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do_it_anyway 7th April 2010, 20:23 Quote
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alright where's Dizzy?????????
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riggs 7th April 2010, 20:57 Quote
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Xenon 2: Megablaster was one my early favourite games, even though I could never get past the first level.

Haha...YES! I remember playing that on an old 386 machine. I'll never forget the sound of that "Bomb the Bass" track blasting out of the internal speaker!
True, it was a damn hard game, but invinsibility mode prevailed (F7 at the menu, 'i' in-game to activate)
Showerhead 7th April 2010, 21:05 Quote
Anyone played the d3d version of Frontier First Encounters (EliteIII) it's amazing what they've done with a 15 year old game that was broken on release.
Kovoet 7th April 2010, 21:11 Quote
Joint Operations: Typhoon rising
blackworx 7th April 2010, 21:13 Quote
Cool article, but where was Advanced Lawnmower Simulator?!?

Also, I sincerely hope you're planning on running an article on guys like Tim Follin as part of this UK gaming series.
blackworx 7th April 2010, 21:15 Quote
+1 for the Dizzy series or indeed anything by the Oliver twins
frontline 7th April 2010, 21:33 Quote
Bitmap brothers is indeed a sad omission! Speedball and Xenon....

I also loved Starglider - Argonaut software

And the Psygnosis games, style over substance is nothing new! "great graphics, but where is the game?!"



and a great Frenchie title:

Flashback - Delphine Software
beef1e 7th April 2010, 21:35 Quote
You might want to edit this article as it seems you have missed out the best uk game ever made, no the best game ever made. I got Turbo Esprit for my spectrum 48k back in 1986 and was blown away. Not by the graphics but by the fact you could actually drive were you wanted, not forced round a track but drive round a city. You could turn down streets reverse go anywhere you wanted, You had traffic lights zebra crossing's and even people walking around who could be run down (by accident). That would have been good enough but no it gets better you are a undercover policeman driving a lotus esprit with a friggin machine fitted to it. You had to drive round Romford town center chasing drug dealers ramming and shooting them into oblivion. Here's a quote I found:

"Turbo Esprit is a video game published by Durell Software in 1986 for the ZX Spectrum, Commodore 64, and Amstrad CPC. The game was very detailed and advanced for its time, featuring car indicator lights, pedestrians, traffic lights, and a view of the car's interior controls. It may also be the earliest example of a free-roaming city environment to feature in a computer game. Turbo Esprit was the first free-roaming driving game, and has been cited as a major influence on the later Grand Theft Auto series."

that about sums it up

"Turbo Esprit is a video game published by Durell Software in 1986 for the ZX Spectrum, Commodore 64, and Amstrad CPC. The game was very detailed and advanced for its time, featuring car indicator lights, pedestrians, traffic lights, and a view of the car's interior controls. It may also be the earliest example of a free-roaming city environment to feature in a computer game. Turbo Esprit was the first free-roaming driving game, and has been cited as a major influence on the later Grand Theft Auto series"

You literally were an undercover policeman driving a lotus with a friggin machine attached to the car you had to chase down drug dealers ram and shoot them.
Star*Dagger 7th April 2010, 22:05 Quote
EVE is the Heir to Elite's excellence.
VaLkyR-Assassin 7th April 2010, 23:04 Quote
I noticed the show based on the Rome: Total War engine was mentioned - personally I loved watching Time Commanders, mainly because the historian guys were hilariously over the top describing stuff! :D It got me into playing the series, and I've put in many hours since.
Porkins' Wingman 7th April 2010, 23:07 Quote
Who made Super Cars 2 - Magnetic Fields? Where are they from. Awesome game whoever did it.

Championship Manager (now Football Manager) - that series did pretty well didn't it?

Disappointed not to see Repton for Acorn Electron on the list. Not even Killer Gorilla.

More thought next time please ; )
John_T 7th April 2010, 23:26 Quote
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alright where's Dizzy?????????
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Originally Posted by whisperwolf
alright where's Dizzy?????????
+1
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Originally Posted by blackworx
+1 for the Dizzy series or indeed anything by the Oliver twins

That's what I love about this website - so many cultured and intelligent posters! :D

The Dizzy games were BRILLIANT, also pretty sure Micro Machines (1 and 2) were British too - surely worthy of a spot?
Lockinvar 8th April 2010, 04:14 Quote
Completely agree with Dungeon Keeper and Rome as the best from their respective developers, although in Bullfrog's case it's close.

But Tomb Raider II over the original?? No way. While admittedly lara had a few cool new moves (and the gameplay may have been improved) that was no substitute for the incredible atmosphere and memorable levels and characters of the 1st game. Tomb Raider Aniversary was basically my biggest wet dream ever. How many games get a remake?
CardJoe 8th April 2010, 08:09 Quote
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alright where's Dizzy?????????
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Originally Posted by whisperwolf
alright where's Dizzy?????????
+1
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Originally Posted by blackworx
+1 for the Dizzy series or indeed anything by the Oliver twins

That's what I love about this website - so many cultured and intelligent posters! :D

The Dizzy games were BRILLIANT, also pretty sure Micro Machines (1 and 2) were British too - surely worthy of a spot?

There were so many Codemasters games we wanted to put in - Cannon Fodder, Micro Machines - but we had to be ruthless in our picking.
MiNiMaL_FuSS 8th April 2010, 09:17 Quote
Somebody somewhere must turely have considered remaking DK with a little more upto date graphics...c'mon!
impar 8th April 2010, 10:40 Quote
Greetings!
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Completely agree with Dungeon Keeper and Rome as the best from their respective developers, ...
MTW > RTW
Different starting eras, proper experience system, civil wars, re-emerging factions, ...
You needed mods to have some fun with RTW, RTR and EB comes to mind.
pimlicosound 8th April 2010, 12:31 Quote
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Originally Posted by VaLkyR-Assassin
I noticed the show based on the Rome: Total War engine was mentioned - personally I loved watching Time Commanders, mainly because the historian guys were hilariously over the top describing stuff! :D It got me into playing the series, and I've put in many hours since.

Ahh, Time Commanders! Great stuff. The historical advisor who put that show together - Adrian Goldsworthy - was one of my tutors in ancient warfare at King's College. The guy was a legend even before that show came out. I remember him demonstrating a Roman trebuchet with a small model that fired Maltesers into the crowd.
azrael- 8th April 2010, 20:08 Quote
Hmm... I really think the original Tomb Raider is the best, both in terms of story, sets and gameplay. (I've got them all, by the way :))

Also, Realms of the Haunting by Gremlin Graphics/Interactive (Antony Crowther) should have been on the list. One of those games you'll always remember (in a good way, for me) after having played it.
blackworx 8th April 2010, 20:59 Quote
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GTA doesn't have to be bought from Steam!
Get from here: http://www.rockstargames.com/classics/ It's legal AND free, GTA2 isn't half bad either.

Hmmm... doesn't seem to be working properly. First of all it demands a US state, and even when I fill in a state I don't get the link emailed to me.
CardJoe 8th April 2010, 21:17 Quote
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Also, Realms of the Haunting by Gremlin Graphics/Interactive (Antony Crowther) should have been on the list. One of those games you'll always remember (in a good way, for me) after having played it.

Bloody terrifying too.
azrael- 8th April 2010, 22:04 Quote
Yeah, it was definitely of the spookier sort. Funny, how this was a complete departure from what Tony/GG was known for.
pbryanw 9th April 2010, 00:47 Quote
Hey, what about Jeff Minter and his Mutant llamas? I remember playing Revenge of the Mutant Camels on my Amiga, and thinking what was the person who made this game on? Also, not to forget, little known Sensi Software games like Mego-lo-mania, Wiz-Kid, and Sensible Golf?

And my favourite early Psygnosis game (not Shadow of the Beast - all looks, no gameplay) but Hired Guns. My first taste of split-screen four-player RPG goodness.

Oh, and how about a mention, for Revolution software of Broken Sword and Beneath a Steel Sky fame. Still in the game's business, and still making ports of their games for mobile platforms.
DraigUK 9th April 2010, 02:19 Quote
Manic Miner owned Jet Set Willy. MM was the first computer game I ever played. I played it until the rubber keyboard melted. :)
I don't see Eye of the Beholder on that list. That was the game that got me into playing real graphic RPG's. For the time, simply amazing.

First ever RPG for me I guess would have been The Hobbit on the Spectrum "Your looking at a round green door..." Amazingly annoying and yet addictive.

Jet Pac? How can you possibly omit Jet Pac? Or the Horace games? Horace & the Spiders...oh yeah. Horace Goes Skiing burnt up hours of my life.

Syndicate pwned. You should be ashamed not having it in there.

Speedball 2 was amazing. Another game that burnt away hours of my youth.

First online game I played to any real length of time though was probably EF2000 on the Wireplay Service. By the time I got my 3rd phonebill for £800 it was getting tiring though.

Elite is truly the game of games though. Both on the Spectrum and on the BBC in school every kid in my class was into it. It was only the truly dedicated gaming geeks like me that managed to get to Elite though playing during dinner times only.

I waited until EvE to even get close what those kids in the class were dreaming about doing back in those days without having any real idea of what we were talking about other than [i]"Tell you what boys, if we could play this game at the same time and shoot each other that would be fab". EvE still doesn't do it. But it is closest.
tank_rider 9th April 2010, 05:59 Quote
If you coun't the BBC micro as a PC then Chuckie Egg has to be up there

http://www.repton3.co.uk/chuckieegg.aspx
azrael- 9th April 2010, 11:55 Quote
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First ever RPG for me I guess would have been The Hobbit on the Spectrum "Your looking at a round green door..." Amazingly annoying and yet addictive.

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That's called an adventure game. Now, say it slowly with me: ad-ven-ture. :p
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