Yes, this was finally solved. The games were sold with a German only bundle. Hopefully we'll find the lost disk 4 some day.
Huge thanks! We've been hunting down the working disks for the both UK and Scandinavian versions for years! Now the work is done :)
The sound fx were also by Nic Alderton.
Martin Griffiths also developed the ST/STE music driver.
Comment from the original source code:
; THE 16-BIT VERSIONS OF RUBICON ARE DEDICATED ;
; TO THE MEMORY OF JOHN CAMERON ;
; A GREAT FRIEND TO STEWART, MARTIN, GRAHAM, STEVEN, RICHARD ;
; AND GEORGE. WHO DIED IN A CAR ACCIDENT IN AUSTRAILIA IN ;
; MAY 1991. ;
Actually you are right it was the hit squad release. It had a small sticker on the disk saying STe compatible which covered the Hit Squad logo leaving only the copyright message at the bottom of the disk (the original developer) so that explains that. :)
We really need the disk scan to verify this. Every other Fun School 2 series titles we have comes with two single sided disks and all three titles were made in 1989 according to the advertisement. Like many pre 1990 STOS titles they also don't run on the STe, but this one does. That's why it sounds more like a budget release (or a double sided update of the original release).
See this for example:
If this is version I uploaded yesterday, it's actually the "Database Educational Software" version and not the budget one.
Thank you very much Darren, dumps updated :)
Atarimania ST Team
Your copy of this is actually corrupt!
Disk 3 has read errors on:
- track:65(side b)
- track 72(side b)
Disk 4 has read errors on:
- track:53(side b)
all the way to
- track:66(side b)
The original release and the budget the Kixx one are 100% identical (same master disks). I have both and every sector returns the same checksum. I have uploaded a good copy to the FTP.
This game is not unaltered dump. It has high score saved to it. There was a cheat mode by entering "DARTH VADER" as your name on the high score table would activate F2 to skip levels - this cheat is now permanently on with this dump.
Untouched dump requested.
Hi Darren, yes at the time of archiving there was no other alternative available. There are also other titles like this from the past. If anyone has a version without highscore saves please let us know.