The best Speccy game by Activision: vote

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The best Speccy game by Activision: vote

Poll ended at Sun Aug 18, 2019 9:36 am

AfterBurner
0
No votes
Altered Beast
1
2%
BallBlazer
0
No votes
Beamrider
0
No votes
Dragon Breed
0
No votes
Dynamite Dux
0
No votes
Eidolon, The
1
2%
Enduro
0
No votes
Enduro Racer
25
57%
Fighter Bomber
0
No votes
Fighting Soccer
0
No votes
Galactic Games
0
No votes
Galaxy Force
0
No votes
Geebee Air Rally
0
No votes
Ghostbusters
4
9%
Ghostbusters II
0
No votes
Guadalcanal
0
No votes
H.E.R.O.
1
2%
Hacker
1
2%
Hacker II: The Doomsday Papers
0
No votes
Hammerfist
1
2%
High Frontier
0
No votes
Hot Rod
0
No votes
Howard The Duck
1
2%
Knightmare
0
No votes
Koronis Rift
0
No votes
Little Computer People
0
No votes
Mindshadow
1
2%
Ninja Spirit
0
No votes
Pitfall II: Lost Caverns
0
No votes
Power Drift
2
5%
Predator
0
No votes
Quartet
0
No votes
Rampage
3
7%
Real Ghostbusters, The
0
No votes
Rescue On Fractalus
0
No votes
River Raid
2
5%
S.D.I.
0
No votes
Sailing
0
No votes
Sonic Boom
0
No votes
Space Shuttle: A Journey Into Space
0
No votes
Super Wonder Boy
0
No votes
Time Machine
0
No votes
Time Scanner
0
No votes
Toy Bizarre
0
No votes
Wonder Boy
1
2%
Xcel
0
No votes
Zenji
0
No votes
 
Total votes: 44

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Re: The best Speccy game by Activision: vote

Post by Joefish » Tue Aug 13, 2019 3:21 pm

Juan F. Ramirez wrote:
Tue Aug 13, 2019 2:41 pm
Yeah, surprising results so far.
But more surprising is the vote Howard the Duck got ;)
That's just depressing.
As is the one for Altered Beast, for that matter...
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Re: The best Speccy game by Activision: vote

Post by WIWC » Tue Aug 13, 2019 7:56 pm

What title did you expect to lead the poll.
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Re: The best Speccy game by Activision: vote

Post by Morpheus » Tue Aug 13, 2019 8:00 pm

I always liked Hacker so I went with that :D
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Re: The best Speccy game by Activision: vote

Post by PeteProdge » Wed Aug 14, 2019 6:27 am

WIWC wrote:
Tue Aug 13, 2019 7:56 pm
What title did you expect to lead the poll.
Nothing specific in mind, but I thought Ghostbusters would be performing really strong. I don't like Ghostbusters - really dull and boring. It's got the feel of a BASIC game. What a missed opportunity.

Apparently, it was some car management game (on the C64, I believe) that was being developed just as Activision got the license for Ghostbusters, so they took what they had and retooled it to be Ghostbusters.

Commercially, it appears it might be the best selling ZX Spectrum game of all time (either that or Robocop). Surely must be the power of the license, because the game is so shoddy. (Robocop however, is a great game, even if you despise the film.)
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Re: The best Speccy game by Activision: vote

Post by stupidget » Wed Aug 14, 2019 7:09 am

PeteProdge wrote:
Wed Aug 14, 2019 6:27 am
Robocop however, is a great game, even if you despise the film.)
:shock: :shock: Are there actually people out there that despise Robocop?!?! It's one of the best films to brilliantly take a stab at the whole 80's ethos of greed and power. Plus it's just a bloody (pun fully intended) good film.
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Re: The best Speccy game by Activision: vote

Post by PQR » Wed Aug 14, 2019 8:50 am

Most of the early Activision released had a template loading screen with a standardised logo on top and credits at the bottom. (I never understood the need for including the French “par” in those credits BTW. Was there a Canadian connection perhaps?)

I couldn’t help noticing seeing all these titles listed in this poll that there are subtle differences in those screens depending on what company did the conversion.

All conversions by Software Conversions Ltd. have a bright yellow Activision logo:

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Whereas all conversions by James Software Ltd. use a white Activision logo:

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...Can I claim my Trainspotter award now? :geek:
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Re: The best Speccy game by Activision: vote

Post by Ast A. Moore » Wed Aug 14, 2019 10:29 am

Looks like I’m the only one who’s voted for The Eidolon. Too bad. I think it’s a pretty neat game.
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Re: The best Speccy game by Activision: vote

Post by Sokurah » Wed Aug 14, 2019 11:14 am

Man, Activision has made a lot of (at best) mediocre stuff, it was real easy to vote for Enduro Racer.
I'm surprised that no one has voted for Dragon Breed though. That would've been my seconds choice.
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Re: The best Speccy game by Activision: vote

Post by Joefish » Wed Aug 14, 2019 11:36 am

I liked the arcade Dragon Breed, but looking at it again, it's not a great conversion. I think the sprites are actually a bit too big compared to the arcade, going by the relative size of sprites-to-screen, and the screen just fills up with no room to manouvre. And it's pretty slow and jerky. Again, it was maybe a bit too ambitious. Not exactly Bob Pape's finest. I suspect he was rushed, or maybe just too p*$$*d off after doing R-Type for Electric Dreams to really make a go of it!

St Dragon is better proportioned and a lot smoother on the Spectrum (although without the vertical scrolling and rather useless ability to dismount).
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Re: The best Speccy game by Activision: vote

Post by Sokurah » Wed Aug 14, 2019 12:33 pm

Joefish wrote:
Wed Aug 14, 2019 11:36 am
I liked the arcade Dragon Breed, but looking at it again, it's not a great conversion. I think the sprites are actually a bit too big compared to the arcade, going by the relative size of sprites-to-screen, and the screen just fills up with no room to manouvre. And it's pretty slow and jerky. Again, it was maybe a bit too ambitious. Not exactly Bob Pape's finest. I suspect he was rushed, or maybe just too p*$$*d off after doing R-Type for Electric Dreams to really make a go of it!

St Dragon is better proportioned and a lot smoother on the Spectrum (although without the vertical scrolling and rather useless ability to dismount).
It has been a while since I played it, but I do remember that the sprites are pretty big. Perhaps I should have a go at it again to see if I agree with you ;)
But yes - the sizes of the sprites in St. Dragon are much more sensibly sized.
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