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 » Wed Nov 22, 2017 12:06 pm

KONG

I've always loved Donkey Kong and I played this version a lot when it first came out. It's not a great copy. Kong is badly animated and there are a lot of sloppy touches ("1 LIVES LEFT", one digit of the score being a different colour, pixels left behind when Kong stamps). But it's reasonably playable. Not the conversion I was looking for, but not too bad.

Kong goes in 4th place:

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

Post by Rorthron » Wed Nov 22, 2017 5:02 pm

KONG STRIKES BACK

Now for the other of Ocean's big 1984 sequels. Hunchback II managed to be worse than the less-than-stellar original. But Kong Strikes Back is a big improvement on the first game. The graphics are smooth and neatly animated. The sound isn't up to much, but the game is fun. I had never played it before, but I think it's actually my favourite so far.

There is a new (and to me quite unexpected) leader:

1. Kong Strikes Back
2. ‎Armageddon
3. ‎Cavelon
4. ‎Hunchback
5. ‎Kong
6. ‎Gilligan's Gold
7. ‎Hunchback II
8. ‎Eskimo Eddie
9. ‎Digger Dan
10. ‎Frenzy
DNF - Chinese Juggler

(I'm assuming Kong Strikes Back's lack of votes in the poll is because people haven't played it. Either that, or I've had a brainfart.)
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Re: Poll: Ocean early games

Post by Rorthron » Wed Nov 22, 2017 7:54 pm

MOON ALERT

This feels like a game from the future. I don't mean the science-fiction setting. I mean that is a side-scrolling auto-runner very much in the mould of modern smartphone games. And it's really quite good.

You control a moon buggy which can jump over hazards and shoot at aliens vertically and horizontally. The graphics are good. The moon buggy is well drawn and moves smoothly, albeit with flicker. There's a smooth parallax scrolling effect. There are decent spot sound effects and a basic polyphonic tune. The game itself is a simple concept, but well executed and enjoyable.

It's been worth wading through some of the dross to discover the last two games.

The new leaderboard is:

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

Post by Juan F. Ramirez » Wed Nov 22, 2017 9:04 pm

Pud Pud no votes. Unfair. I've always thought it's an interesting game.
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Re: Poll: Ocean early games

Post by redballoon » Wed Nov 22, 2017 9:36 pm

The thing is, I know all of them are pretty poor, but each and every one of those games in that poll mean something to me. I played them all in the early days of having my Spectrum and they were all something! Seeing the loading screen appear for Pogo. The wonderful abstract landscapes of the loading screens of Armageddon and Kong. Buying Cavelon and Eskimo Eddie from Tesco with my hard earned £5.95 and playing the living sh*t out of it. Playing Hunchback II at around 4am on Christmas morning because, according to my mum and dad, it was too early to get up and open the presents.

Each and everyone of those bad boys are special to me.
Would I play them now? Oh Sweet Moses, no!
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Re: Poll: Ocean early games

Post by Rorthron » Thu Nov 23, 2017 11:56 am

MR WIMPY

I couldn't find a working download of this game from SC or WoS and I didn't want to use any sites which might not have proper permission to distribute. So this one has to go in the did-not-start/finish category.

That takes me to...

POGO

I am not alone in loving Pogo's loading screen, but it really is one of my favourites. It's so good I'd almost accept the game being another ropey arcade conversion. But it's actually really quite a good conversion of Q*Bert. It is playable and nicely presented. One of Ocean's better early efforts.

1. Kong Strikes Back
2. ‎Armageddon
3. ‎Moon Alert
4. ‎Pogo
5. ‎Cavelon
6. ‎Hunchback
7. ‎Kong
8. ‎Gilligan's Gold
9. ‎Hunchback II
10. ‎Eskimo Eddie
11. ‎Digger Dan
12. ‎Frenzy
DNS/DNF - Chinese Juggler, Mr Wimpy
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Re: Poll: Ocean early games

Post by R-Tape » Thu Nov 23, 2017 1:41 pm

Rorthron wrote:
Thu Nov 23, 2017 11:56 am
MR WIMPY

I couldn't find a working download of this game from SC or WoS and I didn't want to use any sites which might not have proper permission to distribute. So this one has to go in the did-not-start/finish category.
Trust me on this one, it's safe at the bottom.
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Re: Poll: Ocean early games

Post by Rorthron » Thu Nov 23, 2017 8:30 pm

PUD PUD

This is an odd one (in so many ways). Graphics, sound and overall presentation are just about the best of all of these games. But I really can't say I enjoyed playing Pud Pud. It too often felt like a slog. I really wanted to like this one, but I just couldn't.

1. Kong Strikes Back
2. ‎Armageddon
3. ‎Moon Alert
4. ‎Pogo
5. ‎Cavelon
6. ‎Hunchback
7. ‎Kong
8. ‎Gilligan's Gold
9. ‎Hunchback II
10. ‎Pud Pud
11. ‎Eskimo Eddie
12. ‎Digger Dan
13. ‎Frenzy
DNS/DNF - Chinese Juggler, Mr Wimpy
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Re: Poll: Ocean early games

Post by Rorthron » Thu Nov 23, 2017 8:31 pm

ROYAL BIRKDALE GOLF

It's terrible:

1. It's in BASIC.
2. ‎It's a golf simulation.
3. ‎Even setting aside 1 and 2, it's still bad.

Bottom of the class.

1. Kong Strikes Back
2. ‎Armageddon
3. ‎Moon Alert
4. ‎Pogo
5. ‎Cavelon
6. ‎Hunchback
7. ‎Kong
8. ‎Gilligan's Gold
9. ‎Hunchback II
10. ‎Pud Pud
11. ‎Eskimo Eddie
12. ‎Digger Dan
13. ‎Frenzy
14. ‎Royal Birkdale Golf
DNS/DNF - Chinese Juggler, Mr Wimpy
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Re: Poll: Ocean early games

Post by Rorthron » Fri Nov 24, 2017 8:14 am

TRANSVERSION

So to the last one. The graphics are very basic - simple designs, single-character size, movement in 8-pixel jumps - but they actually look reasonably good and work in the context. The gameplay itself is also simple: collect the items while avoiding enemy fire. I can see how some might find it addictive, but I found it a little frustrating (playing on a smartphone didn't help).

So the final leaderboard is as follows:

1. Kong Strikes Back
2. ‎Armageddon
3. ‎Moon Alert
4. ‎Pogo
5. ‎Cavelon
6. ‎Hunchback
7. ‎Kong
8. ‎Gilligan's Gold
9. ‎Hunchback II
10. ‎Pud Pud
11. ‎Eskimo Eddie
12. ‎Transversion
13. ‎Digger Dan
14. ‎Frenzy
15. ‎Royal Birkdale Golf
DNS/DNF - Chinese Juggler, Mr Wimpy

Monologue over. I suspect very few have read these posts, but I've enjoyed playing through these games. The top 5 are decent games. The rest range from OK-ish to dire. Thanks to Juan for setting up the poll.
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