ZX HSC Round 2 - Cannonball / PSSST / Flappy Bird ZX

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ZX HSC Round 2 - Cannonball / PSSST / Flappy Bird ZX

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Ladies and gents, welcome to Round 2 of the ZX High Score Club (Season 1). This week's randomly chosen games are:

PSSST (Ultimate Play The Game, 1986). Chosen by me (and a few others). Yet another early Spectrum classic.

Cannonball (MicroHobby, 1985). Chosen by clebin. Looks like a clone of one of these ancient arcade top down maze racers. Since you have played it recently on Hardest Difficulty, this is the one we choose for this round as well. Please remember to change the settings!

EXTRA GAME! Since Cannonball had a recent appearance, we throw a little bonus game in the mix (there still may or may not be one next Sunday too).

Flappy Bird ZX (Rafal Miazga,Aleksandr Rostunov, 2014) - chosen by R-Tape. Spectrum version of the smartphone one-button hit.

This round ends on Sunday the 16th of August, 00:00 GMT (Sunday midnight). Please submit your final score by then.

DEAR LURKERS! You can still join in at any time! Please do! There will be a chance to submit scores for previous rounds later in the season, but in any case competing in single rounds is fun too.

ZX HSC rules:

1) play fair: no cheating and no using of handicaps of any kind (eg hacked game versions, save states, etc)
2) no cheesing; ie abusing some inherent glitches in games allowing to maximize points
3) final score submitted must be a screenshot (you can submit scr$ for all your scores but it's not required)
4) some rule I can't think of now but might be added later
5) have FUN! we're not Twin Galaxies and this is meant to be a very easy-going, no-high-pressure "competition", meant mostly to generate friendly banter and celebrate ancient videogames. Competitive angle is of course also welcome, but hopefully without OCD ;)

As per 5), game-related thread-derails are most welcome. Talking about these games is most encouraged (share tricks, strategies, trivia, tell us why you love or can't stand the particular title, etc...) and is one of the main aims of this HSC.

Good luck!
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This is not meant to be a dramatic "I'm quitting" post, just an honest one.

I was waiting to see what games would be posted next, and I'm afraid I just don't have any motivation to play games that I have no interest in playing. I was beguiled by the thought of playing Bomb Jack in the first round, as I love it to bits, and in the spirit of the competition I had a good go of Penetrator and Nohzdyve, but ultimately I'd rather spend my limited amount of free time playing games I'm really excited to play.

If I'm brutally honest then seeing Flappy Bird ZX has made my decision easier. No disrespect is intended to the author of this game, nor anyone who enjoys it, but this type of game is not why I still play on the Speccy.

@akeley - please feel free to not count my round 1 scores in the leaderboard, as it seems a bit pointless. But thank you for organising the competition and sorry for wimping out at such an early stage. I just genuinely can't face putting the time into games that I don't get anything out of. It's my fault - I should have thought this through before jumping on board because of Bomb Jack!
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@Mousey it's totally normal in these HSC affairs that people don't play all the games, skip entire rounds or just flitter in and out when they please (I do it myself in the other ones). And that's perfectly fine of course.

So if somebody wants to "win" the whole thing, yeah, it's probably advised to try and participate in all the rounds. Otherwise anybody is welcome to play any game the want when they want. Hope you will come back for at least some of the later rounds :)
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@Mousey please don't quit the tournament, I was glad to see you here and compete with you again as we did for the Spectrum Regulation Play on HARP.

I had to force myself to play Nozhdyve, and was appalled at the thought of having to play Cannonball which is even more abhorent in my opinion. I already know I am a candidate for the wooden spoon for it and Flappy Birds - which I find strangely compelling although, just like for you, it is not one of those games I would normally enjoy playing. Why not having a go at them then? Even a "placeholder" score is better than nothing - and I think that in my case it will be so.

I hope you will reconsider your decision :)
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PSSST is one of my favorite Spectrum games, but I think the scoring system is unusable for this competition.
It's enough to stay on the first level, carefully keep the flower from blooming and you can get a lot of points only by killing worms as the easiest enemy.
I already had 25,000 points in 15 minutes of play, which is completely unrealistic, because at later levels it's much harder to play and collect points.
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First of PSSST for over 35 years. I know its a hopeless score, but thought I would start things off.

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PeterJ wrote:
Sun Aug 02, 2020 1:31 pm
First of PSSST for over 35 years. I know its a hopeless score, but thought I would start things off.
If you stay on the first level, you can have as many points as you want or until you give up due to exhaustion. ;)
I think we need another game, as a replacement.
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Pegaz wrote:
Sun Aug 02, 2020 1:35 pm
If you stay on the first level, you can have as many points as you want or until you give up due to exhaustion. ;)
I think we need another game, as a replacement.
One of the rules is "no cheesing" :) This is a perfect example of a game where it applies. So we need to play "normally" and make your flower bloom in shortest time.

Of course if somebody wanted to cheat it's entirely possible (in many other ways too) and there is no way of controlling it (ain't nobody got time to record/check videos etc). But, this whole compo is fun and trust based so I expect we'll all play fair.
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If this round's mix is too metronomic for some, especially following on from Nohzdyve, I'd be perfectly happy to defer or drop my flappy bird zx (or donate the choice to @Mousey if that made any difference?)
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Alessandro wrote:
Sun Aug 02, 2020 1:02 pm
Why not having a go at them then? Even a "placeholder" score is better than nothing - and I think that in my case it will be so.

I hope you will reconsider your decision :)
Yeah, totally. No need to hammer it for two weeks, just give it a few spins and see what happens. You get points even for low scores and in the long run these count too. Most people have their favourites, so-so, and most-hated games during a season, so it all kinda balances out.
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