Little bugs in the database 2

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Re: ZX Parachute

Post by R-Tape » Fri Jan 10, 2020 5:07 am

abelenki wrote:
Fri Jan 10, 2020 1:44 am
https://spectrumcomputing.co.uk/index.p ... 96&id=3470

this should be transliterated as:

Nu, pogodi!

please correct this entry in the database.
Agreed. And the language should be Russian, not Czech. Correct @abelinki, @pavero?
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Re: Little bugs in the database 2

Post by StooB » Fri Jan 10, 2020 10:35 am

Spectrum Six Pack

  • should be split into two separate entries - "Spectrum Six Pack - 48K Spectrum Version" and "Spectrum Six Pack - Spectrum+ Version" - as they have different contents
  • original release year is 1984, not 1985
  • publisher is Sinclair Research, not whoever Polanglia were
  • original price should be "Free" not £8.50
  • genre should be "Box Set" rather than "Compilation"
  • comment of "contents vary" is not helpful and should be deleted, the actual contents are:

    48K Spectrum Version: - Chequered Flag, Scrabble, Make-a-Chip, Survival, Chess, Horace Goes Skiing
    (from Popular Computing Weekly, 2nd August 1984)

    Spectrum+ Version: Chequered Flag, Scrabble, Make-a-Chip, Tasword 2, Chess, Vu-3D
    (from Popular Computing Weekly, 18th October 1984)

    (these two articles also need adding as a News/Note magazine reference for each pack)
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Re: ZX Parachute

Post by pavero » Fri Jan 10, 2020 1:39 pm

R-Tape wrote:
Fri Jan 10, 2020 5:07 am
abelenki wrote:
Fri Jan 10, 2020 1:44 am
https://spectrumcomputing.co.uk/index.p ... 96&id=3470

this should be transliterated as:

Nu, pogodi!

please correct this entry in the database.
Agreed. And the language should be Russian, not Czech. Correct @abelinki, @pavero?
I would say the language is correct. The author is Czech. And there are some texts in Czech language in the game, only some of them are in Cyrillic.
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Re: Little bugs in the database 2

Post by Stefan » Fri Jan 10, 2020 2:38 pm

StooB wrote:
Fri Jan 10, 2020 10:35 am
Spectrum Six Pack
  • original release year is 1984, not 1985
  • publisher is Sinclair Research, not whoever Polanglia were
  • original price should be "Free" not £8.50
  • comment of "contents vary" is not helpful and should be deleted, the actual contents are:
Agreed.

The current entry is most likely based on this 1985 Sinclair User advert. Polanglia Ltd probably ran into a mixed stash of six packs and were selling them off. At most this advert could remain linked to both proposed new entries. The company was wound up in 1990.
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Re: Little bugs in the database 2

Post by patters » Sat Jan 11, 2020 11:09 am

patters wrote:
Thu Jan 09, 2020 8:56 pm
I have been quite intrigued by La Abadía del Crimen and noticed there were several mentions of an unofficial English translation including this full playthrough on YouTube but no obvious download links for an English version. After a lot of dead-end searches I discovered that MAME supports it (well, the English Beta at least), and from that I got the "ROM name" which led me to a serviceable TZX image here at TZXVault. It doesn't use a turbo loader so it converted fine to a TAP which works with my DIVMMC Future (having used tapeconv from fuse-utils).

Please can this file be added to the ZXDB entry to save someone else the hassle in future?
✓ Reviewed
I notice that the current ZXDB entry in fact contains the attached readme that would have accompanied this unofficial English translation. For the record, the translator is Eddie Duffy. Based on what I've read, Juan Delcan wasn't only the cover artist (as the current ZXDB entry shows) - it seems he was the artist for the game.

Interestingly, the English version I linked to above isn't even available at the Virtual TR-DOS archive (http://vtrd.in), so it was very difficult to find.

While we're updating the ZXDB record, here is decent and recent review of the Spectrum version which is worth linking to. Most other mentions of the game online just parrot the same superficial stuff about it being one of the crowning achievements for 8bit systems, but make it fairly clear the reviewer hasn't actually played it.
There is also a nice showcase of the in-game artwork here which is worth adding onto the related links also.
I also found two more good quality Spanish language items of content on YouTube worth linking to:
Here is what seems to be a radio programme which includes interviews with the creators (I haven't yet listened to it in full).
Here is a good overview of the game in its various incarnations and its history.
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Re: Little bugs in the database 2

Post by patters » Sat Jan 11, 2020 3:15 pm

Another couple of good YouTube sources to collate with the entry for La Abadía Del Crimen, which were very hard for me to find once again having partially viewed them on my searches for the game:
  • Here is a good history of the game in English and in particular it shows some interesting early art sketches at two minutes in.
Perhaps some of the difficulty I experienced to find this information is that my own personal 'search bubble' is rooted in English language content.
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Re: Little bugs in the database 2

Post by StooB » Wed Jan 15, 2020 9:29 am

Rabbit Software

John Cain didn't start Rabbit, and doesn't own it either. The company was started by Cream Computers, a computer shop (Crash, Feb 84), and was eventually bought by Virgin Games (Crash, Nov 85).
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Re: Little bugs in the database 2

Post by R-Tape » Sun Jan 19, 2020 11:22 pm

Desert Island SCREEN$ doesn't give appropriate credit to djnz or uglifruit. My fault - sorry fellas.

Author 2 should be @uglifruit : ID 18714
Author 3 should be @djnzx48 : ID 18778
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Re: Little bugs in the database 2

Post by 8BitAG » Tue Jan 21, 2020 10:30 am

As referenced in this thread... viewtopic.php?f=32&t=2216

...the release dates for...

Colossal Adventure https://spectrumcomputing.co.uk/index.p ... 96&id=6097
Adventure Quest https://spectrumcomputing.co.uk/index.p ... 96&id=5923

...should be 1982, not 1983. Various adverts (including several linked to on the games' pages) date from September 1982.

As stated in the advertising, a 16K version was available (in this initial release window) at £8, which is MIA. The launch price of the, more familiar, 48K ("32K") version was £10.

The ZX81 16K versions of both games are not currently listed in the archives.
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Re: Little bugs in the database 2

Post by 8BitAG » Wed Jan 22, 2020 5:48 pm

The Thirty-Nine Steps
https://spectrumcomputing.co.uk/index.p ... 96&id=7103

...isn't a Spectrum 48K game... it's a Spectrum 128K *only* game.
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