Apr 172018
 

A new version of the Doom Trilogy is available from R-Comp through !Store – priced at £14.99, or available in ‘My Software’ as a free update if you have already purchased. If you have an aversion to purchasing through !Store, ‘over the counter’ at Wakefield is also an option.

There  have been some small improvements to Doom, the main game in the pack, but the headline feature is the inclusion of an updated and enhanced copy of Wolfenstein 3D, thanks to work done by Jon Abbott and internal RCI staff. The game now works natively on modern hardware without any need for Aemulor, and enhancements include new sound effects, a ‘damage indicator’ (whereby the screen flashes red when you take any damage), and a default higher resolution screen mode (subject to monitor compatibility).

Mar 172018
 

And called TENiS. Obviously.

Patrick M has released yet another simple game, which he says is “based on tennis but it’s a bit different, so I’ve spelled it TENiS” – well, quite. It’s actually a one player squash game. Squash is indeed a bit like tennis, but you hit the ball against the far wall – exactly like you do in Patrick’s TENiS game.

Odd naming aside, the objective of this simple but fun game is to keep the ball in play, bouncing it against the far walls, as well as those surrounding the court, moving your racquet in four directions using the mouse. Four directions? Yes, up, down, left and right – the far wall is in front of you, so you see a 3D perspective of the court.

Feb 232018
 

Oh well – looks like I won’t be getting any real work done for a while!

A new version of Quake Resurrection has been released by R-Comp Interactive. First launched by the company for the StrongARM RiscPC, the 2018 edition has been updated for modern hardware, such as the ARMX6 and Titanium, but it also supports both real and Virtual RiscPC systems, as well as the Iyonix, Pi, and so on.

The game includes the original levels for the classic first person shooter, along with the Malice ‘total conversion’ (which is not currently compatible with ARMv7 systems), and the Q!Zone expansion CD, plus many extra levels. The new version also includes an easy method of selecting control options – something that could be done previously, but involved messing around with configuration files.

The game is available to buy via !Store, currently priced at £15.00

Feb 052018
 

It’s just another Manic Miner (woah-ooh-woah)

Thanks to the efforts of Rob Sprowson, there is a new version of classic game Manic Miner available, benefiting from fixes that allow it to be run on both 26-bit and 32-bit RISC OS computers, up to and including the ARMv8 Raspberry Pi1.

Dating back to the early 1980s, Manic Miner is a platform game featuring twenty increasingly difficult levels, and was responsible for plenty of wasted time (and in my case, missed games lessons at school – although it wasn’t the only game that contributed to that!)

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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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »