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Re: The best classic Speccy game beginning with S: vote

Posted: Tue Oct 16, 2018 3:47 pm
by R-Tape
Ersh wrote:
Tue Oct 16, 2018 2:49 pm
Also, the way it was developed is pretty insane as well.
Fixed.

I'm referring to David writing the machine code on paper and Helen inputting it, but yep—it's still impressive :mrgreen:

It's interesting that the graphics were done by a friend with a background in graphic design, but no familiarity with the Spectrum (that's the impression I have anyway). I wonder if that's what gave it the fresh cartoon style that stands out from most other 1984 releases.

Re: The best classic Speccy game beginning with S: vote

Posted: Tue Oct 16, 2018 4:41 pm
by WIWC
What if I voted Salamander...

Re: The best classic Speccy game beginning with S: vote

Posted: Tue Oct 16, 2018 5:50 pm
by Ersh
R-Tape wrote:
Tue Oct 16, 2018 3:47 pm
Fixed.

I'm referring to David writing the machine code on paper and Helen inputting it, but yep—it's still impressive :mrgreen:

It's interesting that the graphics were done by a friend with a background in graphic design, but no familiarity with the Spectrum (that's the impression I have anyway). I wonder if that's what gave it the fresh cartoon style that stands out from most other 1984 releases.
Pretty much! :lol: It's hard to wrap my head around the patience and dedication needed for that sort of development. Doing it all on paper then getting it into the computer byte by byte, Zen mastery required surely.

Yeah, love the graphics in the Microsphere trilogy, instantly recognisable and charming as hell.

Re: The best classic Speccy game beginning with S: vote

Posted: Tue Oct 16, 2018 6:17 pm
by Juan F. Ramirez
The good point of Skool Daze is its originality (I don't think it was coded a similar game before for any computer/console) and that you could act in the game as you was those days, a student (and do things you can't usually do! :mrgreen: )

Re: The best classic Speccy game beginning with S: vote

Posted: Tue Oct 16, 2018 6:25 pm
by hitm4n
This is waaaaaaaaay too hard to pick only one. Many classics here, many with awesome gameplay, many that i can still play today and sometimes do! I thought it would be easy to choose Starquake but how can i not choose Skool Daze. Sabre Wulf is a true classic, and that octopus in Scuba Dive...

I've gone for Skool Daze but i feel really bad as Starquake has probably had more playtime from me.
Toughest letter yet. Think it should be split into two halves to be honest so we can pick two :)

Re: The best classic Speccy game beginning with S: vote

Posted: Tue Oct 16, 2018 6:26 pm
by Kweepa
I voted for Starglider.
I loved the game on my shiny new Atari ST and was so pissed off that it was better on the Spectrum.

Re: The best classic Speccy game beginning with S: vote

Posted: Tue Oct 16, 2018 6:40 pm
by PeteProdge
Metalbrain wrote:
Tue Oct 16, 2018 9:48 am
Incomplete list.

These were suggested and are missing:

3D Starstrike by Realtime Games Software

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Starstrike II by Realtime Games Software

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Ah, now Starstrike II I don't remember seeing. Genuine mistake. However, 3D Starstrike does not fit this list (nor does 3D Seiddab Attack), as it's going to the numeric poll I'll carry out, just after Z.

Re: The best classic Speccy game beginning with S: vote

Posted: Tue Oct 16, 2018 6:41 pm
by PeteProdge
R-Tape wrote:
Tue Oct 16, 2018 10:36 am
Metalbrain wrote:
Tue Oct 16, 2018 9:48 am
Incomplete list.
I think we're stuck with it—it's not possible for mods or users to edit polls.
Yeah, that's one of the failings of phpBB. I'd like to go back and add in Starstrike II.

Re: The best classic Speccy game beginning with S: vote

Posted: Tue Oct 16, 2018 7:02 pm
by PeteProdge
When I was compiling the list and putting in all the url and img tags, Sim City really leapt out at me. I spent months playing that game in the twilight years of my Spectrum's life. Offered almost the same experience as the 16-bit versions. Absolutely immersive.

I hit the submit button, I gave the list a look and I had to go for the first thing listed on it, no question - Saboteur! That's fantastic, another immersive game with lots of explore. I think it's better than Sim City.

Silkworm was pretty good; I too really enjoyed the fairly unknown budget gem Sceptre of Bagdad (really pleased it's got a following here) and the game that's absolutely way out in front - Skool Daze - is highly commendable indeed.

Don't mind any of them lot winning. Looks like Skool Daze has got it.

Re: The best classic Speccy game beginning with S: vote

Posted: Tue Oct 16, 2018 7:28 pm
by PeterJ
Fantastic job pulling all those screens out @PeteProdge. A real labour of love!