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Acorn Arcade forums: News and features: Games roundup: November
 

Games roundup: November

Posted by Phil Mellor on 21:02, 29/11/2006 | ,
 
ThrustIt's been a while since we last had an update on Acorn Arcade, so here's a roundup of the latest RISC OS games news.

RISC OS games
Jan de Boer has written a program to create and solve 12 different types of Sudoku puzzle, while Chris Wright has been working on a RISC OS version of the strategy game RISK. Another Chris, a Bazley no less, has made more changes to his StarFighter 3000 graphics editors.

Ports
ThrustOver the past couple of weeks we've seen RISC OS ports of the 8-bit classic Thrust, along with Freedroid and Hex-A-Hop.

HOMM2 expansion pack
Sion CleaverChampion of RISC OS gaming, Sion Cleaver (pictured), was eager for us to mention his new map pack for Heroes of Might and Magic 2. Era of the Phoenix costs 10, and the maps can be played by 1-6 players. You can download a demo version from his website.

Flash crap of the week
Finally, while work progresses on a RISC OS Flash player, we bring you Asteroid's Revenge by Flash Ninja Clan.

Update: I am an idiot
Michael Drake has reminded me of several things I meant to include but forgot: "Also there has recently been a release of ACED, a 3D space shoot-em-up. Other news that was not reported on AA was an early release of Jeffrey Lee's action game Death Dawn, various new levels for Asylum and the port of SEGA Mega Drive emulator, PicoDrive to RISC OS. :)"

Thanks Mike. Thike.
 
  Games roundup: November
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Michael Drake Message #94771, posted by tlsa at 22:38, 29/11/2006

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Also there has recently been a release of ACED, a 3D space shoot-em-up. Other news that was not reported on AA was an early release of Jeffrey Lee's action game Death Dawn, various new levels for Asylum and the port of SEGA Mega Drive emulator, PicoDrive to RISC OS. :)
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Jeffrey Lee Message #94772, posted by Phlamethrower at 22:47, 29/11/2006, in reply to message #94771
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early release
Well, I guess that's one way of putting it. On a scale of 1-10, where 1 is fertilization of the egg and 10 is the birth of the baby, I'd give it about a 2.5 :P
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Michael Drake Message #94773, posted by tlsa at 22:50, 29/11/2006, in reply to message #94772

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:E

Have you any plans to do more on it, now the new TIB is out the way?
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Jeffrey Lee Message #94779, posted by Phlamethrower at 23:15, 29/11/2006, in reply to message #94773
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new TIB is out the way
Out the way? Well on a scale of 1 to 10... ;)

But yes, I do plan to eventually get some more work done on it. The next release will, at the least, contain some code for R/B swapping since the finished version of RISC OS 5.12 doesn't seem to do it in 16bpp modes (Feel free to correct me - I know I have about 100 unread mails from the Iyonix list)
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Phil Mellor Message #94784, posted by monkeyson2 at 00:21, 30/11/2006, in reply to message #94771
monkeyson2Please don't let them make me be a monkey butler

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Also there has recently been a release of ACED, a 3D space shoot-em-up. Other news that was not reported on AA was an early release of Jeffrey Lee's action game Death Dawn, various new levels for Asylum and the port of SEGA Mega Drive emulator, PicoDrive to RISC OS. :)
Cock! I had all those bookmarked and meant to include them in the report... but I rushed it and went to the pub instead :P
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Phil Mellor Message #94788, posted by monkeyson2 at 00:30, 30/11/2006, in reply to message #94779
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new TIB is out the way
Out the way? Well on a scale of 1 to 10... ;)

But yes, I do plan to eventually get some more work done on it. The next release will, at the least, contain some code for R/B swapping since the finished version of RISC OS 5.12 doesn't seem to do it in 16bpp modes (Feel free to correct me - I know I have about 100 unread mails from the Iyonix list)
How does that affect ACED, which IIRC runs in 16bpp?
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Michael Drake Message #94855, posted by tlsa at 19:07, 30/11/2006, in reply to message #94788

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FWIW, PicoDrive 0.11 will detect if you have RO 5.12 and swap red and blue accordingly, if you are in a 16bpp mode.
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Jason Tribbeck Message #94934, posted by tribbles at 13:31, 1/12/2006, in reply to message #94788
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How does that affect ACED, which IIRC runs in 16bpp?
It won't - ACED runs in 8bpp.
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John Hoare Message #94939, posted by moss at 14:03, 1/12/2006, in reply to message #94934

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In other (Mac) games news:

http://www.ambrosiasw.com/games/sketchfighter/

ME. WANT.
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Phil Mellor Message #94941, posted by monkeyson2 at 14:06, 1/12/2006, in reply to message #94939
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In other (Mac) games news:

http://www.ambrosiasw.com/games/sketchfighter/

ME. WANT.
That's a game crying out to be on the DS.
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Sion Message #94999, posted by blasts of the xtre at 22:25, 1/12/2006, in reply to message #94941
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£19 for a game with shoddy graphics! You can get a decent game for a mac or pc for £19!
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Andrew Poole Message #95001, posted by andypoole at 22:36, 1/12/2006, in reply to message #94999

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£19 for a game with shoddy graphics! You can get a decent game for a mac or pc for £19!
Oh come on now, we all know that graphics don't make a game good. It's about the gameplay itself, surely.
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John Hoare Message #95002, posted by moss at 22:43, 1/12/2006, in reply to message #95001

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Plus, I'd hardly say they were shoddy graphics. In fact, I'd say they were beautiful. And certainly the most original I've seen for ages.
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Sion Message #95104, posted by blasts of the xtre at 21:14, 2/12/2006, in reply to message #95002
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Yeah, but it's not very appealing for gamers used to highly realistic graphics.
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Phil Mellor Message #95106, posted by monkeyson2 at 21:22, 2/12/2006, in reply to message #95104
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Yeah, but it's not very appealing for gamers used to highly realistic graphics.
Have gamers used to highly realistic graphics never seen a cartoon, or an abstract painting, or a thumbnail sketch? Maybe gamers used to highly realistic graphics should widen their horizons ;)

Anyway, what's a gamer used to highly realistic graphics doing playing games on an Acorn? :P |chuck|

[Edited by monkeyson2 at 21:42, 2/12/2006]
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Michael Drake Message #95107, posted by tlsa at 21:24, 2/12/2006, in reply to message #95104

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Yeah, but it's not very appealing for gamers used to highly realistic graphics.
You mean that gamers who are used to games that all look the same want even more of the same?
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Sion Message #95136, posted by blasts of the xtre at 08:31, 3/12/2006, in reply to message #95106
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Anyway, what's a gamer used to highly realistic graphics doing playing games on an Acorn? :P |chuck|
I don't just play games on RISC OS, I also play games on PC, PS2 etc. and all of the latest games releases for RISC OS have had rather good graphics.
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van Engelen Thomas Message #95146, posted by highlandcattle at 13:06, 3/12/2006, in reply to message #94999
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£19 for a game with shoddy graphics! You can get a decent game for a mac or pc for £19!
This is a strange comment comming from a kid asking 10 ponds for an expansion pack for HH2.

BTW it's 19 dollars not pounds
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Sion Message #95147, posted by blasts of the xtre at 13:16, 3/12/2006, in reply to message #95146
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HoMM2 has quite good graphics :E and EotP has over 30 hours of gameplay.

[Edited by blasts of the xtre at 13:36, 3/12/2006]
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Andrew Message #95172, posted by andrew at 16:59, 3/12/2006, in reply to message #95147
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Some screenshots might be nice.
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Sion Message #95187, posted by blasts of the xtre at 18:47, 3/12/2006, in reply to message #95172
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Maybe.
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