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New Game: SQIJ 2018 - the worst Spectrum game remade.

Posted: Wed Jan 03, 2018 11:05 am
by Sokurah
I think we all know that the Spectrum version of SQIJ from 1987 is one of - if not THE - worst game for the ZX Spectrum, but lately I've been working on a new version.

So this is a remake of the original C64 version (complete with same map and item placements) so it's actually playable, unlike the official Spectrum version.

Dare I say it - even better than the C64 version. That version is so fast - that while technically a lot better than the official Spectrum version - it was just unplayable due to its speed, but I've slowed the action down a lot here, to make it more playable.

Well, this was a fun project. I hope you will enjoy it :)

Read more about it - and download it - here.

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Re: New Game: SQIJ 2018 - the worst Spectrum game remade.

Posted: Wed Jan 03, 2018 11:23 am
by Ast A. Moore
Ha! I can’t make heads or tails of it, but congratulations! :P

Re: New Game: SQIJ 2018 - the worst Spectrum game remade.

Posted: Wed Jan 03, 2018 1:04 pm
by R-Tape
Well done Sokurah et al. You really are a 'finisher'!

Plays well, great graphics and sound, it works, and I'm playing SQIJ on the Spectrum. This feels weird.

Not a big deal but is there a little graphical glitch on the wing when the bird is moving right?

Re: New Game: SQIJ 2018 - the worst Spectrum game remade.

Posted: Wed Jan 03, 2018 1:04 pm
by Alessandro
Well, at least you managed to make a decent game out of it :lol:

I would have liked the tree pieces to be placed in semi-random positions at the start of the game (a la Sabre Wulf), but maybe that feature is not present in the C64 original version, is it?

Do my ears deceive me or the sound effects are taken from Quazatron/Ranarama?

Re: New Game: SQIJ 2018 - the worst Spectrum game remade.

Posted: Wed Jan 03, 2018 1:14 pm
by Sokurah
Haha, thanks guys.

@Alessandro - the positions in the C64 version are always the same, but I did consider setting up different positions for the items here (as I did in Vallation too), but thought "Nah, people are only going to play through it once - and every little bit helps" ;) , so I skipped that this time.

And yes - the familiar sounding sfx are because I'm using a ripped Hewson "sound engine" I found on WoS forums once.

Re: New Game: SQIJ 2018 - the worst Spectrum game remade.

Posted: Wed Jan 03, 2018 5:08 pm
by R-Tape
Paraphrasing the instructions:

You are the mutant bird SQIJ, and you have to gather fragments of the Ener tree from a lethal underground cavern, and assemble them on a special platform to gain eternal life.

The sheer crapness of the original blinded me to the fact that everything about SQIJ is completely insane!

Re: New Game: SQIJ 2018 - the worst Spectrum game remade.

Posted: Wed Jan 03, 2018 5:54 pm
by Wall_Axe
i will try to SLAM this on my ZXDS and try it out

Re: New Game: SQIJ 2018 - the worst Spectrum game remade.

Posted: Wed Jan 03, 2018 8:05 pm
by R-Tape
The cyan platforms don't perform a function do they?

This is good fun, and once the player learns the map inside out it shouldn't be tooo difficult. Can you complete it easily Sokurah?

And would you rather I held back on posting an immunity POKE? :mrgreen:

Re: New Game: SQIJ 2018 - the worst Spectrum game remade.

Posted: Wed Jan 03, 2018 8:34 pm
by Spud
R-Tape wrote:
Wed Jan 03, 2018 8:05 pm
And would you rather I held back on posting an immunity POKE? :mrgreen:
Mr-Tape, Have you swallowed ANDREW RYALS?

Good effort, Sokurah, it plays plenty quick enough as it is, I can't imagine how tough going it would be if the pace was increased. It is somewhat frustrating but I guess that is down to the original game design rather than a slight against your skill.

Re: New Game: SQIJ 2018 - the worst Spectrum game remade.

Posted: Wed Jan 03, 2018 9:20 pm
by pavero
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