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by Matt_B
Mon May 14, 2007 11:32 am
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: Best TV Game On The Speccy?
Replies: 23
Views: 1223

This is probably bending the rules a bit, but can I have Jon Ritman's Batman? :)

Seriously, I'd agree with PSJ that a TV license deal was usually a recipe for disaster though. In general, the less they had to do with the show, the more chance they had of being a decent game.
by Matt_B
Mon May 14, 2007 11:13 am
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: Atari vs C64 // was: 8-Bit Computer Poll
Replies: 2168
Views: 149805

I see the sprite approach fully justified. there was not enough power in any of the 8bits other than for 2d, there were some really nice tries at 3d but it was not fast enough for something really good (filled poly flight simulator at decent speed on 8 bit anyone?). How about Carrier Command on the...
by Matt_B
Sun May 13, 2007 3:54 pm
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: BBC Master, An appreciation Thread
Replies: 81
Views: 5824

If you do manage to make an Elk game work on the Beeb or Master they will be pretty much unplayable. This is due to the fact that the Elk runs at 1MHz and the Beeb/Master run at least double that. You try playing Repton 2 at twice the speed. :shock: The Electron is actually clocked at the same spee...
by Matt_B
Sun May 13, 2007 5:37 am
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: Atari vs C64 // was: 8-Bit Computer Poll
Replies: 2168
Views: 149805

The Plus/4 - s'got 121 colours and the hardware can display over 80 on a scanline without any routines running or hardware sprites (since it hasn't got any) and if you start using techniques like DFLI it's possible to get a 320x200 display with 8x2 pixel attribute cells and any two of the colours i...
by Matt_B
Sat May 12, 2007 7:04 pm
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: BBC Master, An appreciation Thread
Replies: 81
Views: 5824

Also will a BBC Master run Acorn Electron games? Generally, not. You might get a few simple games written in BASIC to work, but the sound and video hardware in the Electron work in a totally different way to the BBC. For any Electron game worth playing though, there should be a BBC specific version...
by Matt_B
Sat May 12, 2007 6:39 pm
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: Atari vs C64 // was: 8-Bit Computer Poll
Replies: 2168
Views: 149805

fact is that the first speccy came out 2 years LATER then the c64 having only 48k, eat that. but if different models can play around here, then I'd nominate the c128 as the best 8 bit. 128k ram, z80&6510 cpu, mmu, vicII, and also a 80column video chip (640x200! but could do much bigger), 2mhz 6510 ...
by Matt_B
Fri May 11, 2007 4:32 pm
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: BBC Master, An appreciation Thread
Replies: 81
Views: 5824

The 40 or 80 refers to the number of tracks on the disk. 40 track ones are older and have only half the capacity of the 80 track ones.
by Matt_B
Fri May 11, 2007 10:51 am
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: My Own Desert Island Discs!
Replies: 26
Views: 3058

Being stuck on a desert island would give time to play some huge games so here are eight that should keep me busy for a while: Black Crystal - ZX81 The first truly epic game I ever played. Time hasn't been that kind to it, but for me the nostalgia factor can't be beaten. Carrier Command - Atari ST A...
by Matt_B
Fri May 11, 2007 10:30 am
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: Favourite board game conversion?
Replies: 36
Views: 3632

I've gone for Space Crusade of those listed. Nice conversion, possibly just a bit too straight though; I'd have swapped the dice rolling for a more complex form of combat resolution since the computer can do the maths for you. Overall, I'd have to agree with Scrabble on the Spectrum. An awesome prog...
by Matt_B
Fri May 11, 2007 10:23 am
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: Favourite Horace Game On Speccy
Replies: 18
Views: 1769

Horace and the Spiders for me. It had a great third section and the first two weren't that taxing with a bit of practice, so they just made for a good bit of variety. Horace Goes Skiing comes an honorable second. As one of the games from the first year of the Spectrum's life it's stood the test of t...
by Matt_B
Fri May 11, 2007 10:02 am
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: Favourite Text Game On The Speccy?
Replies: 19
Views: 1377

Re: Favourite Text Game On The Speccy?

In terms of text adventures, I'd say Snowball, The Worm In Paradise and Guild Of Thieves.

I suppose you could also count most management games as being predominantly text-based, so I'd add Football Manger, The Biz and Dictator to the list.
by Matt_B
Fri May 11, 2007 9:18 am
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: Atari vs C64 // was: 8-Bit Computer Poll
Replies: 2168
Views: 149805

if you ask me only a handful of 3d/iso games was better on speccy... Your opinion, but I'd say that there were hundreds of quality 3D/iso games on the Spectrum; there are about thirty in the WOS visitors top 100 at the moment alone. There are a few exceptions like the Last Ninja series, but I'd be ...
by Matt_B
Thu May 10, 2007 11:13 am
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: BBC Master, An appreciation Thread
Replies: 81
Views: 5824

The enhanced versions of Elite, Exile and Firetrack would be my three must-have games for the BBC Master. Most good BBC games work on it too, but some of them needed a bit of rewriting and hack-work. The best bit of hardware I can think of is the 80186 second processor which allows you to run a PC e...
by Matt_B
Wed May 09, 2007 8:32 am
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: Atari vs C64 // was: 8-Bit Computer Poll
Replies: 2168
Views: 149805

The Oric was the target of much derision back in the 80s, but technically it's not a bad machine at all given the price band it was aimed at. I guess it just had the bad luck to come onto the market when the Spectrum had gained an overwhelming amount of momentum and never quite sold enough to truly ...
by Matt_B
Wed May 09, 2007 5:20 am
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: Atari vs C64 // was: 8-Bit Computer Poll
Replies: 2168
Views: 149805

This is the same argument that the CPC followers bring up everytime the question of which machine is better comes up. This is Retro GAMER the question is surely about which machine is the better for gaming. We don't care that you can use a spreadsheet on your CPC or if your Atari/CBM can display a ...