Little bugs in the database 2

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Re: Little bugs in the database 2

Post by 8BitAG » Mon Aug 26, 2019 10:37 pm

Amazon Adventure...
https://spectrumcomputing.co.uk/index.p ... 6&id=28085

The entry in the database lists Robert Bergstrom as the author.

The title screen says the author was Roberth Bergstrom

The publisher and date of publication are listed as Robert Bergstrom and 1986.

There is a reference on the title screen to (c) 1987 AMIS

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Re: Little bugs in the database 2

Post by Einar Saukas » Mon Aug 26, 2019 10:45 pm

8BitAG wrote:
Sun Aug 25, 2019 3:14 pm
IMPORTANT....

The file labelled the +3 version of the Professional Adventure Writer https://spectrumcomputing.co.uk/index.p ... 96&id=6825
in the database is NOT the +3 version of the PAWs... it is the CP/M version (for Amstrad CP/M machines, such as the CPC and PCW).
Do you mean this file?

ProfessionalAdventureWriterB03+3(AventurasADS.A.).dsk.zip
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Re: Little bugs in the database 2

Post by 8BitAG » Mon Aug 26, 2019 11:01 pm

Einar Saukas wrote:
Mon Aug 26, 2019 10:45 pm
Do you mean this file?
ProfessionalAdventureWriterB03+3(AventurasADS.A.).dsk.zip
No, that's the Spanish version.

It's this file that is incorrect...
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That file is the CP/M version. (You may wish to keep it in the archive, but label it as such)

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Re: Little bugs in the database 2

Post by 8BitAG » Mon Aug 26, 2019 11:25 pm

The game in the database...

Borrowed Time
https://spectrumcomputing.co.uk/index.p ... 96&id=9558

Doesn't have much information for it.

A tentative date of publication is listed as 1992, seemingly to match the reference in a 1992 issue of Sinclair User where some tips are given in the adventure column. (Although the ACE magazine reference, also on that page, is listed as being 1988)

The tips for the game given in Sinclair User match up exactly to the solution we have over at CASA for the Activision/Mastertronic game Borrowed Time...
http://solutionarchive.com/game/id%2C57 ... +Time.html

No Spectrum version is currently listed there. It's inclusion in SInclair User's adventure section might suggest that a Spectrum version was actually released... but it wouldn't be the first time (iirc) that hints for a game not available on the correct format had appeared in a single-format magazine.

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Re: Little bugs in the database 2

Post by StooB » Tue Aug 27, 2019 11:04 am

8BitAG wrote:
Mon Aug 26, 2019 11:25 pm
Another reference for it's existence needed?
It seems very unlikely that Activision could convert a disk-only point & click C64 game to a cassette based Spectrum game in 1985.

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Re: Little bugs in the database 2

Post by 8BitAG » Tue Aug 27, 2019 11:11 am

StooB wrote:
Tue Aug 27, 2019 11:04 am
It seems very unlikely that Activision could convert a disk-only point & click C64 game to a cassette based Spectrum game in 1985.
I agree that it does seem unlikely the game made an appearance on the Spectrum. Like I said, it wouldn't be the first time that an adventure columnist had accidentally put tips for a game that wasn't even on that platform in his (or her) column. It's definitely that game that the tips in Sinclair User are for.

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Re: Little bugs in the database 2

Post by StooB » Tue Aug 27, 2019 11:32 am

Mindshadow should have Interplay Productions Inc listed as an author like The Bard's Tale (otherwise it doesn't appear in a search for "Interplay").

The Bard's Tale should show the same Licence/Tie-In credit for Interplay that Mindshadow shows.
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Re: Little bugs in the database 2

Post by Einar Saukas » Tue Aug 27, 2019 3:08 pm

StooB wrote:
Tue Aug 27, 2019 11:04 am
8BitAG wrote:
Mon Aug 26, 2019 11:25 pm
Another reference for it's existence needed?
It seems very unlikely that Activision could convert a disk-only point & click C64 game to a cassette based Spectrum game in 1985.
It's probably a disk game because of graphics. I'm guessing a text only version for the Spectrum would have been quite easy to do.

I don't think we have enough evidence to conclude either way. For now, I'm adding a comment in this game entry as follows:
It's not clear if this game was ever released for the ZX-Spectrum. Perhaps the game reference at Sinclair User was a mistake?
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Re: Little bugs in the database 2

Post by StooB » Wed Aug 28, 2019 12:34 pm

Lazer Tag

Year is 1988 not 1987 - earliest review is June 1988.

LED Storm

Year is 1989 not 1988 - earliest review is February 1989.

Last Duel

Publisher is Go! not US Gold - according to the back of the inlay.
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Re: Little bugs in the database 2

Post by StooB » Wed Aug 28, 2019 1:28 pm

Bruce Lee original US Gold version was released in 1985 not 1984 - all reviews are from May/June 1985

The Americana re-release is 1988 not 1984 - reviewed in Crash September 1988 which also confirms the release date of the original as May 1985


The Americana range was launched mid-1986 according to this and this so:
Spider-Man wasn't released by Americana in 1985
Knockout wasn't released by Americana in 1985
The Hulk wasn't released by Americana in 1984

There are reviews for the Americana release of The Hulk in 1986, but none for the others, so 1986 is a best guess for them too.
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