The inevitable worst game ever thread

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Re: The inevitable worst game ever thread

Post by Mike Davies » Tue Dec 05, 2017 2:36 pm

I just remembered Super Cycle as a terrible game. The collision detection is... well ... not there. The game disintegrates into a turn left turn right until you get bored. I struggled to off-load this title earlier this year.

Which is a great pity. I tried the Atari ST version earlier this year, and found it to be quite playable. So it's a keeper on this system.
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Re: The inevitable worst game ever thread

Post by Morkin » Tue Dec 05, 2017 7:18 pm

Devils of the Deep.

Flippin' eck, makes Transylvanian Tower look like a world beater.

...And the "Out of left field" choice:

Pimania.

Forgetting the whole rigmarole about the prize, not sure if there was anything actually resembling a game in there.
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Re: The inevitable worst game ever thread

Post by PeteProdge » Wed Dec 06, 2017 9:16 am

Mike Davies wrote:
Tue Dec 05, 2017 2:36 pm
I just remembered Super Cycle as a terrible game. The collision detection is... well ... not there. The game disintegrates into a turn left turn right until you get bored. I struggled to off-load this title earlier this year.
"Any more realistic and you'd need insurance to ride it" boasted the advert, which passes anything said by a Darling brother for sheer optimism.
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Re: The inevitable worst game ever thread

Post by Contact Sam Cruise » Thu Oct 25, 2018 7:21 pm

I didn't think much of Friday the 13th. Dull gameplay and awful graphics. A real horror of a game.

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Re: The inevitable worst game ever thread

Post by PeterJ » Thu Oct 25, 2018 7:48 pm

I have to add Embassy Assault which was written by ICL. I was given this soon after I got my Spectrum. What a disappointment!

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Re: The inevitable worst game ever thread

Post by Contact Sam Cruise » Thu Oct 25, 2018 8:40 pm

As a child it was easy to be sucked in by colourful and exciting artwork on the box or cassette inlay cover! For example, Survival...

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Re: The inevitable worst game ever thread

Post by Pobulous » Fri Oct 26, 2018 11:53 am

I think Survival gets a pass, as it's educational.

Biggest disappointment for 13 year old me was Monte Carlo on the Horizons tape, closely followed by Foxes and Rabbits!
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Re: The inevitable worst game ever thread

Post by AndyC » Fri Oct 26, 2018 2:28 pm

Contact Sam Cruise wrote:
Thu Oct 25, 2018 7:21 pm
I didn't think much of Friday the 13th. Dull gameplay and awful graphics. A real horror of a game.

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Were it not for the ridiculous bug that you can only attack in one direction (and Jason always attacks from the other side) it might have been a reasonable game. There was the inkling of an interesting concept to it, but it's just unplayably buggy.
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Re: The inevitable worst game ever thread

Post by Ralf » Fri Oct 26, 2018 7:59 pm

Worst game ever obejctively? Probably some totally unknown crap written in Basic by some 10 years old kid ;)

But should we really include such stuff in our discussion? I think not. You shouldn't mock kids for their first attempts.

Commercially released games are different stuff. You have right to expect them to be decent. Especially if they were great on other platforms and turned out terrible and disappointing on Spectrum.

My personal disappointment is Final Fight:
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Yes, the sprites are huge. Just as huge as the original. Seems impressive, heh?

But everything moves slow just as you walked in a swamp. It's totally unplayable.
Adn the graphics are really bad. Here on screenshot it's even okay but during most of the game you watch ugly, blurry backgrounds, automatically converted from some better platform.

It was a great beatemup on arcades but turned out too much challenge for Spectrum.

Fortuantely today we have great Mighty Final Fight which uses smaller sprites but performs splendidly :) ( https://spectrumcomputing.co.uk/index.p ... 6&id=32221 )
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Re: The inevitable worst game ever thread

Post by R-Tape » Fri Oct 26, 2018 9:30 pm

PeteProdge wrote:
Sun Nov 19, 2017 2:31 pm
You could put a gun to my head and I'd have created a better game in BASIC in about 15 minutes
This sounds great. It's like entering the CSS CGC, but with a gun.
Ralf wrote:
Fri Oct 26, 2018 7:59 pm
Worst game ever obejctively? Probably some totally unknown crap written in Basic by some 10 years old
Nope. It's still SQIJ.
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