Some MIA games / variations

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Some MIA games / variations

Post by blueowl0708 » Fri Nov 02, 2018 3:00 pm

EDIT: Downloads are now available at the following Dropbox link:

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/zq58rwqlu123 ... WELXa?dl=0

Some images I've been hoarding / waiting to appear on WOS. Info is what I've gathered. Zips contain TZX, TAP and scans of the cover & tape unless mentioned. Not sure what the submission requirements are here so have the large files and do as you will with them :)

Bombscare by Dollarsoft
This is the original release of Short's Fuse, originally released in small numbers before it was picked up by BT. There are a number of differences between this and the firebird release.
First preserved this about 5 years ago :( I didn't get a scan of the tape. Original inlay had water damage so I've included a 'restored' version.
DB link: https://spectrumcomputing.co.uk/index.p ... 96&id=4478

Paddy by Dollarsoft
Recently found in the music section of a charity shop by Si Owen (member of Sinclair for Sale and other Spectrum FB groups). MASSIVE thanks to him for sending me the tape to get it preserved. I believe he's wanting to sell it now this is done so pop into the FB group if you're interested ;)
In game requires issue 2 type keyboard (Joystick will get you one go before needing to press S to go again!)
DB link: https://spectrumcomputing.co.uk/index.p ... 6&id=10029

Space Stumble by Thargon Computations
Found by Andrew Munro, again MASSIVE thanks to him for sending it my way to preserve :)
Requires issue 2 type keyboard.
DB Link: https://spectrumcomputing.co.uk/index.p ... 6&id=19265

Curse of the Seven Faces by Imperial Software
'Pre production' - Curse of the Seven Faces by Imperial Software - this is a UMIA variant. This game was ultimately released by Artic as part of the Assemblage compilation.

Compared to the Arctic version, it has a different loading screen and the font is heavier. The credits on the Arctic version also suggest that they updated the text (likely corrections/typos but who knows?). Only reference I can find to it is a review in 'Your Spectrum' which mentions the various typos on the inlay (including the title of the game :D) so is likely to be this version.
DB link: https://spectrumcomputing.co.uk/index.p ... 96&id=6133

Lets Compute! Club by Database Publications
Another UMIA - I think this was included with a magazine or mailout of some kind. Have never found any information on it.
5 games: 'Invaders', 'FG', 'Rat Race', 'Subs' & 'Warriors'.
No inlay.
DB link: N/A
Update: Is from Let's Compute! magazine, they had a club!: https://archive.org/details/Lets_Comput ... te%21+club

Inheritance By Simon W Hessel Software
Earlier variation (I think) version of Inheritance by Simon Hessel. Yellow label, different tape.
DB Link: https://spectrumcomputing.co.uk/index.p ... 96&id=9848

Murder + Father of Darkness by Central Solutions
MIA compilation of two games that are not indivudually MIA :)
DB link: https://spectrumcomputing.co.uk/index.p ... 6&id=12270
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Re: Some MIA games / variations

Post by blueowl0708 » Fri Nov 02, 2018 3:03 pm

@R-Tape here you go!
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Re: Some MIA games / variations

Post by Ralf » Fri Nov 02, 2018 8:06 pm

Thanks !

I had a quick look on these programs.

They are early games, mostly from 1982 - 1984 period, so don't expect any miracles. But there is no shame either. They are typical bedroom products of their era. If I had made something like on of them myself in the 80's I would have been probably proud a lot ;)

Best of them is Bombscare but it's actually first version of already well known game. Paddy is interesting too. It's some kind of poor man's Manic Miner, written probably in some complited Basic. With some perseverance you can actually play it, I completed a level myself ;)
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Re: Some MIA games / variations

Post by blueowl0708 » Fri Nov 02, 2018 8:50 pm

Ralf wrote:
Fri Nov 02, 2018 8:06 pm
Best of them is Bombscare but it's actually first version of already well known game. Paddy is interesting too. It's some kind of poor man's Manic Miner, written probably in some complited Basic. With some perseverance you can actually play it, I completed a level myself ;)
Perserverance is exactly the right word, I just about managed to get to level 2 but some swearing was involved!

RE: Paddy origins, this is straight from the horses mouth:
Rich Stevenson wrote: Just for some background on Paddy. That was a home-brew I coded around 83/84. This was developed around the time I was leaning machine code, having programmed a number of adventures in basic (with the odd snippet of machine code). I purchased a copy of Wye Valley Software's compiler and went about developing Paddy. One completion, my father produced about a 100 copies and took them to a number of local shops, where they were displayed on shelves and were sold on a sell or return basis. Of those 100 copies, I would estimate 40-50 were sold. The copy here would of been on of those copies.
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Re: Some MIA games / variations

Post by michellekg » Mon Nov 05, 2018 4:01 pm

Site is down ( Cannot download all these games.
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Re: Some MIA games / variations

Post by blueowl0708 » Mon Nov 05, 2018 9:56 pm

michellekg wrote:
Mon Nov 05, 2018 4:01 pm
Site is down ( Cannot download all these games.
Sorry, have been away for the weekend and got home to find my free webspace has gone over bandwidth allocation :(

Will sort out a drop box link in a bit.
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Re: Some MIA games / variations

Post by blueowl0708 » Tue Nov 06, 2018 11:16 am

blueowl0708 wrote:
Mon Nov 05, 2018 9:56 pm
michellekg wrote:
Mon Nov 05, 2018 4:01 pm
Site is down ( Cannot download all these games.
Sorry, have been away for the weekend and got home to find my free webspace has gone over bandwidth allocation :(

Will sort out a drop box link in a bit.
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/zq58rwqlu123 ... WELXa?dl=0

All zips in there. I'm unable to edit the original post so can't remove the old links.
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Re: Some MIA games / variations

Post by PeterJ » Tue Nov 06, 2018 3:58 pm

Would you like me to edit the post for you?

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Re: Some MIA games / variations

Post by blueowl0708 » Tue Nov 06, 2018 5:35 pm

PeterJ wrote:
Tue Nov 06, 2018 3:58 pm
Would you like me to edit the post for you?

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If you don't mind, sure :)
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Re: Some MIA games / variations

Post by R-Tape » Wed Nov 07, 2018 2:03 pm

Can anyone find any clues to author names and year of release for the 5 x Let's Compute! Club games?
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