Quadron, a uMIA from 1988... that you can buy now!!

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Re: Quadron, a uMIA from 1988... that you can buy now!!

Post by Rorthron » Mon Dec 24, 2018 1:17 pm

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Mon Dec 24, 2018 9:07 am
I didn't realise until I collated Quadron for the last update, but you are this Andy Beale aren't you?

https://spectrumcomputing.co.uk/index.p ... bel_id=881
The Millipede entry in that link doesn't look right:

1. It looks like the same game as Megapede. Should it not be combined with Megapede?
2. The translation is called Ciempies, but that is not listed as an AKA.
3. The entry mentions an Atari licence, but I can see no evidence of an official licence.
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Re: Quadron, a uMIA from 1988... that you can buy now!!

Post by Cosmium » Tue Dec 25, 2018 1:07 am

R-Tape wrote:
Mon Dec 24, 2018 9:07 am
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Mon Dec 24, 2018 3:58 am
Yes I uploaded a .tap file of the game today for those who prefer a tape file - it's available on the Quadron download page along with the .sna :D
Cheers. I'm mobile only until after the hols, but I'll get it then.

I didn't realise until I collated Quadron for the last update, but you are this Andy Beale aren't you?

https://spectrumcomputing.co.uk/index.p ... bel_id=881

I never got very far, but I spent countless hours on Microbot BITD. You should make a redux version!
Yup, same one!

In Microbot there was that sense of lots to take care of, yet you couldn't be everywhere at once which makes for quite a challenge. That idea was taken a lot further with Quadron. But by adding the collectable objects the player can overcome some of this and it gives the game a more strategic element I think!
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Re: Quadron, a uMIA from 1988... that you can buy now!!

Post by Cosmium » Tue Dec 25, 2018 1:12 am

Rorthron wrote:
Mon Dec 24, 2018 1:17 pm
R-Tape wrote:
Mon Dec 24, 2018 9:07 am
I didn't realise until I collated Quadron for the last update, but you are this Andy Beale aren't you?

https://spectrumcomputing.co.uk/index.p ... bel_id=881
The Millipede entry in that link doesn't look right:

1. It looks like the same game as Megapede. Should it not be combined with Megapede?
2. The translation is called Ciempies, but that is not listed as an AKA.
3. The entry mentions an Atari licence, but I can see no evidence of an official licence.
1. Yeah, it should probably be combined. I think Millipede was the same game, but got renamed for sale in Spain.
2. Listing it as an AKA sounds reasonable!
3. No, just a clone (along with all the others ;))

I'm off for a mince pie..
Happy Christmas!
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Re: Quadron, a uMIA from 1988... that you can buy now!!

Post by R-Tape » Fri Dec 28, 2018 3:07 pm

I've finally had a chance to play this properly.

Apart from the choice of keys and no redefine option, I think this is a great game. There's a lot more to it than Microbot, and if you find the instructions a bit impenetrable to begin with, just start off and remember that the goal is to shoot every alien in the map (press space and it's the top middle red square). The power ups and what to collect become clear with time. If you take too long for each attack wave, then scary dudes on hoverpods come and get you.

If it was released BITD, I would have spent at least as many sunny afternoons playing this as I did with Microbot!

It's proper great that this game has been not only rescued, but given a bloody good scrape and polish.

Can you see yourself making any more Speccy games Andrew?
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Re: Quadron, a uMIA from 1988... that you can buy now!!

Post by Cosmium » Wed Jan 02, 2019 7:39 am

R-Tape wrote:
Fri Dec 28, 2018 3:07 pm
I've finally had a chance to play this properly.

Apart from the choice of keys and no redefine option, I think this is a great game. There's a lot more to it than Microbot, and if you find the instructions a bit impenetrable to begin with, just start off and remember that the goal is to shoot every alien in the map (press space and it's the top middle red square). The power ups and what to collect become clear with time. If you take too long for each attack wave, then scary dudes on hoverpods come and get you.

If it was released BITD, I would have spent at least as many sunny afternoons playing this as I did with Microbot!

It's proper great that this game has been not only rescued, but given a bloody good scrape and polish.
Happy to hear you like it.
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Fri Dec 28, 2018 3:07 pm

Can you see yourself making any more Speccy games Andrew?
It's tempting.. ;)
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Re: Quadron, a uMIA from 1988... that you can buy now!!

Post by Alessandro » Tue Jan 22, 2019 10:48 am

I decided to encourage the developer (his games were among the first I ever played on the Spectrum, 35 years ago!) and purchased the game. Looks and plays quite nice, it's simple enough to grasp but not shallow, there are several nice touches in both appearance and gameplay, like the different weapons and items.
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Re: Quadron, a uMIA from 1988... that you can buy now!!

Post by Rorthron » Sun Jan 27, 2019 6:06 pm

Rorthron wrote:
Mon Dec 24, 2018 1:17 pm
3. The entry mentions an Atari licence, but I can see no evidence of an official licence.
This change is no longer necessary now that licence information is presented differently.
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