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Post by mandelbrot78 » Fri Sep 28, 2007 11:10 am

E-Type, do you have links to sites which review and list Archimedes games? Games which are either exclusive or better on the system.

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Post by E-Type » Sat Sep 29, 2007 7:37 am

Yes,

www.acorn-gaming.org.uk (comperehensive but only up to 2003)

http://www.acornarcade.com/articles/review/ (sporadic)

http://acorngamez.blog.com/ (news and some reviews)

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Post by mandelbrot78 » Sat Sep 29, 2007 1:24 pm

Thanks. The Archimedes was a really great computer. The first home computer to use a 32 bit RISC CPU. I remember that it trampled all over the Amiga, the ST and even a 386 PC in performance.

Too bad it didn't have much software support and didn't become as successful as the other systems.

From what I read at the time it had an amazing BASIC as well. I don't doubt it, since the BBC had the best BASIC of all the 8 bit systems. I was lucky enough to spend a lot of time on a BBC and the things you could do with its BASIC were simply astonishing.

Too bad I never got my hands on an Archie, though.

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Post by E-Type » Sat Sep 29, 2007 2:29 pm

Here's a lot more:
http://www.acornarcade.com/news/?tag=review

Particuarly look at the year 2000. Games like Emotions and Wizard's Apprentice were specially written for RISC OS I think and were v.popular.

Possiby the most professional game ever released for RISC OS was Exodus:

http://www.acornarcade.com/Review_-_Exo ... s1049.html

I found it too difficult and "chancey" but others loved it.

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Post by mandelbrot78 » Sat Sep 29, 2007 3:46 pm

I'm convinced. I'll download an emulator and give the system a try. Besides, I always wanted to see what the RISC OS was capable of.

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Post by sack » Thu Oct 25, 2007 11:37 am

I think the problem with the Archimedes (Other than being proof that sometimes the 'it'll help with my homework' blag that got you a C64 might not unnecessarily work a second time and get you an Amiga) is that whilst a certain age group did get loads of exposure to the machine it was rows of machines in schools running PenDown or Ovation. I think most peoples exposure to games was either a teachers secret stash (Lemmings mostly) or the kid who did have an Arc back home bringing his own stuff in.

As most people I knew were limited to playing my dodgy offerings during IT lessons they probably aren't aware that other games were available so if anyone sat around playing dodgy breakout clones and shooters in the top valley comprehensive school computer rooms in the mid-90s I'm sorry I probably ruined any appreciation of Archimedes games you might have had :oops:

Part of me thinks a short column where a fan of a machine they feel doesn't get the love it deserves can get up on their soapbox and have a little rant about it could be fun. Sort of a mix of the fanboy (sans bashing of other platforms) and giving pointers for original games that the majority might have missed could be fun though. In the case of the arc I don't think the fact we had a port of magic pockets and gods is worth mentioning, the fact it's felt we had the best port of Elite could be worth mentioning but like was mentioned before the weird and wonderful original games are what would make it interesting.

The arc is never going to be more than a minor footnote in gaming history, but it gave a few laughs and had its moments.
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Post by E-Type » Tue Oct 30, 2007 8:51 pm

But here's the thing: there's barely even that footnote and if a game is worth mentioning as ported to another platform it's surely worth mentioning for the Arc.

And my vested interest is the fact that the platform continues. So hopefully people might think "wonder what happened to it?"

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Post by Nitters » Wed Oct 31, 2007 5:47 pm

I think a spot of Archimedes coverage would be good; the last great shout of the British computer industry before we all got overwhelmed by US and Japanese corporations hell bent on world domination.
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Post by E-Type » Sat Nov 10, 2007 3:28 pm

Good to see the BBC screenshots in RG 44 and the mention of the Arc conversion of James Pond although there isn't a screenshot.

I've got a suggestion for the Price Listings section at the back: under the Archimedes you could put some of the classic Archimedes games

Zarch:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tw94qXPfg6Y

http://www.frontier.co.uk/games/zarch/index.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zarch



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http://www.frontierastro.co.uk/Elite/arc.html

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