|Dunjonquest - Temple of Apshai|
Epyx "DunjonQuest" series by Aric Wilmunder, made 1981-1982 for BASIC language, the 1981 stuff is primitive, this one "Temple of Apshai" was the main 1982 game having several 1982 sequels, some are expansion packs which require this game as its foundation. The 1983 "Gateway to Apshai" was an arcade-style game with little/nothing in common. The 1985 "Temple of Apshai Trilogy" however is a beautifully made machine language rewrite which preserves all the original dungeons data (and great music was added). This 1982 BASIC version uses many more detailed keyboard commands than Trilogy and is helped a lot by high speed emulation.
Presently the download has 2 sided tape and OEM disk, but the disk requires slow SIO for validating copy protection. The cracked disk version in this download is broken, missing level 4 of 4, level 2 has major differences. I found it easy and worthwhile to convert the 2 tapes into one disk. The crack disk here already has a neato Autorun.Sys file for loading any Basic program from DOS 2.0S, I reused Autorun. All four levels have identical data between tape and OEM disk.
|Star Raiders II|
I thought this game was harder than Star Raiders :( I scored a couple of times Star Commander 1 in Star Raiders however just barely scrape through difficulty level 2 here. Has anyone knocked off difficulty level 3? My tactic for level 2 is head straight to Zylon system and nuke as many cities as possible in the shortest time. However that didn't work well under level 3.
How are the rules of this game? I don't understand it yet.
The title song is a Beatles cover "And your bird can sing". The ingame music is a cover form the end song of Portal game.
This game was developed in Dunedin, New Zealand by Twilight Software (Andrew & Harvey). I should know since I designed the graphics. Red Rat distributed/sold it. We should have approached Atari UK - but never thought about it.. Page 6 previewed it - as a game looking for a publisher - Red Rat was the only one who responded... Now 30 years later on, the landscapes in Hawkquest - now get updated to 2016 in the current project I'm working on.
Correction this was called "Nuclear War" for Amiga year 1989 (neocons now say it "Nucular War"). Spitting Image was a different also Amiga game where the political caricatures seemed so similar. Thank y'all for letting me correct myself through pretending not to read nor care, then not correcting this the whole while.
|New York City - The Big Apple|
1984 was the original USA Russ Segal version, 1986 is the UK "Americana" rerelease on tape, the first white page scan of the 4 page tape jacket here declares "(c) 1986".