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Acorn Arcade forums: News and features: What's dark and full of wood? [Updated x 2]
 

What's dark and full of wood? [Updated x 2]

Posted by Jeffrey Lee on 01:14, 19/4/2004 | ,
 
DarkWood, of course.

This game was written by Tom Cooper, and released by Eclipse in 1995. It's a 3D walkabout RPG/action type affair, with some nice/garish looking sprite based characters - depending on your opinion of such things. Don't be too harsh though, because some of them were drawn by our man rich, and you won't like him when he's angry!

Talking of hacking stuff to pieces, that's exactly what you get to do in this game - and in true Hamsters style, you can even go after the cute little bunnies. Unfortunately we have only been able to get the game to run correctly on versions of RISC OS from 3 to 3.7, but it may work fine on 4 if you're lucky.

Update:
A new version of DarkWood has been uploaded, this time with the music included. The documentation has also been updated to state that RISC OS 4 and 5 users can play the game via !emulator (aka !A310emu).
 
  What's dark and full of wood? [Updated x 2]
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                    Andrew Weston (13:33 24/4/2004)
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Guest Message #87612, posted at 17:19, 20/4/2004
Unregistered user Don't forget A310em. It's free and is becoming increasingly compatible on the Iyonix.
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Guest Message #87613, posted at 20:58, 20/4/2004, in reply to message #87612
Unregistered user Darkwood runs perfectly on an Iyonix with !A310emu and should be ok on the Risc PC aswell although a bit slower i would have thought.
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Guest Message #87614, posted at 00:15, 21/4/2004, in reply to message #87613
Unregistered user woo darkwood!

i've been playing zelda ocarina of time for the first time recently, and parts of it reminded me very much of darkwood.

i heart berty
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Guest Message #87615, posted at 02:33, 21/4/2004, in reply to message #87614
Unregistered user Great! IMHO this is /the/ best Berty game ever! Thanks AA, thanks Tom!
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Guest Message #87616, posted at 19:33, 21/4/2004, in reply to message #87615
Unregistered user I've just tried running DarkWood on A310Em natively on an Iyonix. It works! With the emulator in single tasking mode the game feels roughly the same speed as when I played it on my A3010. It's fine so long as you crank down the graphics settings - either with gerald shading but no depth, or a reasonable depth and flat colours.
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Guest Message #87617, posted at 22:13, 21/4/2004, in reply to message #87616
Unregistered user Seems to run fine on select here. What problems are to be expected?
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Guest Message #87618, posted at 23:50, 21/4/2004, in reply to message #87617
Unregistered user I tell a lie. It's actually much faster than my A3010. OK, so I've come back from the pub and my judgement may be clouded, but now I can play it with max depth and graphics and almost jump over the water in spite of the frame rate.

I'll have to invest in a second hand Risc PC to play it ploperly. :)
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Jeffrey Lee Message #87619, posted at 02:06, 22/4/2004, in reply to message #87618
Unregistered user Apparently it'll crash on RISC OS 4 if you try and fire when indoors. That's about all I know though, since I'm still using 3.7 :-(
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Guest Message #87620, posted at 11:21, 22/4/2004, in reply to message #87619
Unregistered user Jeffrey: Yep it does the same on select :(
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Guest Message #87621, posted at 14:04, 22/4/2004, in reply to message #87620
Unregistered user I can confirm that on my RO4.02 RPC the game indeed crashes when firing indoors. Besides, in multisync mode the upper part of the screen flickers and more in-game graphics are flickery/transparent...

Still, I love it! ;o)
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Andrew Weston Message #87622, posted at 13:33, 24/4/2004, in reply to message #87621
Unregistered user Does this crash occur under A310em?
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Guest Message #87623, posted at 19:49, 25/4/2004, in reply to message #87622
Unregistered user The above crash doesn't occur with A310em (running on RO5.05).

The multisync flicker problem might be alleviated by increasing the amount of screen memory allocated in the task manager before entering the game.
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