ZX HSC Round 8 - Kosmic Kanga / Pinball

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Re: ZX HSC Round 8 - Kosmic Kanga / Pinball

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RWAC wrote:
Wed Sep 16, 2020 4:58 pm
I can see I've chosen the wrong hobby! Perhaps I should take up knitting?
Definitely, you could knit one of these for us all:

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Anyway, I think I'm probably pretty much done for this week, so I'll submit now.

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KfK -      1,701
Pinball - 11,935
Ernesto - Level 5, 63 money
KOSMIC 'EFFING KANGA

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I know it's already been said. What a pile of carp this game is. The fact that some Spec-chum scores have been beaten by starting the game and doing nothing but holding down the fire key says a lot about the total crappiness of the controls. This is another game character that needs to be fired into outer space (along with Dizzy).

PINBALL

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I found I enjoyed playing this game - in short doses. When I was repeatedly trying to beat my high score (that I got on my first game) it became highly frustrating - a lot of the scoring is down to luck rather than skill, though you can exercise a bit of tactical paddle control here and there. I still think it's probably my favourite Speccy pinball game.

ERNESTO

(Spoiler tags used as screenshot is from Level 5)
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A well-presented game, that Yandex comp has a pretty high standard of entry from what I've seen. Fairly simple game but quite tactical. Level 5 is a massive difficulty spike though - I guess the trick might be to grind out the levels and equipment before you get there. I do like Rogue-like games. If anyone manages it, give us a shout!

Hint: turn on the Kempston mouse in your emulator for this one.
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Re: ZX HSC Round 8 - Kosmic Kanga / Pinball

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akeley wrote:
Wed Sep 16, 2020 9:20 am
cmal wrote:
Wed Sep 16, 2020 7:25 am
That vertical 3rd stage gets me every time. I'm better off spending all my time in stage 1 and 2 to rack up as much points as possible.
CHEESING ATTEMPT DETECTED! Yes, folks, the point-based loitering is a no-no. Especially that you'd have to die on purpose to do that, since the game is always pushing you forward.

So, just channel your inner marsupial, embrace the spirit of the "mighty Kanga" and conquer that pesky 3rd stage :) (avatar changing is optional)
Actually in my case it was "accidental cheesing". I accidentally lost a life near the end of stage 2 so was forced to replay it. However, I still made it to round 3 and am still on a mission to get past that stage.
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Re: ZX HSC Round 8 - Kosmic Kanga / Pinball

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Kosmic Kanga was written by Dominic Wood, who's also responsible for a few other titles on the Spectrum. I've always wondered if Dominic Wood is related to Julian R.E Wood. Julian Wood released a number of type-ins for Your Computer magazine. Does anyone know if they're related or not?
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Getting the hang of this... slowly

Kosmic Kanga: 1335

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cmal wrote:
Wed Sep 16, 2020 6:45 pm
Kosmic Kanga was written by Dominic Wood, who's also responsible for a few other titles on the Spectrum. I've always wondered if Dominic Wood is related to Julian R.E Wood. Julian Wood released a number of type-ins for Your Computer magazine. Does anyone know if they're related or not?
This leads to another question :? : There's a Julian Wood and Dominic Wood who both worked on Project Future. In the database, Julian Wood and Julian R.E Wood are listed as two different people. Are they indeed two different people?
I guess I'm straying off topic a bit...
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Re: ZX HSC Round 8 - Kosmic Kanga / Pinball

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My new scores:

Kosmic Kanga: 1,550
Pinball Wizard: 7,140 (no change)
Ernesto's Adventures: money: 5

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My current scores...

KfK - 2,155
Pinball - 8,780
Ernesto's Adventures - Level 5, Money 121
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What a fantastic game - this is a total gem.

Ernesto's Adventures: Level 4: 69 Money - nice

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Bloody brilliant game this!

Level 5
Money 68

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Re: ZX HSC Round 8 - Kosmic Kanga / Pinball

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Kosmic Kanga - 5209
Pinball - 7815
Ernesto's Adventure - Level 5 / Money 104

Also loving the bonus game!

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