Paul Brett with the latest gaming news.
Once again e have another action packed games world column for you to enjoy, plus of course we are including the games we mention on this issues CD. As I am sure you recall AcornArcade have been gradually releasing the full range of Tom Copper games on their website. Sine last issue two more great games have become available, Hamsters and WaveLength.
Hamsters was written by Tom Cooper, and was released commercially by Gamesware in 1994 and has been freewared by Imparo. This version has been supplied by Matthew Thompson with a screenmode from Jason Tribbeck. It is a multi-level politically incorrect platform game. Each level has a time limit. Only when you have successfully squashed every furry animal on the level will you have completed it. Also littered around the levels are several bonus items that you can collect to increase your score. In order to progress through the levels you will need to use your hammer, firstly to squash any small furry animals and secondly to bounce you up to higher platforms.
Hamsters should run fine on RISC OS versions from 3 to Adjust, but not on RISC OS 5.
Hamsters in action
To move about the levels you need the following controls:
The longer the RETURN key is held down the harder the hammer blow will be.
Hamsters can be configured to your own personal requirements - to tailor the game to your own particular taste. The options menu is accessed from the introduction screen - to scroll through the options press Z to move up and X to move down. To select a particular option use the RETURN key. Once you have finished tailoring the game select exit options to return to the introduction screen and start the game.
You can look at the high score table and take heart from the fact that you are not the only psychopathic maniac that enjoys killing defenceless, soft, furry animals. To exit Hamsters press the ESCAPE key until you return to the introduction screen. Select Return To Desktop. To remove Hamsters from the icon bar press the MENU button over the Hamster icon and click SELECT on quit. The Hamsters goodbye screen will then play. To skip this press the SPACE-BAR.
Another Tom Cooper classic, again this was supplied by GamesWare and has been declared freeware by Imparo. Wavelength lacks the humour of other Tom Cooper games and rather is a classic shoot-em-up. You start off with a ship armed with one single cannon, however by carefully destroying the enemies you will be able to collect weapons uprades, rather like Xenon 2. Although this starts out quite slowly it soon gets quite manic, and don't forget that if things get too much you can always back off for a short time and pick off enemies one at a time.
WaveLength should run fine on RISC OS versions from 3 to Adjust, and on RISC OS 5 with the help of Aemulor Pro.
Wavelength in action
A quick update on WaveLength, it seems that CJE Micro's actually own the distribution rights to this game and so it has been removed from the Acorn Arcade downloads area. Of course we have also removed it from this software section of this issue's CD.
Now it's time for a new game from Neil White, the man who it seems has produced more new RISC OS games than anyone else over the last couple of years. CMan is a version of Pac-man, written as a C programming exercise. Neil has included the full source code for those that want to see how the game works.
CMan in action
As the game is in pseudo 3D the controls operate diagonally:
That's all we have time for this time, I hope to be back with more games next issue.