Here is the latest update form TEZZ, Manic Miner programmer:
I thoroughly enjoyed the whole process of writting MM from scratch in my own way but I then left it with a few things to tidy up and moved on to other things. I wrote it at the time with the intention of executing everything smoothly within one frame although that was only really doable for PAL systems. Since finishing Saboteur in the new year I've returned to MM to complete the project. Although I wanted to write the game myself I did intend in the final stages to make sure that everything was completely accurate to the original gameplay. I've been translating Matthew's original z80 to 6502 this week so that I'll have everything in hand. The final A8 game should be a mix of the two code procedures. The main thing is that I'm very much enjoying working on the game again.
So many BBC Micro games were let down by poor art and colour choices, you'll definately be better creating your own version of the original games. I was also fan of Underwurlde.
"I mistrust consensus, because in general, most stupid people really like to agree with a majority."- Nolan Bushnell
Project M I haven't heard anything about for a number of years. It, sadly, looks to be a dead project. I hope I am wrong though, a smooth scrolling, 256 colour FPS game on the Atari would have blown away anything on other 8-bit micros, even the very good looking ZX Spectrum attempts at Doom and Wolfenstein 3D:
Spectrum WF3D: (of course they choose the "high-end" emulator version in this video, I'd like to see the low and medium, i.e. real spectrum equivelants, good music, but even then this "high-end" version sucks compared to the Alphas of project M!)
Atari Project M various videos:
Of course there are no enemies in there yet, maybe they decided it was too slow once enemies were introduced, but it can't be much worse than the Spectrum frame-rate on Doom!
thats good news about Manic Miner, thanks for your info, if it does get released i would like to print out the original inlay but photoshop the word atari instead of spectrum/c64 ect so looks like an original. project M is mind blowing, puts me in mind of "capture the flag" - very smooth 3D maze game - but obviously not quite as good. keep up with your research on the modern games, i dont want to miss anything lol