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I suggested this game sometime last year! It’s awesome! I think I got it when I was about 14 or so. I loved it, it really spooked me and gave me a lot of jumps when the monsters pounced on me.
As far as I know you can’t buy it. I downloaded it from Myabandonware.com
Oh, I recently stumbled across a new game coming out, Underworld Ascendant, which is the spiritual successor to Ultima Underworld. I never actually played an Ultima Underworld game (short of messing about in the gog version for all of 15 minutes), and would love an excuse to give one an honest shot. I hear the 1st one is the best one.
Again, I’m stoked on any Ultima, even thinking of having to choose which Ultima to play seems painfully difficult!
I love the dos game club, you dudes are guys right after my own heart!
I played both BioForge and Ecstatica. I even suggested Ecstatica in the forums! I actually installed Ecstatica last month and played it a bit. You can find it on MyAbandonware.com (I think that’s the name of it, if not, it’s close) and I ran it in dosbox w/o any issues.
Seriously, no one I have ever spoken to in real life has ever even heard of BioForge or Ecstatcia. It’s awesome to have come across folks who enjoyed these games as a kid like me. 🙂
I did end up finishing both games, but BioForge is damn hazy in my memory (other then I remember liking it) but Ecstatcia is pretty clear. I don’t remember all the puzzles, but I do remember a lot of them. It was creepy, and that werewolf guy scared me as a kid. I remember fighting him FOREVER trying to kill him. I don’t think it’s possible.
I’ve started too! I have never played any of these games, so I’ve been excited to jump right in. I think I’ve finally wrangled the controls. They seem pretty simple for the most part.
Needless to say I was killed by the first two monsters because I could barely figure out how to attack, but once I restarted after figuring everything out I’ve started to make my way through!
I found a sword and gave it a few swings, and the blade broke off! Not sure if I that always happens or if my “testing it” whacked it against a wall and broke it.
I do enjoy the look of the game. The monsters are awesome. I must say… the scariest monster I’ve seen so far… is the face on the female protagonist. 😉 That mouth and lips are sooooo wide! She looks like the damn joker!
When I restarted I discovered the first window was the character select screen, and I switched to the dude.
All in all, this seems like the perfect October game!
Wow everyone is in this thread so I can’t help but jump in too! I’d eagerly welcome an RPG to the list!
I did play Betrayal at Krondor as a kid, but I was pretty young and I didn’t really “get it” at the time. I never made it very far.
I have always wanted to play Wasteland! I’m a big Fallout fan, played them all a lot.
I am VERY partial to the Ultima series. Ultima V sits just under Starflight in regards to my favorite memories of gaming with my dad. Ultima Rules!
So my vote goes for Wasteland, or Ultima… but admittedly that Keef the Thief sounds pretty funny too, and I’ve never heard of it!
Looking forward to returning to Monkey Island! This is another game I played with my dad at a young age. We had the original game w/ the spinning code wheel. Unfortunately a pipe broke in my parents house a few years ago and Monkey Island was one of the PC games that was destroyed in the flood. I did manage to harvest the original Disks out of it… which are a bit funky smelling… I’m sure they’re dead…but I still keep’m in the collection for the memories.
It’s those little needless details that I think give Blizzard games such charm. As rough as the game is to play compared to modern standards (my kingdom for a control group) I have honestly been having a lot of fun going back and playing. Fighting vs your own unit AI is… half the fun? haha
I feel like I need to try to get in some Warcraft 1 time, just so I can help put some perspective on the growths and changes. I remember Warcraft 1 only had 4 units select-able at a time, so if you felt limited with 9… ohhh boy. >:D
I hope everyone is having as much fun as I am! 🙂
I would be down for an X-Com episode! I played this game a TON when I was in 6th grade. I feel like I was almost a bit too young to get everything fully, but I eventually figured it out and did beat the game.
I remember thinking the Mind Control was just the most insane game feature of all time.
I love this game! I played it in the USA under the banner “Relentless: Twinson’s Adventure”
I got this game when I was in 7th grade after reading a review for it in PC Gamer I think. I remember thinking how unique it looked and it really pulled me in. The nature of the open world after you can start traveling between islands, the colorful world w/ crazy characters. Elephant people, rabbit/mouse people, all living in a seemingly contemporary world… but w/ magic teleporting robots.
This one holds a real special place in my heart.
I’m having a lot of fun w/ the revisit so far! I’ve used dosbox to get it working off my original CD! I still have the box, and disc, but no manuals or goodies. Just a box and disc. I was lucky about 6 months ago I found the expansion at a thrift store for a buck!
I’m currently on the last level or the orc campaign. While taking a while to get used to the lack of control groups for units, and buildings, I’ve actually learned to appreciate the rhythm of trying to keep the macro going w/ frantic clicks and hot keys alone.
I see some people pointing out flaws, which yeah it has, but I think it’s important to remember what this grew out of. I loved Warcraft 1 as a kid, and Warcraft 2 just came w/ so many quality of life improvements and beautiful graphics.
When I play it now, it’s not hard for me to remember what it was like to experience it back in the day, and appreciate it despite it falling short in certain areas all these years later.
It’s still early enough in the month that I think I’m going to try to play through the orc campaign expansion. I never had it as a kid and I would love to see some levels that I hope are more difficult.
My only “problem” w/ the game is that so far it hasn’t been too much of a challenge.
Is there anyway we can get the multiplayer going so we can VS each other?!?! It would be awesome to have a fully multiplayer perspective going into the podcast! That I have fond memories of playing modem games w/ my buddy on our 28k modems vs the computer.
I think at least everyone should play enough so they can finish the game. If you look up what you need to do, you can complete it in under an hour.
The surprise reveal at the end is worth talking about, so people should try to see it if they can.
Has everyone at least played enough to see the story develope which I will reference below
Some mysterious external space force is causing the stars in the universe to go super nova, killing all life in the solar systems. It is detected that soon the human space colony start will explode, killing all humanity.
It all seems to be tied up w/ the mysterious ancient race who have left temples around the universe, almost always w/ a few tons of fuel for your ship near by.
Wow you really plowed through it!
I was thinking of posting a “so where’s everyone at?” post on the 15th, half way through the month.
I got a late start last week, but so far I’ve pretty much maxed my ship out. I haven’t really chatted w/ many aliens, just focusing on getting a bad ass ship first.
This is one of those game that honestly, a little sharing of information could be sort of fun.
Maybe when there’s only 10 days left we could start a thread sharing some info the aliens of given us?
The game is pretty tough, it could be fun to sort of “come together” as a community and pool our resources.
Welcome John! I’m glad you’re having fun w/ the game! I think the hand written notes are half the fun of the game! I usually have one big piece of printer paper that I just write my stuff down on, and sort of draw little boxes around to separate.
You are right, starting w/o reading the manual is tough! As far as starting off and getting money for fuel, there is a planet in the space station’s home system which has fuel deposits on it. I spend my first hour or so mining the planet, and gathering fuel. This gave me enough money to max out my crews respective stats, and I had something like ~40 units of fuel before even leaving the home system.
The system right next to the home system also has a great planet to mine on. I mined it for an hour or so last night and came away w/ about 150k space bucks. Enough to go buy Engines level 4, and then I maxed out every single one of my captains stats. I’m not sure if it helps, but it feels good to me. 🙂
So then you’re starting your real space travel w/ ~40 units of fuel, and really efficient engines.
I’m not sure whatever happened to the original code wheel. My dad was using a photocopied “backup” copy of the code wheel, but somehow through family moves and such the original code wheel was lost, and I only have my dad’s original photocopy from the 80s. I made a photocopy of the photocopy and pinned it on a poster board.
In the copy of the game is my dad’s original black and white photocopy of the map. he has charted nearly all of the worm holes, and has notes written all over it for items, home worlds, ect. I didn’t want to post any spoilers, so perhaps when the month is over and we’re preparing for the podcast discussion I’ll post it for the historic archives 😉
haha calling the game one big treasure hunt is a pretty accurate statement! It’s all about finding the clues, either in old ruins logs, or by coercing it out of the aliens. I’m so happy that everyone is seeming to have a good time so far. You have no idea how bad I would feel if you guys tried my suggested game and everyone was groaning on the forums about what a chore it was to play haha.
I played for about 3 hours last night, but I did lose a 2 hour save. I guess it’s been so long I forgot you need to back up all of the .com files, not just Starflt.com. That’s fine though, because I was doing horribly! I had lost two landers in my first two hours LOL. I was really pushing my fuel limits and got caught in a few storms.
If you’re low on energy, and have lost the ship, I advise waiting the storm out. Just hang out in Move mode, not moving, and wait for the storm to blow over. Unless you’re people are dying to a crazy lightning storm you should be fine.
Oh, yeah, the most important tip!
Keep a notepad right next to you, and record every single thing the aliens say!
Ah, one more tip because this is just pretty frustrating, and will waste some brain power if you don’t know.
There is an alien race which will give you a series of number in binary. I spent a long time analyzing the numbers and trying to fit them into a contextual way they mean something. They are actually an old telephone number, I believe to the studios head quarters. They have no meaning in game, don’t waste your time trying to figure out what they mean. In the Sega Genesis version, they were changed to clues to hidden items on planets. I don’t want to spoil anything, but I have a feeling we’re all adults w/ limited spare time, no need to waste brain power on a “puzzle” which has no relevancy to the in game stuff.
Mmmm my favorite old game!
To put a little explanation on the save system, from what I have read over the years, is that it wasn’t designed that way by desire, but out of necessity. To create so many systems and planets, they needed to have the planet surfaces be procedurally generated. Through some coding wizardry they managed to reduce the amount of space needed by creating the save system this way. With out this save system the game would have simply been too big to fit on the disks. The game fits on one 3.5 inch floppy, and I believe the save system was so the whole game could fit on the one disk.
At least that’s what I remember reading a long time ago in Starflight fan forums.
I know it’s clunky as all hell, and I have lost many a Starflight game to it. All I can suggest is BACKUP BACKUP BACKUP. About every hour I do a full save/quit. Back up the file, then relaunch the game.