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Repton on and on

By Chris Williams. Published: 22nd Jul 2004, 23:01:16 | Permalink | Printable

Going retro again in 2004

Updated Repton8bit gaming legend Repton is to be brought up to date for RISC OS to match its PC counterpart, APDL's David Bradforth stated yesterday.

Its original publisher, Superior Software, has re-released the medically addictive cult puzzle game for Windows computers, and has further plans for Repton 2 and 3. You can also play the game, which has its own appreciation society, on your mobile phone or PDA.

"The RISC OS version is shortly going to be placed under a renewed phase of development; bringing the levels (and possibly the graphics) into line with the PC version," said Dave in his announcement. "The aim with this is to ensure that both RISC OS users and PC users alike can play the same game on their preferred operating system."

APDL already sell Desktop Repton for RISC OS, which includes the original Repton 1, 2, 3 and other spin off levels. According to Dave, the RISC OS dealer and publisher will either have to split the Desktop Repton pack into three separate titles or put the price up for the overall package, in order to "cater for the increased royalties due to the PC authors". As he's looking for feedback on this issue, you're invited to email Dave or call him on 07946 405555 with any questions or suggestions.

Incidentally, Dave is also exhibiting at the London Classic Gaming Expo this weekend, representing Superior Interactive, aka Superior Software, with various bargins and old yet rare 4th Dimension games for the BBC Micro.

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Repton lives on my Nokia N-gage. Now if I could only get Elite and Labyrinth. Looks like I'll have to get Desktop Repton pretty quick.

 is a RISC OS Usergazza_fp on 23/7/04 1:34AM
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Elite might have been a possibility once, but it certainly isn't know after the Palm (or some handheld, anyway) Elite fiasco. For those not in the know that involved someone compiling Elite: TNK (a reverse engineerd and converted to C version of BBC Elite) onto said machine, then trying to release it with a blatantly ridiculous EULA, which, amongst other things, tried to forbid reverse engineering of that code, and even claimed ownership. Don't quote me on that last point, though! David Braben got pretty unhappy and TNK vanished.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 23/7/04 10:24AM
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I have ELite running here on my Treo 600 (Palm 5). The copyright on the initial screen says "(C) 1984 I.Bell & D.Braben, Re-engineered 1999-2001 C.J.Pinder, Palm OS Version (c) 2002 T.Harbaum."

And very good fun it is too :)

 is a RISC OS Userpage3 on 23/7/04 4:14PM
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OK, it wasn't that port that caused the problem. It was some handheld that did, although strictly speaking the one you've got isn't legal either, since TNK never had any permission in the first place. It seemed, however, that Ian Bell and David Braben were turning a blind eye to it until that point.

A quick glance through the Google archive of alt.fan.elite has reminded me that it was a PocketPC port that caused the trouble.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 23/7/04 4:52PM
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 is a RISC OS Userjmb on 23/7/04 5:54PM
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I'm not much into the games area, but some of the older games are still quite good, the Scabble game is simple but very good. I remember in the mid to late 1970's, some companies in my home city of Melbourne would actually test applicants on the computer racing car games to test their skills for a job to drive a fork lift! :naughty:

It must be nearly time for the "Merlin" project news release?

Regards, Steve

 is a RISC OS UserSawadee on 26/7/04 9:39PM
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