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 Rorthron » Tue Nov 21, 2017 9:02 am

R-Tape wrote:
Tue Nov 21, 2017 8:36 am
Rorthron wrote:
Tue Nov 21, 2017 8:04 am
DNF - Chinese Juggler
Nay DNS?
You're quite right.

Neigh.
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Re: Poll: Ocean early games

Post by Rorthron » Tue Nov 21, 2017 5:25 pm

DIGGER DAN

This is a very basic Space Panic clone. The graphics are simple and crudely animated, moving in whole character squares. Sound is almost non-existent.

The rough edges wouldn't matter so much if the game was fun, but I found it all pretty dull.

Updated rankings:

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

Post by R-Tape » Tue Nov 21, 2017 5:31 pm

Aye Sam Spade is a much better Panic clone. Not that it redeems the game but Digger Dan has the coolest inlay art.
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Re: Poll: Ocean early games

Post by Rorthron » Tue Nov 21, 2017 7:38 pm

ESKIMO EDDIE

This has another very good loading screen, but the game does not match it. There is a simple Frogger-like section where you have to rescue a penguin a few times. Then you take the role of the penguin in a top-down maze, where you have to kill the enemies by pushing blocks against them.

The graphics are neat, but not spectacular. Sound is actually decent with a simple polyphonic tune. The gameplay, though, lets it down. It is simple and repetitive, and while there are plenty of simple, repetitive games that manage to be fun and addictive, Eskimo Eddie isn't one of them. There just doesn't seem to be much to the game.

It's a step up from Digger Dan, but still not great.

1. Armageddon
2. ‎Cavelon
3. ‎Eskimo Eddie
4. ‎Digger Dan
DNF - Chinese Juggler
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Re: Poll: Ocean early games

Post by Rorthron » Tue Nov 21, 2017 7:58 pm

FRENZY

I'm sorry, but this one is just rubbish. I'm not going to waste much time on it. Graphics and sound are poor. The enemy that appears if you stay too long on a screen arrives far too quickly. Next!

1. Armageddon
2. ‎Cavelon
3. ‎Eskimo Eddie
4. ‎Digger Dan
5. ‎Frenzy
DNF - Chinese Juggler
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Re: Poll: Ocean early games

Post by Rorthron » Tue Nov 21, 2017 10:56 pm

GILLIGAN'S GOLD

I'd never played this before and was quite looking forward to it, since it is currently leading the poll. The loading screen is once again pretty good, but that's not necessarily a good omen, as some of the other games have shown. Ocean mastered the packaging before it mastered the content.

But it's actually not at all bad. The graphics aren't spectacular, but they are pretty smooth. The sound is quite good, with a very warbly in-game tune that isn't too annoying.

There's quite a lot going on in the game, at least compared with the last few games I've looked at. So overall one of the better early Ocean games.

Still, I wouldn't place it top.

1. Armageddon
2. ‎Cavelon
3. ‎Gilligan's Gold
4. ‎Eskimo Eddie
5. ‎Digger Dan
6. ‎Frenzy
DNF - Chinese Juggler
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Re: Poll: Ocean early games

Post by Rorthron » Tue Nov 21, 2017 11:02 pm

HUNCHBACK

Now to my bete noire: Hunchback. This used to drive me mad and I can see why: it is unforgiving and difficult to read. But it's not as bad as I remembered and, although infuriating, it has that one-more-go quality. So perhaps I was harsh on it.

Now to try and get on that bloody rope again....

1. Armageddon
2. ‎Cavelon
3. ‎Hunchback
4. ‎Gilligan's Gold
5. ‎Eskimo Eddie
6. ‎Digger Dan
7. ‎Frenzy
DNF - Chinese Juggler
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Re: Poll: Ocean early games

Post by Rorthron » Wed Nov 22, 2017 9:59 am

HUNCHBACK II

I have a guilty secret to confess. The first version of this that I played was on a C64. And I loved it. My cousin had got it as soon as it came out (or possibly even pre-release, as his dad managed an electronics retailer) and I tried it at his house. So as soon as I could (and before any reviews) I went to WH Smith to buy the Spectrum version. I was able to try it in store first. And I hated it.

I haven't revised my opinion now. I haven't replayed the C64 version (that would just be wrong), but the Spectrum version is still fiddly and infuriating. Like the original game, but worse. The graphics aren't great, either.

So, revised rankings:

1. Armageddon
2. ‎Cavelon
3. ‎Hunchback
4. ‎Gilligan's Gold
5. ‎Hunchback II
6. ‎Eskimo Eddie
7. ‎Digger Dan
8. ‎Frenzy
DNF - Chinese Juggler
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Re: Poll: Ocean early games

Post by Juan F. Ramirez » Wed Nov 22, 2017 10:29 am

I think Chinese Juggler is the most 'obscure' game of the lot, isn't it?
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Re: Poll: Ocean early games

Post by Rorthron » Wed Nov 22, 2017 12:05 pm

Juan F. Ramirez wrote:
Wed Nov 22, 2017 10:29 am
I think Chinese Juggler is the most 'obscure' game of the lot, isn't it?
Possibly. Personally I'd go for Frenzy (Robotics). Until this thread I was only aware of the Quicksilva version.
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