Can anyone remember this game?

Discussion in 'Games' started by Lau, Jun 28, 2006.

  1. Lau Guest

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    I remember playing a game on my friend's computer, possibly an old Amstrad with a black and white screen, that involved a square that had a little 'creature' i.e. a dot, bouncing around in it. You were a cursor outside the box, and had to draw a straight line across the box, trapping the 'creature' inside half the box. Half the box would then turn black, and you'd have 'saved' 50%. The higher the levels got, the higher percentage you would have to save. I've drawn a mock up of what it looks like (in my hazy brain, anyway!).

    Does anyone know what this game was called? Or, more excitingly, where I could get hold of a version of it? Thanks for any clues you have. :)

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  2. kretzy macrumors 604

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    I can remember playing this, but the name of it completely escapes me. I'll put some thought into it. :)
     
  3. Lau thread starter Guest

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    That's encouraging, if only for the fact that it means it's real and not just in my imagination. :D Thanks, max_altitude.
     
  4. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor

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    Oh, yes...definitely remember that one.

    *racks brain*

    It's on the tip of my tongue...ugh.
     
  5. WillMak macrumors 6502a

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    I can remember playing a game like that as well!
     
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    Thank you so much for wasting a half hour of my time wracking my brain. ;)

    I'm sorry, I can't remember the title, but I do remember the game. And it's not Tron, but there was something like that in Tron as well.
     
  8. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor

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    Yep...definitely remember playing Tron in the arcade. You're probably thinking of the stage where you and the computer were on lightcycles leaving "walls" behind you in your path. Crashing into the "wall" killed you, and the idea was to outlast the computer by cornering him in a small area while you continued to drive around.
     
  9. slagonnee macrumors member

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    Qix?

    Qix was the Taito arcade game from 1981, but I remember it having various incarnations in later life - think I played a version on the old Apple ][ and the original Gameboy.
     

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  10. Lau thread starter Guest

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    I'm sorry. :eek: :p

    I have no recollection of the title at all, and because I played it at a friends, I may never have known it. I only played it once, but it's stuck with me ever since for being rather beautifully simple.

    I'm off to bed, but thanks for your detective work, detectives. :)

    Oh, and this is what is started looking like as you started to close off higher percentages:
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  11. kretzy macrumors 604

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    Actually, I remember playing this on my dad's old Nokia phone. I'll see if I can find it!
     
  12. Hoef macrumors 6502a

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    Absolutely ... Lau's game must have been based on Qix.
     
  13. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor

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    Similar concept to Qix and the later JezzBall, which brought back great memories of the original game that none of us can remember... :(

    Edit: Here are some photos of the various Qix ports, but none of them are the one we're trying to think of...
     
  14. AP_piano295 macrumors 65816

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    You can get this game on graphing calculators I have it on my TI-83
     
  15. colocolo macrumors 6502

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    For OS9 this game was called Barrack, from Ambrosia. Amazing game!
     
  16. Soulstorm macrumors 68000

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    Indeed, that was one hell of a game!
     
  17. Kernow macrumors 65816

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    I never thought I'd see you in the Games forum, Lau :eek: :)

    I used to love this game - it was called Frenzy on the old BBC computer. There are a couple of versions for the Mac:

    1neum, which is a high-tech, all bells and whistles version, or Encompass, which is a more gentle laid back version.

    I prefer Encompass - if you do play it, press ctrl-click to make the lines go horizontal. It took me ages to figure that out.
     
  18. kretzy macrumors 604

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    I just downloaded Barrack from the Ambrosia website and it's terrible. Far too fancy and complicated. I'm going to give Encompassed a go now though. :)
     
  19. MacBoobsPro macrumors 603

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    Theres a remake of this in the Apple game downloads section. Ive def seen it in there! Called Light cycles or something. :)
     
  20. kretzy macrumors 604

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    I'm addicted to Encompass now! My high score is only 11500 though, I still have to work out better playing strategies. :eek:
     
  21. Dagless macrumors Core

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    Yea it was definitely Qix. Had a variation of it on my Amiga. Theres a popular PC version called Jezzball.

    [​IMG]
     
  22. Lau thread starter Guest

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    Encompass will do me just fine! Thanks, Kernow.

    And thanks everyone else for your excellent sleuthing. :)
     
  23. Lau thread starter Guest

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    Whilst idly searching for other versions of this game, googling "Frenzy game" I came across Harold's Feeding Frenzy, for all you Neighbours fans out there... :D
     
  24. Veldek macrumors 68000

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    I have downloaded this game for my parents iMac, so there definitely exists an OS X version, but I can't remember the name. I found it on Versiontracker.com though.
     
  25. madog macrumors 65816

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    Yuuup....

    Edit: I'm too slow...

    Thought I was the first to mention Barrack =P
     

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