Little bugs in the database

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Re: Little bugs in the database

Post by StooB » Sun May 26, 2019 8:40 pm

druellan wrote:
Sun May 26, 2019 7:47 pm
I also found an Hungarian magazine: http://sinclair.hu/kiadvany_download.ph ... Zci2U9NpZm
The translation reads: "David Reidy says, "Wheelie broke very slowly, but we sold it for more than 12 months, which is remarkable." The games were still made in the simple roles already outlined, and the graphics of Wheelie were entirely David's work, but he was waving an ambitious plan that he could no longer have as a sow graphic. Well, I had a really knowledgeable man who could have had a choice, like Keith, who had been working for them for a long time."

That seems to be part of the Sinclair User #36 article: https://archive.org/details/sinclair-user-magazine-036 , but I can't find that part! :?
Sounds more like Retro Gamer #17:

"The graphics in everything up to Wheelie were Dave’s own work (“as you can probably tell”), but it was clear that the ambitious plans for building a complete school on the Spectrum meant getting a proper artist in. Luckily, he had one handy – Keith Warrington, who’d already illustrated the ads and packaging for all of Microsphere’s games since Crevasse/Hotfoot."


Fahnn wrote:
Fri Mar 29, 2019 4:16 pm
I've just been looking at Microsphere's games and David Reidy is only credited on the Skool games, Contact Sam Cruise and a book, but didn't he program all their stuff, Wheelie and Skyranger and so on? Actually none of the other releases have author credits as far as I can see (unless I'm doing it wrong).
The same Retro Gamer suggests Sky Ranger was his too:

"Microsphere’s only misfire. Sky Ranger made an ambitious and largely successful stab at proper 3D. But Dave – like other coders who spent too much time fiddling around with show-off graphics routines on underpowered home micros – forgot to put a decent game in."
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Re: Little bugs in the database

Post by druellan » Sun May 26, 2019 11:48 pm

Thanks @StooB I think we can conclude the code & graphics was Reidy's, there is little room to speculate otherwise.
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Re: Little bugs in the database

Post by druellan » Sun Jun 23, 2019 3:39 pm

StooB wrote:
Mon Mar 25, 2019 9:48 am
Italia '90
Loading screen has (C) 1989 on it, but there are no magazine references until April 1990 so the year of release should be 1990.
The 1990 release by "Virgin Mastertronic" can be removed - Virgin Mastertronic own Virgin Games at this time.
Hi StooB.
I'm trying to reach a consensus about what to do on cases like this one.
Here we have Virgin Games and Virgin Mastetronic, both are the same company. The inlay has Virgin Games logo, but on the back it says "copyright Virgin Mastetronic"

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So, I think the idea is to honor the label chosen by the core company to represent the game publication?
@Einar Saukas is that correct?
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Re: Little bugs in the database

Post by StooB » Sun Jun 23, 2019 5:53 pm

The Magnum lightgun games are the only ones specifically on the "Virgin Mastertronic" label:

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Re: Little bugs in the database

Post by 8BitAG » Mon Jul 08, 2019 10:15 pm

8BitAG wrote:
Mon Nov 12, 2018 6:18 pm
The games...

Lost in the Desert
https://spectrumcomputing.co.uk/index.p ... 96&id=9914

and

Crash
https://spectrumcomputing.co.uk/index.p ... 6&id=15920

are actually the *same* game.

The game was billed as 'Lost in the Desert' when it appear on The Guild's Quill Thrill Volume 1 compilation, so 'Lost in the Desert' seems the best title to list it under.

Quill Thrill Vol 1
https://spectrumcomputing.co.uk/index.p ... 6&id=13168

I hope to discover the name of the author at some point.
An update on this one... as I've just been on this entry having seen it being played in the 'text adventure attempt thread'.

We've actually got a second game here with the same title!

The 'white text on blue' game Lost in the Desert (also referred previously to as Crash) *is* as I said The Guild game 'Lost in the Desert' from the Quill Thrill compilation...

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This is the game detailed here https://spectrumcomputing.co.uk/index.p ... 96&id=9914
and listed in the TZX https://archive.org/download/World_of_S ... rt.tzx.zip
and all the associated compilations such as Quill Thrill and the Adventure Probe offer tape.

There is nothing wrong with that entry.

BUT there is also a Z80 snapshot on that page is a completely different game with the same name!

It's blue on white. Is also called 'Lost in the Desert'. But is not the game that was sold by The Guild.

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It seems to have been incorrectly linked to the other game back in the WOS days!

So... the Z80 file, is a separate/different game and needs its own game page.

https://archive.org/download/World_of_S ... rt.z80.zip

I will do some research to see if I can track down any information about this "new" title!
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Re: Little bugs in the database

Post by 8BitAG » Mon Jul 08, 2019 10:28 pm

8BitAG wrote:
Mon Jul 08, 2019 10:15 pm
So... the Z80 file, is a separate/different game and needs its own game page.

https://archive.org/download/World_of_S ... rt.z80.zip

I will do some research to see if I can track down any information about this "new" title!
Aha! It's the Walter Pooley game 'The Pyramid'

which we already have an entry for...

https://spectrumcomputing.co.uk/index.p ... 6&id=10901

...so it just needs an "also known as" 'Lost in the Desert' on that page.

And the Z80 file removing from the Lost in the Desert page.
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