I will hereby describe an Atari game's adversaries and you have to name the title/publisher.
Don't cheat and try Googling the answer, you, Smith, at the back fiddling with yer smart phone. Just think of the most obscure releases you've ever come across / heard of and try and get it...
Prepare for thrills and spills against: Rhizopoda, Chlorohydra Viridissima, Erythromma Najus, Phylum Platyheminthes, Craspedacusta Sowerbeii, Macroplea Leachi, Agyronata Aquatica, Scapholeberis Mucronata, Bombas Lapidarius AND OUR SPECIAL GUEST... Rana Temporaria...
Your only clues are that it was described as "semi-educational" and it was also released on the C-64. Page 6 reviewed it and said the following:
A totally unique concept, well thought out and superbly programmed. You will not find such an original and compelling game anywhere else. Buy it and sit back knowing that one of the most original games ever programmed was written here... in Britain!
Other than that, you're on your own, Smith.
No looking at each other's answers, no popping out to toilet to phone Brenski, no logging on to Atari Age or Atari Sector and definitely no dipping into the school pond...
Oh, pants... I may have given some of you a tantalising final clue there...
That's a new one to me! I never heard of it before, nor seen it. I would have remembered the "sperm" tadpoles! The graphics look pretty good for the era, 1983 and low memory (16K cartridge). I will have to check this one out.
I quickly rifled through my disks looking for an obscure gem of a game to stump you guys on. I found one, unfortunately it's so rare there's no info on it per say, no game description, no names for the characters in the game to be found.
There are plenty of screen shots and the game itself is widely available now, but the page I found with the most info on it was a short story about how the original authors was asking about for a copy of his own game, on-line about 20 years ago!
But I also had a foggy memory about being involved in some way with this game way back early in the century too. So I searched Atari Age and found a thread talking about how I helped in the beta testing of an NTSC version of the game in 2000/2001 I think!
Then the memory came flooding back, as I was the one who actually instigated a conversion to NTSC by pointing the game out and how good it was, but that it was a PAL only game, at the time I had NTSC and I recall the game playing, but it would "glitch" and "jump" a bit (the screen). This thread also led me to the idea of an PAL ANTIC chip in my NTSC Atari, for a hybrid that runs PAL too. Which led me to Nir Dary's "invention" or "discovery" of it's ability to work eons ago. I have a couple of links I'll post later, after people have a chance to guess the game.
Now, as to the description/hints of what the game is; You control a little character that looks like an egg with legs. it involves blocks and pineapples and creatures that mean you know good. it's an arcade puzzle game. It's hard to give hints without giving away the answer too easily, because it is a simple game. I don't know if I need to give more hints or not.
I wish I had some character names to throw out there, I think the title of the game may be the name of the main character, but I'm not even sure of that. jumping is involved, and sliding too. That may be too much of a hint right there! On the other hand, I may be able to describe the game in great detail and no one would guess it still! I just don't know how obscure it really is any more, if it was ever obscure in PAL land, or was just obscure to us Americans wanting an NTSC version.
You can jump from block to block or even stand on a block and make it slide. I'll slowly let out more descriptive hints, to see if someone can guess, but I'm getting to the point where hints might be too obvious.
I'm thinking along different lines now...was this originally an APX title that was later sold through Antic publishing?
About the rules here, obviously no google searches, ect., but what about original magazines from the 80's as reference? I ask because I think I know the game, if my above questions can be answered affirmatively, but I can't remember it's name. It may come to me...
Guild of Thieves? I wasn't aware that any Rainbird titles were remakes. I've actually only ever gotten around to playing The Pawn, out of all the Rainbird titles, so original hints have nothing to do with my latest guess, just that it's re-released by Rainbird and I think GOT had sequels.
Oh yes, you should be able to look it up in an Atari / retro computing mag as that is still in the spirit of things 'Atari' but Googling just takes the fun and thinking / researching out.
I;m guessing Spindizzy or Marble Madness for Baker's game but as for Thark's adventure, is it a Level 9 one such as Snowball or Colossal Cave?
Eeh, I was never a big adventurer but I would like to have another look at some.
I had the Rick Hanson adventure on the Beeb and Atari - I gave that some hours - but my mate 'lost it' and I was bidding on a replacement copy yesterday...but I was blown out the water when the bidding went over £22...
Well, here is the reveal to mine, if you are sick of guessing, but I won't just right out announce it yet, in case someone comes along later and knows what it is after my hints. Guessers avert thine eyes! Answer is in the links!