Little bugs in the database 4

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Re: Little bugs in the database 4

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Audionautas wrote:
Sun Jul 26, 2020 7:44 pm
* THE CHAMP (1991). https://spectrumcomputing.co.uk/entry/8 ... /The_Champ

In the Original Publisher row it reads: "Linel (Liechtenstein)". I ever thought that this was a Swiss company because they did the Amiga ports for Exolon and Eliminator by Hewson, but I didn't know that this company also released three late games for the Spectrum.

At the end of the booklet of the System 4 Spanish release it reads "© LINEL SWITZERLAND PRODUCIDO POR MERIMPEX GA.", but on the other hand, in an advert for this game on Popular Computer Weekly it seems it was from Liechtenstein (https://archive.org/stream/popular-comp ... 8/mode/1up).

Your Sinclair claims it's a Swiss company on their unreliable T-Zers column (https://archive.org/stream/YourSinclair ... 8/mode/1up), but here on The Games Machine magazine they comment that it was a Swiss company "based in Arbon near Lake Constance" and it was made up of 25 people (coder, graphic artists, musicians...). (https://archive.org/stream/the-games-ma ... 4/mode/1up).

The only information I came across about this company it that it was both publisher and developer, their softography and that they don't exist anymore. https://www.mobygames.com/company/linel

What do you think? Liechtenstein or Switzerland?
On page 38 of New Computer Express issue 83 (June 1990) there's an ad asking for programmers, address of Linel:

Guetlistrasse, 9050 Appenzell, Switzerland - which is not that far from Liechtenstein.

The same ad is also on page 113 in ACE issue 35 (August 1990).
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Re: Little bugs in the database 4

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Stefan wrote:
Wed Jul 29, 2020 9:17 pm

On page 38 of New Computer Express issue 83 (June 1990) there's an ad asking for programmers, address of Linel:

Guetlistrasse, 9050 Appenzell, Switzerland - which is not that far from Liechtenstein.

The same ad is also on page 113 in ACE issue 35 (August 1990).
Thank you @Stefan !!! According to all the information gathered there seems to be more evidences that Linel was a Swiss company than from Liechtenstein, but hey, Appenzell and Vaduz are only 50km away by road.
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Frameworks X: The Mainframe Quest

A bit of background on this -- it was included on the b-side of the 1983 single Talk to Me by Mainframe. Some more info can be found here:

http://msknight.com/bbc/mainframe.html
https://stardot.org.uk/forums/viewtopic.php?t=15405

And a video of it in action here:



The back of the record sleeve (in the first link) credits John Molloy and David Green for the Spectrum version. It's the same John Molloy that worked at Magnetic Scrolls so this can be linked to him:



Sadly, John died in 2018 so that can be added to his entry.

As an aside, I'm not sure that "Frameworks X: The Mainframe Quest" is the program's actual name -- maybe I'm wrong but from reading the text in the program, it sounds like "Frameworks X" is referring to the competition included in their album Tenants of the Lattice-Work; a little more info on that can be found here: http://www.swanfungus.com/2018/04/mainf ... -work.html

However the competition is referred to as "The Quest" here so who really knows? https://archive.org/details/Lode_Runner ... 7/mode/2up
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Dark Force

This seems to be an amalgamation of two different titles.

The tzx and the cover are for a compilation called Dark Force containing Midnight Resistance and Night Breed.

The advert and all the reviews are for a compilation called Dark Force containing Batman The Caped Crusader, Last Ninja 2, Dark Side and R-Type. No scans of the box are available.

The magazine references imply that the 4 title compilation was released for Christmas 1989 which is before Midnight Resistance and Night Breed were even released. This version doesn't appear to exist - there's no sign of it on eBay or in any of the Facebook groups.

It looks like they cancelled this release. Last Ninja 2 was already on 100% Dynamite which was released at the same time, and R-Type and Batman turned up in early 1990 on The Biz. It seems Ocean never released Dark Side, either on a compilation or on even on Hit Squad.

So, there should be two entries:

1. Dark Force, date 1989, never released, Batman/Ninja/Dark Side/R Type + all magazine references + the compilation advert

2. Dark Force, date 1990 (probably - that's the copyright year on the manual and cassettes), Midnight Resistance/Night Breed + no magazine references + all "additional file downloads" apart from the compilation advert
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Stu wrote:
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Frameworks X: The Mainframe Quest
I just noticed that this has versions for both the Spectrum and the ZX81 uploaded under the same entry -- should these be split into separate entries?
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Some Level 9 corrections:

Time and Magik
This features padlock protection. Some new in-game pictures may be needed as the current ones are from the original releases of the individual games -- I had a quick play through a few moves of each game in this compilation and no pictures were present in the tape versions, while the +3 version has different pictures.

Jewels of Darkness
Machine type should be 48k/128k as it includes enhanced 128k versions of the games. The comment "updated versions of:" could possibly do with being reworded or expanded as it's not currently a complete comment (see Time and Magik as an example of what might be better).

Silicon Dreams
As with JoD, the machine type should be 48k/128k and the comment seems incomplete. Also, padlock protection is present.

Ingrid's Back
Lancelot
These both feature padlock protection, although note that this is only in the 128k and +3 versions -- the 48k versions don't seem to have it as far as I can tell.

Knight Orc
Gnome Ranger
I'm not sure if the comment "The novella is required in order to play parts 2 and 3" refers to the padlock protection but if it does then it's incorrect -- it's definitely present in part 1.
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The Graphic Adventure Creator

There are two releases of this, the original Incentive one and an almost identical Guild Publishing version. The Guild Publishing cover is GraphicAdventureCreatorThe.jpg which has the GP logo on it and has no barcode (because it was sold via the Home Computer Club). This is the same as the two releases of Lord of the Rings.
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The Graphic Adventure Creator

The SPOT comment claims:
The Adventure Writers Handbook was supplied as a freebie extra when you purchased GAC through the Home Computer Club.
According to the April issues of C&VG, ZX Computing and Your Sinclair, the Adventure Writers Handbook was sold directly by Incentive for £1.25.

There doesn't appear to be any evidence of it also being supplied via the Home Computer Club - it definitely wasn't in my copy at the time.
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Camelot Warriors

As per @Juan F. Ramirez's post here, the first Dinamic release of Camelot Warriors came with the "SD1" dongle and was unplayable without it -- should this info be added to its entry? It also may be worth noting that the file CamelotWarriors.tzx.zip is the SD1-protected version.
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StooB wrote:
Mon Aug 03, 2020 1:50 pm
There doesn't appear to be any evidence of it also being supplied via the Home Computer Club - it definitely wasn't in my copy at the time.
Is it currently in the database? I have a digital copy of it.
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