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feature Idea - Valhalla and Great Space Race

Posted: Mon Aug 02, 2010 8:11 am
by slacey1070
I'd enjoy reading about those (assuming I hadn't missed them...)

I can't for the life of me remember the name of the software house now though...

Re: feature Idea - Valhalla and Great Space Race

Posted: Mon Aug 02, 2010 12:52 pm
by mikeb
Legend Software were the guys responsible. Those were both really interesting, innovative games for their time and I agree they would both make a great feature, particularly Valhalla.

Re: feature Idea - Valhalla and Great Space Race

Posted: Mon Aug 02, 2010 2:57 pm
by Antiriad2097
mikeb wrote:really interesting, innovative games
Have you played The Great Space Race? The only thing it was good at was hype. My cousin bought it, oh how we laughed when we broke into its basic listing.

I do wonder if they were going for a Howard Scott Warshaw effect, from best to worst so they cover the whole range of gaming.

Re: feature Idea - Valhalla and Great Space Race

Posted: Wed Aug 04, 2010 5:52 am
by Kilb
Ah Valhalla
FCUK MARY
mary is not amused

Seriously, what a great adventure game

Re: feature Idea - Valhalla and Great Space Race

Posted: Wed Aug 04, 2010 10:51 am
by slacey1070
Kilb wrote:Ah Valhalla
FCUK MARY
mary is not amused

Seriously, what a great adventure game
Its moments like that that make gaming . . .

Re: feature Idea - Valhalla and Great Space Race

Posted: Thu Aug 05, 2010 7:32 am
by mikeb
Antiriad2097 wrote:
mikeb wrote:really interesting, innovative games
Have you played The Great Space Race? The only thing it was good at was hype
Still, if you got bored you could always let it play itself.... :D
I suppose they were going for the Hitchikers angle but it backfired somewhat, I agree it wasn't a patch on Valhalla. Would still be interested in an article though, if not for anything else but uncovering why it supposedly cost £250,000 to make... (which I why I guess Legend charged £15 for it, ouch).

Re: feature Idea - Valhalla and Great Space Race

Posted: Thu Aug 05, 2010 8:05 am
by Matt_B
Yeah, I'd love to see a feature on Legend; they really had some highs and lows. Valhalla was quite brilliant for its time, but TGSR was awful by any standard.

I've don't particularly hold the fact that TGSR was written in BASIC against it, as Valhalla largely was too. Rather, it was more a case that the game was poorly designed with hardly any degree of meaningful interaction for the player; you could leave it to just play itself and it'd seemingly do as well as if you took part. Valhalla made you think; TGSR made you push buttons and wait.

Somewhere in the middle was their third game, Komplex, which was competently programmed but utterly tedious to play; you had to search through a huge random maze whilst under constant attack. If Legend could be tracked down, it'd be nice to finally know what happened to the much-hyped sequel, Komplex City, which was never released.

Re: feature Idea - Valhalla and Great Space Race

Posted: Thu Aug 05, 2010 2:16 pm
by Antiriad2097
Now Komplex, that's a game I'd forgotten all about.

Reading the Crash review, it would seem it beat Halo to the FPS regenerating shields by 20 years!

Re: feature Idea - Valhalla and Great Space Race

Posted: Tue Aug 10, 2010 9:26 am
by cruachan
Valhalla - classic!! "look whos talking" was the tag line wasnt it???

Do you remember the song made out of the quote "Its a skull" ???

Re: feature Idea - Valhalla and Great Space Race

Posted: Thu Aug 12, 2010 1:50 pm
by Lentini2001
GSR..

Did that come in a massive box with loads of stuff or am I imagining this?