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My Lost Games

The discovery of an old hard drive at the bottom of a drawer re-united me with some of the games that I never completed, and I eagerly set about trying to view what condition they were in.

To do this I had to track down my registered copy of Blitz Basic, load up Virtual PC and install it. Then copy all the required files into a folder and then change all the source code to point to it. It was an interesting afternoon that brought back a lot of memories.

Much later I also uncovered a back-up DVD containing more games that have never seen the light of day. Since the last batch I have upgraded my PC, so had to go through the numerous installs and tweaks to get the code to run so I could capture images and video.

Visitors to my old website may recall a video I placed there showing level one of Transmuter, a shoot-em-up based on an old Spectrum game of the same name, this was just one of the games. Since moving the site to this blog, the video has not been re-instated, so along with my other newly found games I have made a video of all existing game play for the games that still actually run.

Click & Create Games
 
Android One
Simple maze shooting game originally released by Vortex. First level complete but a few collisions not working.
 
Antics
Maze game originally released by Bug Byte. Nothing works in this verison!
 
Atic Atac
This game origianally released by Ultimate had full scrolling first level but little else.
 
Booty
My first attempt at Booty. It failed so I moved to Blitz Basic instead.
 
Cosmic Raiders
A kind of cross between Defender and Scramble, this early Mikro-Gen remake had the scrolling level but nothing to shoot.
 
Lightforce
My first attempt a this shooter. First level works but there are no aliens to shoot.
 
 
Blitz Basic Games
 
Transmuter
Fully playable first level and all weapons implemented. The code was a mess and it took ages to get it working.
 
Gun Law
Fully playable but some placement issues. Not keen on this which is why it never got finished.
 
Lightforce
Second attempt at this game which gives us a fully playable first level I think. The complex movement patterns were a factor in this game never getting finished.
 
Transylvanian Tower
Re-write of the Spectrum game with rendered graphics.
Level 1 completely playable (I think!). All graphics done. Most of the game engine written (I think!).
 
You can watch the old video below

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Android One


Atic Atac


Cosmic Raiders


Transmuter


Gun Law


Transylvanian Tower