Transnitron Lives - and my mind is blown

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Transnitron Lives - and my mind is blown

Post by OMFG » Mon Jan 22, 2018 9:05 pm

I was about to reply to the posts on that other forum as I just happened across the copy of Transnitron on there tonight while googling around.

Last time I saw that game was 1985, the copy LCD uploaded there is an unfinished demo version that was sent to Software Projects, they lost the tape(!) and my own backup failed(!) and as far as I knew in 1985 it was gone forever.

What LCD had to say:

https://www.worldofspectrum.org/forums/ ... ion/25366/

"I think, I got the tape from George Lederer from Hungary, so maybebe someone else will have a working version? It was on the 4th covertape of hungarian spectrum magazine "Spectrum vilag", so there is a big chance, this game will surface again. But until then, it can be added to archive as MIA."

It's a total mystery how this game even still exists, how in hell does a tape software projects lost rock up on a Hungarian magazine cover tape?

This definitely wasn't released by Bug Byte BTW as the credit's with the download suggest... they'd gone belly up before then without paying me for Stay Kool.

Just tried playing it and can't believe what a mess it is lol... funnily enough, the badly sampled voice clips are the only thing that are better than I remember. May have been dicked with and / or corrupted too as there's stuff I don't remember, after 33 years though... god only knows.

I am still stunned... did that old cassette drop into a parallel universe or something? :O
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Re: Transnitron Lives - and my mind is blown

Post by R-Tape » Mon Jan 22, 2018 9:28 pm

Interesting! PM sent.
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Re: Transnitron Lives - and my mind is blown

Post by OMFG » Mon Jan 22, 2018 10:07 pm

Cheers. I can't reply to pm's yet, but yeah, you're welcome to host both of my games lol it's not like I ever got paid for either of them. :D
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Re: Transnitron Lives - and my mind is blown

Post by R-Tape » Mon Jan 22, 2018 10:13 pm

Thanks!

I can't look right now but I'll check why newly registered users can't send PMs. I didn't set it so it must be a default.

Either that or it could also be that you haven't voted for Chuckie Egg yet in the poll of best game beginning with 'c'.
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Re: Transnitron Lives - and my mind is blown

Post by bob_fossil » Mon Jan 22, 2018 10:22 pm

I had to get a few forum posts under my belt before PMs were unlocked for me. I'm guessing it's an anti spam measure? Funny how your auto complete spelt Chaos as Chuckie Egg though... :)
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Re: Transnitron Lives - and my mind is blown

Post by Ralf » Tue Jan 23, 2018 11:24 am

Hi and welcome to the forums!

It's a shame that they didn't release your game. It's pretty decent and different companies actually often realeased much worse stuff.

But it's good news that it survived. We may never learn the story behind it but if I were to make a guess i would say that:

- it leaked from Bug Byte, someone made a copy for himself
- later he shared it with friend amd the friend shared it with another friend
- finally it reached some "swapper" guy. There were people who exchanged software by mail through all Europe. This way games
and other programs appeared unofficially in countries where it didn't have official release. And he exchanged it with another
swapper in Hungary.

Sure, it was piracy but as you can see it also had the positive side ;)
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Re: Transnitron Lives - and my mind is blown

Post by C.Born » Tue Jan 23, 2018 5:40 pm

Is this the game you made?
http://www.worldofspectrum.org/infoseek ... id=0027827

its funny , "sky walker" it says ??
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Re: Transnitron Lives - and my mind is blown

Post by OMFG » Tue Jan 23, 2018 7:29 pm

That's the one.

Where does it say Sky Walker lol well I suppose he does.
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Re: Transnitron Lives - and my mind is blown

Post by Seven.FFF » Tue Jan 23, 2018 8:47 pm

Great story :)

Di you think you might be up for finishing it off Leigh, if it's that much of a mess? There are some great cross-dev and disassembly tools available these days :)
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Re: Transnitron Lives - and my mind is blown

Post by OMFG » Tue Jan 23, 2018 10:30 pm

Probably not at the moment, have too much other stuff that needs attention and also haven't written z80 since, well 1986.

If I do ever get around to it, would be less trouble to lift the graphics and voice samples and start from scratch.
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