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AcornArcade to re-release Cooper classics

By Chris Williams. Published: 26th Feb 2004, 14:22:05 | Permalink | Printable

Berty games are back on the block

Ixion screenshotAcornArcade have announced today that they've been given permission to re-release, for free online, classic RISC OS games developed by Tom "Berty" Cooper. Tom's 3D puzzle adventure game Ixion is the first game to be released from AcornArcade website.

"Ixion was originally released in 1992 by Software 42. The game provides a mix of action, role-playing, and puzzle solving, all with some quite tasty looking 3D graphics. The version available here should run fine on anything from a lowly ARM 2 running RISC OS 2 to the latest StrongARM running RISC OS Select", writes 'Arcade hack Jeffrey Lee.

"Expect a full list of games which have been freed of their commercial status to appear over the next few days."

Having peeked at the games list at the top of this interview, fans of Berty can hopefully look forward to seeing the likes of Wavelength and Hamsters available online, as freeware. Tom's games used to be published by Argo Interactive, who are now Argo Group having spun off their ISP side, Freedom2 (aka Argonet), which was subsequently snapped up by Imparo and who, it turns out, ended up owning Tom's software - deep breath.

AcornArcade, once a jewel the crown of the NoughtPointOne empire, was apparently able to clinch their deal with Imparo after Rich Goodwin, a Freedom2 employee, asked nicely. Good stuff.


AcornArcade's free games - including Ixion and other goodies we hadn't realised were online. Terramex? To the flying ballon!

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If we can get hold of a copy, we'll see if it runs on the Iyonix under Aemulor Pro :-)



 is a RISC OS Userspellinn on 26/2/04 5:33PM
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Ixion doesn't excite me much. Now - Hamsters, DinoSaw, Cycloids :o). Need I say more!!!! Oooh - yeah - Gyrinus 2; Tres funky :o).

 is a RISC OS Usermd0u80c9 on 26/2/04 10:52PM
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Damn! I wish I had my RiscPC now. I LOVED the Hamsters demo!

Tom Cooper is God! :-)

 is a RISC OS Usersascott on 27/2/04 1:21AM
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Great news! But does anyone have any news about DarkWood? Bought the full version, but it has never run on RISC OS 4. Any plans to allow it run does anyone know??!!

 is a RISC OS Userrod on 27/2/04 7:56AM
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I have downloaded Ixion but it doesn't work on my Mico+IIyama Pro 410. I suppose there is a fix for this , but where?

 is a RISC OS Userjlavallin on 27/2/04 2:57PM
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"Ixion doesn't excite me much. Now - Hamsters, DinoSaw, Cycloids"

md0u80c9: Yes, I'd love to see the full version of DinoSaw released. Tarty smart this is!

 is a RISC OS UserFylecore on 27/2/04 8:53PM
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rod> I think I did get Darkwood running at one point on RO4.

 is a RISC OS Useraardvark on 27/2/04 10:34PM
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