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Hand on heart, I'd never played Conan before on any format, let alone the Atari 8bit, so it was nice to stumble upon a copy which loaded on the old 810 before my 800 set-up set-off for foreign fields, late last week, lads:
ABOVE: Baz digs out a fistful of fun...
Were you a fan of the platform-type, arcade-puzzles-to-solve games in this Datasoft series? I'm thinking of stable-mates The Goonies, Bruce Lee and Zorro too?
Post by charliechaplin on Mar 3, 2018 22:41:53 GMT
I like Bruce Lee, allthough I have not finished it (stuck somewhere in screen 16, 17 or 18 I think, the game has only 20 screens). I also like Conan very much, the first two levels are very easy, but level 3 requires some luck, level 4 is okay if the jumping around buggers don't get you, level 5 or 6 was hard as hell, so I also never finished it. (Afaik the game has 6 or 7 levels and I either end in level 3 with bad luck on the "teleporter" or level 4 with bad luck on the jumping thingies; but if I am lucky I make it to the pre-last level and die there; I also like the small game over pics of each level in Conan.) I have both games as original disks with a golden-metal (metal-gold) Datasoft label on it (also Mr. DO).
Did not like Zorro that much, since I could not solve most riddles without reading or watching a solution. While I could solve at least a few riddles, I already was stuck in level/screen 1 of The Goonies and never got any further, so I also did not like it (have read some solutions in the meanwhile). Think I have the easier+shorter tape version of Zorro in my collection, but gave all versions (disks and tapes) of the Goonies away. Looks like I am not a big riddle solver, no matter how easy the riddles are. Therefore I would also like to have patched versions of Joe Blade and Joe Blade 2, with jump+run+collect content only and none of these riddles (intermissions?) which have to be solved quickly, since a counter is running down fast...
The gfx of all four games are adequate, not very good, not very bad, just some standard 4 or 5 colour gfx, if I remember correctly. Bruce Lee however features a great 2-player option, so you can play with or against a friend (or trick the computer by inserting a second joystick and switching auto fire to on), that feature is not there in the other three games. Lucky as I am, I do have Bruce Lee on cartridge made by Nir Dary (allthough some US vendor claims it is a prototype found in his warehouse, it is clearly not, just a Nir cart.)...
Would like to see a sequel of Bruce Lee for our A8 with more levels, the Commodores already have one!
Tip of the Day: Conan level 1 - Just kill the bird ! At the start, go up to the next floor, wait there for the bird and throw your sword (which behaves like a bumerang) at it. When done, go up to the top and there to the left to leave the screen. Level 2 is even easier...
I love them all. Conan, finished. Bruce Lee finished, Zorro finished. Goonies about 50-75% finished I guess...I need to get that one finished. I started playing Conan again a few weeks ago, it's been 30 years since I finished it. I'm not sure if it's even on my finished games list in that thread from awhile back. But it's been so long for all of them I could now have just as much fun again replaying them.
Goonies was one that I never really gave the chance it deserved back in the day, as by the time it came out, I had been burned too many times by really crappy movie-tie-in games and I steared way clear for years until Alien vs. Predator on the Jaguar (The first GREAT movie-tie-in game I ever played). But a few years back I finally gave Goonies a go, and was surprised at how good it is! Though I did wonder about some of the game scenes, like with the Octopus that I never understood why they inserted it since there was no Octopus in the movie...then I found out there was a scene with it in the movie, but it was left on the cutting room floor!
Mind you, Conan, Bruce Lee and Zorro all had movie franchises, but these games were never based on any movies and were original stories for the games and they were all great games. Actually that was probably why AvP was also a great game, as it was a unique story too, and not based on a movie.