Best ZX-81 games

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Best ZX-81 games

Post by Darran@Retro Gamer » Wed Oct 31, 2007 2:01 pm

3D Monster Maze was obviously amazing, but what other ZX-81 games did you enjoy?
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Post by The Master » Wed Oct 31, 2007 2:43 pm

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Post by BennyTheGreek » Wed Oct 31, 2007 3:08 pm

Forty niner was amazing for the time and espionage island and defenda..........

Flight simulator was quite good too (at the time)

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Post by SirClive » Wed Oct 31, 2007 3:24 pm

Flight Simulator was amazing. I wouldn't have believed it was possible for my living room to become a cockpit before I loaded that up. I had to make all the flying noises myself though.
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Post by Scooby1970 » Wed Oct 31, 2007 4:07 pm

god... it's been soooo long since I played an actual ZX81. I remember though I used to love a Defender Clone which was awesome, and also a Rally-X clone too.

Spent many hours on Flight Simulator, looking for the various landmarks too. Looking back, we were easily pleased in those days!

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Post by elmosexwhistle » Wed Oct 31, 2007 5:51 pm

i remember i got a zx81 handed down to me at an early age, possibly top infants of primary school...can't remember most of the games, except one called, i think, "planet of death"? it was a text adventure game and, my mom, a secretary at this point, really liked that there was a fun way for me to learn how to type...not that the poor zx had the most responsive of keyboards...lol x
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Post by paranoid marvin » Wed Oct 31, 2007 6:13 pm

Which was the one where you had to bomb the skyscrapers with your plane before you hit them?

(Well , substitute 'buildings' for a column of 0s , the 'plane' for the letter A and 'bombs' for a '*')

Still a good game though
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Post by elmosexwhistle » Wed Oct 31, 2007 6:25 pm

paranoid marvin wrote:Which was the one where you had to bomb the skyscrapers with your plane before you hit them?

(Well , substitute 'buildings' for a column of 0s , the 'plane' for the letter A and 'bombs' for a '*')

Still a good game though
i remember that...was it city patrol or something? a typed in a very similar game from a list in a book called "computer battlegames" once...x
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Post by Mayhem » Wed Oct 31, 2007 6:51 pm

A lot of them were called "Blitz" or something similar...
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Post by Nitters » Wed Oct 31, 2007 7:07 pm

No... none of them... they were all a bit poor to be honest. I remember having a Space Invaders clone (the cassette had a white and pink inlay) which was so poor that I actually re-wrote it to make it at least passable.
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Post by Antiriad2097 » Thu Nov 01, 2007 2:11 am

SirClive wrote:Flight Simulator was amazing. I wouldn't have believed it was possible for my living room to become a cockpit before I loaded that up. I had to make all the flying noises myself though.
I dug out my ZX81 for you yesterday, Flight Sim is one of the games I have.

You may not believe this, but my my most played ZX81 game was Football Manager!

3D Defender got a lot of time. It wasn't particularly playable, but the 3D effect was great (Sorry SirClive, but that one is on a Boots C15).
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Post by The Master » Thu Nov 01, 2007 2:14 am

Surely the ZX81 must get the award for "loading sounds that most closely resemble a tortured robot cat"...?

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Post by SirClive » Thu Nov 01, 2007 2:48 am

Antiriad2097 wrote:
SirClive wrote:Flight Simulator was amazing. I wouldn't have believed it was possible for my living room to become a cockpit before I loaded that up. I had to make all the flying noises myself though.
I dug out my ZX81 for you yesterday, Flight Sim is one of the games I have.

You may not believe this, but my my most played ZX81 game was Football Manager!

3D Defender got a lot of time. It wasn't particularly playable, but the 3D effect was great (Sorry SirClive, but that one is on a Boots C15).
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Post by pantal00ns » Thu Nov 01, 2007 4:35 am

Catacombs I enjoyed quite a bit.

I still have it :) , recently uncovered my ZX81 in the loft so will give it a go. Assuming it still works.

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Post by Kaptain_Von » Thu Nov 01, 2007 12:33 pm

Avenger from Abacus was probably the game I played the most with 3D Defender coming a close second. As I have mentioned before, it was Avenger that almost cost me my exams after spending waaaaay too much time alien (well, inverse A and <) blasting rather than reading my biology, chemistry and maths text books.

My other favourite was a scrolling 'avoid the blobs' game typed in from ZX Computing called Meteors. I didn't have much money in those days so the listings in mags such as Sinclair Programs and ZX Computing were my main source of games.
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