’m not sure when I got my copy either, think it might have been from a local car boot or market. But yes, I really enjoyed it and it’s one of the few games I’ve actually completed on the Amstrad. That level where you have jump over those moving discs on the floor would nearly always scupper my progress.


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Post by: Shaun M. Neary on 14:44, 09 May 18
This morning I've been playing two proper classics, both of which are frustratingly difficult, but still make you come back for more.

Ikari Warriors: Fun as this is, but without a tank, you're completely stuffed. And even when you get to the river, it becomes increasingly difficult to avoid fire from the overhead choppers as well as dodging the grenades lobbed at you. Still, an awesome game for it's time and a fine conversion from the arcade. It's sequel, Victory Road isn't too bad either, but for whatever reason, AA cut it down to ribbons.

Continental Circus
: I FEEL THE NEED! THE NEED FOR SPEED! I used to be really good at this one, but now I can just about finish Brazil, and even when I do, I'm lucky to qualify to get to the next track. I'll be giving this a proper run later in the evening, I reckon. It's probably the fastest pure racing game out on the CPC, Burnin Rubber and WEC don't match this one in terms of speed, especially Burnin' Rubber's slow acceleration which was a real drag. A lot of love for this game then, and a lot of love for it now.  :)
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Post by: Gryzor on 15:19, 09 May 18
I attempted playing IW a few years back and couldn't get very far, though it didn't seem so difficult to tell you the truth. Back when I was 13 or so I remember it being hard, indeed, but not impossible... I certainly never finished it, but I always got quite far, and it was fun indeed!
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Post by: ukmarkh on 15:21, 09 May 18
I attempted playing IW a few years back and couldn't get very far, though it didn't seem so difficult to tell you the truth. Back when I was 13 or so I remember it being hard, indeed, but not impossible... I certainly never finished it, but I always got quite far, and it was fun indeed!

Same here, my cousin and I would play, almost complete it, but never actually did. But we tried


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Post by: Shaun M. Neary on 15:42, 09 May 18
I attempted playing IW a few years back and couldn't get very far, though it didn't seem so difficult to tell you the truth. Back when I was 13 or so I remember it being hard, indeed, but not impossible... I certainly never finished it, but I always got quite far, and it was fun indeed!

Oh totally. I don't mean to say they're impossible. The patterns remain the same, so it's just a case of figuring out the least likely way of getting hit. :) I'm also at work, so I can't put full concentration into the game just yet. It came as part of my bundle yesterday (Fists N Throttles was one of the compilations), so only getting to play it now via emulation, much as I'd love to play the thing on real hardware here!  ;)

It'll get loaded up tonight for sure. I think the rest of the sets were tested. Just not FnT because it's Elite loaders, non protected BASIC loaders, which mean they take forever to load!!  :laugh:
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Post by: Lazy Dude on 17:26, 10 May 18
Ikari is interesting in 2 player mode, as you have to stay within a certain distance if you are behind the other player otherwise the lead player freezes. A friend of mine who is more used to modern gaming finds this "old stuff" bloody hard! Still it's good fun to work as a team to get further than just 1 player.


I am currently still learning to fly in my latest purchase,  Gunship. It may be easier to play when not drinking though  ;D
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Post by: Shaun M. Neary on 18:37, 10 May 18
A large chunk of downtime at work after lunch so, got to play with the following:

Ghosts N Goblins:
Don't ask why, I don't know. It's not a great conversion at all, but it still keeps grabbing me back. Still can't get past level 2, but I may attempt to put a little more work into this over the weekend. Will see how I feel though.

World Class Leaderboard: Cited as the best out of the Leaderboard games, I'll go out on a limb and say colour doesn't make this one at all. Teeing off and pitching is fine, but it's horrible when trying to putt. Often you'll lose strokes because your ball is too close to the hole and it's near impossible to gauge. Shame because if the putting hadn't been so buggy, it would have been a vast improvement. So Leaderboard Tournament still leads the three in my opinion.

Green Beret:
Went back to this and finally beat it after 30 years. No cheats, no save states. I'll probably come back to it again to see if I can repeat it, but that final level is a real challenge. Especially inching your way to the guy with the flamethrowers when you've no grenades left.  :D
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Post by: Lazy Dude on 19:11, 10 May 18
*downtime , this occurs because of a loss of customers due to extended periods of cpc gaming!
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Post by: Shaun M. Neary on 19:13, 10 May 18
*downtime , this occurs because of a loss of customers due to extended periods of cpc gaming!

Most likely cause: They left early because they wanted to be out in the sun. Me... I dislike the sun.
And besides, I can still do both... that's why the pause button was invented.  ;)
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Post by: Gryzor on 19:20, 10 May 18
Thread idea: CPC games that lacked a Pause function.
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Post by: Shaun M. Neary on 19:58, 10 May 18
None when you had a multiface  :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:
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Post by: Gryzor on 20:33, 10 May 18
Was there a paperclip shortcut to pause things like the reset one? :D
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Post by: VincentGR on 20:35, 10 May 18
I attempted playing IW a few years back and couldn't get very far, though it didn't seem so difficult to tell you the truth. Back when I was 13 or so I remember it being hard, indeed, but not impossible... I certainly never finished it, but I always got quite far, and it was fun indeed!


Ikari is an easy game.
Used to finish it almost everyday for a year.
When I accidentally discovered that you can enter the tank  :picard: [size=78%], suddenly became a whole new game[/size]
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Post by: Gryzor on 20:37, 10 May 18
"...and a year after that I discovered I could shoot the enemies".
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Post by: VincentGR on 20:57, 10 May 18
Gargalier mode 3  ;D
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Post by: ukmarkh on 21:00, 10 May 18
Tonight I’m playing Outrun on the Amstrad CPC, I’ve never completed route d or e on the strad.


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Post by: Gryzor on 21:04, 10 May 18
Makes want to dig out my PSP and give Outrun 2006 a  go...
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Post by: Lazy Dude on 21:53, 10 May 18
Was there a paperclip shortcut to pause things like the reset one? :D


Solder the wires to the system pause and BUY A SWITCH !
Paper clip idea is up there with inserting a metal coat hanger into the tv aerial socket to save a few quid on getting a proper one! Which I might have done in the past  :P
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Post by: ukmarkh on 23:05, 10 May 18
Makes want to dig out my PSP and give Outrun 2006 a  go...

I’ve got that as well, but nothing beats the 3DS version, the screen even moves as though you’re sitting in the cabinet. But being able to customise my Ferrari is great

I wish we had a decent CPC version like R-Type for the CPC


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Post by: Gryzor on 07:46, 11 May 18

Solder the wires to the system pause and BUY A SWITCH !
Paper clip idea is up there with inserting a metal coat hanger into the tv aerial socket to save a few quid on getting a proper one! Which I might have done in the past  :P


Tell that to my 13yo self :D
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Post by: Gryzor on 07:46, 11 May 18

I wish we had a decent CPC version like R-Type for the CPC (https://emoji.tapatalk-cdn.com/emoji17.png)



But... erm....
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Post by: Shaun M. Neary on 00:56, 15 May 18
A new week! Got my hands on Solid Gold, completing my Gold Collection series!


Winter Games: I used to have a lot of fun playing these, still do today. Bobsleigh is still a fun event to play and you need your wits about you for that final bend! Biathlon bores me stupid though. It goes on and on and on forever.


Gauntlet: I don't really need to say anymore. Great conversion, even better with a second player.


IK+: I used to rule the school at this, now my skills are a joke, can just about manage a purple belt with a score of 31,600. More practice is definitely needed on this one!
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Post by: robcfg on 01:05, 15 May 18
I played Comando Tracer aka The Last Commando, which is a favourite of mine.
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Post by: Shaun M. Neary on 12:37, 15 May 18
I played Comando Tracer aka The Last Commando, which is a favourite of mine.

Oh I remember this. This is like Zynaps with the graphics of X-Out! Only it came out years before the latter.
It was also frustratingly difficult too from what I remember.
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Post by: tjohnson on 12:16, 20 May 18
Well I've been back playing Jail Break again this morning, managed to make it to level 3 for the first time ever and instantly got killed with no lives left so didn't get to explore the level, one day I will finish this game.
Also been playing pacman this morning.
Whoot update, got well into level 3 of Jail Break today 20/5, top score of 123500 so far.
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Post by: ukmarkh on 22:47, 20 May 18
I played Comando Tracer aka The Last Commando, which is a favourite of mine.

Love this game! Could complete it in one sitting back in the day. I remember that beautiful smooth scroll and picturesque graphics.


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Post by: Shaun M. Neary on 15:51, 21 May 18
Well I've been back playing Jail Break again this morning, managed to make it to level 3 for the first time ever and instantly got killed with no lives left so didn't get to explore the level, one day I will finish this game.
Also been playing pacman this morning.
Whoot update, got well into level 3 of Jail Break today 20/5, top score of 123500 so far.

Yeah I'm not even sure if I even managed to get off level 2 of Jail Break. Tough game with fiddly controls adding to the disaster.

Over the weekend, I played:

Turbo Outrun: Not a great game, but not a bad game either. Still a lot more playable than it's predecessor, granted that wouldn't take much. The problem with the arcade version was that they didn't keep the whole choice of tracks theme, so there wasn't as much to hook you as there was on the original.

Supertrux:
I loved this game, and I still find it fun to play, but extremely tough. You're barely allowed crash if you want to make it past the second stage. Swinging a left from London to Brux served as a massive pain in terms of a track to play, but keep to the right and head to Paris and it seems a bit more doable. I'll probably give this another run later tonight.

Sidearms: This had so much potential, but the lack of speed and the main sprite too big is what lets this game down badly. That said, it's quite playable if you can persevere with it. Made it to level 3, and then got crucified with the one life I had left on it.
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Post by: Lazy Dude on 15:20, 23 May 18
I played Comando Tracer aka The Last Commando, which is a favourite of mine.


Would love to know what AA mag the review is in. Sadly I got as far as it was released Jan '84. No idea if that is true though.....  :-[
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Post by: Carnivius on 16:28, 23 May 18

Would love to know what AA mag the review is in. Sadly I got as far as it was released Jan '84. No idea if that is true though.....  :-[
It came out in 1988.  It would have been an extremely advanced game graphically for 1984 CPC compared to other games released that year. :P
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Post by: Lazy Dude on 17:15, 23 May 18
Yeah that's what I was thinkin. Duff info from another website. 88, well that narrows it down, I'll have a check later on.
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Post by: Shaun M. Neary on 12:43, 28 May 18
Spent most of the weekend enjoying the good weather, and attending a Christening. I did get some retrogaming time in though, and this one was influenced by Xyphoe's stream about Elite's arcade conversions on Friday night.

Buggy Boy: The lack of speed sadly impacts the game in a negative way, but other than that, it's still very playable. Managed to finish the Offroad track a few times now, but North, South, East and West is proving to be somewhat of a challenge. So I'll need to get more practice in. Which is exactly what I'm doing during quiet time in work right now.  ;)
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Post by: Skunkfish on 16:16, 29 May 18
I used to love Buggy Boy back in the day, but on my big bro's Amiga. Was a little disappointed when I borrowed the CPC version from a mate...
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Post by: ukmarkh on 16:38, 29 May 18
I used to love Buggy Boy back in the day, but on my big bro's Amiga. Was a little disappointed when I borrowed the CPC version from a mate...

We had it on the Amstrad, really liked it until we played the C64 version, never went back to it... It doesn’t hold up well today either, but the challenge is there if you like your racers sedate like


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Post by: Skunkfish on 16:55, 29 May 18
The C64 version looks surprisingly smooth!
I keep meaning to try the arcade game, although I don't have the screens to emulate its triple screen set-up. Looks awesome though!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XF9hvw7-wMQ (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XF9hvw7-wMQ)
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Post by: Lazy Dude on 20:34, 29 May 18
The sound on that C64 is errr..... non existent!
Must've sold the speakers to buy those extra monitors!  :D
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Post by: Lazy Dude on 20:41, 29 May 18
I agree with @ukmarkh (http://www.cpcwiki.eu/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=34)  back in the day it was a fab game, I remember borrowing this from a mate at school.
It was addictive.
It hasn't stood the test of time for me, especially as the sheer variety of CPC games available to us now are so much more than your local shop back in the '80s could ever hope for.
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Post by: Shaun M. Neary on 23:28, 04 June 18
Thanks to a Facebook challenge: Flying Shark


This isn't the best of games but it's certainly not the worst. It's a little more sedate compared to 1943. Wasn't a massive fan in the arcade initially but I did play this to death when I got it as part of the 'Taito coin-op Hits' compilation.


The more things change, the more they stay the same. I still can't get past level 3. But I'll be returning to this as there's only four levels in the game.


It's fun. But you do need your wits about you for it!

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Post by: tjohnson on 00:03, 05 June 18
Well I finally managed to do it, got to level 8 on Jail Break with no cheating, after level 5 where you rescue the prison warden the game loops back round to level 1 again and restarts.  Level 3 is probably the hardest level, followed by level 1.  Level 4 the easiest.
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Post by: Shaun M. Neary on 01:58, 05 June 18
Well I finally managed to do it, got to level 8 on Jail Break with no cheating, after level 5 where you rescue the prison warden the game loops back round to level 1 again and restarts.  Level 3 is probably the hardest level, followed by level 1.  Level 4 the easiest.
Respect for that! That is NOT an easy task to say the least. I must revisit it, but the awkward controls put me off. Switching weapons can easily kill you.  >:(
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Post by: tjohnson on 21:11, 05 June 18
Respect for that! That is NOT an easy task to say the least. I must revisit it, but the awkward controls put me off. Switching weapons can easily kill you.  >:(



Thanks, I have been playing this as my main CPC game for a while now and was determined to finish it.  I got on a roll and it all came together.  I tend to stick to the pistol, use the grenade launcher for the fat men and the rocket launcher for the vehicles.  Other than that keep going and don't try and shoot every convict. On level 3 I shot a hostage just as I was reaching some fat men so lost the grenade launcher, fortunately I found the game sent a woman hostage regularly if I waited so was able to recover the weapon and continue without losing any life.  I got used to the controls.  To think I got this for my birthday and I would assume it was about 1986 it has only taken me 32 years to finish it.  I watched a video of the arcade and its not a bad conversion, the backgrounds a pretty consistent with the arcade but the rest is simpler.
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Post by: Optimus on 22:41, 09 June 18
I have been playing Shadows of Sergoth and I love it!
It was a long time since I last played a game on the real CPC, I mean really dedicated, from start to finish in front of the real CPC, not in an emulator.
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Post by: Unoquepasa on 23:06, 09 June 18
2048 numbers game

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Post by: mahlemiut on 01:29, 10 June 18
Played some Airborne Ranger yesterday.
https://www.twitch.tv/videos/271132746

Also been quite enjoying Shadows of Sergoth, too.
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Post by: Shaun M. Neary on 01:54, 10 June 18
Been playing the following today...

Chase HQ: Haven't given this one a proper play in weeks. Made it to level 5 on three credits. I think I've only ever made it to the final level once, and that was when I was 13 years old back in 1989. I'm not sure I have the dexterity to play up to accelerate games like I used to have anymore, tbh.

Manic Miner:
I got pretty far on this last year, but I've lost my technique since. I'm lucky if I can get past The Endorian Forest these days!
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Post by: VincentGR on 02:42, 10 June 18
I'm not sure I have the dexterity to play up to accelerate games like I used to have anymore


Same age here.
I was surprised that I now do better in most of the cases.
We have 10 years ahead I think  ;D
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Post by: Shaun M. Neary on 12:45, 10 June 18
Oh absolutely.


I'm still okay at a lot of games, I just can't stand racers which require up to accelerate anymore. It's bloody painful. 😂 Would be better if a redefinable option for the stick was available. Always the GX4000 hack though if I play it on my 6128+.  :)
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Post by: mahlemiut on 06:26, 16 June 18
Been trying not to get lost playing The Eidolon today.
Did end up finishing it with no deaths, though.
https://www.twitch.tv/videos/273793005
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Post by: TMR on 11:44, 16 June 18
The last couple of days it's been Mission Genocide... I recorded some footage too, but am [ahem] a little out of practise.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IydvqkcuHXs
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Post by: Widukind on 16:50, 16 June 18
The last couple of days it's been Mission Genocide...
Loved this game from Paul "Spindizzy" Shirley, in particularly its super soft hardware-scroll.
Inspired many of us. These were the days. :-)
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Post by: mahlemiut on 09:23, 30 June 18
Spent far too much time to be healthy today playing Ninja Scooter Simulator.
https://www.twitch.tv/videos/279224281
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Post by: VincentGR on 12:37, 30 June 18
Oh never saw Ninja back then, seems like metro cross
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Post by: mahlemiut on 01:03, 01 July 18
Oh never saw Ninja back then, seems like metro cross
Same developers (Probe Software).  Only they they made Ninja Scooter Simulator faster, more controllable, and shoved the difficulty way too far up the easy side.
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Post by: zeropolis79 on 13:19, 12 July 18
Same developers (Probe Software).  Only they they made Ninja Scooter Simulator faster, more controllable, and shoved the difficulty way too far up the easy side.
I thought it had a feel to Metrocross to it when I saw it on a stream the other day!
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Post by: zeropolis79 on 13:19, 12 July 18
Played some Airborne Ranger yesterday.
https://www.twitch.tv/videos/271132746 (https://www.twitch.tv/videos/271132746)
Must dig that out sometime
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Post by: ivarf on 10:27, 20 July 18
The last couple of days it's been Mission Genocide... I recorded some footage too, but am [ahem] a little out of practise.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IydvqkcuHXs (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IydvqkcuHXs)


I assume there is a tehcnical reason for the low number of colours used. Maybe to gain processortime?
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Post by: mr_lou on 17:41, 20 July 18
Have been playing far too little for far too long.
 Today I wanted to play The Very Cruz Affair though. That's a game I've kinda been saving ever since I saw a cracktro for it back in the 80s. But I couldn't get it running on my CPC plus machine. So today I loaded it on my CPC464, but after the first screen it didn't work.
 Does anyone have any info on this? A patched version? Does it require a CPC6128? What?
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Post by: Nich on 22:02, 20 July 18
I assume there is a tehcnical reason for the low number of colours used. Maybe to gain processortime?

This thread (http://www.cpcwiki.eu/forum/longplays/chinnyvision-super-robin-hood/msg101908/#msg101908) explains the technique. In short, it is a lot faster to use this technique than to use the full palette of 16 colurs.
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Post by: Gryzor on 10:52, 23 August 18
Have been playing far too little for far too long.
 Today I wanted to play The Very Cruz Affair though. That's a game I've kinda been saving ever since I saw a cracktro for it back in the 80s. But I couldn't get it running on my CPC plus machine. So today I loaded it on my CPC464, but after the first screen it didn't work.
 Does anyone have any info on this? A patched version? Does it require a CPC6128? What?



I remember playing only on my 6128 - I don't think there's a tape version, so maybe it's 6128-only?


Used to love it, very original game!
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Post by: mr_lou on 10:56, 23 August 18
Yea I gotta try it on my CPC6128 at some point. Time time time.... feels like everyone else is stealing mine...  :(
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Post by: mahlemiut on 06:30, 17 September 18
Since it was the first Amstrad game I bought back somewhere around 1985, I played some of The Survivor (and kinda failed).
https://www.twitch.tv/videos/311164862
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Post by: ukmarkh on 19:35, 17 September 18
I was thinking of finally playing Nigel Mansell’s World Championship from Gremlin. But then I noticed there’s two versions, a 64k and 128k version. The 64k version is on s CDT file, so no way of loading it on s real CPC at present. My question is, does the 64k version run smoother as it appears to have reduced graphics? (https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180917/c499b3f12b012d879d11563a3e5b7a2e.png)

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Post by: JayBlood on 00:20, 18 September 18
Playing Switchblade CPC old this week. Love this game, just for the superb Ingame music. :)
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Post by: Carnivius on 10:30, 18 September 18
Playing Switchblade CPC old this week. Love this game, just for the superb Ingame music. :)
One of my all time fave games.  :)
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Post by: Emashzed on 13:52, 18 September 18
I was thinking of finally playing Nigel Mansell’s World Championship from Gremlin. But then I noticed there’s two versions, a 64k and 128k version. The 64k version is on s CDT file, so no way of loading it on s real CPC at present. My question is, does the 64k version run smoother as it appears to have reduced graphics? (https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180917/c499b3f12b012d879d11563a3e5b7a2e.png)

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It sure is possible to use a CDT on a real CPC.
I myself use a homemade TZXduino clone for that purpose. It's kind of a Gotek drive, but for tape files (hence CDT files).
You could also convert back the CDT to WAV/MP3 and play it back to your CPC thru any MP3 player + CPC tape lead  :D

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Post by: mahlemiut on 23:59, 23 September 18
Played some Jack The Nipper last night.  I'm sure I could do better with a bit more practice.
https://www.twitch.tv/videos/313689597
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Post by: zeropolis79 on 00:34, 24 September 18
Played Sultan's Maze for a playtrhough video. Got through it in 20 minutes
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Post by: Carnivius on 10:31, 24 September 18
Played Sultan's Maze for a playtrhough video. Got through it in 20 minutes
Not much longer than it takes to load the game.
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Post by: zeropolis79 on 22:03, 24 September 18
I used a disc image as I was doing a video recording for my channel
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Post by: Carnivius on 09:20, 25 September 18
I used a disc image as I was doing a video recording for my channel
Well yeah, cos it's nuts to wait the 17 minutes for the cassette tape to load for that game in this day and age.  :)
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Post by: Vyper68 on 10:04, 25 September 18
Playing Dawn of Kernel this week and for a chillout some Evening Star ...
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Post by: zeropolis79 on 18:57, 25 September 18
Well yeah, cos it's nuts to wait the 17 minutes for the cassette tape to load for that game in this day and age.  :)
I don't mind waiting but because I record using an emulator, (no way of recording from real hardware yet), makes sense to use disc images where possible
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Post by: JayBlood on 01:04, 26 September 18
Playing Hydrofool; now. Game knowed since 31 years... :P Much hard without map, but impressive athmosphear. One more time, this game song make me happy. :)
-Damn! my english so horrible...- Lol!!
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Post by: mahlemiut on 14:34, 30 September 18
So, today I played a game that I'd never heard of before today, and clearly had no idea what to do (outside of having translations of commands handy).  This is the result.

https://www.twitch.tv/videos/316605194
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Post by: mahlemiut on 04:02, 08 October 18
Finished a loop of Who Dares Wins II after all these years.
https://www.twitch.tv/videos/319518509
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Post by: mahlemiut on 15:31, 20 October 18
Played The Covenant, and failed miserably.
https://www.twitch.tv/videos/325034442
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Post by: tjohnson on 16:18, 20 October 18
Played The Covenant, and failed miserably.
https://www.twitch.tv/videos/325034442 (https://www.twitch.tv/videos/325034442)



Really enjoyed this game when I was a much younger.


Haven't been playing much recently as been on holiday.  I played switchblade on GX4000 a couple of weeks back and got further than I have ever done before without cheating.
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Post by: Targhan on 17:13, 20 October 18
The Covenant almost traumatized me when I was young. It was so hard, the monsters were scary to me :). And that dreadful sound when your energy draws out... It all seems quite ridiculous now though :).
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Post by: mahlemiut on 14:10, 27 October 18
Played Rana Rama tonight.  Did okay, I guess :)
https://www.twitch.tv/videos/328011664
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Post by: VincentGR on 14:42, 27 October 18
Finished Shinobi, I am officially a Ninja now.
Respect.
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Post by: ukmarkh on 18:10, 27 October 18
Finished Shinobi, I am officially a Ninja now.
Respect.

You certainly are, I’ve put so many hours into the CPC version, but never completed, which is odd as I’ve completed the C64 and arcade version


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Post by: VincentGR on 18:16, 27 October 18
My history with Shinobi is a sad one...
This game is in my top 5 of all time, and all 5 of them are on CPC.
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Post by: Gryzor on 16:39, 01 November 18
I think I had reached the end in the arcade version, but never quite beat it. I remember the CPC version being more difficult, so kudos.
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Post by: mahlemiut on 23:07, 03 November 18
Did the Halloween thing a bit late.
https://www.twitch.tv/videos/330970115
https://www.twitch.tv/videos/330970395
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Post by: mahlemiut on 00:19, 11 November 18
So I continued on with Rana Rama.  Managed to finish it, and then it starts over, only a bit harder and with different glyph positioning.  I did quit after 3 hours, I tend to get tired of a single game after a while (depending on how good/interesting the game is).
https://www.twitch.tv/videos/333983589
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Post by: ukmarkh on 05:13, 11 November 18
So I continued on with Rana Rama.  Managed to finish it, and then it starts over, only a bit harder and with different glyph positioning.  I did quit after 3 hours, I tend to get tired of a single game after a while (depending on how good/interesting the game is).
https://www.twitch.tv/videos/333983589

Loved Rana-Rama as a kid, never did complete it, but sunk hours into it. There’s so many games on the Amstrad that just loop, Bomb Jack, P47, 1943, Ghosts ‘n Goblins. Tonight I’ve been playing the new games released for the 2018 retro game dev competition, and the top five games including a Tetris style puzzle game is brilliant. There’s also a Gauntlet clone that’s quite good


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Post by: mahlemiut on 13:13, 24 November 18
Tried (and largely failed) to play some Karnov, because it's apparently Karnovember.  Karnov is HARD.
https://www.twitch.tv/videos/340003781
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Post by: Gryzor on 10:18, 27 November 18
Used to give me nightmares; because on one hand I really loved the looks of it as a kid and I really wanted to play it, but on the other hard it was so hard I never got anywhere...
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Post by: mahlemiut on 23:22, 08 December 18
Target Renegade 1 loop clear (and then getting bodied on 2-1)
https://www.twitch.tv/videos/346250401
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Post by: geebus on 21:25, 30 December 18
Trying to play lemmings on my 464 but recording to cassette via the cdt converted to wav and then going to my stereo isnt working sadly. Trying to record 1942 now for a bit of pew pew pew. 13:31 mins though!? Ouch.
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Post by: VincentGR on 22:37, 30 December 18
I am trying to make some copies from yesterday too.
I think I must set the azimuth of my recorder like the CPCs  :-X
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Post by: Nich on 00:46, 31 December 18
I spent some of this weekend playing the first three of the six games in the Aventures du KA series:
This series of games seems to be relatively unknown even in its native France. :laugh: All the games are very similar to each other, with the graphical theme being the only significant difference - but they've proved to be an entertaining diversion nonetheless.
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Post by: VincentGR on 19:03, 29 March 19
Today I fired up my original CPC (the one I have since 88)
I tried one of my favs for one round.


That snake game with the super scrolling from Titus collection 2.



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Post by: Madcommodore on 13:22, 30 March 19
I was playing Stunt Car Racer on the CPC this week, I was curious to see how the 8bit versions played because I only had an Amiga by then.
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Post by: VincentGR on 13:33, 30 March 19
I was playing Stunt Car Racer on the CPC this week, I was curious to see how the 8bit versions played because I only had an Amiga by then.


In my top 10 list.
I played all version, loved the Amiga one but the DOS version had unlocked framerate.
Also the new BBC version is fantastic.
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Post by: ukmarkh on 13:35, 30 March 19
I was playing Stunt Car Racer on the CPC this week, I was curious to see how the 8bit versions played because I only had an Amiga by then.

Try the Atari 800 XL version as well, it’s new and uses 128k, blisteringly fast!


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Post by: Madcommodore on 13:49, 30 March 19
The ST version is a little bit faster than the Amiga one too but without the sound of the creaking wooden boards on the turns on either of those two alternate versions the game loses a lot of atmosphere. You can of course play the ST version on a Mega STE (16mhz 68000) or an Amiga 1200 but I can't remember if they work on either upgraded model....will have to go and check now.


Of course the 8bit versions didn't have that so for them framerate is everything.
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Post by: VincentGR on 13:54, 30 March 19
The Amiga has the TNT version that has some new levels and faster speed but still skipping frames.
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Post by: Madcommodore on 18:45, 30 March 19
The Amiga has the TNT version that has some new levels and faster speed but still skipping frames.


TNT is a compilation? Or was that on the 8 bits. I will have to check that one out, maybe look at them running side by side.


I was playing Z by Rino Software, I had this on my own C64 but my best friend who had a CPC never bought it. It's surprisingly nice actually, very playable Time Pilot 84 type game.
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Post by: VincentGR on 18:49, 30 March 19
Stuntcar racer TNT version.
Stand alone disk and WHDLoad.
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Post by: catenaccio on 21:43, 02 April 19
Still playing Match Day II some days. One of the best playability on soccer games
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Post by: yorgos on 09:32, 03 April 19
On the emulator, I've been playing Reflex and Dragon Ninja so far !


Well the week isn't over yet !!!
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Post by: Madcommodore on 23:05, 05 April 19
Stuntcar racer TNT version.
Stand alone disk and WHDLoad.


Cheers will check that out  :)


I was quite impressed with Alien Storm, thought it was another game that puts the CPC 16 colour mode to great use. Surprisingly good conversion of the coin-op.
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Post by: ukmarkh on 23:12, 05 April 19
Talking of Amiga, I need to play these (https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190405/e9e17deca42dce4db0da57f6cabb4058.jpg)


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Post by: Madcommodore on 23:39, 10 April 19
Was playing Afterburner today, I thought it was actually quite good compared to other 8 bit versions.
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Post by: Targhan on 00:20, 11 April 19
Played "Le Necromancien". An awesome (french) adventure game. Finished it! If you understand French, play it, you won't regret it.
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Post by: Madcommodore on 23:49, 19 April 19
I enjoyed playing Star Raiders II on the CPC a lot (hideous on the C64 and great on the Atari), also played Rescue on Fractalus is OK too but just as slow as the C64 version so not quite as responsive as the Atari versions. Probably a lot of room for 6502 to Z80 code optimisation missed out there.