Game of the day...

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Game of the day...

Post by Pegaz » Fri Nov 17, 2017 5:30 pm

I thought that in this thread, we can introduce the games we are currently playing or want to recommend it for some reason.

I'll start with a game, which I didnt pay too much attention, but which it certainly deserves.
It's an unofficial Commando sequel, from the Slovak publisher Ultrasoft (original name Komando II), but there's also an English version.
In my oppinion, Commando along with Renegade is one of the best coin-op arcade conversions on Spectrum, so I didnt expect too much, but the game surpassed all my expectations.
The graphics are very nice and the background is very precisely done.
Sprite animation is great, almost like in the original and gives a great playbility.
Perhaps the only thing missing is Rob Hubbard ingame music, which we have as 128k mod for the original game.
Loading screen is also very good, overall, we have one really good and professionally made game.
I can recommend it, even to those who are not a big fan of this genre, like me. :)
https://spectrumcomputing.co.uk/index.p ... 96&id=2734

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Post by blucey » Sun Nov 19, 2017 2:01 pm

Interesting game. Took ages to start up because of the weird hacker/greets intro thing and the fact that it tells you to press 'space' which breaks out to BASIC. Game itself is okay. I think I've got a problem with these type of shooters because to aim you have to move which makes it all a bit imprecise. Also, the graphics here are a bit of a mess.

That said, overall it's alright. Certainly better than LA Swat.
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Post by Pegaz » Sun Nov 19, 2017 2:49 pm

You probably used a Russian cracked version with that intro.
Here's an English version in this archive, which also contains the publisher intro, which can be interrupted by pressing Space, but this is not necessary, just wait a little and game will load anyway.
http://www.rzxarchive.co.uk/k/komando2.zip

Then there is advertising, for another great game of the same publisher - "Kliatba Noci", which I also highly recommend.
https://spectrumcomputing.co.uk/index.p ... 96&id=9365

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Here's both original Slovakian and English versions:
http://zxart.ee/release/id:126747/filen ... 993%29.zip
http://zxart.ee/release/id:126748/filen ... 012%29.zip
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Post by PeteProdge » Sun Nov 19, 2017 2:55 pm

blucey wrote:
Sun Nov 19, 2017 2:01 pm
Interesting game. Took ages to start up because of the weird hacker/greets intro thing and the fact that it tells you to press 'space' which breaks out to BASIC.
I too gave it a blast. Actually trying to start the game was a game in itself. I didn't get the BASIC thing, but it took a while after redefining the keys to actually launch it.

Superb graphics, it's sharper than Commando and carries colour beautifully without being a jerky scroller. It is a bit strange the enemy soldiers rarely shoot though.
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Post by Ast A. Moore » Sun Nov 19, 2017 3:18 pm

A very well made game. Really like it. Still prefer Ikari Warriors, though.
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Post by R-Tape » Thu Dec 07, 2017 11:35 am

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Had a few rounds of Maglaxians on my +2 last night. Some good, uncomplicated platforming fun, some might say it looks naff, I'd say it captures the spirit of the Spectrum.

This, Itemiada and most of all - Galactic Gunners are Cybexlab's best.
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Re: Game of the day...

Post by R-Tape » Mon Dec 18, 2017 5:55 pm

Floarea Soarelui

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Properly hilarious text adventure in an unusual setting.

As usual, it's too hard, and I looked at the solution after a few days. At first I took an answer at a time, but it quickly became clear that I had zero chance of solving the puzzles and I read the whole thing.

It's still worth it for the laughs you get while finding your way, but a shame that the solutions are too hard for all but the most seasoned text adventurers. I'd like to know how Terri Sheehan, who posted the solution in the tipshop, does it.

Try it out, Bula.
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Re: Game of the day...

Post by Juan F. Ramirez » Tue Dec 19, 2017 9:21 pm

S.O.S., an interesting covertape game, inspired by the usual game & watch games. Control the bridges so that the people can cross them safely. As the level increases, the people walk faster. The upper levels ae just mad!

Try and tell :)

https://spectrumcomputing.co.uk/index.p ... 6&id=16139

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Re: Game of the day...

Post by Juan F. Ramirez » Fri Jan 19, 2018 1:46 pm

For me, today's game is Eric & the Floaters.

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A funny maze game. Use bombs to kill enemies and reach next level. Activate bombs wisely or you'll kill yourself!
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Post by R-Tape » Sun Jan 21, 2018 8:16 pm

Chuckie Egg.

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I love this, not only does it tick the 'memory lane' box it's a great game in its own right. Fast paced fun with a beautiful cacophony of beeper squelches and farts that would even render music by Tim Follin redundant.
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