Oct 202017
 

No mention of eye of newt or toe of frog.

Doom TrilogyFans of first person shooters should have a soft spot for Doom from id Software. While it wasn’t the first game of this type, it’s certainly one of the pioneer titles that helped popularise the genre, and led to a number of follow-ups and expansions. The game  featured texture-mapped surfaces and varying room and level heights – a step up from the simpler Wolfenstein 3D, the previous game from the same company – as well as mood-setting MIDI music, and the ability to swap out the internal data files (WAD, which stands for “Where’s All the Data?”) with alternatives, featuring new levels.

The game engine was ported a number of platforms, including RISC OS, and a fully licensed commercial version was released and sold by R-Comp Interactive in 1998 – and last year the company released a new version of Final Doom, updated to work on modern RISC OS hardware, and benefiting from the option to use an MP3-based soundtrack rather than the original MIDI music. Continue reading »

 October 20, 2017  Posted by  Software Tagged with: , , , ,
Jul 072017
 

Thankfully, though, that doesn’t turn it into a dodgy 1993 sequel1

Launched earlier this year at Wakefield by AMCOG Games, Cyborg is an arcade action game by Tony Bartram in which you take on the role of a cyborg treasure hunter, seeking out ancient treasure in Castle CyberDroid – and Tony has just pushed out Cyborg Second Edition, an update to the game that brings it up to version 2.20. Continue reading »

 July 7, 2017  Posted by  Software Tagged with: , , , ,
May 032017
 

No late 1980s dodgy scripting, directing and special effects involved – thankfully!1

Cyborg screen grab from AMCOG Games

Cyborg screen grab from the AMCOG Games website – click for full size

First launched and sold on CD at the recent Wakefield Show, Cyborg is a new release from AMCOG Games, and for those unable to attend the show, it is now available from !Store for £9.99.

In the game, you play a cyborg treasure hunter who has travelled to Castle CyberDroid in search of ancient treasure – and your objective is to find all of the items of treasure that can be found on each level, then head to the teleport to progress to the next. Continue reading »

 May 3, 2017  Posted by  Software Tagged with: , , , ,
Mar 042017
 

AMCOG games has released a new version of Mop Tops, the company’s most recent game, with more levels, more music tracks, new sound effects, and improved graphics.

Launched at London 2016, the game was inspired by Lemmings and involves the player placing various tools and objects on the play area for the titular Mop Tops to interact with, the aim being to guide them to the exit on each level. As such, each level is a puzzle that needs to be solved, and the player is given the building blocks to try to solve that puzzle. Continue reading »

 March 4, 2017  Posted by  Software Tagged with: , , , ,
Jan 082017
 

And possibly – just possibly – some gaming fun, too1.

The next meeting of Bristol RISC OS Users (BRU) will take place on Wednesday, 11th January, and this month Chris Hall will be showing off a £6.00 OLED display, sporting a whopping 128×64 pixel resolution and connected to a Raspberry Pi Zero.

This is the latest evolution of Chris’ GPS project, with the display showing the Ordnance Survey grid reference, milepost mileage (which will generally show zero unless you are on or very near the Severn Valley Railway, since this part of the software relates to that), and the time. Continue reading »

Nov 042016
 

Well, okay, !Store, not ‘the shop’ as such!

Anthony Bartram of AMCOG Games has officially released his latest game, the Lemmings-inspired Mop Tops, which is a parallax scrolling puzzle game featuring 22 levels (currently – more are planned, with updates being free) and four original pieces of music. The objective is to guide as many Mop Tops as you can to the exit before the time runs out, and you can place tools and objects on the screen for the Mop Tops to pick up and use, or interact with in some way, in order to help with this task – all while avoiding the plants, which are carnivorous.

The game is loosely based on the same principle as Lemmings, but with some differences – such as those carnivorous plants, for one thing! It is priced at £9.99 and available from !Store – or available to buy in person at shows, where you get to speak to the developer and have go before buying.

 November 4, 2016  Posted by  Software Tagged with: , , ,
Apr 232016
 

It’s not what you get if you feed steroids to a photocopier!

Launched at this year’s Wakefield Show, AmCoG Games new 3D perspective, vector graphic game Xeroid is now available for general purchase.

Based on a similar idea to Fervour, originally released by Clares Micro Supplies in 1993, the game sees you guiding your craft along a track, with the blackness of space forming the backdrop – your goal being to remain on the track, overcoming obstacles to reach the end. Continue reading »

 April 23, 2016  Posted by  Software Tagged with: , , ,