BurritoBeans Posted January 3, 2022 Share Posted January 3, 2022 (edited) PC-9801 EVE Burst Error - 20 minutes Popful Mail - 20 minutes Relics - 50 minutes The Screamer - 120 minutes X68000: Mr. Do! - 30 minutes Not a lot of games but hey, a good enough way to close out 2021 if I say so myself. EVE Burst Error was the first of two silly scenarios. I was messing around with my PC-9821Ra266 and, after a little while, figured out that you can run PC-98 emulators on the hardware. Quite silly as this does contain the hardware you need to run older games, well not the audio board but at least the graphics controller. I've never played much of EVE and remembered it, I have "beat" it but how much I could tell you is minimal. It's not my favorite in the grand scheme of C's Ware titles, it's definitely the most family friendly/least strange content-wise but I guess the premise never did a ton for me. It has been a while so, once I get an actual copy on disk/disc, I'll try it again. Popful Mail is the same setup, emulate a PC-98 within a PC-98, but this time using a more modern emulator with Neko Project II. The game isn't too demanding, I mean it runs on a 9801VM so of course it won't be, so it played exactly like it would on actual hardware... well, minus the sound. I have a PC-9801-26K and PC-9801-86 board, the YM2203 and YM2608 sound cards which get used in DOS titles, and sadly they just don't work as they conflict with the forced-on Crystal audio chipset. I didn't try enabling emulation of these, I imagine it would work but I was scared about crashing things. Sadly, at some point playing Popful Mail, I think one of the amplifiers on the computer headphone board ate it. I no longer get front panel audio, well I have it but there's a loud buzzing over top of it. Going to have to fix that. Relics is a weird game, amazingly an old title that doesn't run at crazy-fast speeds using a Pentium II when it was designed for a V30. I still seriously don't understand what I'm doing, there's a lot of broken English and this whole mechanic of turning into a ghost and hijacking the bodies of random enemies on the map, and the manual just says to figure it out yourself. Chunky, clunky, definitely a PC-8801 port, but cool if I say so myself. The Screamer is a role-playing game, a pretty neat one at that. It plays like a mix of the first-person Ultima portions and the action sequences from Shiryou Sensen, you explore this large complex called BIAS and try to solve a monster issue keeping it from serving the world. Don't run this one on a fast computer, I think a VX/UX (i286) would be the upper limit, because while the exploring is fine the side-view combat scenes get unplayable with anything 386SX and above. And then, finally, there's Mr. Do! I'm not good at this game. I've never been good at this game. But y'know what? The X68000 has a great port by Denpa, it's spot-on to the arcade machine, and maybe I'll eventually get good. You can see my high scores from my absolute best set of games are pretty miserable compared to others, I have yet to clear all the boards but maybe I'll get better in time. I'm excited going into 2022, I've got a lot of projects lined up and various new hardware on the way which should provide for tons of fun times as long as things go according to the rough plans I have. It's going to take a little to get into it, my first goal is to clean up the collection and organize my setups, but if I stick to it then I should actually be able to enjoy using my stuff and playing games instead of having to fight half-maintained hardware on janky solutions. Edited January 3, 2022 by BurritoBeans woohoo typo 7 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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