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Best Acorn BBC MICRO games

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  1. kwh2010

    kwh2010 Still Fresh

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    Here are games that I enjoyed playing on the Acorn BBC Micro computer:


    ELITE


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    CASTLE QUEST


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    DAREDEVIL DENNIS


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    Q*BERT


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    CRAZY PAINTER


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    What were your favourites?
     
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  2. darfgarf

    darfgarf Well-Known Member

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    Bmx on the moon, epic game


    And some weird game with aliens where you had to sneak in and steal an egg, only game we ever used the tapedrive for
     
  3. GunPei2X

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    Castle Quest looks cool, I'll have to have a go at that. Daredevil Dennis, too. Never played a Beeb before, although I imagine Granny's Garden and Repton will pop up on this thread sooner or later :)
     
  4. Prometheus

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    ^ Granny's Garden is the one I was going to suggest, so indeed it will pop up. :lol:


    Granny's Garden - Educational/Adventure - Jokingly referred to by some as "The Original Survival Horror Classic", due to the horrifying (no, really) wicked witch who spends her time chasing you around the game (and who will SEND YOU HOME AT ONCE if she catches you), Granny's Garden is an educational game which was widely used in British schools throughout the 1980s and early 1990s. It contains various logic puzzles and bits of problem-solving, and most people never seem to forget the surprisingly difficult part with the baby dragons (which, in my scientifical testing, has proven that it can be tricky even for an adult). It holds up surprisingly well today - it's not all just fond memories influenced by nostalgia.


    I must say, Castle Quest and Daredevil Dennis look rather good. I'll have to track those down. :D
     
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  5. levi

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    Ooh, has someone ported an emulator?


    Exile


    2d action adventure with a strong physics slant. Later ported to Amiga.


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    Chuckie Egg


    Just like the Spectrum version, but with slightly different physics, and the bird doesn't kill you while still caged.


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    Vortex


    Into-the-screen 3D shooter. Pretty cool for its day.


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    Frak!


    Stupidly hard platformer. Worth playing for the music, and a protagonist who swears when he dies.


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    Imogen


    Thoroughly charming platforming puzzler. A Windows port was made a few years ago, but I prefer the monochrome look of the original.


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    Thrust


    Physics-based shooter. Also ported to other systems, but IMO it works best on the Beeb.


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    There's plenty of other games which are decent ports of arcade games, or games from other platforms that you can already play on Pandora. Planetoid is worth playing still - it's a slightly more forgiving Defender clone, and looks (and sounds) the biz.
     
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  6. GunPei2X

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    Oh yeah - Exile! I love the other versions, would like to check out the original.
     
  7. Lanonov

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    Elite


    flying with your Cobra


    I even have a Dos version, for DOS 2.0 or later ;)


    for:


    IBM/TANDY PC and compatibles (512 k)


    Dos version 2.0 or later - Microsoft / Amstrad mouse options


    colour graphics adapter.


    The only problem is that is on a 5,25" disk :)


    P.S.


    If someone wants to by a Beeb (model B ), i have one spare.
     
  8. Gren

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    I remember playing and enjoying the following on my mates BBC in '85 or so:


    Starship Command


    Citadel


    Revs


    Aviator


    Elite (of course!)


    Sentinel (awesome game).


    Never tried BBC under emulation, some I'm definitely interested in a Pandora emu ;)
     
  9. Gruntfuggly

    Gruntfuggly Mostly Harmless

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    Some of my favourites:


    - Freefall, written by Ian Bell (co-author of Elite) - an awesome spinning cross-genre game of mayhem


    - Dunjunz - a four player (at the same time on the keyboard!) gauntlet type game


    - Firetrack - incredible (for it's time) StarForce clone written by Orlando (of Frak! fame)


    - Revs - 3D racing game written by Geoff Crammond (who went on to write loads of F1 games)


    - Starship Command - space combat with a twist - your ships stays upright in the centre and everything else moves...


    Just seen gren's post above - that will teach me to spend over two hours responding to a post...
     
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  10. vadsamoht

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    Man, the BBC-B was the first computer I ever used as a kid. The only games I can remember are


    - Granny's Garden (Ubiquitous, wiki page here)


    - Lords of Time (Level-9 text Adventure, wiki page here)


    - Clogger (Impact-Soft arcade game)


    and


    - Andriod (my favourite of the bunch, but I can't find any info on it - might have to dig out the old 5 1/4 disk. There are two other games out there called android, but they're not it).


    I must say, when my unit finally arrives, the first game that's gonna be played on it will probably be GG. I'll see if I can find some screens.
     
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  11. Prometheus

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    ^ Never was there a better moment to post this. :p
     
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    [​IMG]Hunchback, I never actually completed it.


    Couldn't control the game on the GP2X.


    Frak also.
     
  13. levi

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    As I remember, I could barely control the game on the BBC Micro ;) I don't recall ever getting past the third or fourth screen.
     
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    I remember playing the msx port of hunchback :) nice game
     
  15. Gren

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    Wasn't Hunchback one of the earliest officially licensed coin-ops? From Century if I recall correctly.


    Loved the speccy version - Christian Urquhart did a pretty good job. Although I actually preferred Punchy back in the day - "watch the baby!"
     
  16. carlberry

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    Ummm... Am I missing something here ? I can't find either a ported BBC emulator for the Pandora or any mention of anyone planning to do one.
     
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    I've not heard of one. Beebem was on the port requests wiki and MESS is still there which can do BBC Micro apparently, but I've not heard that anyone is working on them.
     
  18. Prometheus

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    I think this thread is for sharing recommendations in advance of a port, this time. :p (To my knowledge, there isn't an emulator just yet.)
     
  19. DJWillis

    DJWillis Random GP32/GP2X/Wiz & Pandora Moocher

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    Repton, Elite and Chuckie Egg :D .

    Hmmm, I did a quick compile of Beebem a very long time ago during the development (from David Gilbert's *NIX tree), I assumed by now someone would have done a decent port/compile. Not sure if I even still have the binaries hanging around (it would pre-date it being in a PND by about a year ;) ). I'll see what I can find.


    Failing that, any reason the GP2X build will not run under Gringe?
     
  20. levi

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    It may well run under GINGE, but I guess that wouldn't have access to the full keyboard which would be a shame (but good enough for most of the games posted in this thread).


    For the record, I've just built Dave Egglestone's latest version of BeebEm for SDL on Ubuntu x86-32 and that seems to run okay, if a little slowly on my netbook. The 6502 emulation code looks like it hasn't been specifically optimised for x86 in my very limited opinion, but I don't know how well it'd run on the Pandora.
     

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