The best Speccy game by Spectrum Games: vote

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The best Speccy game by Spectrum Games

Poll ended at Sun Jul 21, 2019 11:55 am

Caterpilla
0
No votes
Frenzy
2
18%
Monster Muncher
4
36%
Road Frog
3
27%
Rocket Command
2
18%
 
Total votes: 11

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The best Speccy game by Spectrum Games: vote

Post by PeteProdge » Sun Jul 14, 2019 11:55 am

Yeah, this is what Ocean Software was originally called and it's fairly obvious why this name couldn't really survive in a market where there just happened to be the tiny matter of OTHER COMPUTERS NOT CALLED THE SPECTRUM.

What we have, are 5 games (obviously I discounted the MIA titles), and yeah, they're all arcade knock-offs.

Caterpilla = Centipede
Frenzy = Berzerk
Monster Muncher = Pac Man
Road Frog = Frogger
Rocket Command = Defender

It's also a rare example of a software label's entire game library being completely compatible for a 16K Spectrum.

Hell, just about every software label was doing this back in the day, you couldn't move for Space Invaders and Pac Man rip-offs littering the scene. Truly a wild west time, and eventually the scene went a bit more professional and started splashing out the money on official licenses. (But the habit persisted, as Ocean's first game was a Donkey Kong rip-off. And yeah, they'd absolve themselves of that particular example by actually making an official Donkey Kong - which was a lot better.)

Anyway, just five games, all of which are trying to be early 80s arcade experiences. I can't put it any simpler than that, get voting, see you in seven days time here for the results...

Caterpilla
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Frenzy
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Monster Muncher
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Road Frog
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Rocket Command
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Re: The best Speccy game by Spectrum Games: vote

Post by WIWC » Tue Jul 16, 2019 9:26 am

This is the hardest poll. I don't know any of them.
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Re: The best Speccy game by Spectrum Games: vote

Post by stupidget » Tue Jul 16, 2019 9:54 am

Looks like I'm going to have to d/l some pretty piss poor games to decide on which is the best of a bad bunch :-)
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Re: The best Speccy game by Spectrum Games: vote

Post by WIWC » Tue Jul 16, 2019 10:43 am

Caterpilla - your run-of-the-mill Centipede clone
Frenzy - Robotron 2084 kind of stuff with annoying presentation
Monster Muncher - jerky Pac Man clone
Road Frog - scarcely responsive Frogger clone
Rocket Command - basic Defender clone with twisted choice of keys

So

1- Monster Muncher is the most playable
2 - Caterpilla works fine
3 - Rocket Command just because
4 - Road Frog not much responsive in my view
5 - Frenzy ANNOYING presentation
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Re: The best Speccy game by Spectrum Games: vote

Post by PeteProdge » Tue Jul 16, 2019 12:00 pm

WIWC wrote:
Tue Jul 16, 2019 9:26 am
This is the hardest poll. I don't know any of them.
It'll take just 15 minutes to go through the entire catalogue and form a justified view.
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Re: The best Speccy game by Spectrum Games: vote

Post by uglifruit » Tue Jul 16, 2019 12:23 pm

Crikey - those loading screen!
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Re: The best Speccy game by Spectrum Games: vote

Post by Fahnn » Tue Jul 16, 2019 2:03 pm

Before I persuaded my parents to buy me my own, I played a lot on my mate's Spectrum. Our major (for a while only) source of games were these four very badly-recorded C90 compilation tapes that his dad got from someone at work. One thing that really sticks in the memory is that in between each recording, the guy who'd taped them would come onto the tape announcing the next game, always in the same style and in the same monotone voice: "Next program, next program, next program: Penetrator" etc. Always made us laugh for some reason. I wonder if anyone else on here ever had copies of those tapes? Certainly it seemed that all my Spectrum-owning friends around here (Teesside) somehow ended up with copies of them at the time and I wouldn't be surprised if they spread more widely.

This would be mid-1984 so all the games on the tapes were pretty early ones - from 1982 and 1983 - and I'm pretty sure all of the "Spectrum Games" releases were included. ANYWAY, the point of this extended geriatric ramble is that even then, with access to only a limited amount of games, I don't think we loaded any of these more than once, as they were all objectively terrible. Road Frog was particularly amateurish, like a type-in program or something.

I was going to say that Frenzy would be my easy winner but on checking, realised that the game I was actually remembering was Frenzy by Quicksilva. Not sure I'll even vote in this one as I don't think any of these awful, awful games deserve the distinction of being voted "best" of anything.
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Re: The best Speccy game by Spectrum Games: vote

Post by Nick » Tue Jul 16, 2019 5:26 pm

After some extensive research (all of about 20 minutes) I voted for Monster Muncher.

It's not so much the best game, more like the least crap.
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Re: The best Speccy game by Spectrum Games: vote

Post by Morkin » Tue Jul 16, 2019 9:47 pm

Gawd, none of these are great, I guess there was a glut of this sort of stuff in 82/83.

I think I remember playing Muncher before, it can get a bit annoying that you leave dots around.

Frenzy could have been a half decent game if you didn't keep dying very suddenly and randomly.

Never really been a big fan of Caterpilla type games.

Road Frog might have been OK if it weren't for the non-responsive keys, and the fact that you can't seem to hop backwards.

Not a clue what's happening in Rocket Command.

Have gone for the Frogger game, if I was forced to pick a top 3 it'd be:

1. Road Frog
2. Muncher
3. Frenzy
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Re: The best Speccy game by Spectrum Games: vote

Post by Juan F. Ramirez » Wed Jul 17, 2019 7:19 am

A superb 2/2/2/2 draw! :lol:

If the poll ends this way with such crap games, what we're going to do?

(Voted for Frenzy, by the way. I used the 'less-crap' criteria)
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