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Re: From the forum Issue 88

Post by Cafeman » Tue Feb 22, 2011 11:14 pm

Robot Tank on Atari 2600 - I always viewed it as a clone of Atari's Battlezone.

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Re: From the forum Issue 88

Post by Crunchy » Wed Feb 23, 2011 3:35 am

NorthWay wrote:Qbert was never a direct favorite of mine, but that one should have plenty of material for loved clones.
Ocean's Pogo on the Spectrum gets a deserved mention in dispatches from me.

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Re: From the forum Issue 88

Post by quantum » Wed Feb 23, 2011 4:40 am

I would say Mr Ee! as gave us a use for the school's BBC machines. :D
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How about a game screenshot quiz? Amiga, DOS, Megadrive and Commodore 64.

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Re: From the forum Issue 88

Post by Mick Farrow » Wed Feb 23, 2011 4:50 am

Pheenix by Megadodo Software on the Spectrum, an early unofficial conversion & only 16k!
My Remakes - HUNCHBACK, JETPAC, TRANZ AM, RAMBO, DONKEY KONG, ATIC ATAC.

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Re: From the forum Issue 88

Post by TheDude18 » Wed Feb 23, 2011 8:51 am

Moon Buggy on the Commodore 16. A great little clone of (you guessed it) Moon Patrol.
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Re: From the forum Issue 88

Post by TheDude18 » Wed Feb 23, 2011 8:58 am

Pacmania on the Commodore 16 - A confusingly titled version of Pacman. It’s a great little conversion of the original which is very fast in which the mazes also have three ‘H’ teleportation pads which teleport you randomly to another part of the maze.
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Re: From the forum Issue 88

Post by neuromancer » Wed Feb 23, 2011 10:51 am

I haven't got my name in the mag for months, so here's bid for fame and fortune with an extremely old-school ploy: I loved the pac-man clone Gulpman on the ZX-81, which does the old machine proud (and kits you out with lasers to dish out much-deserved payback)

There was also an asteroids clone which wasn't so hot (and used the interesting tactic of displaying your ship simply as the numbers 1-9, depending on which direction you were facing)

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Re: From the forum Issue 88

Post by boggyb68 » Wed Feb 23, 2011 12:09 pm

I liked the Rally X clone on the C64.. Radar Rat Race.. really should have called it Ratty X.. :)

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Re: From the forum Issue 88

Post by fredghostmaster » Wed Feb 23, 2011 12:30 pm

Jelly Monsters on the Vic 20 - was better than Pac Man on the Atari 2600 that I also owned.

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Re: From the forum Issue 88

Post by Liamh1982 » Wed Feb 23, 2011 12:46 pm

Meteors - Asteroids clone on the Beeb, fond memories of playing it in geography class the last week of term.

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Re: From the forum Issue 88

Post by Mayhem » Wed Feb 23, 2011 3:29 pm

boggyb68 wrote:I liked the Rally X clone on the C64.. Radar Rat Race.. really should have called it Ratty X.. :)
fredghostmaster wrote:Jelly Monsters on the Vic 20 - was better than Pac Man on the Atari 2600 that I also owned.
Funny you two mention both of these, although the tale really relates more to just the Vic20. There is some confusion over the originals, actually sold AS Rally-X and Pac-Man in Japan (cartridges with those names on the labels do exist), although RRR did have the graphics changed. Did Namco actually license them to Commodore? Evidence suggests yes, other factors suggest HAL Labs coded them and they got sold anyhow. Obviously Commodore came a cropper in the West from Midway and Atari as they held the home licenses to those games. So in a way they aren't actually clones, more proper conversions of the arcade machines (also see Star Battle aka Galaxian).
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Re: From the forum Issue 88

Post by Timothy Lumsden » Wed Feb 23, 2011 3:55 pm

Crazy Kong by Interceptor for the Vic 20. Mainly for the nice pencil drawing on the box.

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Re: From the forum Issue 88

Post by paranoid marvin » Wed Feb 23, 2011 4:49 pm

Cafeman wrote:Robot Tank on Atari 2600 - I always viewed it as a clone of Atari's Battlezone.

Top man! Glad someone else remembers that.
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Re: From the forum Issue 88

Post by paranoid marvin » Wed Feb 23, 2011 4:56 pm

WOTEF - delivered a flying kick to the dual-sticked arcade Karate Champ
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Re: From the forum Issue 88

Post by badda » Thu Feb 24, 2011 5:20 am

Lots of mentions for BBC Micro titles here. With good reason, because the machine got many excellent clones from the likes of Acornsoft, Godax, and Aardvark Software. The likes of Ocean and US Gold rarely utilised their official arcade port licences for any 8-bit computer beyond the C64/Spec/CPC, so it fell to smaller Beeb companies to fill the gap with unofficial clone releases.


Skirmish (by Go-Dax) is a great version of the bird-and-lance classic, Joust.

Zalaga (by Aardvark) is a swish clone of the excellent vertical shooter, Galaga.

and finally, a nod to Danger UXB (by Micro Power), which is an unofficial clone of Checkman (which is a little-known but fun braintaxing arcade game from the early '80s).

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Many of the well done BBC Micro clone games can be seen in this vid:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t-pY6y1sXMM

(okay to print all or part)

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