What was your favourite ZX Spectrum game?

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Too many games so I'm doing favourite publishing house...

1. Ultimate: Underworld, Sabre Wulf, all the 3d ones (alien8, knight lore...) oh man and the early stuff - Jetpac, Jetman, Tranz Am, Pssst, Cookie. Magic.

2. Hewson: Exolon and Zynaps - not such a fan of Cybernoid, looked great but was a bitch to play. Oh and Nebulus.

3. er...

ledge, Thursday, 27 September 2007 14:22 (7 years ago) Permalink

xpost what is that, it looks awesome!

ledge, Thursday, 27 September 2007 14:22 (7 years ago) Permalink

DG, Thursday, 27 September 2007 14:23 (7 years ago) Permalink

target renegade- like having DOUBLE DRAGON at HOME in 1990!

darraghmac, Thursday, 27 September 2007 14:23 (7 years ago) Permalink

oh renegade was great.

shmups: zynaps, sidewize, crosswize, cronos...

ledge, Thursday, 27 September 2007 14:25 (7 years ago) Permalink

DG, Thursday, 27 September 2007 14:26 (7 years ago) Permalink

whatever that is above, i recognise it. CHRIST, there were some great spectrum games. i was showing my 8yo nephew "bubble bobble" the other week (although, in fairness, the speccy version wasn't the best).

me: chuckie egg. i've just put an emulator on my mum's ancient iMac so she can play it. i got a very excited e-mail telling me she was up to level 11. jet-set willy: my core gaming experience. i still occasionally dream about finding new rooms. nodes of yesod. starquake (which was really just a NoY rip-off).

about 10 years ago, when i got my first emulator, i played ID for the first time -- that and deus ex machina. high-concept genius that i would never have appreciated at the time.

what else? the birds and the bees: second game i ever got. LOVED it. the hobbit: me and my dad worked out how to get out of the goblins' dungeon. marsport (that came much later, natch).

haven't we done this before? ach well. it bears repeating.

xpost: somehow i totally missed chaos as a kid. more fool me.

grimly fiendish, Thursday, 27 September 2007 14:27 (7 years ago) Permalink

Spectrum = gay.


^^^^awesome

Dom Passantino, Thursday, 27 September 2007 14:27 (7 years ago) Permalink

(shite, too many xposts: i mean grandpoint genie's screenshot. i recognise "driller" or whatever it was called.)

grimly fiendish, Thursday, 27 September 2007 14:28 (7 years ago) Permalink

Glass was made by Quciksilva. I liked it coz at the time I played it (around 1985 I guess) it was the only game I knew where you actually looked out from the flight deck of a spacecraft. At the end in addition to your score you got a verbal rating, I can't remember the good ones, but two of the bad ones included Commodore User and Alien Zoo Keeper!

Grandpont Genie, Thursday, 27 September 2007 14:28 (7 years ago) Permalink

3-D Ant Attack!

also: Back to Skool, The Great Escape, Alien.

DavidM, Thursday, 27 September 2007 14:28 (7 years ago) Permalink

i knew you'd be a commie kid, dom.

actually: i loved and coveted the C64, although all the games i've played on emulation since (and how: i went through a couple of months of greedily sucking down everything i could and reliving my ALTERNATIVE C64-OWNING YOUTH) haven't quite been as enjoyable, somehow.

best thing about the C64: the second (i think) version of the ocean loader theme.

grimly fiendish, Thursday, 27 September 2007 14:29 (7 years ago) Permalink

oh yeh: back to skool and skooldaze were fuckin' ace, too.

fairlight: just remembered that one, too. shit. it was awesome.

grimly fiendish, Thursday, 27 September 2007 14:30 (7 years ago) Permalink

Anyone remember Tornado Low Level?

It's the one where everyone stopped doing what they were supposed to do (bomb targets) and do the more fun thing of flying under bridges.

PhilK, Thursday, 27 September 2007 14:31 (7 years ago) Permalink

DG, Thursday, 27 September 2007 14:31 (7 years ago) Permalink

And there was helicopter rescue follow up. Awesome colour 3D.

PhilK, Thursday, 27 September 2007 14:31 (7 years ago) Permalink

good times. now i can't even work all the buttons on the ps2.

darraghmac, Thursday, 27 September 2007 14:31 (7 years ago) Permalink

3D Ant Attack was very "Numanesque" imho.

PhilK, Thursday, 27 September 2007 14:32 (7 years ago) Permalink

this is xpost hell.

PhilK, Thursday, 27 September 2007 14:33 (7 years ago) Permalink

what's yr last one, DG? it's not displaying here.

grimly fiendish, Thursday, 27 September 2007 14:36 (7 years ago) Permalink

And there was helicopter rescue follow up. Awesome colour 3D.

cyclone, was it? FUCK ME THAT WAS BRILLIANT

grimly fiendish, Thursday, 27 September 2007 14:36 (7 years ago) Permalink

batman teh movie! it had 3d driving levels on 16-bits :(

DG, Thursday, 27 September 2007 14:38 (7 years ago) Permalink

out of interest when did people give up on their spectrums? mine lasted till 1992 when we got a megadrive :)

DG, Thursday, 27 September 2007 14:39 (7 years ago) Permalink

Yeah Cyclone. You had to winch up baskets and survivors. I thought it was OK to play but GREAT to look at.

xpost again.

PhilK, Thursday, 27 September 2007 14:39 (7 years ago) Permalink

I gave it up I guess around 85/86. Or rather it gave up on me for about the 5th time and I didn't bother getting a new one. I don't recognise quite a few of the games here.

PhilK, Thursday, 27 September 2007 14:41 (7 years ago) Permalink

deathchase

ledge, Thursday, 27 September 2007 14:42 (7 years ago) Permalink

we were playing our cousin's until 1995 or so i think. had a megadrive, but there were seven or eight of us so it saved fights.

was there a game about a kabuki assassin? and smash bros. too.

darraghmac, Thursday, 27 September 2007 14:43 (7 years ago) Permalink

The football manager game was called Football Manager. It was written in BASIC, at least initially. The beardie guy who invented it used to appear in the adverts for the game. Crash mag (I think) once made a joke about him having loads of porn mags but I don't know what the story behind that was.

Raw Patrick, Thursday, 27 September 2007 14:46 (7 years ago) Permalink

The beardie guy who invented it used to appear in the adverts for the game.

Kevin Toms.

Dom Passantino, Thursday, 27 September 2007 14:47 (7 years ago) Permalink

did he look like Billy Connelly?

Ste, Thursday, 27 September 2007 14:47 (7 years ago) Permalink

out of interest when did people give up on their spectrums? mine lasted till 1992 when we got a megadrive :)

i got a 48k in 1983, aged eight -- my parents were suckered (like everyone else's at my typically wanky m/c school) into thinking that my entire education would be fucked if i didn't get learn to do 10 PRINT "SIMON IS ACE"; 20 GOTO 10.

in 1986 we got a 128k (the original black one that looked like a plus with a heat-sink tacked on) but kept the wee rubber-keyed one 'cos a couple of games didn't work on the 128.

in 1989 we got -- heh -- an amstrad PC2286 and i flogged the 128 to my mate luke for 50 quid (which felt like a fortune; i was allowed to keep the cash). the 48 had completely given up the ghost by this point. ISTR it had two replacement keyboard membranes but then something melted :/

grimly fiendish, Thursday, 27 September 2007 14:48 (7 years ago) Permalink

I imagine Norman Phay playing Tir Na Nog. I could never get to grips with it, or Dun Darach.

Playing lots of these games on an emulator a while ago, the most entertaining remained Quzatron. I spent a whole evening (OK, that's not really that long) playing that again.

Revisiting Match Day was not fun, even upping the clock speed.

The Sentinel is the most extraordinary game.

Alba, Thursday, 27 September 2007 14:48 (7 years ago) Permalink

did he look like Billy Connelly?

like a squashed, sweaty version ... a little.

grimly fiendish, Thursday, 27 September 2007 14:48 (7 years ago) Permalink

The Sentinel is the most extraordinary game

we had that on the PC. i remember playing it for hours on end. i should download it again.

grimly fiendish, Thursday, 27 September 2007 14:49 (7 years ago) Permalink

^^^^^^ Here's a v exciting pic of it.

I used to be too lazy to save and reload my part finished games of it to cassette so I would just leave my Spectrum turned on for a week. The external power pack would get hot enough to fry an egg on and smell odd.

(x-post)

Raw Patrick, Thursday, 27 September 2007 14:50 (7 years ago) Permalink

An exciting pic of that doesn't work.

Raw Patrick, Thursday, 27 September 2007 14:51 (7 years ago) Permalink

Football Managers 3 and World Cup Edition were horrid, 1 and 2 are legit 80s bangers though.

Dom Passantino, Thursday, 27 September 2007 14:52 (7 years ago) Permalink

I had one of these:

It was shit because you couldn't get any games for it. The BASIC was better than the C64 though. Whoopee.

Colonel Poo, Thursday, 27 September 2007 14:53 (7 years ago) Permalink

The orginal Football Manager was written in BASIC, so you could change "THE ROAD TO WEMBLEY" on the winning screen to say "YOUR MUM" or whatever.

Alba, Thursday, 27 September 2007 14:54 (7 years ago) Permalink

I'm trying to narrow this down from:

Batty
Rescue (Mastertronic version)
Wizards Warriors
R-Type
Who Dares Wins 2
Spindizzy
Rockman
Chuckman

Ste, Thursday, 27 September 2007 14:55 (7 years ago) Permalink

my best mate had a plus 4, and black&white telly. we used to play treasure island on it all the time. it was pretty good.

Ste, Thursday, 27 September 2007 14:55 (7 years ago) Permalink

Yeah it came with Treasure Island, that wasn't too bad. I think I completed that. Fire Ant was good too. And I had Jet Set Willy.

The big problem was that most of the games for plus 4 were written for the C16 so they were pretty basic and didn't use the whopping great 64k capability.

Colonel Poo, Thursday, 27 September 2007 14:57 (7 years ago) Permalink

Flying Shark was pretty amazing on the speccy too

Ste, Thursday, 27 September 2007 14:57 (7 years ago) Permalink

i regret never getting an amiga :(

i also regret not being able to get excited about games made after about 1995 :(

actually that's a bit of a lie, i just don't get all this halo bollocks :)

DG, Thursday, 27 September 2007 14:58 (7 years ago) Permalink

the only other plus game i remember him having was some maze game where you had to paint the walls of the maze, but with a black&white telly some of the levels were invisible.

and manic miner

Ste, Thursday, 27 September 2007 14:58 (7 years ago) Permalink

Ah no, it wasn't Football Manager that I had. I've just tracked it down--it was called 'Cup Football'.

aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa, Thursday, 27 September 2007 14:59 (7 years ago) Permalink

Fruit Machine Simulator, by codemasters. spent hours on that one.

Ste, Thursday, 27 September 2007 14:59 (7 years ago) Permalink

Thrust II
Jasons GEM

Ste, Thursday, 27 September 2007 15:02 (7 years ago) Permalink

The Plot

Ste, Thursday, 27 September 2007 15:02 (7 years ago) Permalink

god so many to choose from

Ste, Thursday, 27 September 2007 15:02 (7 years ago) Permalink

I am gonna play the shit out of Marsport today.

Noodle Vague, Saturday, 29 September 2007 10:52 (7 years ago) Permalink

b-b-but he's not dancing with a spectrum. he's dancing with a ZX81, isn't he?

fools.

i started with sinclair user, then progressed to crash and -- occasionally -- your spectrum. when your spectrum became your sinclair and started ripping off smash hits left, right and centre, it became my core speccy read, and i heartily wish i'd kept all my back issues. t'zer! markus berkmann! phil south! these people helped define my youth. and the free viz giveaway helped define my puerile adulthood.

xpost lucky sod. i need to shuttle about between hospitals and in-laws' houses and shit.

grimly fiendish, Saturday, 29 September 2007 10:57 (7 years ago) Permalink

:-(

Hope everything's okay there dude.

Noodle Vague, Saturday, 29 September 2007 10:59 (7 years ago) Permalink

ach, it's a slowly ongoing process involving my ageing father-in-law and his surprising lazarus-style japes ;)

grimly fiendish, Saturday, 29 September 2007 11:07 (7 years ago) Permalink

i did keep all my back issues :(

there's always this

DG, Saturday, 29 September 2007 11:09 (7 years ago) Permalink

First snag: can't find any squared paper in the house and I'm too hungover to go buy some. But Marsport is the most user-friendly of the Gargoyle adventures because of its grid layout, so I'm going for it freehand on plain paper.

Noodle Vague, Saturday, 29 September 2007 12:17 (7 years ago) Permalink

I dunno, I had Marsport, but I never liked it as much as TNN and DD. Partly cos it didn't quite have the atmosphere, but partly also because it was an example of a software house coming up with an innovative idea and then repeating it with diminishing returns.

It was like Ultimate after Knight Lore. Alien 8 was OK, but then they just churned out further Knight Lore copies to ever reduced effect.

As to the plastic/rubber keyboard thing, I seem to remember that this was keenly debated by connoisseurs of Daley Thompson's Dectathlon. iirc, the plastic keyboard was WELL-favoured for the running events

PhilK, Saturday, 29 September 2007 12:55 (7 years ago) Permalink

Oh yeah grimly - wasn't there a pre-"Urban Upstart" game by the same fella? I seem to recall that it involved a desert island. It was my second favourite adventure game iirc (out of two, natch), but I only got about 1/3 the way through it.

PhilK, Saturday, 29 September 2007 12:59 (7 years ago) Permalink

the plastic keyboard was WELL-favoured for the running events

The Spectrum +3's keyboard was essential for my dominance in Hypersports. Rubbish for typing but excellent for doing the tricky left/right/breathe combination for swimming, and also hair trigger enough for me to get a perfect score in skeet shooting practically every time.

xpost

snoball, Saturday, 29 September 2007 13:00 (7 years ago) Permalink

Yeah, the plastic keyboard had quite a responsive kickback, iirc.

PhilK, Saturday, 29 September 2007 13:06 (7 years ago) Permalink

I'd forgotten how irritating it is when one of those Sept warrior things mugs you and you have to go back to the start and go through all the same tasks again like a soft fucking bastard.

Noodle Vague, Saturday, 29 September 2007 13:08 (7 years ago) Permalink

I seem to recall that it involved a desert island.

This narrows it down to 90% of adventures.

There's an I Love Games thread about modern text adventures somewhere.

Raw Patrick, Saturday, 29 September 2007 14:02 (7 years ago) Permalink

No.

90% of adventures involve dwarves.

PhilK, Saturday, 29 September 2007 15:13 (7 years ago) Permalink

Both are true. 85% of adventures involve dwarves on desert islands.

Alba, Saturday, 29 September 2007 15:20 (7 years ago) Permalink

The very best thing for Daley running etc was a joystick which was both

a) very small (ie fingertip control rather than grabaround) and
b) programmable (ie up, down, left, right, fire could be assigned to the keys of your choice).

My devious trick was to assign the running buttons to Down and Right, so that the distance between the two was very short.

anatol_merklich, Saturday, 29 September 2007 15:56 (7 years ago) Permalink

Yes. I remember insanely waggling my Kempston from side to side, while a vein no doubt bulged on my forehead. Didn't think of the down/right trick though.....

I remember that you couldn't do this in front of anyone else (esp. brothers etc.) as the proto-masturbatory symbolism was bound to provoke laughter.

PhilK, Saturday, 29 September 2007 16:27 (7 years ago) Permalink

Ha! Pashmina!

I've just done a bit of googling and found out that the "Forbidden" part of Dun Darach was originally called "Lady Q's" and was a brothel.

I got a very early copy, and mine said "Lady Q's" (not "Ladyo's" apparently) and NOT "Forbidden".

I still couldn't find a way in, but some early copies must have got out before the sign was changed to "Forbidden".

Still the intriguing possibility exists that some may have got out with the centre bit still in.....

PhilK, Saturday, 29 September 2007 17:31 (7 years ago) Permalink

"invincible island", it'll be. never played it myself, but think i will:

grimly fiendish, Saturday, 29 September 2007 20:23 (7 years ago) Permalink

cocks, obviously no hotlinking to that one. WoS wanks.

http://www.worldofspectrum.org/infoseek.cgi?regexp=^Invincible+Island$&pub=^Richard+Shepherd+Software+Ltd$&loadpics=on

grimly fiendish, Saturday, 29 September 2007 20:24 (7 years ago) Permalink

JESUS CHRIST SIMON

http://www.worldofspectrum.org/infoseekid.cgi?id=0006490

grimly fiendish, Saturday, 29 September 2007 20:25 (7 years ago) Permalink

4 years pass...

Summer Slam! (Ste), Wednesday, 14 March 2012 11:54 (2 years ago) Permalink

gaming has gone downhill since the 1980s: discuss

Kony Montana: "Say hello to my invisible friend" (Noodle Vague), Wednesday, 14 March 2012 12:42 (2 years ago) Permalink

challops have gone downhill.

ledge, Wednesday, 14 March 2012 12:56 (2 years ago) Permalink

Summer Slam! (Ste), Wednesday, 14 March 2012 13:00 (2 years ago) Permalink

RIP Joffa (3:23 into the first docu)

was looking through Javascript books recently and discovered one by Raffaele Cecco of Exolon/Cybernoid fame

instant coffee happening between us (a passing spacecadet), Wednesday, 14 March 2012 23:08 (2 years ago) Permalink

barry mcguigan boxing. has still never been bettered for pugilistic thrills and strategy. daley thompson sports a close runner up

― darraghmac, Thursday, 27 September 2007 13:47 (4 years ago)

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

truth fromgbs (darraghmac), Wednesday, 14 March 2012 23:18 (2 years ago) Permalink

Frank Bruno Boxing had better racial stereotypes tho

Kony Montana: "Say hello to my invisible friend" (Noodle Vague), Wednesday, 14 March 2012 23:33 (2 years ago) Permalink

pretty sure this game finished off my keyboard

Kony Montana: "Say hello to my invisible friend" (Noodle Vague), Wednesday, 14 March 2012 23:34 (2 years ago) Permalink

spectrum keyboard held up better than a, b megadrive buttons under the stress of olympic gold 'battery' technique

truth fromgbs (darraghmac), Wednesday, 14 March 2012 23:35 (2 years ago) Permalink

the old rubber spectrum keyboard eventually stopped working on some keys, the contacts on the sheet underneath must have worn out

Kony Montana: "Say hello to my invisible friend" (Noodle Vague), Wednesday, 14 March 2012 23:36 (2 years ago) Permalink

luckily this happened just as i was getting old enough to buy booze

Kony Montana: "Say hello to my invisible friend" (Noodle Vague), Wednesday, 14 March 2012 23:37 (2 years ago) Permalink

'play the big fist' lol

a dramatic lemon curd experience (snoball), Wednesday, 14 March 2012 23:37 (2 years ago) Permalink

IIRC the +2/+3 keyboard held up better especially to the rigours of Hypersports.

a dramatic lemon curd experience (snoball), Wednesday, 14 March 2012 23:38 (2 years ago) Permalink

i spent some of my student grant on a Spectrum 128K, obviously they were right to abolish the grant system

Kony Montana: "Say hello to my invisible friend" (Noodle Vague), Wednesday, 14 March 2012 23:41 (2 years ago) Permalink


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