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Spectrum games

Post by nesmaster » Sat Sep 27, 2008 7:17 am

I know this has been done a million times. But can anyone recommend any Spectrum games? I have quite a few but have been a bit disappointed by the quality of some of them.

I have:

Atic Atac: Its okay but what the hell am i suppose to be doing?
Batman: Great game.
Chuckie Egg: Fantastic game, my fave.
Demons Revenge: Haven't played it.
Dictator: Doesn't work.
Horace And The Spiders: Rubbish.
Manic Miner: Good but hard.
Mugsy: Haven't played it.
Starquake: Great game.
Renegade: Frustrating. I was expecting a bit more from it.

I have a few more but i can't remember their names.

I'm looking to buy:

3D Deathchase
3D Ant Attack
Bruce Lee
Chuckie Egg (i have it but its stoped working )
Chase HQ
Dan Dare
Enduro Racer
Lords Of Midnight
Sabre Wulf
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Post by fozmcfc » Sat Sep 27, 2008 7:25 am

War of The Worlds - I loved this game, but then I like the musically as well.

Bomb Jack - Best home version IMO.

Chase HQ - Amazing how they managed to produced such a great version.

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Post by SirClive » Sat Sep 27, 2008 8:42 am

3D Deathchase

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Re: Spectrum games

Post by Matt_B » Sat Sep 27, 2008 8:46 am

nesmaster wrote:Atic Atac: Its okay but what the hell am i suppose to be doing?
You've got to collect three parts of a key to get out of the haunted house using the door to the right of the start screen. There are several other small keys that let you open other doors elsewhere in the house and a bunch of other items that I'm sure you'll figure out in due course.
Dictator: Doesn't work.
Try the version here:
http://www.worldofspectrum.org/infoseek ... id=0001388

It's quite a complicated game, so you'll probably need to read the instructions that are on there too.
Horace And The Spiders: Rubbish.
The Horace games in general are iconic because the first one, Hungry Horace, was one of the best launch titles for the machine. However, they rapidly got bettered by other games and most Spectrum fans who came late to the machines tend to have a similar opinion of them to yours.

Some other fairly straightforward games I'd recommend are:

Jet Pac - Simple 16K shooter; quite addictive and a challenge to see all the different spacecraft and aliens.

Ant Attack - One of the first 3D isometric games.

Starstrike - A superior Star Wars arcade clone.

Quazatron - The Spectrum version of Paradroid; suitably rendered in isometric 3D.

Turbo Esprit - A driving game that's a distant ancestor of grand theft auto.

Chaos - A multiplayer turn based strategy game between wizards and the monsters they can summon.

I'd also recommend Vulcan, Heavy on the Magick, Lords of Midnight and Tau Ceti but they're all very involved games with a steep learning curve and liable to take years off your life when you get into them.

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Post by Smurph » Sat Sep 27, 2008 8:47 am

My personal favourites are:

Auf Wiedersehen Monty
Cybernoid II
Anarchy (thanks, Retroleague!)
Bomb Jack
Saboteur 2
Head Over Heels
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Post by ismellicecream » Sat Sep 27, 2008 9:17 am

Aside from the ones already mentioned, off the top of my head, my favs are:

Skool Daze
Back 2 skool
Chuckie Egg 2
The Great Escape
The Dizzy games.

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Post by FatTrucker » Sat Sep 27, 2008 10:36 am

Don't forget:

Bruce Lee
Jumpin Jack
Roller Coaster
Yie Ar Kung Fu
Way of the Exploding Fist.
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Post by sirclive1 » Sat Sep 27, 2008 12:19 pm

Try some of these , most available on wos

Harrier Attack
Kosmic Kanga
Moon Alert
Project future
Raid over moscow
Scuba dive
Trashman 1 & 2
Worse things happen at sea

all fairly easy to get into.
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Post by The Master » Sat Sep 27, 2008 12:39 pm

Just don't play the speccy version of R-Type. I mean, I know, it was fookin' fantastic when the best you could hope for was a nice juicy speccy in your bedroom hooked up to a colour TV with a half-life instead of a warranty, but these days it's simply disappointing as poo. Some memories are best left undisturbed, play the real one and pretend real hard it was like that on your speccy too.

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Post by paranoid marvin » Sat Sep 27, 2008 1:22 pm

Mugsy , Dictator - 2 of the best games for the Speccy
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Post by BennyTheGreek » Sat Sep 27, 2008 2:20 pm

Highway Encounter
Thunderbirds (Firebird maze puzzler)
Bruce Lee
Wizards Lair
Great escape
Nodes Of Yesod
Moon cresta

Do not play Lords of Midnight or Legend of Avalon

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Post by RetroKingSimon » Sat Sep 27, 2008 4:02 pm

My favourites are:

Head Over Heels
New Zealand Story
A Whole New Ball Game
Bomb Jack
Chase HQ
Flying Shark
Gauntlet 1 & 2
Dragon Ninja
Treasure Island Dizzy
Fantasy World Dizzy
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Post by Matt_B » Sat Sep 27, 2008 4:26 pm

BennyTheGreek wrote:Do not play Lords of Midnight or Legend of Avalon
I wouldn't go that far. Whilst they've probably not got much instant appeal, they're a couple of the most epic Spectrum games in scope and thoroughly recommended to anyone who is prepared to spend the time getting to grips with them.

On the other hand, if all you've got is 30 seconds, stick with Jet Pac.

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Post by liveinabin » Sat Sep 27, 2008 5:25 pm

I like the older stuff. Urban Upstart, Jetpac, Krakatoa, Pheenix, Halls of the Things.

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Post by EvilArmourKing » Sat Sep 27, 2008 8:28 pm

Target : Renegade
Chase HQ
Yie ar Kung Fu

Oh, and whatever you do play, get hold of Enduro Racer. One of the best games EVER, and yet people rarely talk about it.
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