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Classic adventure and shooter games republished on CD

By Chris Williams. Published: 5th Dec 2005, 18:24:28 | Permalink | Printable

15 quid Christmas present fodder

Cataclysm screenshotJust in time for Christmas, RISC OS dealer APDL has packaged up a number of games into CD-based compilations. This includes an adventure games collection, featuring Cataclysm and Pandora's Box, and a compilation of shoot-'em-up games, featuring X-Fire and Nevryon.

The classic games, originally released in the previous decade, are RISC OS 4 and StrongARM compatible, and presumably not Iyonix-safe due to the way games programmers tie their code to legacy Acorn chipsets.

APDL are also after the original manuals for Pysanki, Dungeon, Groundhog, Man at Arms and Spobbleoid Fantasy, for another compilation. Contact Dave for more details.


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Cataclysm is a *great* game. Its liquid simulation, although simple, is incredibly effective.

In fact, having read this, I think I might see if I can find my old floppy disc and see what Aemulor thinks of it.

 is a RISC OS Userrichcheng on 6/12/05 9:31AM
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Would be nice for a new game to come out now and again. Last decent one has TEK!

 is a RISC OS Usersa110 on 6/12/05 8:32PM
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Err opentransport is pretty cool :d Ans those two psycore games rock I had never heard of them

 is a RISC OS Userhighlandcattle on 7/12/05 10:51AM
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Would people actually buy new games released for RISC OS? I mean enough to justify time spent on development of a new game?

 is a RISC OS UserGulli on 7/12/05 11:11AM
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sa110: TEK was probably the last homegrown RISC OS game (at least until Peter Bondar comes back and revitalises the market ;))

Gulli: Maybe a company (like R-Comp) could offer a choice between some (slightly) older PC games they could port? :)

Similar to the Iyonix Select case, if enough people 'pledge' to buy a copy of a certain title, the development/conversion effort could be justified. Personally I'd pay for a conversion of Duke Nukem 3D which, incidentally, had already some of the porting work done, according to an older Acorn Arcade posting plus could run reasonably well on StrongARM RiscPC's.

Somehow I find this constant re-releasing of old ARM3 cheese off-putting, although I suppose there's still some gameplay left in them...

 is a RISC OS UserhEgelia on 7/12/05 11:54AM
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Mmm I highly doubt R-Comp will ever dab in gaming again.I've stated that they can't get rid of their old games not even at production price

 is a RISC OS Userhighlandcattle on 7/12/05 12:26PM
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I've always got the impression that most people using RISCOS are not games players anyway. That said, I still play SimCity2000 when I'm feeling in the mood, but that's all.

Is there a version of Elite for RO4/Select?

 is a RISC OS UserDS1 on 7/12/05 12:44PM
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Although I have access to a PC, PS2 and GBA, I still find I end up playing games on the Iyonix. Since I'm normally working on it anyway, it's much easier to fire up a quick game when I want a break then start up an entirely new machine.

So personally I would buy a conversion for RISC OS, even though I could probably buy it cheaper for the PC. Obviously I'm just one person, but there must be other people who would be interested too.

Like Peter last Christmas (if I recall correctly), maybe drobe could run "which game to port" for their next poll?

 is a RISC OS Userflypig on 7/12/05 1:27PM
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"I've always got the impression that most people using RISCOS are not games players anyway"

I've always got the impression that there are no new games for RISC OS. Are the two related, you think?

I'm sure RISC OS users play games. Just that they do it on systems that have a living games market. Remember Acorn doing a promo where why gave away Nintendos with new machines? =)


 is a RISC OS UserSpriteman on 7/12/05 1:33PM
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DS1: The ordinary Elite works with RO4, and presumably Select. IIRC the version on Acorn Arcade works fine on a StrongARM without having to bother doing anything other than run it normally. It needs Aemulor Pro to run on the Iyonix.

A conversion of the Frontier games, taking the opportunity to spruce up the graphics a little, and remove endless bugs, would be nice for RISC OS, but unlikely, unless you want to plough through converting a lot of x86 assembler, and hoping David Braben doesn't notice you.

I'd play a new RISC OS game if it ever appeared, and appealed to me. If RComp are trying to shift them for very little I might get my hands on Descent (just got the non-Iyonix version). Then there is my 19th century lead mining simulation, which was vapourware three years ago, still is now, and almost certainly will always be so.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 7/12/05 2:33PM
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DS1: I think it's more that those left aren't game players. For a while, the early to mid 1990's, there were enough games to keep the kids (all of ages) interested. Games are important to me in choosing a new computer, which is why RISC OS cannot currently be my only OS.

 is a RISC OS Userflibble on 7/12/05 4:32PM
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