What game would you like converted to the Next?

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What game would you like converted to the Next?

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Moved to new topic from general Next discussion by PJ.

Apologies if this idea has been floated before folks, just for a bit of fun I wondered:-

if you could see a Next specific version of any game, with all the relevant bells and whistles, whether this be a re-make or potentially
a sequel, what game would you

a) want to see most on the Next? (ideally as an official version, so either written by the original author(s) or at least having
their blessing/permission for others to write)

b) you would be prepared to crowdfund such a game.

So, if you loved the Fairlight games for example, how about an official Fairlight III using the Next's abilities, if not
written by Bo Jangeborg himself then at least with his permission to do so?

I realise that getting an original author to write a new version of an old game is unlikely, it is just an option, and remember
that, although this is fantasy largely, if say enough money was raised, they might be interested in doing it, or at least giving
permission for a fee whilst allowing others to write it.

Please don't take it too seriously, this is more for fun than being serious. Please do feel free to explain why you chose the game
you have and what your desires and expectations of a new version using the Next would be, for instance, being able to save a game to the
sd card would seem a standard expectation, no matter what kind of game it is, or a new version of Sabre Wulf with 1024 screens ;-)

NB Apologies if this should be elsewhere or a new thread in its own right please say so.
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About Fairlight - if I remember right, Bo does not have rights to series, besides he is author of the first part.

And I like Saboteur parts (including new extended one) to be ported on the Next.
The only thing I dislike - mixing old graphics with rendered objects that was done by Townsend recently.
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Bruce Lee from Sega Master System
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Bedazzle wrote:
Mon Aug 03, 2020 6:16 am
And I like Saboteur parts (including new extended one) to be ported on the Next.
The only thing I dislike - mixing old graphics with rendered objects that was done by Townsend recently.
'next' is unnecessary, I'd want that on an actual Spectrum, first and foremost :) The graphics in the main game seem intentionally made with Spectrum limitations in mind inc.color clash, and that type of scrolling and FPS are also reasonable, so there should be no problems in that department. -Actually, I thought this was their plan, but nothing surfaced so far (?)
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the scrolling in that video is awful. oh, my poor old eyes! please, if somebody will do it, make it flip-screen!
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Saboteur 3? Phew. So whatever happened to that project?
Scrolling isn't great, but something I could live with.

That Bruce Lee on SMS is perhaps technically superior, but does not have the character of the original. Sometimes less is more.
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Nienn Heskil wrote:
Mon Aug 03, 2020 7:30 am
'next' is unnecessary, I'd want that on an actual Spectrum, first and foremost :) The graphics in the main game seem intentionally made with Spectrum limitations in mind inc.color clash, and that type of scrolling and FPS are also reasonable, so there should be no problems in that department. -Actually, I thought this was their plan, but nothing surfaced so far (?)
I think a next version would benefit from adding some colour and increasing the frame rate for smoother animations. The next can hardware scroll the ula screen so perhaps the increased frame rate for the smoother animations could also smooth out the ula scrolling without colour clash in the backgrounds.

A little colour can make a game more playable especially when the monochrome causes sprites to blend in with busy backgrounds. It looks like the Saboteur remake suffers from that somewhat.

Anyway as this is a PC game those decisions (chunky scroll, low frame rate) were deliberate.

An example of a touch of colour added to an otherwise identical game:

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I think I'd like The Sentinel on the Next.
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I have to admit that I haven't delved into the technical capabilities of the Next yet, although I do own one.

This is rather controversial, but I'm rather disappointed. The games that I've seen don't look like Spectrum games. They have more of an Amiga or Atari ST look to my eyes.

I suppose I was expecting Next games to look like Spectrum games, but without the colour clash. The Powerblade example above seems to be the only example I've seen to-date which appears to be achieving this.

It's on my to-do list to read through the relevant sections of the manual over the next few weeks so I gain a better understanding.
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PeterJ wrote:
Tue Aug 04, 2020 8:26 am
This is rather controversial, but I'm rather disappointed. The games that I've seen don't look like Spectrum games. They have more of an Amiga or Atari ST look to my eyes.
exactly my feelings about Next games too. Next hardware specs are amazing, but i simply don't feel that it is a Spectrum anymore. of course, it is possible to ignore all advanced video features (or use them very sparingly), but then, what is the reason to have them?

don't get me wrong, please: i'm not saying that Next is a bad machine. it's just about personal feelings.
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