CSSCGC 2011 — hard

Posts tagged “hard”.

December 1st 2011

Paul E. Collins – Do Not Be Seen!

Paul returns with another great entry. In this game, just like the instructions explain like 293 times, you must not be seen. There are plenty of patroller robots wandering around and they can see in four directions, this is, up, down, left and right but they can’t see diagonally. They can’t see you either if you are behind a yellow block (which you can push to move them somewhere else). So you have two choices: first, you can just stay where you start. There’s a good pair of walls made of yellow blocks you they have absolutely no chance of seeing you. But this isn’t very enticing, is it? So your second choice, which may look more attractive, is simply start moving around the map gathering green gems. But, remember, do not be seen! And, I must say, this is an incredibly difficult task. It may look easy at first as there’s plenty of yellow blocks all around the place, but man, those patrollers surely patrol. My record is two gems. After that, I just threw the computer through the window. So be warned!

Summary

Remember: DO NOT BE SEEN!

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December 1st 2011

Nitrofurano – Bacachase

Fourth entry by Nitrofurano and second about cows. Remember, fellow children, cows = win. This time the originality is zero, though, as this is a somewhat well crafted version of the old game “Robot Chase” in which a bunch of evil guys (or robots) chase after you relentlestly albeit in turns - You move, they move. If two baddies collide with each other, they die (become Zombies) and you score (you score points, don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing to do with necrophilia in this game). Sort of fun. The controls are WASD like in every entry by Nitrofurano, this guy must be an avid FPS player. But, did I mention that the main character is a cow and the chasers are also cows? This brings a new dimension to the game, of course. Playing as a cow (notice that it’s not controlling a cow, as cows can’t be controlled!) is always the definitive experience. For something. I think.

Summary

Use WASD to move around and make the baddies collide with each other and have sex with them!

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December 1st 2011

Kabuto Factory – Invasion 3D

People, this one is really cool! Kabuto Factury sends in a a true, working 3D game for your ZX Spectrum! So dust off your good ol’3D glasses from the drawer (those which came with some old magazine which come with a red/blue cellophane sheets, anaglyph I think they were called) ’cause you are going to need them in order to play this game. The mechanics are pretty simple: you have to be FAST and press 1, 2 or 3 depending on which alien is the nearest. If you fail or you take so long… BANG. Needless to say, if you are not wearing glasses you won’t see a shit. And chances are that you won’t either with them on. But this is a great effort. The only problem is that glasses are usually CYAN and RED, not blue and red. But hey, good effort! And possibly one of the most original entries this year.

Summary

Use 1, 2 or 3 to shoot the approaching aliens! And don’t forget your 3D anaglyph glasses!

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December 1st 2011

Nitrofurano – Solitario

Yet another entry by Nitrofurano - the best author when it comes to creating a game that is somewhat polished (albeit with bugs) but ends up being crap for the game itself. I mean, this is some kind of solitaire involving red balls in a cross-shaped board, and you supposedly have to clear it moving them around following a determined set of rules which you will forget as soon as you have finished reading them. And you have to win in less than 15 minutes – that shows that the author really expects you to last 15 minutes at his game, and that really amazes me. This is the typical game in a middle of a compilation back in the 80′s: that game you have absolutely no clue how to play and which get skipped all the time. But this time it comes with instructions, so there’s no excuse this time. A special prize for the first one to actually solve it!

Summary

Move around with WASD and use SPACE to switch the pellets… Or something like that. Read the instructions to know when you can actually switch a pellet.

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November 10th 2011

Paul E. Collins – Lights Out!

Disclaimer: I don’t know if the exclamation mark was part of the title or Mr. Collins was shouting in his email. Don’t check, Paul, I’m making this up. Well – now we have yet another Speccy version of a Crap concept.  Not so crap by itself (well, it surely does look like crap, but works as intended, the controls are somewhat responsive, and comes even with different skill levels!), but crap for what it represents. C’mon, man, gimme a break! Looking at the screenshot you should understand that I’m utter crap at this, so, buggers, this is crap! I tend to blame the game for my own incompetence, of course, but this is over the top. Besides, if someone can explain to me why the game is full of mathematical symbols, or whatever, I’d be glad. It just makes things worse. I can’t see shit and you try to puzzle me even more?!  Are the boards, actually, Brainfuck programs? Good contender! By the way, the game comes with full sources, so you can learn to make you rown Lights Out game. No need to pay royalties nor copyrights, of course.

Summary

Read the in-game instructions, for god’s sake, and leave me alone!

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June 30th 2011

Lazslo Simon – Unbeatable

Ye’llo, all you nerdy chess lovers out there! Are you such a good chess player? Can you easily beat any chess simulator on the humble Speccy? Are you fond of showing your abilities in front of your mates (if any)? Well – here’s a real challenge. I think it’s about time some of you bite the dust, and this program is specifically designed to make you do so. In the author’s own words, this may be the fastest, yet thoughest AI you’ll ever find in a chess simulator. The computer takes almost no time in calculating its next move, I can tell you that most of the time it will be you who’s delaying the game. Your goal is simple: win the game. The main feature in this entry is that it has been created in a such anti-totalitarian fashion: forget about a set of disposable minions to solve your problems. You, as the black king, must do it yourself. That’s how it should be done. Now, good luck!

Summary

Use Q W E D C X Z and A to move your king. If you have ever used Melbourne Draw, you know the drill.

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