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Day 11: Trivia Game Show by Energize

December 11, 2018 by muguk

News illustration image Elite are in charge of today's release which features a previously unreleased game, Trivia Game Show which was released by Energize in 1991. However, before you can play the game, there's an excellent new Elite intro by DHS (Code: Evil, Logo: Lowlife, Music: Epic).

Grab the game from this download link and start refreshing those grey cells using this quiz game.

The game is not the prettiest looking quiz game that is out there (*) but it's a rare release.

After playing the game and poking around the files on the disk, I (Mug UK) can offer you a little "Advent bonus": if you open up the .DAT files on the disk using a decent hex/text editor, you can see all of the questions before your very eyes. However, the correct answers aren't as easily marked though!

(*) I'm probably saving ST Graveyard some time with this one line review!

We're back tomorrow with yet another release.

Day 10: Star Fleet I: The War Begins

December 10, 2018 by muguk

News illustration image Today's release - Star Fleet I: The War Begins - puts you as a new graduate of Starfleet Academy in command of a starship. The Federation is at war with the Krellans and Zaldrons, so the player has plenty of combatants to engage from the beginning. Every ship system is modelled in meticulous detail, making it a must play for all every armchair Trekkie commander.

This was released in 1984 for the older 8-bit machines, with this 16-bit version released in 1986. It was originally designed by Trevor Sorensen and developed by Interstel.

It is a strategy game that is similar to the old BASIC games that a few of the 'older generations' used to type in from 8-bit computer books. So don't expect too much in the "whizzy graphics" and "amazing sound" departments. This is how games used to look.

Download the ZIP file here

The FGC (it's that CB again) has done the fixes required for it to work on Falcon machines, as well as running from a real (or emulated) hard-disk too.

Special 9th Advent day release: UDS' source code collection!

December 9, 2018 by muguk

News illustration image This is something that's a little bit out of the ordinary for today's Advent release: a collection of source code from one of the colder parts of Europe, Unique Developments Sweden (UDS).

UDS was the development team that created both Obsession and Substation for our Fuji-machines back in the day.

We interviewed Tord Jansson (of UDS) earlier this year. Click here to read that interview if you're interested in some of the history of UDS - from their early days doing STOS demos through to coding the excellent titles above.

This .ZIP is full of source code (in both assembly language and STOS) but it also contains other items, such as the music modules from their demos and games too. It really is a smörgåsbord of coding delights!

Far be it from me to spill the beans and tell you all what's inside this little 3.7MB ZIP file, you will just have to download it yourself and dive in! (There is a README file which gives you a few clues as to what's inside).

Don't forget to set your Google Translate options first though, as a lot of the comments will (naturally) be in Swedish Smiley

[Xmas countdown] Day 8: Zork Solid Gold edition

December 8, 2018 by ST Graveyard

News illustration image On this 8th day we bring you Zork : Solid Gold edition by Infocom. Fixed by CB. This rare version of the game has a new parser and a built in hint system.

From Mobygames : "Zork: The Great Underground Empire is a classic text adventure game. The player begins as an "adventurer" standing near a white house in a nice forest, but soon descends into the Great Underground Empire, where most of the game takes place. The player's quest is to collect the Nineteen Treasures of Zork.

As was typical for adventure games of its era, Zork does not use graphics. Instead, it communicates with the player via text, and the player interacts with the game by typing commands, such as "examine mailbox" or "take torch". For movement, the player types in geographical directions (such as "north" or "east" - or just "n" and "e"Smiley, and can check what items are being carried with the "inventory" command (or just "i"Smiley.

The game was adapted from a larger mainframe version from the late 1970s, and is one of the first examples of its genre.

Download Zork : Solid Gold edition

[Xmas countdown] Day 7: Ultima V

December 7, 2018 by Brume

News illustration image The countdown to Christmas continues. Today, we are happy to present a super famous game: Ultima V: Warriors of Destiny. This is the "penultimate" (no pun intended?) volume of the series on the Atari ST and it came out in 1989. It is also considered one of the best in the series.

This version has been patched by the FCG to work on hard drive. It also works on most of the configurations (it's even supported by the Falcon 030). It also features the runes alphabet patch. It's time to shut up and let you download the game. See you tomorrow!

Download Ultima 5 - Warriors of Destiny

[Xmas countdown] Day 6: Rings of Zilfin

December 6, 2018 by muguk

News illustration image It's release #6 of our Atari Legend Advent Calendar and we bring you another of FGC's releases. This time it's Rings of Zilfin.
It was supplied by Alex/ICS and is one of the earlier SSI adventure games that they converted from the original 8-bit release version back in 1986.

MobyGames said this about the game: "Rings of Zilfin is an unusual, but relatively unknown early fantasy solo RPG by Ali N. Atabek, who went on to create the Magic Candle series. It was meant for beginners to computer RPGs, featuring no character creation, simple game play and movie-like cut scenes, concentrating more on atmosphere than on character stats."

Download Rings of Zilfin by SSI

The download above has both an MSA version (which needs to be run from the desktop) and the files version which can be copied across to your hard-drive. Naturally, it's been fixed for Falcon030 as part of CB's work on this release Smiley


Screenshot of Return to Genesis
Random review

Return to Genesis is the one game I was never able to play on my Atari STe. Don't ask me why, probably a faulty disc. Too bad, cause it's a great game. Created by Pete Lyon and Steve Bak ("The Dream Team"Smiley, this game could be called the true follow up to "Goldrunnner".

November 3, 2001 by ST Graveyard

Read the review of Return to Genesis

Did you know?

"So we went to Atari and said, 'Hey, we've got this amazing thing, even built with some of your parts, and what do you think about funding us? Or we'll give it to you. We just want to do it. Pay our salary, we'll come work for you.' And they said, 'No.' So then we went to Hewlett-Packard, and they said, 'Hey, we don't need you. You haven't got through college yet.'" -- Apple Computer Inc. founder Steve Jobs, on attempts to get Atari and HP interested in his and Steve Wozniak's personal computer

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