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Re: Worst arcade conversion

Post by Juan F. Ramirez » Sun Mar 04, 2018 2:24 pm

And as for Ghosts 'n' Goblins, I think it's similar to Commando, graphics are sacrified for a good gameplay, even when it's too hard. A good conversion, IMHO.
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Re: Worst arcade conversion

Post by PeteProdge » Mon Mar 05, 2018 9:25 am

You guys have missed the biggest disappointment.

Double Dragon. Woefully poor. Maybe I'm the only one saying it because Double Dragon is my all-time favourite arcade game, and the incarnation on the ZX Spectrum is dismal (although not as bad as the Atari 2600 or Sega Master System versions).

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Pac Land is immensely shocking. We know through the not-too-shabby conversion of Wonderboy that you can take these cutesy horizontal scrollers to the Speccy, but the programmers went with the easy-to-develop-but-hell-to-play route of making it flip screen. Meaning that you sometimes get to the end of a screen and find you can't move unless you jump over the fire hydrant that's immediately at the start of the next screen. It's digital blasphemy, avoid like the plague.

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Mario Bros - plays very badly, unresponsive, difficult. Fortunately we have Pietro Bros now :)
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Absolutely disagree. I had Mario Bros as one of the many free games in Dixons's Spectrum +2 bundle. I think it was that or Donkey Kong which was the first game I ever loaded. The weird skiddy movement was annoying but I've subsequently played it on MAME (never saw it in a real arcade) and it feels very faithful.

Sure, it's not the highly prolific Super Mario Bros, which Ocean's Gary Bracey always wanted (and had to concede that Nintendo would not let such a highly valued title outside of its hardware), but the ZX Spectrum Mario Bros is a nice fun game that mirrors the 1983 original.
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Re: Worst arcade conversion

Post by PeteProdge » Mon Mar 05, 2018 10:56 am

Oh, and then there was this...
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Driving like a brick does in a bath of superglue.
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Re: Worst arcade conversion

Post by Vampyre » Mon Mar 05, 2018 1:30 pm

Was Flak an arcade conversion? If so it was atrocious. I had it on US Gold's Arcade Hall of Fame compilation which included the almost-as-bad Blue Max.

For me though, due to the expectation level, it has to be Kung-Fu Master. Just watched a YT vid and it's even worse than I remembered.

All three by US Gold - says a lot.
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Re: Worst arcade conversion

Post by Ralf » Mon Mar 05, 2018 1:50 pm

Outrun is average in my opinion.

Yes, it is slow but the graphics are good and detailed. Compare other 8 bit versions.
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Re: Worst arcade conversion

Post by PeteProdge » Mon Mar 05, 2018 2:32 pm

Ralf wrote:
Mon Mar 05, 2018 1:50 pm
Outrun is average in my opinion.

Yes, it is slow but the graphics are good and detailed. Compare other 8 bit versions.
The C64 version is crap, but crap in a really different way. Very fast, but no choice in route and the roads are far narrower.

At first glance, the MSX version looks just the same as the ZX Spectrum, but as you get going it's... oh I can't describe the weirdness of the road panning. A YouTube video will show how utterly awful and off-putting it is.
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Re: Worst arcade conversion

Post by 5MinuteRetro » Mon Mar 05, 2018 2:48 pm

Ralf wrote:
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Outrun is average in my opinion.

Yes, it is slow but the graphics are good and detailed. Compare other 8 bit versions.
I loved Outrun back in the day, on my ZX Spectrum I mean. It was probably my favourite arcade machine and as the Spectrum was the only computer I had, I guess I embraced the conversion. Yes it was slow but I think the gameplay captured the essence of the arcade machine, and it had the music (on my 128K toast rack, at least).

Still, the later Chase HQ showed what Outrun on the Speccy could've been...
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Re: Worst arcade conversion

Post by RMartins » Mon Mar 05, 2018 5:15 pm

PeteProdge wrote:
Mon Mar 05, 2018 9:25 am
You guys have missed the biggest disappointment.

Double Dragon. Woefully poor. Maybe I'm the only one saying it because Double Dragon is my all-time favourite arcade game, and the incarnation on the ZX Spectrum is dismal (although not as bad as the Atari 2600 or Sega Master System versions).

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I have not seen the Atari 2600 version, but I would not bash it that hard, since if they have done anything remotely similar it's a success by any measure, since that machine only has 128 bytes (NOT Kbytes) of RAM, and that's for variables and stack!
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Re: Worst arcade conversion

Post by Ralf » Mon Mar 05, 2018 8:29 pm

Atari 2600 is a machine from 1977 :o 5 years earlier than Spectrum. Comparing it to Spectrums or C64s is a bit unfair.

And yet it beats all 8 bit machines with 128 colour palette :lol:

And here's the video for anyone curious:
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Re: Worst arcade conversion

Post by Juan F. Ramirez » Mon Mar 05, 2018 8:49 pm

For me, Out Run and Enduro Racer were two decent conversions, not bad games, knowing the Spectrum limitations. But I enjoyed them more back in the day. They haven't aged well.
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