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Post by MikeHaggar » Thu Dec 20, 2007 3:42 pm

I remember "Espen in Asmo" which was a Norwegian point and click game (which if anybody got, PM me). Also had a Thomas the Tank engine game and a simple animation program where you could make your own cartoon.

Oh. And Math Blaster and Math Rescue.

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Post by sscott » Thu Dec 20, 2007 6:00 pm

Always remember some rich kid in school who had an Atari ST with Xenon on it - 1987, and brought it into school at Christmas. Our school (also 1987) had recently bought Archimedes computers and the paint program was terrific. Think the Virus 3D game came with it which looked amazing but was a bit crap. Now a school teacher but PCs no loner have the wow factor. Most pupils now have better PCs (and vertainly graphics cards) than ours. Schools often have 4yr rolling contacts with suppliers which means some PCs are hideously out of date!
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Post by Dizrythmia » Fri Dec 21, 2007 12:45 am

I remember on the Amstrad CPCs we had Granny's Garden & Caesar's Travels. When it was end of term & there was nothing left to learn out came the teachers stash of games discs :)

Fruity Frank was VERY popular!!

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Post by TMR » Fri Dec 21, 2007 4:03 am

Dizrythmia wrote:I remember on the Amstrad CPCs we had Granny's Garden & Caesar's Travels. When it was end of term & there was nothing left to learn out came the teachers stash of games discs :)

Fruity Frank was VERY popular!!
Odd nickname for a teacher...? =-)

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Post by psj3809 » Fri Dec 21, 2007 9:55 am

Yeah very strange !

I presume his other teachers were called Dashing Derek, Pretty Peter and Naughty Nigel to go along with Fruity Frank.

Would have dreaded going to that boarding school as a kid ! Wouldnt ever have picked up my lunch money if i had dropped it there !

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Post by uglifruit » Fri Dec 21, 2007 6:02 pm

School had those RM Nimbus computers.

Everyone, but everyone, played 'Popcorn' the french Breakout clone.
And Hitchhikers.

And an othello game I programmed in pascal. What a geek.
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Post by RB » Fri Dec 21, 2007 6:39 pm

At our school we had one Research Machines 380Z computer. A big, black, heavy beast that had absolutely no software for it at all other than a couple of disks with BASIC on.

There were really only two other games you could play with it. The first, and most popular, was to see how long you could sit in front of the ultra-bright green screen monitor before it started making your eyes hurt/weep.

The second, because it was situated in of all places, the First Aid room, was to persuade injured kids from the first year who had been sent to the room, that it was actually a health monitor and that they were, in fact, probably dying. Yes, apparently scraping your knee in the playground is life threatening after all...

Happy days.
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Post by Emperor Fossil » Fri Dec 21, 2007 8:09 pm

drewbar wrote:We had Apple II's (and clones - ? apricots) at the school I went to in Oz. I remember lining up to get a crack at Conan, Swashbuckler, Wizardy, and Ultima. Got to love the monochrome green and orange screens!
We had Apple IIs at my school too. I dunno how Apple swung it, but Apple IIs seemed to be the computer of choice in aussie schools during the '80s.

We used to play Drol, Karateka, and Buck Rogers whenever the teacher wasn't around. Someone also had a disk with porno animations which we would all snigger and goggle at -- 2 frames, 2 colours... classy stuff indeed.

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Post by wadley101 » Sun Dec 23, 2007 2:49 pm

Most of the bbc games, probably why I failed computer studies.

There was one adventure game we played no end, never getting anywhere
but cant remember what it was.

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Post by ady_lister » Thu Dec 27, 2007 10:05 pm

RM Nimbus at our school circa 88-89

I remember Granny's Garden (who doesn't ).

We also had an adventure game called 'Toy Quest' and
me and a friend got right to the end and messed up the last bit.

Normally you got 20 mins with a partner while the rest of the class did
colouring in or something... But the teacher stopped the whole class to watch us as no-one had ever got that far...

Its one of the dissapointments of my life that I never completed it.

No amount of digging on the net can pull up anything about it.

Did anyone on here ever play it?

Can't remember too much about it - had a blue screen and an annoying maze.

I remember the bit we messed up - You needed a golden egg to complete the game. But you also needed to get through a tiny door. We found the egg but we also needed the shrinking potion to go through the door (which I think was in the maze). You could only carry one so we decided to drop the egg - which duely broke and meant GAME OVER. I know what I'd do now...

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Post by paranoid marvin » Thu Dec 27, 2007 10:07 pm

ady_lister wrote:RM Nimbus at our school circa 88-89

I remember Granny's Garden (who doesn't ).

We also had an adventure game called 'Toy Quest' and
me and a friend got right to the end and messed up the last bit.

Normally you got 20 mins with a partner while the rest of the class did
colouring in or something... But the teacher stopped the whole class to watch us as no-one had ever got that far...

Its one of the dissapointments of my life that I never completed it.

No amount of digging on the net can pull up anything about it.

Did anyone on here ever play it?

Can't remember too much about it - had a blue screen and an annoying maze.

I remember the bit we messed up - You needed a golden egg to complete the game. But you also needed to get through a tiny door. We found the egg but we also needed the shrinking potion to go through the door (which I think was in the maze). You could only carry one so we decided to drop the egg - which duely broke and meant GAME OVER. I know what I'd do now...
Eat the egg?
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Post by woody.cool » Fri Dec 28, 2007 2:35 am

Scapegoat wrote:Our 480Z's were networked onto a Winchester Hard Drive (a massive 20 mb iirc) and bruied deep in the file system was a Colossal Cave game and a sort of Night Rider (like the 2600 version) game.
Now that really does bring back memories - We had a very similar setup at school.

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Post by TMR » Fri Dec 28, 2007 10:41 am

woody.cool wrote:
Scapegoat wrote:Our 480Z's were networked onto a Winchester Hard Drive (a massive 20 mb iirc) and bruied deep in the file system was a Colossal Cave game and a sort of Night Rider (like the 2600 version) game.
Now that really does bring back memories - We had a very similar setup at school.
Same here, the Winchester was bloody vast too, slightly bigger than the Nimbus if memory serves.

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Post by woody.cool » Fri Dec 28, 2007 11:03 am

TMR wrote:
woody.cool wrote:
Scapegoat wrote:Our 480Z's were networked onto a Winchester Hard Drive (a massive 20 mb iirc) and bruied deep in the file system was a Colossal Cave game and a sort of Night Rider (like the 2600 version) game.
Now that really does bring back memories - We had a very similar setup at school.
Same here, the Winchester was bloody vast too, slightly bigger than the Nimbus if memory serves.
I remember the Winchester was bloody big ol' thing tucked away in one of the cupboards at our school!

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Post by uglifruit » Fri Jan 04, 2008 12:00 pm

The 'Winchester'. Ooh - memories flooding back. It was tucked in a cupboard in my school too. The cupboard I broke into and typed "Stop". Thus shutting down the network and losing hours of (unsaved) work. I was hauled infront of the staff who'd been affected. I couldn't understand why they didn't save things periodically. This, it turns out, is no defence. I was 'banned' from the computer room for ...a week? a month? and given lines and litterpicking. Ah - happy days.

I am somewhat like Matthew Broderick in WarGames with my hacker like tendancies.
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