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Re: For the mag: budget games

Post by gman72 » Sun May 19, 2013 2:35 am

merman wrote:
gman72 wrote:Spectrum.

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Byte Bitten.

C.64.

LA Swat
P.O.D
Phantoms Of The Asteroid.
LA SWAT - does that go down as one of Sculptured Software's finest moments, or a complete load of dingo's kidneys?
Well, at the time I went by the Zzap review. I can remember it was 2.99 and a kind of up-the-screen Commando clone that I enjoyed very much.

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Re: For the mag: budget games

Post by necronom » Sun May 19, 2013 5:32 am

I'm struggling to remove one of these to get to three. All C64:

Thrust
Kikstart 2
Action Biker
The Last V8

with BMX Simulator close behind.

Heavy Metal Paradroid came out way after my time (I'd had an Amiga nearly two years at that point), so I have no connection with it. I only play the "Proper" Paradroid when I play the game. I suppose even though it is a budget game at this point, I don't really see HMP as the proper version, or Paradroid as a budget game.
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Re: For the mag: budget games

Post by Mayhem » Sun May 19, 2013 7:19 am

merman wrote:I was being sarcastic, I think it is pants, and both ZZAP and C&VG were wrong.
I rather enjoyed it... c'est la vie heh...
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Re: For the mag: budget games

Post by Spacepatrol » Sun May 19, 2013 9:56 am

All C64:

Warhawk
I-Ball
Master of Magic

I think they all had Rob Hubbard tunes as well?

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Post by paranoid marvin » Sun May 19, 2013 10:07 am

Spacepatrol wrote:All C64:

Warhawk
I-Ball
Master of Magic

I think they all had Rob Hubbard tunes as well?

This was the great thing with budget C64 games. Although they were (sometimes) shorter and less feature-packed than their full-priced counterparts, the quality of the audio was never diminished. In actual fact , some of the budget C64 games had the best audio. One of my favourite C64 tunes was produced by Rob Hubbard for The Last V8.
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Post by mikeb » Sun May 19, 2013 11:10 am

Speaking of which I forgot The Human Race, which for me features some of his finest compositions.

Rob definitely did some of his best stuff for budget games - Master of Magic, One Man and His Droid, Spellbound, I,Ball, Thrust, Last V8, Phantoms of the Asteroid, Flash Gordon, Arcade Classics, Rasputin*, Kentilla, Warhawk... so many great tunes.

Never was a big fan of Action Biker though (the game or the music)

*EDIT - Technically I think this was a mid-price Firebird HOT game.

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Re: For the mag: budget games

Post by Eric » Sun May 19, 2013 2:15 pm

Spaghetti Western - Zeppelin
BMX Freestyle Simulator - Codemasters
Rad Ramp Racer - Mastertronic

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Re: For the mag: budget games

Post by gman72 » Sun May 19, 2013 3:03 pm

paranoid marvin wrote:
Spacepatrol wrote:All C64:

Warhawk
I-Ball
Master of Magic

I think they all had Rob Hubbard tunes as well?

This was the great thing with budget C64 games. Although they were (sometimes) shorter and less feature-packed than their full-priced counterparts, the quality of the audio was never diminished. In actual fact , some of the budget C64 games had the best audio. One of my favourite C64 tunes was produced by Rob Hubbard for The Last V8.
Thrust
Phantoms of the Ateroid
Action Biker
Flash Gordon
Hunter Patrol
The Human Race
I think these were all great Rob Tunes on budget games.
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Post by CraigGrannell » Wed May 22, 2013 8:19 am

CrookieMonster wrote:I'm compiling a list of cassette budget games (those costing around £2.99 or less or thereabouts). What three games would you put on it?
On the C64: Kikstart II, Thrust and Zolyx. These on the basis they still hold up for me today. Honourable mention goes to Heavy Metal Paradroid, but that's essentially a reskin, hence it misses out on my tape.
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Post by The Laird » Wed May 22, 2013 9:23 am

From the Spectrum:

Kikstart II
Advanced Pinball Simulator
Fast Food
Kwik Snax
Speedboat Assassins
Agent X II
Guardian II
Joe Blade 2
War Hawk
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Re: For the mag: budget games

Post by joefish » Wed May 22, 2013 10:56 am

On the Speccy:

Chronos - One of the Speccy's finest shmups.
Feud - Addictive magic based early maze/RPG/arcade adventure.
Grand Prix Simulator - Beats Super Sprint at its own game, and it speaks!

Also special mention to Gnasher and Spectipede, perfectly slick and playable home Pac-Man and Centipede clones that started it all in Mastertronic's original £1.99 line-up.

Kikstart II made it to the Spectrum too, with a fun track editor. And Don't Buy This, Firebird's own send-up of the worst budget games it had been submitted.

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Post by mlucifersam » Wed May 22, 2013 12:10 pm

Zub and Amaroute that had brilliant Spectrum 128 additions and Zoot by Bug Byte which had some great speech
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Re: For the mag: budget games

Post by paranoid marvin » Wed May 22, 2013 4:03 pm

joefish wrote:On the Speccy:

Chronos - One of the Speccy's finest shmups.
Feud - Addictive magic based early maze/RPG/arcade adventure.
Grand Prix Simulator - Beats Super Sprint at its own game, and it speaks!

Also special mention to Gnasher and Spectipede, perfectly slick and playable home Pac-Man and Centipede clones that started it all in Mastertronic's original £1.99 line-up.

Kikstart II made it to the Spectrum too, with a fun track editor. And Don't Buy This, Firebird's own send-up of the worst budget games it had been submitted.

Good call on Feud, forgot about that one! Yes, it was a great game on the Speccy. Very limited, but budget games were all about cramming as much fun into as little space as possible, and this certainly fit the bill.

Rockstar would defo have been on my list, but (if i remember correctly) it retailed on Codie's mid-price range label at £4.99


Other notable entries are BMX Simulator (especially on the C64) , and Olli & Lissa and Thrust on the Speccy.
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Re: For the mag: budget games

Post by merman » Thu May 23, 2013 6:23 am

Yeah, BMX Simulator. Followed by Formula 1 Simulator and Jetski Simulator which are all completely different games :wink:
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Re: For the mag: budget games

Post by joefish » Thu May 23, 2013 10:06 am

merman wrote:Yeah, BMX Simulator. Followed by Formula 1 Simulator and Jetski Simulator which are all completely different games :wink:
Unfamiliar as I am with pedantry (*ahem*) but Formula 1 Simulator was completely different - a driver's eye view racer for the 16K Spectrum with the novel suggestion of rolling a Sellotape tin (don't remember Sellotape ever coming in tins) along the number keys as a steering wheel. It was the Grand Prix Simulator series that were top-down single-screen circuit racers. Not to mention Activision writ-magnets.

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