The Psion Organiser - did it play games?

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Re: The Psion Organiser - did it play games?

Post by snigfarp » Fri Sep 24, 2010 4:24 am

Just a quick update. Since March I wrote and released a game Barbarians for the Organiser II, and updated it for the Series 3, 3a/c/mx, Siena and Workabout (!). You can see it at http://games.cyningstan.org.uk/barbarians.php. There's also a game I released in 2006 for the Organiser II that I forgot to mention in earlier posts, Stellar Empire. That's at http://games.cyningstan.org.uk/stellarempire.php.

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Post by Lorfarius » Fri Sep 24, 2010 6:18 am

I want one now! Which should I go for? There's a Psion Series 3 going cheap on ebay at the mo.
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Re: The Psion Organiser - did it play games?

Post by SIR'86 » Fri Sep 24, 2010 8:45 am

There was an amazing Lords Of Midnight conversion for the Psion Series 3. I showed it to the games' original author Mike Singleton once, and he was totally amazed a handheld computer could play it.

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Post by snigfarp » Sat Sep 25, 2010 10:48 am

Lorfarius: If that Series 3 is actually a Series 3 "classic" (not a 3a, 3c, 3mx) then I'd say it's not the best starter machine. The Series 3 classic is probably my favourite Psion, but much of the interesting software for 16-bit Psions needs the enhancements of a Series 3a or better. At the moment the 3a is the best machine as it's quite cheap (usually under £20 on eBay, often under £10) and will run 99% of what has been written for the Series 3 range. If you can get the Series 3 for less than a tenner it's still a good machine to play about with, but you'll be limited on what you can run compared to a 3a. Of the 32-bit machines, the Series 5 (not a 5mx) is in my opinion the best starter machine, as they go for cheap prices compared to the 5mx (under £40, I got one for £8), and will run most of the software written for 32-bit Psions. The 5mx, though, is the best 32-bit all-rounder.

SIR'86: can you remember anything else about the Lords of Midnight clone? I'd love to see it. The Psion is well capable of playing that kind of game, but I didn't know that one actually existed.

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Post by snigfarp » Sat Sep 25, 2010 11:02 am

Also Lorfarius: having just read your "making games" I can tell you that the Psion's built in OPL language is excellent for programming games in. It looks much like BASIC but has facilities for manipulating large areas of the screen easily, as well as easy access to all the GUI elements. If you'd like to try making games I'd say the Series 3 is the easiest one to program. As it's less capable than the other machines I mentioned there's less expectation of your projects - but its version of OPL is still very capable. Writing the S3 version of Barbarians on my 128K S3 classic was a lot of fun.
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Post by Lorfarius » Sat Sep 25, 2010 11:10 am

I'll have to see what funds I have after my latest run of stuff on ebays free listing weekend :D
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Re: The Psion Organiser - did it play games?

Post by snigfarp » Fri Dec 24, 2010 3:02 am

In a further answer to the question on this thread there's a new software release for EPOC32 (Psion Series 5 etc.) today:

As you look over the city wall at the distant mountains and forests, so peaceful yesterday, you find that the long expected onslaught is here. The Barbarians are coming! If you want to save your civilisation, you'll now have to deploy your trusty Psion Series 5, Series 5mx or Ericsson MC218, your worthy little Oregon Scientific Osaris, Psion Revo, Revo Plus or Diamond Mako, your dependable Psion Series 7 or netBook, or your rare and precious Geofox One, and use it to command your twelve competent generals and your countless armies in resistance to the advancing horde.

Barbarians is a game of strategy for one player, running on Psion handheld computers. You take the lead of a civilised league of twelve cities at the very time the barbarians are entering the land. Your task is to raise armies and send them against the advancing hordes, and you will not rest until every last one is wiped out. While this is going on, you have to manage your empire's economy.

Originally written for the Psion Organiser II, this game was ported to the Series 3 and other EPOC16 machines before being released for EPOC32. Game play is exactly the same on all machines, and the simple but fun game play imposed by the Organiser II still seems ideal for an entertaining diversion on the more advanced machines. But graphics and sound have been upgraded, and with each battle you can now watch your armies fight in an optional battle scene.

Visit the web site, see the screen shots, download the version for your machine, and enjoy this little game over the Christmas period!

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Re: The Psion Organiser - did it play games?

Post by skylarking » Fri Dec 24, 2010 6:46 pm

Timothy Lumsden wrote:
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:
Well the Pokemon Mini got one, so anythings possible. :)
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Re: The Psion Organiser - did it play games?

Post by skylarking » Fri Dec 24, 2010 6:49 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.
It's been remade for the Spectrum. :D
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Re: The Psion Organiser - did it play games?

Post by Timothy Lumsden » Mon Dec 27, 2010 5:17 am

i am now wanting one too. I used have the old Brick Organiser II - but the later series look like fun.

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Re: The Psion Organiser - did it play games?

Post by snigfarp » Mon Dec 27, 2010 6:16 am

Timothy Lumsden wrote:i am now wanting one too. I used have the old Brick Organiser II - but the later series look like fun.
Go for it! They're especially good if you like to dabble in programming, being one of the last machines with some form of BASIC built in. Home brew games tend to under-use their capabilities, especially the 32-bit ones, but there are some exceptions. Good deals are easy to find on eBay, especially if you're patient.
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