Favourite 80s Home Computer and games?

Found 26th Dec 2014
After some interest in the ZX Retro deal from 1984 I wonder what memories you have of the Home Computer scene from the 80s? 8 bit & 16 bit from the days before PCs filled our homes.

Speccy, Commodore 64, Dragon 32, Jupiter Ace, Atari 800 XL, BBC B, Amstrad CPC

And the later Atari ST and Amiga

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Commodore 64 - Elite, Lords of Midnight, Jet Set WIlly

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Villa

Commodore 64 - Elite, Lords of Midnight, Jet Set WIlly

20 mins to load a tape! I never 'got' the Lords of Midnight concept but I hear it's been reinvented by the original author (I don't play modern games). JSW rules! And I was Elite on Elite.

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thewongwing101

In before FP oOhttp://www.hotukdeals.com/misc/retro-games-forum-2021250

Although that thread doesn't look like it caters for the merits of implementing FORTH on an 80s computer - such as the Jupiter Ace or via White Lightning on the ZX.

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http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/8/8d/NES_Tetris_Box_Front.jpg

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IamMT

Although that thread doesn't look like it caters for the merits of … Although that thread doesn't look like it caters for the merits of implementing FORTH on an 80s computer - such as the Jupiter Ace or via White Lightning on the ZX.


White Lightening?
Wow, it is now around 30 years since I walked from Mile End all the way to the Virgin Megastore or whatever it was called back then, on the corner of Tottenham Court Road and Oxford Street to buy that.
Twenty quid wasted.

Typing in a program from "Input" magazine and spending days trying to find the mistakes. Taught me Basic quicker than anything else.
Worst one was the program that was 5 characters too long for the 16k ram I had.

Phoenix, pacman & space invaders - so my elders inform me anyway

KillFelix



Oh and that, as well as Textris

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liamf12

Typing in a program from "Input" magazine and spending days trying to … Typing in a program from "Input" magazine and spending days trying to find the mistakes. Taught me Basic quicker than anything else.Worst one was the program that was 5 characters too long for the 16k ram I had.

I don't remember that mag. Your Computer and PCW where the one's I remember typing long programs out of.

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Villa

White Lightening?Wow, it is now around 30 years since I walked from Mile … White Lightening?Wow, it is now around 30 years since I walked from Mile End all the way to the Virgin Megastore or whatever it was called back then, on the corner of Tottenham Court Road and Oxford Street to buy that.Twenty quid wasted.

It promised we'd all be able to write hit games! Also see The Quill!

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"You are in a maze of twisty, twisty deals...
To the NORTH is a deal for Sherlock Holmes on Google Play
To the SOUTH is a 10p chocolate bar @ B&M (instore)

What do you want to do?

>HIT SPAM

I don't understand SPAM

> HIT COLD

The COLD ducks and throws an AXE
The AXE hits you and KILLs you

You are DEAD

You took 2 TURNS and your SCORE was 0 POINTs

"

renegade, cpc464 - Horace goes skiing 48k+ - Turrican c64 - IK+ Atari ST

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BBC Games- Elite, Twin Kingdom Valley,Swoop, Rocket Raid, Planetoid, Snapper, Bumble Bee, Chuckie Egg, CowboyShootout

Jelly Monsters on the vic 20,

Skool Daze on spectrum

Also had an atari st and amiga 1200 (which were both awesome)

Edited by: "Musician" 27th Dec 2014

Acorn Electron with Elite and Joe Blade
Amiga 500+ a few Dragonlance Games and Jaguar XJ220

IamMT

"You are in a maze of twisty, twisty deals... To the NORTH is a deal for … "You are in a maze of twisty, twisty deals... To the NORTH is a deal for Sherlock Holmes on Google PlayTo the SOUTH is a 10p chocolate bar @ B&M (instore)What do you want to do?>HIT SPAMI don't understand SPAM> HIT COLDThe COLD ducks and throws an AXEThe AXE hits you and KILLs youYou are DEADYou took 2 TURNS and your SCORE was 0 POINTs"


Reminds me of Sphynx on the Electron, it was well messed up.

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IamMT

"You are in a maze of twisty, twisty deals... To the NORTH is a deal for … "You are in a maze of twisty, twisty deals... To the NORTH is a deal for Sherlock Holmes on Google PlayTo the SOUTH is a 10p chocolate bar @ B&M (instore)What do you want to do?>HIT SPAMI don't understand SPAM> HIT COLDThe COLD ducks and throws an AXEThe AXE hits you and KILLs youYou are DEADYou took 2 TURNS and your SCORE was 0 POINTs"


You should publish this game.

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SONIC AND MARIO

thewongwing101

In before FP oOhttp://www.hotukdeals.com/misc/retro-games-forum-2021250



You have a lot to learn!

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IK+ and barbarian, c64 for the win, be gone pathetic speccy, bbc and amstrad peasants!



youtube.com/wat…vJo



Edited by: "Segata-Sanshiro" 27th Dec 2014

Chalk and the pavement, spent hours playing that

Wasted days/months of my life conquering this X)

http://www.fraserking.co.uk/spectrum/screenshots/Chuckie_Egg.png

Hobbit springs to mind on spectrum, to save memory instead of storing pictures in bit map format, they drawed the pictures , so they just had to store pixels at the start and end of,each line and used fill to fill the gaps. Took ages to draw each picture though

lumsdot

Hobbit springs to mind on spectrum, to save memory instead of storing … Hobbit springs to mind on spectrum, to save memory instead of storing pictures in bit map format, they drawed the pictures...



"Twin Kingdom Valley" also rendered (drew) the scenes at run-time.

Chuckie Egg on the electron after it had eventually loaded. So much fun using the arrowe keys and space bar instead of a joystick

Head over heels
Lunar Jetman

Ultimate play the game ruled

I remember playing ET on the atari 2600 and being blown away by the graphics and being totally immersed in the brilliant gameplay, is still my favourite game of all time and beats rubbish like super mario galaxy any day of the week.

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_8Lk7-UkV9BI/TAQU0mOf8mI/AAAAAAAACNk/DvcFT2V7__A/s1600/image0091.png

thebaron69

I remember playing ET on the atari 2600 and being blown away by the … I remember playing ET on the atari 2600 and being blown away by the graphics and being totally immersed in the brilliant gameplay, is still my favourite game of all time and beats rubbish like super mario galaxy any day of the week.



I cant agree more, sometimes when i am playing gta and half life and portal and call of duty, i think ET was way better

I remember loading software from a plastic record that came free with a ZX81 owners magazine.
Had to hook up my record player to the ZX81 to load the program...It worked though.
With vinyl making a comeback perhaps this method could return too.

choc1969

Wasted days/months of my life conquering this X)



Ditto. Plus Castle Quest, and a BBC Micro (Acorn) maze game called Run Rabbit based on Alice in Wonderland. I've never managed to find a ROM for that though.

Amiga 600 / Sensible Soccer

http://i.imgur.com/dAtcCfH.gif

GIF and a half right there !!

choc1969

Wasted days/months of my life conquering this X)



Me too! I spent literally a year trying to complete this never ending game on the Electron! I was always told not to overplay or I'd break the keys!

Other Electron favourites were Lunar Rescue, Bug Blaster, Jet Boot Jack and Bumble Bee!

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weldermike

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Used to love 'Penguin Adventure' on the MSX. Instant loading cartridge. Also a great fondness for Elite.

Favourite 80s computer was the Archimedes, used to love Chocks Away. Also Starfighter 3000 although that wasn't released in the 80s I think.

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Rainbow islands

Moon cresta

Blimey, been reading through the comments, some memories here.

First had a Vic20 from the Co-op had it for a year or so and it just suddenly packed up, which I think might have had something to do with the expansion pack being pulled out whilst running. The Co-op swapped it three times with other Vic's that had been 'wounded' one way of another, which all gave up the ghost. They then replaced it with a new machine, which might still be in a loft somewhere!! Games for the Vic were hit and miss, but remember one called Shamus, and another 'moody' game which had Hard Days Night as the in game music.

After the Vic, had a C64, games like Football Manager, Outrun and my favourite Bubble Bobble!
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