Whats your favourite OBSCURE 8bit computer?

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Whats your favourite OBSCURE 8bit computer?

Post by slacey1070 » Fri Feb 10, 2012 2:52 am

All this talk of C64, Spectrum and... whats the other one called? The one from that bearded bloke... Amstrad.... got me thinking about the more obscure computers that came out during the late 80s, the elan, new brain, Jupiter ace, etc.

Which is your favourite? Do you own any of them now? Any memories to share? Favourite games?

I looked the look of the Ace - it looked very 80s . . . never saw one, let alone use Forth on it. . . This was an exciting gaming time for me, I'd just got my Vic20 and every month in C&VG (which was delievered by the paper boy and I used to look forward to it arriving) there seemed to be a new machine on the way, promising sound, colour, 16k and 40 column display.... heady times.

So lets share some obscurity love.
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Post by kiwimike » Fri Feb 10, 2012 4:32 am

I Loved the Sega SG1000/3000, very popular in Australasia in the '80s. And the Vtech Creativision, sold down here as the D1ck Smith Wizzard :)

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Re: Whats your favourite OBSCURE 8bit computer?

Post by billdooruk » Fri Feb 10, 2012 5:37 am

My 8-bit love was the Oric 1-48k

It even got me on TV - I was interviewed by BBC for Click whilst at Eurocon at Bletchly Park in 2010

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Post by psj3809 » Fri Feb 10, 2012 5:39 am

My neighbour had a Dragon in the 80's, he got a fair bit of abuse for that but there was the odd decent game on it. One of my best mates had it bad, his parents laughingly got him an Oric when all his mates had a Speccy, again for a short period it was quite fascinating seeing some of the games on that with that 'different' keyboard. He soon swapped to a Speccy but it was interesting to see the Oric for a while

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Re: Whats your favourite OBSCURE 8bit computer?

Post by slacey1070 » Fri Feb 10, 2012 6:15 am

If I remember rightly, there was a good Donkey Kong clone on the Dragon.
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Post by AceGrace » Fri Feb 10, 2012 6:50 am

Donkey King I think it was called by Microdeal.

Also the Cuthbert games were excellent. Just a shame everything was so green!

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Post by joefish » Fri Feb 10, 2012 7:26 am

I once used an Oric Atmos and really liked the design. The keyboard was good, and sound was great for the time. Its screen layout is damn weird though (six bits of every byte are pixels; the top two bits signal colour changes) - not sure I'd want to try and program that.

I'd also like to see an Enterprise Elan. I remember seeing adverts for it in the press; its specifications looked impressive. Built-in joystick, up to 256 colours on screen (though it turns out that would be with a horizontal resolution that would make even C64 owners say 'that looks a bit blocky...'). My Dad asked if we wanted to wait for it to be released or go with the Spectrum. No regrets.

I'd like to have a crack at programming an MSX-1, though all screen writes have to go through the keyhole of one output port, so I'm not sure I'd enjoy it.

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Post by sack » Fri Feb 10, 2012 7:44 am

The Commodore 16 definitely needs more love. That's where I started and I still have a soft spot for the thing
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Post by TMR » Fri Feb 10, 2012 7:44 am

Does the Commodore 128 count as obscure...? It usually gets lumped in with the C64 and forgotten because it shares the custom chips but the C128 itself has extra graphics hardware (for a 640x200 display in sixteen colours) and an optional 2MHz mode. There's hardly any games for the C128 and quite a few of them are just C64 games modified to wedge a bit more background data or clearer samples in (the C128-specific version of Kikstart was modified to run on a stock C64 for example) but a couple use the 80 column display and RAM a bit more like Infocom's Trinity.

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Re: Whats your favourite OBSCURE 8bit computer?

Post by Treguard » Fri Feb 10, 2012 7:54 am

Does my Amstrad CPC 464+ count?

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Post by felgekarp » Fri Feb 10, 2012 8:02 am

My old man had a Dragon before I got a proper computer :wink: I still quite like it though.
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Post by jdanddiet » Fri Feb 10, 2012 8:04 am

The Vision Nacromultic 345. Brilliant piece of kit.
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Post by Shinobi » Fri Feb 10, 2012 8:57 am

sack wrote:The Commodore 16 definitely needs more love. That's where I started and I still have a soft spot for the thing
Agreed even the RG Commodore 16 article was poor, didn't even have the 2 pages of game screenshots.. Practically everybody in school with me had Commodore 16's and Plus 4's so both that and the MSX where heavily discounted, they sold really well.. Still say a lot of Anco's games are better then the Commodore 64 versions
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Re: Whats your favourite OBSCURE 8bit computer?

Post by Matt_B » Fri Feb 10, 2012 10:10 am

Treguard wrote:Does my Amstrad CPC 464+ count?
Hell yes. It's one of the finest 8-bits ever made, alongside the MSX Turbo R and the SAM Coupe.

Although I prefer the even more obscure CPC6128+.

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Re: Whats your favourite OBSCURE 8bit computer?

Post by ipmarks » Fri Feb 10, 2012 10:19 am

Donkey King on the Dragon 32 is indeed brilliant. In fact I'd say it is one of the absolute best home versions of the arcade game... it was as mentioned a bit green though.

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