May 032017
 

You’ve heard of ‘Four from Toyah’, right? Well this is free from Tony!

Mutant Penguin from AMCOG Games

Mutant Penguin from AMCOG Games – click for full size version

Hot on the heels of the new AMCOG Development Kit and Cyborg, a game written with it by Tony Bartram, AMCOG Games has released yet another game – this one being the first free game from AMCOG, which can be downloaded via !Store.

Mutant Penguin sets the player as a penguin that is, well, mutated slightly from your normal, everyday penguin: It’s not made of chocolate (bizarre, yes, I know). Worse than that, it’s not the only thing that has been mutated: Each level is populated by spods, slug-like creatures that are hazardous to the touch, and the goal is to push blocks of ice around in order to squash them and progress to the next level. Continue reading »

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May 032017
 

For when playing just isn’t enough.

In the period leading up to the recent Wakefield Show, Tony Bartram of AMCOG Games was working on a system to aid those developing RISC OS games. The fruit of that labour is the AMCOG Development Kit, which was first sold on CD at the show, and is now available to buy from !Store for a mere £14.99.

The driving principle behind the kit is to make writing games on RISC OS much simpler, and it includes a core library providing functions in BBC BASIC – the language Tony uses himself for game programming – for sprite plotting, error handling, screen transitions, MP3 playback and much more.

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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 »

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Apr 192017
 

With the last couple of months having been somewhat busy here in the bunker, I’ve not yet had time to write a Southwest Show report – indeed, it is only just over a week ago that I was finally able to sit down and watch the four talks given at the show, which I was able to capture with my video camera on the day.

Following that, I was able to devote some time over the Easter weekend to doing a little editing work on them, before uploading the results to YouTube – and that’s now done, so here they are:

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Mar 072017
 

AMCOG Games’ Tony Bartram has released an updated beta [zip] version of his Wavebox-inspired synthesiser module, RDSP. The module provides modern RISC OS computer systems with the means to both synthesise sounds, and play back sound samples with various effects applied to them.

The latest version – the second beta release – adds support for modulating samples via BASIC’s ENVELOPE command, support for sample looping (which means a simple drum loop, for example, can be made to play indefinitely), increases the number of channels to sixteen, and much more. For more details, refer to Tony’s post on the RISC OS Open forum, and to the documentation within the zip file.

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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 »

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Feb 122017
 

A last minute round-up before the bunker is sealed off for a few days!

Later today, the RISCOSitory/Soft Rock Software bunker will be sealed and secured shut while I disappear into the middle of nowhere for my annual mid-February break. Hopefully, there will be no kind of apocalyptic event while I’m away, so the bunker should be open for business again from next weekend.

In the meantime, I’ve had a last minute catch-up on my reading, and found a few things worth mentioning in a final round-up before I set off. Continue reading »

Jan 222017
 

Having first appeared on the RISC OS Open forum in February of last year, Patrick M – who at that point said he was new to programming – has had a bash at turning what he’s learnt since that point into a simple Asteroid-clone called SpaceShip [zip].

Tony Bartram of Amcog Games has since modified SpaceShip to use sound effects produced by his RDSP sound module – making it the first game to use the module for sound effects. RDSP is currently only at an alpha release, but the results [zip] are quite impressive.

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Jan 022017
 

And a drum loop, and some chords…

If you’ve not yet had a chance to look at this year’s RISC OS Awards poll, or simply have yet to decide what to choose in some categories, Tony Bartram of Amcog Games has released something to help you make that decision in at least one category.

Tony is one of the nominations in the Most innovative or interesting project category for a Wavebox-inspired synthesizer project which, amongst other things, should result in a simple to use sound capability on modern hardware – think in terms of how the SOUND and ENVELOPE commands worked on a BBC Micro, in particular because one of the benefits of the project is that it means those commands now work as they do on the BBC.

An alpha version of the module, along with sources and some example programs, is now available to download – and with just a quick glance here in The Bunker, it’s looking pretty neat.

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Nov 212016
 

As well as covering sound synthesis, as previously announced, tonight’s ROUGOL meeting will also cover 3D graphics modelling and projection in BBC BASIC. This is presumably because the presentation is being given by Tony Bartram of AMCOG Games, who has over the last few years written a number of games – all in the language that has been supplied as standard with RISC OS since day one.

The meeting takes place from 7:45pm tonight (2st November, 2016) at the Blue Eyed Maid (upstairs, in the restaurant), 173 Borough High Street, London, SE1 1HR. The venue serves a range of food and drinks, and can be found between (and a short walk from) London Bridge and Borough tube stations. There is no fee for attending – so if you’re in the area, feel free to join the meeting!

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