Pubs in ZX Spectrum games

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Re: Pubs in ZX Spectrum games

Post by toot_toot » Sat Aug 03, 2019 10:29 am

There were a couple games set in the town that I grew up in, Dundee, Scotland, that featured LOTS of pubs.

Pub Crawl

https://spectrumcomputing.co.uk/index.p ... 6&id=10089

This was a text adventure where (from memory) the goal was to eventually have sex with a woman while going around various pubs in Dundee. I had a pirated copy of this when I was young and unfortunately it seems to be Missing in Action, which is a real shame. As a 12 year old it seemed very raunchy and quite cool being able to walk around Dundee while getting drunk. I'd love to play it again, but there seems to be absolutely no trace of it!


Pub Crawl II

https://spectrumcomputing.co.uk/index.p ... 6&id=10088

I didn't play this until years later via emulation, but this is basically more like a "role playing game" version of it - that is it's basically the same game as Pub Crawl but you actually control your character walking around Dundee. While it's a bit more playable, it loses some of the charm by not having any descriptive text.

Thankfully this isn't MIA!

If anyone has the original Pub Crawl, then please, please, please upload it so I can revisit those memories!!
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Re: Pubs in ZX Spectrum games

Post by Fahnn » Sun Aug 04, 2019 8:07 pm

toot_toot wrote:
Sat Aug 03, 2019 10:29 am
There were a couple games set in the town that I grew up in, Dundee, Scotland, that featured LOTS of pubs.

Pub Crawl...
No idea that these existed. What a find!

I went to university in Dundee from 1989-1993 and - being a feckless student - spent a lot of time in a lot of pubs. So I had to play the one that is available (Pub Crawl 2).

There's a lot in there that I remember but there's a lot missing. I used to share a flat on Meadowside immediately above Foreigners (well, three floors up), which is featured in the game. Foreigners (it's called Conroys Bar now) was a biker pub. There used to be a band that played there a lot called the Beaver Sisters, they did a lot of Wayne/Jayne County and Rocky Horror Show stuff, they were a lot of fun. But the game just stereotypes it...badly.

Across the road was an absolutely cavernous place that we'd often go to, too (looking on Google Maps, it seems to have been made into flats now). I must admit that I can't remember what it was called but it was a great place. Often we'd go in at eight or nine at night and be the only people in there (well, alongside the barman). Really quite eerie. But not included in the game.

The next year, we moved around the corner into a flat on Panmure Street above the Ladbrokes. Lots of pubs around there. Caw's (not in the game) was directly opposite but our favourite was The Old Bank which was about 50 yards diagonally away. The streets are in the game, but the pubs on them aren't. It's as though the pubs included are pretty much random.

Lots of others missing. I'm most put out by there being no West Port Bar, where I played in 1991 with my band (at the time) Valium Groove Train to universal critical acclaim (I may well be exaggerating or misremembering here for comic effect, but we had fun).

As for the game, yeah, it's not good. I'm being kind there. It's absolutely awful. REALLY poor. Pretty much any text you enter gets the same response and the "arcade" bits are similarly predictable.

This might actually be the worst game I've ever played and I've played Jack & The Beanstalk.
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Re: Pubs in ZX Spectrum games

Post by Juan F. Ramirez » Sat Sep 28, 2019 6:03 pm

The German Canteen
Somewhere in south Germany.

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Sometimes is hard to be a pub reviewer. This is one example.

I don't know how, but some time ago I happened to arrive to a castle in south Germany where I discovered there was what it seemed to be an interesting pub.

First of all, the place was dirty and sinister. I waited in a queue and when it was my turn I asked for the typical german grilled knuckle and thuringian sausages, and a bottle of glühwein vine (I had always wanted to try that german delicatessen), but the chef (very dirty, by the way) stared at me in a weird way and served me some porridge and a glass of water.

Obviously I asked for the complaints book and then, a guy with a black uniform (who everybody called him the Commandant) cried to me: "COOLER!".

Now I'm in a little isolation cell, playing with a baseball ball all day.

But somebody in the next cell told me that a group of people were planning to dig a tunnel to escape...
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Re: Pubs in ZX Spectrum games

Post by malczx » Sat Sep 28, 2019 8:46 pm

Always liked spending time in the Cregley Arms in Inspector Flukeit, for the atmosphere.

https://youtu.be/Xk8RKGziJ1I?t=5557
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