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Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
« Reply #150 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)
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Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
« Reply #151 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.

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Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
« Reply #152 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.

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Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
« Reply #153 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

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Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
« Reply #154 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.

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Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
« Reply #155 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

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Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
« Reply #156 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: 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.
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Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
« Reply #157 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..

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Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
« Reply #158 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
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Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
« Reply #159 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.


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Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
« Reply #160 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

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Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
« Reply #161 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 :)

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Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
« Reply #162 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

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Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
« Reply #163 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! :)

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Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
« Reply #164 on: 16:24, 22 October 15 »
Antiriad &  Ikari Warriors

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Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
« Reply #165 on: 19:12, 22 October 15 »
Space Chicken! Even made a high-score...  :-X :-X :laugh: :-X :-X :-X
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Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
« Reply #166 on: 19:44, 22 October 15 »
For me it's Helvera: Mistress of the Park. I am determined to complete this game.

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Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
« Reply #167 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:

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Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
« Reply #168 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
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Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
« Reply #169 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

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Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
« Reply #170 on: 21:44, 23 October 15 »
Yep, the Amstrad version of MadMax is relly cool, vid here:


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Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
« Reply #171 on: 18:45, 10 November 15 »
Still going through the CPCRetroDev entries :)

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Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
« Reply #172 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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Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
« Reply #173 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:

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Re: what are people playing on their cpc's this week ?
« Reply #174 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?