Worst arcade conversion

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Worst arcade conversion

Post by Ralf » Fri Mar 02, 2018 5:58 pm

Let's discuss :)

Which games you would mention as worst arcade conversions on Spectrum?

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Final Fight - very slow and unplayable, unable to deal with huge sprites reasonably:
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Eswat - slow, no music, bad gameplay, ugly autoconverted backgrounds
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Mario Bros - plays very badly, unresponsive, difficult. Fortunately we have Pietro Bros now :)
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Jail Break - better than the above ones, but the gameplay is much less fun than arcade:
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Any more?
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Re: Worst arcade conversion

Post by Morcar » Fri Mar 02, 2018 6:04 pm

Kung Fu Master and Pitfighter as be down there
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Re: Worst arcade conversion

Post by MatGubbins » Fri Mar 02, 2018 6:18 pm

Side Arms, any platform.
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Re: Worst arcade conversion

Post by Nomad » Fri Mar 02, 2018 7:16 pm

It's such a rich and deep pool of 'talent'. Well I will give the developers props for trying and failing gloriously in many cases because they attempted something cooler heads and perhaps more experienced people would have just said no too. I like to think that is the reason behind most of the stinkers you see.

But there was a minority where it was nothing but a rushed cash grab. I think you can tell when people honestly try to make a game good.

I think that is what I miss about modern games is developers tent to play things so safe. Unless you are looking at (well what used to be steam greenlight :lol: )
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Re: Worst arcade conversion

Post by Blerkotron » Fri Mar 02, 2018 9:54 pm

US Gold's "Breakthru" conversion was absolutely dismal - borderline unplayable, lengthy pauses for no apparent reason, joystick options which flat-out don't work. And you could complete the entire game without dying by just holding jump down because your car would bounce over absolutely anything without any adverse effects - rocks, bullets, water, etc. This one isn't just bad, I'd go as far as to say it's not even finished.
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Re: Worst arcade conversion

Post by Juan F. Ramirez » Fri Mar 02, 2018 9:56 pm

Another vote for Kung Fu Master.

Donkey Kong (Ocean) is another poor conversion of a great arcade game..
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Re: Worst arcade conversion

Post by 5MinuteRetro » Fri Mar 02, 2018 11:26 pm

Juan F. Ramirez wrote:
Fri Mar 02, 2018 9:56 pm
Donkey Kong (Ocean) is another poor conversion of a great arcade game..
Is it? In my head Ocean's DK was a really good conversion: about as good as one could've hoped on a Speccy. Am I going nuts? I'm gonna have to fire up ZXDS and check... brb.
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Re: Worst arcade conversion

Post by 5MinuteRetro » Fri Mar 02, 2018 11:50 pm

5MinuteRetro wrote:
Fri Mar 02, 2018 11:26 pm
Juan F. Ramirez wrote:
Fri Mar 02, 2018 9:56 pm
Donkey Kong (Ocean) is another poor conversion of a great arcade game..
Is it? In my head Ocean's DK was a really good conversion: about as good as one could've hoped on a Speccy. Am I going nuts? I'm gonna have to fire up ZXDS and check... brb.
So... I've just played it through, using save states for speed, and I'll stick with what I said: I think Ocean's DK is a a good conversion. Admittedly the first level is way too hard, because there are too many barrels and the ladder-climbing is too slow (and the walking sound is out of synch with... Mario's gait) but the game as a whole holds up really rather well, IMHO.
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Re: Worst arcade conversion

Post by Ralf » Sat Mar 03, 2018 8:35 am

Donkey Kong (Ocean) is another poor conversion of a great arcade game..
I would agree.Maybe not very bad but below expectations.

It is bad when it comes to graphics. 8x8 pixel girl is laughable, Kong doesn't look like Kong and hero sprite is inverted.

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See a mockup how it should look like:

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Re: Worst arcade conversion

Post by Juan F. Ramirez » Sat Mar 03, 2018 10:20 am

I'm with Ralf. A game made in 1986-87 by Ocean should have been better. It's about the year and about the company. That's why I said 'poor'. They should have put more effort in the production.

But not a bad game, anyway.
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