The best modern Speccy game beginning with D: vote

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The best modern Speccy game beginning with D

Poll ended at Sun Jul 07, 2019 10:02 am

D'Veel'Ng
0
No votes
Dark Castle
0
No votes
Dark Tricks
0
No votes
Darkwing Duck
0
No votes
Dead By Dawn
1
5%
Dead Flesh Boy
0
No votes
Dead or Alive (Jonathan Cauldwell)
0
No votes
Dead Space
0
No votes
Dead Zone
0
No votes
Death Valley
0
No votes
Deep Blue
0
No votes
Deep Core Raider
0
No votes
Descending Dungeons
1
5%
Dingo
3
14%
Diver: Mystery of the Deep
0
No votes
Dizzy and the Mushroom Pie
0
No votes
Dizzy and the Mystical Letter
0
No votes
Dizzy XII: Underground
0
No votes
Dogmole Tuppowski - The New Adventures
0
No votes
Dogmole Tuppowski vs. the Mesmerizing Meemaid From Miskatonic
0
No votes
Dome, The
0
No votes
Dominetris
0
No votes
Donkey Kong Jr.
0
No votes
Donkey Kong Jr. II
1
5%
Donkey Kong Reloaded
0
No votes
Donkey Kong Reloaded Again
0
No votes
Doom (Pre-releaze) by Digital Reality
1
5%
Doom Pit
2
10%
Double Bubble
1
5%
Dr Who - Surrender time
0
No votes
DreamWalker: Alter Ego 2
8
38%
Dredd Over Eels
0
No votes
Droid Buster
0
No votes
Dune II
0
No votes
Dung Darach
0
No votes
Dungeon Raiders
0
No votes
Dark, The
3
14%
 
Total votes: 21

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The best modern Speccy game beginning with D: vote

Post by PeteProdge » Sun Jun 30, 2019 10:02 am

Right, we're now ready to vote for the D games.

I've had to do a bit of pruning. The Dark was nominated, but that came out in 1991, which is in what I consider to be the Speccy's classic (commercial) era.

Also, I've had to bring in consideration for .TRD (TR-DOS) disk titles. Are they 'canon' for the Spectrum? I mean, if we were considering titles that required Spectrum-ish hardware, like Sam Coupe; ZX81; QL; Spectrum Next; unofficial clones, then it's not really a Speccy game in my eyes. However, I don't want to be totally hardline purist and only considering things that come on tape. If it can be loaded in on +3 disk, or DivMMC into an official ZX Spectrum, then I guess it is a Speccy game. Hence I am allowing those fan-made Dizzy games in.

Oh, I've fallen down a big rabbit hole for the past two hours. This is because someone nominated Doom. Now, I'd appreciate it, when people suggest games where there are a number of differing versions using the same name, to put in some differentiator, like the software house.

Doom on the ZX Spectrum is a rather convoluted thing. It's never come out as a full game. Doom by Cobra Soft is a tech demo rather than a game, you can't get killed in it, you're just wandering around a 3D space. Technically impressive, I take my hat off, but there is no game there. Likewise,
Doom by Andrey Sharin is along the same lines.

The closest we have is Digital Reality's Doom. A full version has never come out, but there is a 'Pre-Releaze' (sic) game that can be downloaded. It does offer a gaming experience, so I'm including this in the poll.

Here we go...

D'Veel'Ng by The Mojon Twins
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Dark Castle by kas29
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Dark Tricks by Dazman
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Darkwing Duck by U99
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Dead By Dawn by Monsterbytes
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Dead Flesh Boy by Vanbsoftware
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Dead or Alive by Jonathan Cauldwell
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Dead Space
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Dead Zone
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Death Valley by Green Bit
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Deep Blue by Errazking
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Deep Core Raider
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Descending Dungeons
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Dingo by Tardis Remakes
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Diver: Mystery of the Deep by HorrorSoft
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Dizzy and The Mushroom Pie by Verm-V
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Dizzy and the Mystical Letter
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Dizzy XII: Underground by Gogin
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Dogmole Tuppowski - The New Adventures by The Mojon Twins
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Dogmole Tuppowski vs. the Mesmerizing Meemaid From Miskatonic by The Mojon Twins
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Dome, The by Perspective Group
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Dominetris
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Donkey Kong Jr
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Donkey Kong Jr. II
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Donkey Kong Reloaded by Gabriele Amore
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Donkey Kong Reloaded Again
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Doom (Pre-releaze) by Digital Reality
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Doom Pit by Monument Microgames
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Double Bubble by Miguetelo
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Dr Who - Surrender Time
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DreamWalker: Alter Ego 2 by RetroSouls
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Dredd Over Eels by Monsterbytes
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Droid Buster by Ariel Endaraues
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Dune II by Inforcom
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Dung Darach by The Death Squad
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Dungeon Raiders
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LATE ENTRY!
Dark, The by Oleg Origin
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Last edited by PeteProdge on Sun Jun 30, 2019 11:18 am, edited 2 times in total.
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Re: The best modern Speccy game beginning with D: vote

Post by djnzx48 » Sun Jun 30, 2019 10:46 am

Very interesting selection of games here. I'll have to make my choice carefully as there's no one standout title for me.

As for 'The Dark', I think the game that was meant was The Dark, written by Oleg Origin in 1997. Although I believe it was left unreleased and wasn't publicly available until 2016.
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Re: The best modern Speccy game beginning with D: vote

Post by PeteProdge » Sun Jun 30, 2019 10:58 am

djnzx48 wrote:
Sun Jun 30, 2019 10:46 am
As for 'The Dark', I think the game that was meant was The Dark, written by Oleg Origin in 1997. Although I believe it was left unreleased and wasn't publicly available until 2016.
Gah! I didn't see that. Should I restart the poll with that included?
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Post by djnzx48 » Sun Jun 30, 2019 11:01 am

Is the poll editable? If not, then it might be worth posting it again.
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Re: The best modern Speccy game beginning with D: vote

Post by PeteProdge » Sun Jun 30, 2019 11:20 am

djnzx48 wrote:
Sun Jun 30, 2019 11:01 am
Is the poll editable? If not, then it might be worth posting it again.
Yes! I've tacked it onto the end, but unfortunately all votes have been reset because of this.

Now, thankfully, there was only vote (it was for Dreamworld : Alter Ego 2), so whoever voted for that, please vote again for it (or The Dark, if you prefer).
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Post by Spud » Sun Jun 30, 2019 1:16 pm

PeteProdge wrote:
Sun Jun 30, 2019 11:20 am
djnzx48 wrote:
Sun Jun 30, 2019 11:01 am
Is the poll editable? If not, then it might be worth posting it again.
Yes! I've tacked it onto the end, but unfortunately all votes have been reset because of this.

Now, thankfully, there was only vote (it was for Dreamworld : Alter Ego 2), so whoever voted for that, please vote again for it (or The Dark, if you prefer).

Was me, have re-voted.
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Re: The best modern Speccy game beginning with D: vote

Post by PeteProdge » Sun Jun 30, 2019 1:35 pm

Spud wrote:
Sun Jun 30, 2019 1:16 pm
PeteProdge wrote:
Sun Jun 30, 2019 11:20 am
djnzx48 wrote:
Sun Jun 30, 2019 11:01 am
Is the poll editable? If not, then it might be worth posting it again.
Yes! I've tacked it onto the end, but unfortunately all votes have been reset because of this.

Now, thankfully, there was only vote (it was for Dreamworld : Alter Ego 2), so whoever voted for that, please vote again for it (or The Dark, if you prefer).

Was me, have re-voted.
Thank you, nice to know we're back on track!
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Post by Morkin » Sun Jun 30, 2019 2:43 pm

Some real programming feats in that list, The Dark and Dreamwalker spring to mind immediately as ones that I played with my gob hanging wide open, watching the moving graphics.

After a bit of thought I've voted for Descending Dungeons. Just because it's one of the types of games that I always liked, and would have been happy to save up my pennies and rushed out to buy, if it were released 30+ years ago.
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Post by Juan F. Ramirez » Sun Jun 30, 2019 5:05 pm

I voted for Doom Pit.

My faves are:

1 - Doom Pit
2 - Dingo
3 - Doom
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Post by R-Tape » Sun Jun 30, 2019 6:34 pm

Thanks for the poll Prodge.

These are my favourites:

Deep Core Raider - simple but tremendous fun. The level design tailed off a bit towards the end for me.
Dingo - great arcade conversion, and a very impressive debut from Sokurah.
Double Bubble - inventive idea, done very well.
DreamWalker - superb puzzly platformer (have Retrosouls ever done a bad game?!). It does look pretty good, but I see this as Alter Ego: Reloaded, and I don't think it improves on the original.

I'm voting Dingo. I played it until about level 80 while listening to the cricket once, so it must be fun.

Top 3 would be:

1 - Dingo
2 - Dreamwalker
3 - Double Bubble
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