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Diamonds for the TI-86
Posted by Kirk on 7 June 1999, 20:53 GMT

Diamonds v1.0 has been released for the TI-86 by Jonah Cohen . The game features many types of blocks, external level support, an included 15 level standard set, speed control, and more. In addition, an on-calculator level editor is included in the package, allowing people to make their own levels. A new directory will be created on ticalc.org for those levels once they are received.

 


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Re: Diamonds for the TI-86
adam b
(Web Page)

Cool-looking game, I wish I had an 86 :)

     7 June 1999, 20:58 GMT


Re: Re: Diamonds for the TI-86
ionix
(Web Page)

I just figured out that i have the wrong calculator. I just went to www.hpcalc.org and learned that the games on the hp calculator far surpass even those of the quality of the ti89. The selection is greater, the quality is better, and everything is greyscale. I'll see all of you later.... I have to go and buy my Hp48 now

     10 June 1999, 00:43 GMT

Re: Re: Re: Diamonds for the TI-86
SiberP

I disagree. Take a look at the screenshots in the HP48 games area at hpcalc.org. Although there are some neat first person shooters, HP48 games look pretty similar to those on the 89. Also, hpcalc.org is a lousy site. I couldn't find any info regarding memory, capabilities, etc. for any HP calc.

     10 June 1999, 02:11 GMT

Re: Re: Re: Diamonds for the TI-86
TI>><<HP

If you're going to buy a HP calc, I'd recommend waiting for the HP49G to come out, seeing as it has lots of new features, a cool new look, and has compatability with the 48G. But this is _TI_calc.org, not _HP_calc.org, so I'll be quiet now.

P.S. It would be really nice if an ASM programmer created a version of Treize for a TI calc...

     10 June 1999, 02:36 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Diamonds for the TI-86
Fred C.

What is treize anyway? I've never heard of it (sorry if I'm slightly off topic, but this could be important for the community :)

     10 June 1999, 03:08 GMT


Treize
TI><HP

Treize is a (French) grayscale point-and-click graphic adventure game for the HP48G series, like Myst, etc. For screenshots, go to hpcalc.org (under "Adventure Games") and download the file. It comes with a few screen shots. The text file is in french, but then there's always that Alta Vista BabelFish translator thingie.

     10 June 1999, 03:37 GMT


Re: Treize
ionix
(Web Page)

o.k., sure, maybe the 89 is "theoretically" better, but i sure haven't seen the quality of 3d games that could be possible on it. In fact, besides STFII i haven't seen many games at all that are taking advantage of its capabilities.

     10 June 1999, 22:29 GMT

Re: Re: Re: Diamonds for the TI-86
Person_2000

I must say that the games look good but they are not. Maze3d for the Ti-86 is a real 3d game. The hp shooters are ridged turns. What I mean by that is that it is basically just showing pictures and not moving. Hp is not as good as the Ti-89. But it is like the ti-86. But Ti-86 is still better also.

     10 June 1999, 18:31 GMT

Ti vs HP
chris

I looked at the HP website :(
First off, that is the ugliest "green" scale I have ever seen, the new HP calcular with its flash rom and a whole 4 mhz cpu for 30 bucks more than the ti-89, I don't know how anyone could waste their money on one of those. Ti-89 is much better; ACTUAL grey scale (not green), 6mhz faster, and MUCH more calculation options for math. Ti-89 is SO much better (and I didn't even go into the ti-92)

     11 June 1999, 18:57 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Diamonds for the TI-86
jacob frick

hi my name is jacob, i just got a new ti-86 and it is my first calculator, i kinda know how it works and am trying to find some games for it. if u could give me some programs or tell me where some are thatr i could get, i would be so greatful. if u could please email me back. viper1_987@hotmail.com

     19 June 1999, 22:31 GMT

the diamond of the i
KAKE
(Web Page)

diamonds is one of those games that takes forever to enjoy. i like the upgrade though.

-KAKE
IP

     7 June 1999, 20:59 GMT

Love it.
Ultima`

I saw Diamonds here this morning, so I decided to get it and try it out. Already I must say that I love it and that it is VERY addicting. A great game, IMHO.

     7 June 1999, 21:13 GMT

Re: Diamonds for the TI-86
no1

It looks just like the 89 version, except lower-res. I hope Joe W. will mak an on-calc level editor, because you have to make the 83 levels in asm.

     7 June 1999, 22:08 GMT


Re: Re: Diamonds for the TI-86
Jonah Cohen
(Web Page)

That's not a coincidence. My other calculator is a TI-89, and this game was definitely based on Joe's version. And yeah, it's a shame that he didn't make an on-calc editor. External levels are really pointless otherwise.

     7 June 1999, 23:10 GMT

Re: Diamonds for the TI-86
Mitch

What does Diamonds do? I wish I had an 86, someone make a cool 89 game!

     7 June 1999, 22:09 GMT


Re: Re: Diamonds for the TI-86
Adam

Diamonds is already available for the TI-89.

     7 June 1999, 22:29 GMT

Re: Diamonds for the TI-86
Dan Weiss

Woopty doo. Diamonds is available for the ti86. Yea.

If you're going to post news about Diamonds, why not also post news about Hard Hat Mack 2, Uncle Worm, ZTetris, or other superior games?

     7 June 1999, 23:17 GMT

Re: Re: Diamonds for the TI-86
adam b
(Web Page)

i have to agree!!!

     7 June 1999, 23:30 GMT

Re: Re: Diamonds for the TI-86
SiberP
(Web Page)

Good point. What is ticalc.org's policy regarding the announcment of new games and programs on the main page? I find it interesting that Diamonds was chosen to be showcased, while other quality games like Bigdyna weren't.

     8 June 1999, 00:16 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Diamonds for the TI-86
Sam Heald
(Web Page)

I think authors can request their game's release to be news (with the news editor deciding whether or not it truly is news). I have done so in the past.

Personally, I believe Diamonds is certainly newsworthy enough to warrant an article. There haven't been any notable z80 games in awhile.

A poll related to good z80 demo:
Recently, while going through my back-up disks, I located a copy of my Usgard port of the Zelda demo by Harper Maddox that I thought long lost. Should I release it, even though the final game will probably never come to that calculator?

As for the final game release of The Legend of Zelda 82, several people have been asking about it lately. My computer has been dead as a doornail for over two months now, but I should get it back from the repair center in ~3 weeks. So if all things go well, I should restart the project near the end of the month, making the final release sometime near the end of the summer.

     8 June 1999, 03:05 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Diamonds for the TI-86
Sam Heald
(Web Page)

I forgot to say that people who wish to reply should reply to my email address, this message board need not be cluttered with completely off-topic stuff like this.

     8 June 1999, 03:31 GMT


Re: Re: Diamonds for the TI-86
news@ticalc.org
(Web Page)

Umm.. did a remarkably different version of ZTetris just come out? I didn't notice it. We don't post news items about games that came out months, or even years ago.. Sam is right though - we are much more likely to post about a new game or new release if information about it is sent to us at the news address.

     8 June 1999, 17:59 GMT

Re: Re: Re: Diamonds for the TI-86
adam b

What about Uncle Worm? I thought that was a great game! And Snakes - kinda like nibbles but with a different twist - what about that? you all are missing some great games here...

     9 June 1999, 03:57 GMT

Re: Re: Re: Re: Diamonds for the TI-86
Minoux

OK, let's enlarge the list : what about Bigdyna, wich is one of the best games ever made on a TI calculator ? I think you, the ticalc.org staff, should really be more careful about submissions : the site quality highly depends of this !

(now I don't really blame you, since you do all of this for free)

     9 June 1999, 04:38 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Diamonds for the TI-86
Sam Heald
(Web Page)

Not to keep speaking for Kirk, but...

As I have stated before, the program's author should request a news article if he feels it neccessary. In fact, this might even be mandatory now. Remember that incident with Street Fighter 89, in which ticalc.org posted a news announcement and program that the authors did not want released.

     9 June 1999, 15:03 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Diamonds for the TI-86
adam b
(Web Page)

unfortunately, though, ticalc doesn't post all new programs even if the programmer asks them to - and i'm not saying that they should, but I AM saying that if the guy who made uncle worm and the rest DID ask if ticalc would make it a news article, they should have.

     10 June 1999, 19:17 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Diamonds for the TI-86
Mr. Grammar
(Web Page)

>and i'm not saying that they should
>they should have.

They should or they shouldn't?

     11 June 1999, 16:54 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Diamonds for the TI-86
Sam Heald
(Web Page)

Uncle Worm and Snakes are by no means revolutionary or even noteworthy in any regard. It's not that they are particularly bad or good. Diamonds is an addicting game with several nice features such as external level support, a on-calc level editor, etc. Uncle Worm, for those 86 people, is merely an 83 version of Pea Worm (coded independently of course). Snakes is simply a nibbles game without the nibble. Neither of these 1K games are particularly fun or addicting in my opinion. Not only that, but the TI-83 is flooded with Nibbles clones. I can think of six off of the top of my head: Nibbles 83Z, Bytes, Snakes, ZSnake, Uncle Worm, War Nibbles.

Yes, I do know the rule: No flames

     9 June 1999, 15:17 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Diamonds for the TI-86
Jean V.
(Web Page)

How can one possibly take this comment as legitimate? For every instance that the ticalc.org staff has posted a comment, they have shown their real name and email address (and sometimes a web link). Now all of the sudden someone at ticalc is going by the name of "news@ticalc.org". I find this comment to be far from legitimate.

     9 June 1999, 05:29 GMT

Re: Re: Re: Re: Diamonds for the TI-86
Jean Canazzi
(Web Page)

IMHO, it doesn't matter if this comment was legitimate or not. We'll probably never know if it was, but who care ? What is sure is that the authors should actually send a mail to ticalc.org when they think that their software worth a news. This would be better for everyone : for ticalc.org first, because this would make their job easier, and for the whole TI community, because this would allow us to see more news posted about the new stuff. So, why wouldn't we do like this ?

     9 June 1999, 05:52 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Diamonds for the TI-86
Sam Heald
(Web Page)

You are really making a big deal out of nothing. The "news@ticalc.org" subject was probably just to emphasize the fact that there is an email address and person that you can talk to about *gasp* news!
This is NOT a new policy. As far as I can remember, it has been like this (I certainly haved used this option for over a year).

If you doubt the legitimacy any further, please look at the ticalc.org mainpage directly below the last news article where it says plainly:

>Read what others have to say or add your own two >cents. Click the "comments" link underneath a
>news item. Have you heard of something newsworthy >we haven't reported? Please tell us! Send
>e-mail to news@ticalc.org.

     9 June 1999, 14:59 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Diamonds for the TI-86
Magnus Hagander
(Web Page)

Actually, he was completely correct in that not being a post by the ticalc.org staff.
We always post using our own names. However, we still ask you to contact us using the generic addresses, because it is more reliable. But we sign anything that we write with our own names.
Apart from that, I fully agree with your post :-) That is not a new policy. But it was not us that said so this time...

     10 June 1999, 08:54 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Diamonds for the TI-86
Sam Heald
(Web Page)

I was referring to the "legitimacy" of the comment not the commentator. Who really knows the true identity of anyone on this message board?

     10 June 1999, 14:13 GMT


who r u anyway?
skeptic
(Web Page)

Is your name really Sam Heald? IS IT?!! _I_don't think it is...

     11 June 1999, 00:04 GMT

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