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Time for some messing about on the river...

River Rescue & River Rat

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River Rescue

Fandal XEX Atarimania Info

Collect the little guys and take them to the otherside, sort of choplifter with horizontal spy hunter action, probably erm... [no pause but can leave boat moored]

River Rat

Fandal XEX Atarimania Info

Always a favourite in this house, lots of fun here, take the jumps for points but you might regret them. Special bonus after 3 levels I think [4!], time and race bonus at end of each level. Nice game for everyone kids and non Atari people so get them to have a go.

Hints: press fire to toggle speed, 1000pts vs 500pts on the ramps. I like to take the risky ramps on the early stages and then survive on the later ones. Hang on for the special bonus ;) P=pause.

Bonus point challenge get to the highest level (you will need to not risk the jumps. Level indicated by flags on the sides of the screen so keep track. 2pts highest 1pt 2nd.

 

Scoring Both games full points

 

Round ends Friday 11th August 10PM UK time

 

Round 14 We'll suggest games for the next poll here, so any ideas or pick 1 game and it might make the next poll ;)

 

Stay Dry!

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River Rat: 148000 pts, crashed on level 3

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About the ramps, do you really gain any points or time for taking them? Is the race bonus at the end of the level depending on how many jumps you took? It seems to me that the gain is rather small, compared to the risks unless a lot of the bonus depends on the ramps.

 

When it comes to River Rescue, it loads on my PAL 130XE but after just a few seconds the title screen starts rolling around, until it crashes with a solid green display. It might be my current TV not able to sync on the composite video signal in case the Atari does something funky with it rather than outputting a regular ~25 fps interlaced signal. I tried a bunch of other versions of this game, but they all behave the same so I doubt it is something wrong with the Fandal version itself.

 

I tried to load it on my NTSC 800 (non-XL) but I failed to mount my SIO2SD on that one despite I have Top Drive and other options turned off. Nothing will load from the SD drive, but after a bit of searching on the forum I've understood that it is relatively common that the Atari 800 does not work with SIO2SD, or perhaps a firmware upgrade is in order? My unit is close to 10 years old and I've never tried to upgrade it.

 

I suppose in the worst case, I'll have to stick with Altirra emulation for River Rescue, although it is a shame when I have a lap full of genuine Atari 8-bit computers and storage options. I might also be able store a XEX on a floppy disk so I can load it from a 1050 on the NTSC unit, if the problem is due to the game not being PAL compatible?

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Time for some messing about on the river...

River Rescue & River Rat

river_rescue.pngriver_rat.png

River Rescue

Fandal XEX Atarimania Info

Collect the little guys and take them to the otherside, sort of choplifter with horizontal spy hunter action, probably erm...

River Rat

Fandal XEX Atarimania Info

Always a favourite in this house, lots of fun here, take the jumps for points but you might regret them. Special bonus after 3 levels I think, time and race bonus at end of each level. Nice game for everyone kids and non Atari people so get them to have a go.

Hints: press fire to toggle speed, 1000pts vs 500pts on the ramps. I like to take the risky ramps on the early stages and then survive on the later ones. Hang on for the special bonus ;)

Bonus point challenge get to the highest level (you will need to not risk the jumps. Level indicated by flags on the sides of the screen so keep track. 2pts highest 1pt 2nd.

 

Scoring Both games full points

 

Round ends Friday 11th August 10PM UK time

 

Round 14 We'll suggest games for the next poll here, so any ideas or pick 1 game and it might make the next poll ;)

 

Stay Dry!

 

The ramps go up in value each race, so 1k 1st race, 2k 2nd race etc, half points for taking them at slow speed

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River Rescue 24282. Doesn't seem to get any more difficult after a while. Seems as though the difficulty increases each time you get a few people on board?

This game didn't really need 5 lives...

 

Maybe a side bet for most people rescued? The most I managed was 5

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sorry I've not been posting much but I had a crazy idea to create a game for the abbuc compo in just 1 week - probably failing as it stands but still a few hours left!

 

first tables

Remember both games are full HSC points

River Rescue

1st McKong 36,890 12pts
2nd Deteacher 7,850 11pts
3rd RedThunder 6,480 10pts

 

Bonus challenge: most rescues

McKong 9 men

RedThunder 6 men

 

River Rat

1st McKong 274,000 12pts
2nd RedThunder 237,860 11pts
3rd Deteacher 201,550 10pts
4th carlsson 148,000 9pts
5th devwebcl 112,940 8pts

6th Mrs RedThunder 21,750 7pts

 

Bonus challenge: highest level reached (look at the flags on the sides of the screen in game)

Mckong Lv5

 

Suggestions for the next poll

McKong "Tails of Dragons and Cavemen" (NTSC has display issues)

Carlsson "Pogo Stick Trio"

from me "Mr Baked Bean" sorry that's "Mr TNT" to you

anyone else?

:)

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River Rescue: 5700 pts 9950 pts

 

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I haven't got River Rescue to play on any real Atari computer yet, so for the moment I'm playing in Altirra.

 

Eventually I found my Atarimax cartridge with enough spare room to fit one more game, so I put River Rescue onto it. It still fails to run on the PAL 130XE but at least it plays as expected on the NTSC 800. Oddly it seems to run fine in Altirra emulating a PAL 130XE so perhaps it is my computer that is having issues, just like I observed with a handful other games before.

 

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After failing with my crazy attempt to do a new game in 1 week the pressure is off and I've started play

River Rat

18,060

62,750

132,610

287,000 - level 5. The "Special Bonus" was at the end of level 4 not level 3 as I posted. [P] is pause.

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Next up I need to rescue some of those guys...

 

River Rescue

3,240

8,190 with 3 rescued and a lot not rescued! Boy that giant helicopter scared the cr*p out of me :-o :D

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River Rescue

10,710 (4)

22,030 (13)

what was that thing after 6 rescued... OK time to read as McKong has a better boat than me :D

 

River Rat

reached level 5 again but need to adapt tactics to slow down more to survive ;) The short article from the author on atarimania is a nice read :thumbsup:

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