The games that never got released

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The games that never got released

Post by Swainy » Sat Feb 02, 2019 12:06 pm

Towards the end of the Spectrums life there was a game due to be released called Hands Of Stone by Brian Cross and was supposed to be published by Beyond Belief Software but it never made it out of the door despite being reviewed.

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What games were you looking forward to but never were released?
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Re: The games that never got released

Post by Alessandro » Sat Feb 02, 2019 12:17 pm

Last Ninja, Judge Death, Halo Jones, Star Trek (I enjoyed it a lot on the Atari ST) and of course Mire Mare spring into my mind first.

By the way, in case you didn't it already you could also check the comprehensive page on the TZX Vault website about the "games that time forgot". The title you wrote about is not listed, maybe you could tell Steve there about it?

Edit: And The Great Giana Sisters, which was reviewed as well. It didn't seem to be that much spectacular, but I would really have been curious to see what Rainbow Arts would come up with after I tried it on the Amiga.
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Re: The games that never got released

Post by redballoon » Sat Feb 02, 2019 1:13 pm

Denton Design’s “Wreckers”, which was even reviewed in Crash 88 http://www.crashonline.org.uk/88/wreckers.htm
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Re: The games that never got released

Post by Juan F. Ramirez » Sat Feb 02, 2019 2:50 pm

As said before, Mire Mare, but also:

Saboteur 3
Fairlight 3
Conan, we only have this loading screen by F. David Thorpe:

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Re: The games that never got released

Post by Nick » Sat Feb 02, 2019 4:18 pm

The Heavy On The Magick sequels The Trials Of Theron and The Tombs Of Taro.

Based On The adverts alone, I would have liked to have seen what Super Thief would of turned out like.
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Re: The games that never got released

Post by 8BitAG » Sat Feb 02, 2019 4:40 pm

On the homegrown adventure side of things...

Absolution (The Hermitage II) by Tony Collins.
Night of the Demons by Jon Lemmon.
Caldor the Woodcutter by Scott Denyer
A Handful of Snow by Garry Cappuccini.
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Re: The games that never got released

Post by Andre Leao » Sat Feb 02, 2019 8:06 pm

Tomorrow we will present at Planeta Sinclair a game that was never released. It is in basic, but the idea is very good and it is fun. ;)
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Re: The games that never got released

Post by Ralf » Sun Feb 03, 2019 1:23 pm

Well, I wasn't actually looking forward to any games. In Poland, where I live, we lacked proper original games that you could buy in shop. All you had were cracks, 10 or so on C60 cassette without inlays or instructions. We had some computer press but it never dealt with upcoming games. You you never knew what it supposed to appear soon.

Later I learnt all these stories about Mire Mare, Giana Sisters and Bandersnatch.

So I'll allow myself to reformulate the question - which games seem quite advanced in development and promising in quality but never appeared in final form, apart from the previously mentioned:

Solar Jetman
https://spectrumcomputing.co.uk/index.p ... 6&id=12083

Little Beau
https://spectrumcomputing.co.uk/index.p ... 6&id=11857

Thunderjaws
https://spectrumcomputing.co.uk/index.p ... 96&id=5252

Wreckers
https://spectrumcomputing.co.uk/index.p ... 6&id=12242

Daffy Duck
https://spectrumcomputing.co.uk/index.p ... 96&id=9651

Super Wonder Dog
https://spectrumcomputing.co.uk/index.p ... 6&id=12480

Mega Twins
https://spectrumcomputing.co.uk/index.p ... 96&id=9949

Kung-Fu Warriors
https://spectrumcomputing.co.uk/index.p ... 96&id=9890

You can read magazine references about them and see on screenshots what they were supposed to be.
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Re: The games that never got released

Post by Vampyre » Sun Feb 03, 2019 1:30 pm

Fornax and Gath - sequels to Marsport.
The original Scooby Doo game that was supposed to be like Dragon's Lair.
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Re: The games that never got released

Post by Juan F. Ramirez » Sun Feb 03, 2019 2:12 pm

Crystalis by Dinamic, the fourth and last game in the Jonny Jones series: Saimazoom, Babaliba, Abu Simbel Profanation.
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