Poll: Ocean early games

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Your fave Ocean early game?

Armageddon
5
16%
Cavelon
2
6%
Chinese Juggler
0
No votes
Digger Dan
0
No votes
Eskimo Eddie
1
3%
Frenzy
1
3%
Gillingan's Gold
6
19%
Hunchback
4
13%
Hunchback II
1
3%
kong
2
6%
Kong Strikes Back
0
No votes
Moon Alert
5
16%
Mr. Wimpy
2
6%
Pogo
2
6%
Pud Pud
0
No votes
Royal Birkdale Championship Golf
1
3%
Transversion
0
No votes
 
Total votes: 32

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Re: Poll: Ocean early games

Post by Wall_Axe » Mon Nov 20, 2017 3:56 pm

is there a way of ordering search results by release date?
then I could just see all the screen shots at once to remind me of the games
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Re: Poll: Ocean early games

Post by Morkin » Mon Nov 20, 2017 4:01 pm

Went for Kong - not the best conversion in the world but the most playable. (After Krazy Kong by C-Tech of course). :lol:
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Re: Poll: Ocean early games

Post by blucey » Mon Nov 20, 2017 5:06 pm

From that lot my fave was Hunchback 2. However, playing that recently I realised it was a load old bollocks.

I did play a LOT of Gilligan's Gold. Never got past the first level. It was the original Dark Souls.
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Re: Poll: Ocean early games

Post by Mike Davies » Mon Nov 20, 2017 7:48 pm

Out of that list, only played Moon Patrol back in the day. Played Armageddon recently and was surprised how good it was. Voted for the latter.
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Re: Poll: Ocean early games

Post by Rorthron » Mon Nov 20, 2017 7:51 pm

Since I have played fewer than half of these games, and even those I have played have not been touched since the mid 1980s, I thought I would quickly play through them all.

I'll post short reviews below. Feel free to play along!

I'll be playing on an emulator on a touchscreen. I know that's as inauthentic as it gets, but that's all I have time for right now.
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Re: Poll: Ocean early games

Post by Rorthron » Mon Nov 20, 2017 8:12 pm

ARMAGEDDON

I always liked the artwork on this one. The red sky, the strangely phoenix-shaped mushroom cloud... it all created quite an apocalyptic feel. By the standards of the day, it was pretty slick packaging.

The other thing to note before I get onto the game itself is the loading screen. All the Ocean games I have played from this time had variants of the same loading screen. To me it looks like a horizon and a number of roads. But I feel like I must be failing some sort of Rorschach test, because I have no idea what this has to do with Ocean.

The game starts with a funky menu, which is dragged across the screen by a matchstick man. The end sequence shows similar polish, with a large THE END message, destroyed by explosions. This might not sound impressive now, but in 1983 this was reasonably slick stuff.

In between is a competent and playable Missile Command clone. It's hard to play on a touchscreen, but it's pretty much as I remember it. I can see why I found it playable back in the day, especially with Kempston support.

Overall, a good game and so far I feel happy with it as my first choice.
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Re: Poll: Ocean early games

Post by Rorthron » Mon Nov 20, 2017 9:01 pm

CAVELON

This one's from 1984 and it shows. It's much slicker. The loading screen, based on Bob Wakelin's art, is superb. The menus are polished. There is a cut scene at the start.

The game's nicely presented, with tidy graphics and a beepy in-game tune. The scrolling is a bit jerky, but this is the Speccy, after all. It's quite fun to play. Unusually it's reasonably playable on a touch screen. But it's too hard for me, just as it was back in the day (yes, that probably marks me out as a gaming dunce).

So the leaderboard is so far as I expected:

1. Armageddon
2. ‎Cavelon (not far behind)
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Re: Poll: Ocean early games

Post by Juan F. Ramirez » Tue Nov 21, 2017 6:53 am

Surprised Gilligan's Gold is winning!
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Re: Poll: Ocean early games

Post by Rorthron » Tue Nov 21, 2017 8:04 am

CHINESE JUGGLER

This is from the same period as Cavelon and has a similar loading screen replicating the cover art. That's a bit unfortunate, as its depiction of Chinese plate spinner would probably not be considered appropriate today.

This is the first of the games I have never played before. And sadly it stayed that way. No matter what control method I used, I could move but not perform any actions. Perhaps I am being thick, or there is a problem with the emulator I am using (Marvin). But I got nowhere with this one. From the demo I can see it is a passable Game-and-Watch-style game. The graphics are fine. The sound, though, is insanely annoying: a bleepy tune that runs non-stop through the game and menu. There is an option to disable it, though.

The new leaderboard:

1. Armageddon
2. ‎Cavelon
DNF - Chinese Juggler
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Re: Poll: Ocean early games

Post by R-Tape » Tue Nov 21, 2017 8:36 am

Rorthron wrote:
Tue Nov 21, 2017 8:04 am
DNF - Chinese Juggler
Nay DNS?
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