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Acorn Arcade forums: News and features: Hamsters now available
 

Hamsters now available

Posted by Jeffrey Lee on 00:18, 10/6/2004 | ,
 
If you haven't heard of Hamsters, you're obviously dead. In my opinion this is one of the greatest, if not the greatest game by Tom Cooper - and now it's available for free, straight from our free games section. Surreal settings, cool sunglasses, fluffy bunnies, shameless advertising, great music, dastardly level design, cool sunglasses, and strategicaly placed frogs - everything that makes a Tom Cooper game great is included here.
 
The aim of the game is to guide your mallet-wielding hamster through each of the 80 levels, squishing everything in his path. And for those of you wanting a reason to go on an adrenaline fueled whacking fest using a giant mallet, it's because you forgot to charge your laser gun before leaving home in the morning. If it's good enough for Cooper, it's good enough for me.
 
Hamsters should run fine on anything from RISC OS 3 to Select, as well as RISC OS 5 via Aemulor Pro.
 
  Hamsters now available
  (18:24 12/6/2004)
  Jason Tribbeck (10:08 15/6/2004)
    Guest (12:15 16/6/2004)
      Guest (08:53 28/6/2004)
        Guest (20:21 29/6/2004)
          Guest (21:51 1/7/2004)
            Eddy Willson (21:38 22/10/2004)
              adamlloyd (14:20 12/2/2007)
                MikeCarter (14:45 12/2/2007)
                  Phlamethrower (14:54 12/2/2007)
                    tribbles (15:06 12/2/2007)
                      Phlamethrower (15:13 12/2/2007)
                        adamlloyd (16:53 12/2/2007)
                          blasts of the xtre (17:42 12/2/2007)
                            adamlloyd (17:47 12/2/2007)
                              MikeCarter (18:50 12/2/2007)
                                adamlloyd (21:47 12/2/2007)
                                  filecore (15:57 5/2/2010)
                                    Phlamethrower (16:00 5/2/2010)
 
Guest Message #87643, posted at 18:24, 12/6/2004
Unregistered user Nice game. What a bonus having all these Tom Cooper games. Did you have to tinker to make it compatible Phlamethrower?
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Jason Tribbeck Message #87644, posted at 10:08, 15/6/2004, in reply to message #87643
Unregistered user I think you missed the bit at the bottom of the download page "Original game by Tom Cooper. Strong ARM/Risc PC compatability by Jeffrey Lee and Jason Tribbeck." :)
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Guest Message #87645, posted at 12:15, 16/6/2004, in reply to message #87644
Unregistered user Many, many thanks to all of those whose efforts have contributed to making this wonderful game available. I haven't played anything this fun, or innovative, in ages. And it's so realistic too: three hefty whacks with a mallet to squish a tortoise is about right, non? ;-)

In case it's of interest, I've included below a list of the passwords for those levels I've completed. I look forward to seeing the passwords for other levels -- or even finishing them myself!

Mjollnir (Thor's Hammer)

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2: quickone
3: billygoatsgruff
4: quality
5: catasprout
6: eatyourgrannies
7: arghtaxman
8: ifyoudlike
9: inchnails
10: thousandmaniacs
11: dinosaurs
12: ???
13: itsalltootragic
14: remembergyrinus
15: oneandfive
16: leaveschoolat
17: tothepound
18: twoyearsago
19: iwasthen
20: iamnow
21: iwillbesoon
22: nuxicantbebeaten
23: sendmemoney
24: asequelsure
25: ninissmart
26: meatballs
27: sunflowers
28: vectorsbleurgh
29: foothills
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Guest Message #87646, posted at 08:53, 28/6/2004, in reply to message #87645
Unregistered user It's not very happy on a RiscStation running select 3i3, shame that, maybe I should try it on select 3i4.

First level played OK, then at the start of level two, the screen became corrupted and the machine just froze, any ideas????

Kev
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Guest Message #87647, posted at 20:21, 29/6/2004, in reply to message #87646
Unregistered user Aaah! I seem to be stuck on level 33.
Anyone got any tips?

Ta, Mjollnir

30: surfers
31: knickerstoyou
32: dontphonethe
33: usaitsvery
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Guest Message #87648, posted at 21:51, 1/7/2004, in reply to message #87647
Unregistered user Mjollnir: I presume that your problem is getting onto the upper layer. The secret is to remember that your mallet is a sensitive object (no, really, you don't wanna hurt its feelings). Holding down the return key for varying amounts of time affects the 'power' of the thwack. For instance, a quick press is good for squishing frogs, but a longer press allows you to jump higher.

Anyway, the trick with level 33 is to position your hamster to the immediate right of the four grey blocks. Then press return quite quickly, but long enough to create an almost-medium wallop. It requires some experimwntation, but it does work. This should flip you onto the 'step', and a quick wallop should get you onto the upper layer.

And, if you can't fathom that (practice makes perfect!), then the next level code is 'expensive'...

Timmy Mallet's Mallet
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Eddy Willson Message #87649, posted at 21:38, 22/10/2004, in reply to message #87648
Unregistered user Just Wondering as i havnt got too far in the game (level 40-something) is the old level from the Demo in the actual game?
eddyosaysyo2
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Adam Lloyd Message #98423, posted by adamlloyd at 14:20, 12/2/2007, in reply to message #87649
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has to be the best and goryest game I have played and it's on RISC OS :)
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in it but not of it
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Mike Message #98424, posted by MikeCarter at 14:45, 12/2/2007, in reply to message #98423
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has to be the best and goryest game I have played and it's on RISC OS :)
Dude stop reviving old threads.
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Jeffrey Lee Message #98425, posted by Phlamethrower at 14:54, 12/2/2007, in reply to message #98424
PhlamethrowerHot Hot Hot Hot Hot Hot Hot Hot Hot Hot Hot Hot Hot stuff

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has to be the best and goryest game I have played and it's on RISC OS :)
Dude stop reviving old threads.
Why? I do it all the time.
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Jason Tribbeck Message #98426, posted by tribbles at 15:06, 12/2/2007, in reply to message #98425
tribbles
Captain Helix

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And I thought I only saw 2-year-old thread revivals on Pistonheads :)
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Jeffrey Lee Message #98428, posted by Phlamethrower at 15:13, 12/2/2007, in reply to message #98426
PhlamethrowerHot Hot Hot Hot Hot Hot Hot Hot Hot Hot Hot Hot Hot stuff

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2-year-old thread revival? That's nothing :P
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Adam Lloyd Message #98438, posted by adamlloyd at 16:53, 12/2/2007, in reply to message #98428
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this is anoying! I can revive any Thread I want.
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Sion Message #98448, posted by blasts of the xtre at 17:42, 12/2/2007, in reply to message #98438
blasts of the xtre
Suppose you were an idiot. Suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.

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Revive this! http://www.iconbar.com/forums/viewthread.php?threadid=694 ;)
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Adam Lloyd Message #98450, posted by adamlloyd at 17:47, 12/2/2007, in reply to message #98448
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Done.
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Mike Message #98451, posted by MikeCarter at 18:50, 12/2/2007, in reply to message #98450
MikeCarter

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[edit]Sorry AL[/edit]

[Edited by MikeCarter at 19:01, 12/2/2007]
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Adam Lloyd Message #98476, posted by adamlloyd at 21:47, 12/2/2007, in reply to message #98451
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If you mean sorry AL as in Adam Lloyd your forgiven but oterwise like not to me well. . .
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Jason Togneri Message #113252, posted by filecore at 15:57, 5/2/2010, in reply to message #98476

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Hmm, with a name like Adam Lloyd, I would have expected a native English speaker. Oh well.

Anyway, can you please correct this in the article:

mallet weilding hamster

to this:

mallet-wielding hamster

Thanks! It's been bugging me since I read this originally. I'm afraid the deeply-buried anal retentive grammar Nazi RISC OS user inside me gets out every once in a while.
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Jeffrey Lee Message #113253, posted by Phlamethrower at 16:00, 5/2/2010, in reply to message #113252
PhlamethrowerHot Hot Hot Hot Hot Hot Hot Hot Hot Hot Hot Hot Hot stuff

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Fixed! blush
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