The best Speccy game by Activision: vote

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The best Speccy game by Activision: vote

Poll ended at Sun Aug 18, 2019 9:36 am

AfterBurner
0
No votes
Altered Beast
1
2%
BallBlazer
0
No votes
Beamrider
0
No votes
Dragon Breed
0
No votes
Dynamite Dux
0
No votes
Eidolon, The
1
2%
Enduro
0
No votes
Enduro Racer
25
57%
Fighter Bomber
0
No votes
Fighting Soccer
0
No votes
Galactic Games
0
No votes
Galaxy Force
0
No votes
Geebee Air Rally
0
No votes
Ghostbusters
4
9%
Ghostbusters II
0
No votes
Guadalcanal
0
No votes
H.E.R.O.
1
2%
Hacker
1
2%
Hacker II: The Doomsday Papers
0
No votes
Hammerfist
1
2%
High Frontier
0
No votes
Hot Rod
0
No votes
Howard The Duck
1
2%
Knightmare
0
No votes
Koronis Rift
0
No votes
Little Computer People
0
No votes
Mindshadow
1
2%
Ninja Spirit
0
No votes
Pitfall II: Lost Caverns
0
No votes
Power Drift
2
5%
Predator
0
No votes
Quartet
0
No votes
Rampage
3
7%
Real Ghostbusters, The
0
No votes
Rescue On Fractalus
0
No votes
River Raid
2
5%
S.D.I.
0
No votes
Sailing
0
No votes
Sonic Boom
0
No votes
Space Shuttle: A Journey Into Space
0
No votes
Super Wonder Boy
0
No votes
Time Machine
0
No votes
Time Scanner
0
No votes
Toy Bizarre
0
No votes
Wonder Boy
1
2%
Xcel
0
No votes
Zenji
0
No votes
 
Total votes: 44

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Re: The best Speccy game by Activision: vote

Post by Vampyre » Mon Aug 12, 2019 9:03 am

1. Enduro Racer
2. Ghostbusters
3. Power Drift

Enduro Racer was a magnificent conversion of a much more powerful coin-op. Along with Chase HQ it remains one of the best racing conversions on the Speccy. As someone already said, vastly superior to Sega's official Master System conversion.

Ghostbusters for the sheer amount of hours I put into it and enjoyed. Yes, the C64 version is waaay superior, but I got a lot out of it.

Power Drift back in the day was a pretty good conversion of, quite frankly, a very oddly laid out Racer, track-wise. It was massively overshadowed by the conversion of Chase HQ, but remains pretty playable.
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Re: The best Speccy game by Activision: vote

Post by WIWC » Mon Aug 12, 2019 10:25 am

The raised track sequences of Power Drift are a bit confusing.
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Re: The best Speccy game by Activision: vote

Post by AndyC » Mon Aug 12, 2019 10:35 am

I thought long and hard about it, then voted Ghostbusters as I always knew I would. Sure everyone thinks it's crap and they're probably right but I spent many an hour playing away on it catching ghosts and building up a long list of account codes so I could play again with more stuff.
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Re: The best Speccy game by Activision: vote

Post by Joefish » Mon Aug 12, 2019 11:59 am

The problem with Power Drift was the original was based on a 3D model of the entire track. Each bit of it was a sprite, but it was like an early voxel landscape engine - you could view the entire track from anywhere in 3D-space. The classic pseudo-3D bendy-road routine of 8-bit racing games just couldn't cope with showing anything like it. No more than it could replicate the tight twisty tracks of a Mode-7 Mario Kart type game.
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Re: The best Speccy game by Activision: vote

Post by Fahnn » Mon Aug 12, 2019 3:06 pm

I honestly barely remember more than a handful of these. The only one that I spent any kind of time on was Mindshadow, so that gets my vote. Adventure games could often be quite impenetrable in those days (especially as in most cases I only had tape-to-tape copies with no instructions) but Mindshadow was really easy to get into and actually make progress. It had a really well-considered level of difficulty (plus quite impressive detail, nice graphics and a great storyline, especially when you get into the second part). It's definitely one of my favourite adventures.

Can't really in good conscience do a top three though, given my ignorance of most of these. Seem to remember Hacker being quite good but honestly don't remember enough about it, really. And I'm kind of surprised that Ghostbusters is getting highly rated as it's one of the few I do remember, and I remember that it was awful.
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Re: The best Speccy game by Activision: vote

Post by Dark » Tue Aug 13, 2019 8:22 am

1. Enduro Racer
2. Rampage
3. Ghostbusters
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Re: The best Speccy game by Activision: vote

Post by PQR » Tue Aug 13, 2019 9:34 am

Only played very few of these games, I have to admit. But Enduro Racer is clearly the one stand out title in their catalogue. Thanks to Giga Games who also developed Nightmare Rally earlier.
I have fond memories of playing Ghostbusters although the game has not aged well.

1 :: Enduro Racer
2 :: Ghostbusters
3 :: H.E.R.O.
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Re: The best Speccy game by Activision: vote

Post by PeteProdge » Tue Aug 13, 2019 1:16 pm

Blimey, Enduro Racer is smashing this poll, more than R Type dominated the Electric Dreams poll!

Yes, I have Enduro Racer down as my vote, but I did not expect it to be the lead, maybe somewhere 3rd or 4th. A pleasant surprise.
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Re: The best Speccy game by Activision: vote

Post by Joefish » Tue Aug 13, 2019 1:23 pm

Most of their arcade conversions were far too ambitious for the Speccy and didn't play well at all.
As for the ports from other 8-bits, they suffered from all the limitations of the original machine plus the Spectrum's colour and sound issues, without any sort of optimisation for the Z80, not leaving you very much to play with at all.
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Re: The best Speccy game by Activision: vote

Post by Juan F. Ramirez » Tue Aug 13, 2019 2:41 pm

Yeah, surprising results so far.

But more surprising is the vote Howard the Duck got ;)
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