The Psion Organiser - did it play games?

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The Psion Organiser - did it play games?

Post by Timothy Lumsden » Fri Mar 05, 2010 10:55 am

Anyone remember this handheld organiser? A friends dad had one - and it looked like something from the future back in 80s - i seem to remember he had some very simple games on it (things like Nim). Did this machine have any games at all? (RG had Manic Miner on the Psion Mk3 - but this was the old Mk1)

EDIT: now I've looked at some pics - I think it was the MK2 he had.
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Re: The Psion Organiser - did it play games?

Post by Matt_B » Fri Mar 05, 2010 11:27 am

Timothy Lumsden wrote:Anyone remember this handheld organiser? A friends dad had one - and it looked like something from the future back in 80s - i seem to remember he had some very simple games on it (things like Nim). Did this machine have any games at all? (RG had Manic Miner on the Psion Mk3 - but this was the old Mk1)
The original Psion Organiser was just a simple data-entry machine and you couldn't play any games on it, at least nothing much beyond what you could with a normal calculator.

The Organiser II, however, was a much versatile beast. Not only could you play games on it, but could write your own in BASIC. My brother had one and I can remember having a few goes on the Runner game. There's a bit more info here:

http://sliderule.mraiow.com/wiki/Psion_ ... Games_Pack

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Re: The Psion Organiser - did it play games?

Post by Havantgottaclue » Fri Mar 05, 2010 11:31 am

I have Horace in the Mystic Woods somewhere - there's actually quite a nice bitmap of the levels on this site:

http://www.matthew-wilson.net/spectrum/horace/

Not a bad game by any means.
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Post by markopoloman » Fri Mar 05, 2010 11:38 am

Don't know - but you saying that made me remember seeing my old Psion Siena from1996 stuffed in a draw! Just got it out, changed the batteries and it still works!!!

Wonder if you can get games for that?
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Post by markopoloman » Fri Mar 05, 2010 11:39 am

Havantgottaclue wrote:I have Horace in the Mystic Woods somewhere - there's actually quite a nice bitmap of the levels on this site:

http://www.matthew-wilson.net/spectrum/horace/

Not a bad game by any means.

Ooh! that looks great!
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Post by Matt_B » Fri Mar 05, 2010 11:48 am

Havantgottaclue wrote:I have Horace in the Mystic Woods somewhere - there's actually quite a nice bitmap of the levels on this site:

http://www.matthew-wilson.net/spectrum/horace/

Not a bad game by any means.
That's for the Series 3 rather than the Organizer. It's got a much bigger screen and a more powerful CPU than the earlier machines.

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Post by Timothy Lumsden » Fri Mar 05, 2010 12:44 pm

Havantgottaclue wrote:I have Horace in the Mystic Woods somewhere - there's actually quite a nice bitmap of the levels on this site:

http://www.matthew-wilson.net/spectrum/horace/

Not a bad game by any means.
Now that looks like a lot of fun! (but I am a 2d platform lover) Dont think this machine will be getting an retro inspection soon though! :lol:

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Post by Havantgottaclue » Fri Mar 05, 2010 2:19 pm

Oh yeah, I really should've read the thread title.

Oops! Still, Horace and the Mystic Woods is worth a mention from time to time, I reckon ...
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Post by Romulous » Sat Mar 06, 2010 7:32 am

Great machine, i still have my Mark II although it needs new batteries.

I used to use it primarily for keeping a database of all my games and gaming systems years ago.

Seing pictures of Horace brings back some fond memories, but strangely i cant remember that many games for it.
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Post by Loftgroover » Sat Mar 06, 2010 8:09 am

i had chess on my series 3...pretty good version. taught me to play to a decent standard during my school days.
i even joined the chess club, thats how cool I was :lol:
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Post by Romulous » Sat Mar 06, 2010 9:12 am

I just did a quick check hoping to find some type of homebrew scene for the 3A series, but i can't find anything of use.

Anyone got any links they want to share.
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Post by markopoloman » Sat Mar 06, 2010 10:27 am

What about the Psion Siena??
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Post by Romulous » Sat Mar 06, 2010 11:16 am

Didn't the sienna have a real nice keyboard and slightly larger screen.

I remember buying my 3A only for the new model to be released not long after.
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Post by snigfarp » Sat Mar 06, 2010 12:33 pm

There's a little confusion in the posts above. Psion built 8-bit, 16-bit and 32-bit pocket computers, which were all incompatible with each other (much like the Commodore 64 was incompatible with the Commodore Amiga).

The 8-bit Organiser II series had a few dozen games written for it, I think. You can see them at http://archive.psion2.org/org2/org2.htm - just click on the Software buttons half way down the page.

The 16-bit Series 3 "classic", 3a, 3c, 3mx and Siena had games too. The site http://www.sprightly.co.uk/psion3/index.html has a small selection of them. The Siena had a smaller screen and a special Siena page is at http://www.euronet.nl/users/rharmsen/psion/siena/

The 32-bit Series 5 "classic", 5mx, 7, Revo and netBook are a different animal altogether, along with clones like the Oregon Scientific Osaris. Geofox One and Diamond Mako. I have a site - http://psion.cyningstan.org.uk/ - devoted to gaming on these machines. They're also powerful enough to run emulators for the Spectrum, C64 and Apple II among others.
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Post by markopoloman » Sat Mar 06, 2010 10:02 pm

Cool! Cheers for that snigfarp :D
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