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Plethora of Programs
Posted by Nick B. on 17 July 2001, 09:36 GMT

While we all wait for a permanent copy of the archives to arrive on CD, there's been a few new releases. (And, yes, I know "plethora" has been used in a news article title before, but hey, it's my first article, so bear with me here.)

  • Destination Software has released a demo of Zenith Saga for the 89 (HW1, HW2) and 92+ (HW1, HW2). This huge RPG has been in development for nearly three years. According to the authors, "this is only a small portion of chapter one, chapter two will be released later because there's only so much memory on these things."
  • Badja has released Crates 3D for both the 83 and 83+ in ION. The game is a 3D puzzle game in which you travel through a world of crates searching for the exit, with the ability to view the action from four different angles. Also, there is an 86 port in the works.
  • What would a programs update be without something from Patrick Davidson? An updated version of Phoenix for the 89 and 92+, Phoenix: Platinum Edition, adds grayscale, backgrounds, new and more advanced enemy patterns, and, of course, bug fixes. The game is currently version 0.50, so there is still more to come.
  • Word on the street has it that Anarchy for the 83 and 83+ ION is pretty good. Made by Konstantin Beliakov and Paul Robson of the TCPA, Anarchy features 64 chaotic sectors to warp to and from, blowing things up, collecting money, upgrading your ship, etc., all in what has been described to me as a "3D-ish" world.
Alright, I'm off on vacation now. Enjoy the games.

 


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Re: Plethora of Programs
DWedit  Account Info
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Anarchy looks great, except it needs a couple things: Real 3D (not 2D), and Bosses guarding extremely valuable planets.

     17 July 2001, 19:15 GMT


Re: Re: Plethora of Programs
Konstantin Beliakov  Account Info
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Thanks for the comment. It would be very hard, if not impossible to make Anarchy in real 3D on 83 so, you can forget about it. Bosses is the other thing, since we're still adding things to the game that might be an option. We'll discuss it with Paul Robson.
Best regards, zkostik.

     18 July 2001, 19:44 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Plethora of Programs
Paul Robson  Account Info

Bosses are certainly feasible, would be an integral part of some mission system. As Konstantin says, Anarchy is so grounded in fake 3D that making it real 3D would require a major rewrite.

     18 July 2001, 20:18 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Plethora of Programs
DWedit  Account Info
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How about some direction system in which if you turn 180* you go farther from the planet? (or just viewing a gradually enlarging view of a planet when you're getting close, a la Privateer?)

     19 July 2001, 02:57 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Plethora of Programs
Paul Robson  Account Info

You don't turn at all. The 3D is a complete illusion. Works quite well, though :)

Actually a TI82/3/5/6 ought to be able to run an Elite type game, it originated on a 2Mhz 6502 with a 160x256 resolution, and a Z80 is more suited to 3D Math than the 6502 is. Perhaps another day :)

     19 July 2001, 07:59 GMT

Re: Plethora of Programs
YodaSean Account Info
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I am offended by the "Platinum" version of Phoenix. Shouldn't there be a gold version first?

     23 July 2001, 16:14 GMT

Re: Re: Plethora of Programs
lord_nightrose Account Info
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Oy vey.

     2 August 2001, 20:05 GMT


Re: Re: Plethora of Programs
lord_nightrose Account Info
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I was thinking of writing "Two words: Oy vey", but then I realized... that's actually four words! So wouldn't it be correct to say "Four words: Oy vey"?

... puzzled...

     2 August 2001, 20:05 GMT
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