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    in reply to: Ask your questions to David Fox #4180

    What was game industry culture (not sure on the wording) like during the development of these games? Was crunch even a thing back then? I guess what I’m asking is how it felt to be part of what was a major studio, and how different (or similar!) it was to working at a AAA studio today.


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    in reply to: Suggested Control Schemes #3537

    For what it’s worth, I played with a Saturn controller. It worked really well!


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    in reply to: Epic Pinball #3382

    There are a few examples I can think of. The Pro Pinball games all have the full table on-screen, and the likes of Star Trek Pinball also do it (though those games are pretty bad).

    Can’t think of any others off the top of my head, but the rule of thumb seems to be that if it uses pre-rendered graphics, you’ll be able to see everything. Otherwise, it’s scrollers all the way down.


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    in reply to: Pinball Dreams #3362

    It’s really good for its time, but it highlights a major issue in pinball games of this era: SCROLLING.

    Maybe it’s just me who has this issue, but I find it quite difficult to hit targets that I can’t see.


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    in reply to: Judge Dredd pinball #3361

    This one seems to be running off the same engine as the god-awful Star Trek pinball. This one isn’t quite as bad, but I honestly don’t know how you managed to get such a high score…might have to give this one another crack.


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    in reply to: Psycho Pinball #3360

    I’ve only played the Mega Drive version of this one so far, though I suspect both versions are much the same. Each table has a little minigame that breaks up the action a little – so the Wild West one has a platforming section where you jump in between train cars, for example.


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    in reply to: Epic Pinball #3359

    Yeah, I think quite a few episodic games did that – Jill also had individual releases for each episode, and you could buy Jazz’s episodes separately direct from Epic.


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    in reply to: Fallout (1997) #3358

    It would be nice to do this since we’ve covered Wasteland in the past. 1997 was also kind of the last bastion for DOS gaming, so it would be interesting to talk about that aspect as well.

    The original release includes the DOS version, but unfortunately not the GOG version – as with so many releases of this period.

    Can I also say, I *love* the aesthetic.


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    in reply to: Thomas the Tank Engine #3355

    There isn’t a whole lot to this one, but it’s honestly better than I expected. Feels very Pinball Dreams.


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    in reply to: Epic Pinball #3319

    Silverball was the original game by James Schmalz. Epic Pinball is kind of an improved, updated version with different tables, as is my understanding.


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    in reply to: Dune (CD) #3317

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    in reply to: Pro Pinball: The Web #3311

    The Pro Pinball games were the most realistic games of their time, in terms of physics and table design.

    I recall there was an interview with one of the developers where they said they originally weren’t going to have a pause button. To pause, you’d have to hold the ball in place with the flipper. Pretty hardcore.

    Also, the Pro Pinball tables allow you to change all sorts of internal settings, such as how worn-out the table is and what angle it’s tilted at. Never seen that in another pingame.

    For info: The Web, Timeshock, and Big Race USA all have DOS versions. Fantastic Journey doesn’t as far as I know.


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    in reply to: Kids Games #3249

    How about the early Putt-Putt games?


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    in reply to: Scoreboard? #3225

    Ooh, sounds like a good idea.


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    in reply to: Games to try? #3224

    There’s also Pinball Dreams 2. The first three Dreams games all came out in 1992, as well! Bonkers.

    If we wanted to go super old-school, there’s Night Mission from 1983. Originally an Apple II game, but made its way to DOS too.

    Otherwise, everything Pix said. Pro Pinball is the pinnacle of video pingames, in my opinion.


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    in reply to: spacefarer 2:1 rnlf #3160

    Luck was definitely on my side, let me tell ya. You were a very good opponent though!


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    in reply to: PSX comparison #2996

    I dun one anyway. (Mainly because ePSXe is the devil)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JUzK1-hbKYM


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    in reply to: PSX comparison #2992

    I may do a video comparing the two on real hardware, if it’s alright with you kdrnic? (Don’t wanna step on anyone’s toes, yaknow)


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    in reply to: Boloball #2148

    Here’s my copy…!

    On initial glance, this looks a lot like Balloon Challenge, another Soleau game. I haven’t played it yet, though, so we’ll soon find out if that’s the case.


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    in reply to: Alley Cat: first thoughts #2145

    You’ll notice my avatar is of Alley Cat…


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    in reply to: Alley Cat #1772

    You can actually play the game online here, but I suggest playing it on a real machine if you can. Otherwise you won’t get the full PC Speaker experience 😉


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    The screenshots look interesting. Looks like the graphics have been put together in a similar way to the Petz games, funnily enough…


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    in reply to: Tools & resources #1623

    VOGONS is a fantastic site for looking up ways to get old games going on modern machines. It’s like PC Gaming Wiki for DOS.

    There’s also DOS Games Archive, which has a great collection of shareware DOS games. It’s been my go-to for years.


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    in reply to: Cheesy Software #1486

    That would be neat!

    I’d love to get in touch with the guy that made these and see if the registered version actually exists. Probably doesn’t, but you never know!


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    in reply to: Games for moms #1466

    My mum always enjoyed playing Crusher Castle II. It’s another Soleau game – they must be pretty popular amongst mums! I think she got as far as the magic invisible cat, but couldn’t find it.

    Great game design, huh?

    (Side note: you can still buy all Soleau’s DOS games from their website.)

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    in reply to: Populous, and other Bullfrog classics #1423

    Theme Hospital is ace. Haven’t played Populous, and last time I tried Theme Park (on my IBM Aptiva), it ran way way too fast. Shall have to give it a go in DOSBox.


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    in reply to: First impressions #1418

    I’ve played this game before, but never got in-depth with it. I’m gonna have another go before I share my thoughts on it.

    In answer to AngryDinosaur’s question, I found a Windows version that Remedy Games released for free in 2009. It seems to be identical to the original DOS version, which is pretty neat. Had the shareware version worked in DOSBox, I would’ve played that, but it was way too slow and choppy.

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