The best Speccy game by Ocean: vote

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The best Speccy game by Ocean

Poll ended at Sun Jul 21, 2019 10:20 am

Addams Family, The
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No votes
Adidas Championship Football
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No votes
Adidas Championship Tie-Break
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No votes
Armageddon
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No votes
Batman (3D isometric game by Jon Ritman)
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No votes
Batman: The Caped Crusader (arcade adventure)
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No votes
Batman: The Movie (Robocop-esque)
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No votes
Battle Command
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No votes
Beach Volley
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No votes
Cabal
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2%
Cavelon
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No votes
Chase HQ
5
11%
Chase HQ II: Special Criminal Investigation
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No votes
Chinese Juggler
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No votes
Cobra
1
2%
Combat School
1
2%
Cosmic Wartoad
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No votes
Daley Thompson's Decathlon
5
11%
Daley Thompson's Olympic Challenge
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No votes
Daley Thompson's Super-Test
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No votes
Darkman
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No votes
Digger Dan
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No votes
Donkey Kong
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No votes
Double Take
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No votes
Emilio Butragueno Futbol
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No votes
Eskimo Eddie
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No votes
Firefly
2
4%
Flashpoint
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No votes
Frankie Goes To Hollywood
1
2%
Gift From The Gods
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No votes
Gilligan's Gold
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No votes
Great Escape, The
6
13%
Gryzor
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No votes
Gutz
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No votes
Head Over Heels
9
19%
Highlander
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No votes
Hudson Hawk
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No votes
Hunchback
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No votes
Hunchback - The Adventure
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No votes
Hunchback II
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No votes
International Match Day
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No votes
It's A Knockout
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No votes
Knight Rider
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No votes
Kong
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No votes
Kong Strikes Back
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No votes
Madballs
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No votes
Mailstrom
0
No votes
Mario Bros
0
No votes
Match Day
1
2%
Match Day II
0
No votes
Miami Vice
0
No votes
Midnight Resistance
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No votes
Moon Alert
1
2%
Mr Wimpy
0
No votes
Mutants
0
No votes
N.O.M.A.D.
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No votes
Narc
0
No votes
Navy Seals
0
No votes
NeverEnding Story, The
0
No votes
New Zealand Story, The
1
2%
Night Breed
0
No votes
Nightmare Rally
1
2%
Operation Thunderbolt
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No votes
Operation Wolf
1
2%
Pang
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No votes
Phantom Club
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No votes
Platoon
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No votes
Plotting
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No votes
Pogo
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No votes
Power Drift
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No votes
Pud Pud
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No votes
Puzznic
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No votes
Quondam
0
No votes
Rainbow Islands
5
11%
Rambo
0
No votes
Rambo III
1
2%
Red Heat
0
No votes
Road Race
0
No votes
Robocop
2
4%
Robocop 2
0
No votes
Robocop 3
0
No votes
Roland's Rat Race
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No votes
Royal Birkdale: Championship Golf
1
2%
Run The Gauntlet
0
No votes
Shadow Warriors
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No votes
Short Circuit
0
No votes
The Simpsons: Bart vs The Space Mutants
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No votes
Sly Spy
0
No votes
Smash TV
0
No votes
Space Gun
0
No votes
Street Hawk
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No votes
Street Hawk - Kays Catalogue Edition
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No votes
Super Bowl
0
No votes
Tai-Pan
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No votes
Tank
0
No votes
Terminator 2: Judgment Day
0
No votes
Top Gun
0
No votes
Total Recall
0
No votes
Track & Field
0
No votes
Transformers, The
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No votes
Transversion
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No votes
Untouchables, The
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No votes
V
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No votes
WWF Wrestlemania
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No votes
Where Time Stood Still
2
4%
Wizball
0
No votes
 
Total votes: 47

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The best Speccy game by Ocean: vote

Post by PeteProdge » Sun Jul 14, 2019 10:20 am

"Ah, Ocean, they didn't put out many games" is probably the wrongest thing you could say about the Manchester-based colossus. Your page-down key is going to beg for mercy on this poll.

Whatever you may think of them, Ocean put out masses of games for the ZX Spectrum back in the day and were an absolute commercial titan, taking up residence in the charts of best sellers. When it comes to commercial success, they're up there with US Gold (who you could perceive as rivals to Ocean, although there were some connected financial interests and even collaborations amongst their competitive nature).

I can't think of any ZX Spectrum owner who didn't have an Ocean game. Any Speccy games player who claims they haven't played an Ocean title, well, that's like a drinker saying he's never been into a Wetherspoons.

You'd be guaranteed to see pages of adverts for Ocean Software in the Speccy mags. US Gold aside, I can't think of another software label who was that good at marketing. And we really have to doff our cap to the late great Bob Wakelin, a non-gamer who wielded that airbrush like a magician to create such fantastic artwork. A kind of Peter Saville for the ZX Spectrum scene? Who knows, but there was never any bad Ocean inlay/poster art when he was involved.

Ocean will be synonymous with licensed games, covering arcade, TV, movies and sporting brands. Yes, they put out original titles too, but that was typically an exception.

By and large, Ocean really tapped into the movie market. Just about anything that was (or was going to be) a Hollywood blockbuster, got snapped up by the guys at 6 Central Street. If it was occupying the window space in your local Ritzy or Blockbuster Video, there's a strong chance Ocean had the computer game rights. It's astonishing how many big-hitters of the VHS era have arrived on the Speccy thanks to Ocean.

I'm not saying their movie-based games were all gold, oh hell no. Yes, there was 1989's Batman, but you also had things like... Highlander.

Ocean's in-house team produced a lot of coin-op conversions, although many were farmed off to the Imagine label they had acquired. (This is strictly a poll for games under the Ocean badge, even though Ocean-controlled Imagine was pretty much Ocean!) Imagine was used for a lot of arcade stuff, particularly Konami, it barely published any original creative output. (Now there's an anomaly I must pick up on - Gryzor should be Imagine; Movie should be Ocean - probably a few more examples like this if I really dug into it.)

The biggest catalyst for Ocean's riches in the early days was getting Daley Thompson on board. And I don't think many keyboards and joysticks were ever the same again.

Anyway, 106 titles are listed here. You have masses of choice. Probably too much choice. This will take up a lot of your time to decide which is best. Yes, there's plenty of shovelware, but you can't deny there are some utterly outstanding games and it'll be a head-scratcher for most as to which will get picked. This is what I call a definitive list of every ZX Spectrum game put out under the Ocean name, so it's as democratic as possible. (Let the arguments begin...)

Here goes, see you back at 11:20am UK time Sunday 21st July 2019 for the outcome...

Addams Family, The
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Adidas Championship Football
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Adidas Championship Tie-Break
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Armageddon
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Batman (3D isometric game by Jon Ritman)
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Batman: The Caped Crusader (arcade adventure)
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Batman: The Movie
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Battle Command
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Beach Volley
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Cabal
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Cavelon
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Chase HQ
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Chase HQ II: Special Criminal Investigation
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Chinese Juggler
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Cobra
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Combat School
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Cosmic Wartoad
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Daley Thompson's Decathlon
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Daley Thompson's Olympic Challenge
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Daley Thompson's Super-Test
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Darkman
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Digger Dan
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Donkey Kong
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Double Take
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Emilio Butragueno Futbol
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Eskimo Eddie
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Firefly
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Flashpoint
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Frankie Goes To Hollywood
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Gift From The Gods
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Gilligan's Gold
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Great Escape, The
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Gryzor
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Gutz
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Head Over Heels
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Highlander
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Hudson Hawk
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Hunchback
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Hunchback - The Adventure
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Hunchback II
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International Match Day
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It's A Knockout
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Knight Rider
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Kong
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Kong Strikes Back
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Madballs
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Mailstrom
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Mario Bros
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Match Day
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Match Day II
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Miami Vice
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Midnight Resistance
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Moon Alert
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Mr Wimpy
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Mutants
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N.O.M.A.D.
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Narc
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Navy Seals
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NeverEnding Story, The
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New Zealand Story, The
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Night Breed
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Nightmare Rally
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Operation Thunderbolt
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Operation Wolf
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Pang
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Phantom Club
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Platoon
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Plotting
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Pogo
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Power Drift
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Pud Pud
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Puzznic
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Quondam
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Rainbow Islands
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Rambo
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Rambo III
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Red Heat
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Road Race
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Robocop
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Robocop 2
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Robocop 3
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Roland's Rat Race
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Royal Birkdale: Championship Golf
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Run The Gauntlet
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Shadow Warriors
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Short Circuit
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Simpsons, The: Bart vs The Space Mutants
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Sly Spy
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Smash TV
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Space Gun
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Street Hawk
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Street Hawk - Kays Catalogue Edition
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Super Bowl
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Tai-Pan
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Tank
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Terminator 2: Judgment Day
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Top Gun
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Total Recall
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Track & Field
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Transformers, The
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Transversion
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Untouchables, The
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V
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WWF Wrestlemania
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Where Time Stood Still
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Wizball
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Re: The best Speccy game by Ocean: vote

Post by Juan F. Ramirez » Sun Jul 14, 2019 12:15 pm

Daley Thompson's Decathlon for me. The first top game by Ocean, IMHO.
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Re: The best Speccy game by Ocean: vote

Post by Juan F. Ramirez » Sun Jul 14, 2019 12:43 pm

And my Ocean's top 3:

1 - DT Decathlon
2 - The Grest Escape
3 - Cobra
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Re: The best Speccy game by Ocean: vote

Post by stupidget » Sun Jul 14, 2019 1:44 pm

Head over Heels for me as it's the one game in the list that I spent the most time playing. It's also the first game I played originally on the 48 and then a 128 when I upgraded. I still remember being amazed by the menu tune and the different tunes for each zone. Great stuff indeed.

1 - Head over Heels
2 - Rainbow Islands
3 - Wizball

I'd probably put Nightmare Rally in 4th as my mate and me spent ages playing that, but, never seemed to get anywhere.
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Re: The best Speccy game by Ocean: vote

Post by Nick » Sun Jul 14, 2019 4:09 pm

1 Rainbow Islands - possibly the best arcade conversion on the Speccy
2 The Great Escape
3 Head Over Heels
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Re: The best Speccy game by Ocean: vote

Post by PeteProdge » Sun Jul 14, 2019 4:36 pm

1) Rainbow Islands
2) The New Zealand Story
3) Gryzor

The top two are utterly astonishing as arcade conversions, the gameplay is absolutely bang-on. Still astounded at how well they did. You can't ask for anything more, really.
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Re: The best Speccy game by Ocean: vote

Post by Turtle_Quality » Sun Jul 14, 2019 5:57 pm

Daley Thompson's Decathlon for me

Followed by Match Day and Rainbow Islands
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Re: The best Speccy game by Ocean: vote

Post by MarkRJones1979 » Sun Jul 14, 2019 6:43 pm

Why's Power Drift there? That was 1st published by Activision
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Re: The best Speccy game by Ocean: vote

Post by PeteProdge » Sun Jul 14, 2019 7:42 pm

MarkRJones1979 wrote:
Sun Jul 14, 2019 6:43 pm
Why's Power Drift there? That was 1st published by Activision
Wait, what? *checks*

Oh f***, you are right. Some did creep in a week ago, and in the discussion phase, someone here spotted Activision's Predator, which I removed. I thought that was it. They came in because I was navigating huge lists under 'Ocean' on this site, and it tends to include anything that Ocean rereleased (a lot of Activision games came up in big box Ocean compilations).

Well, I can't edit the poll now, but I can declare any vote for Power Drift to be null and void - which goes for the forum poll and any proportional votes. Thanks for spotting it, I seriously regret that error.

Make it 105 Ocean games on the ZX Spectrum!
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Re: The best Speccy game by Ocean: vote

Post by Hank Scorpio » Sun Jul 14, 2019 8:57 pm

1. The New Zealand Story
2. The Great Escape
3. Cobra
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