Acorn-era game author Tom Cooper is back in town - to produce a hand-held version of his smash hit Hamsters. Tom hopes to flog a PDA-version of his early-1990s cartoon-style game, and recently asked RISC OS users what should be in the new edition. His original Hamsters game involved a small unsuspecting yellow alien hammering cute animals to death with a mallet against an acid techno soundtrack and matching level design.
The graphics are now sharper, the cartoon intro sequence was binned, bonus rounds are replaced by speed rounds, video hardware acceleration is used to make the programming easier and faster, and a musician is rewriting the music - although it is expected to remain close to the original.
Tom said: "I'm busy knocking up a version to flog on PocketPC and Symbian, but I'll stick it on any platform that'll have it. I'm trying to stay true to the original, just make it bigger, smoother and better.
"I'm really enjoying putting the old game back together."
Adding that the new game will be called RoboRabbits, he said: "I won't be making any reference to the original name, it didn't really make sense. There were never any hamsters in it.
"I tried to draw one but it didn't work out. So this time the theme is rabbits, far more sensible."