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#1 Andreatari OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed May 1, 2013 12:06 PM

Dear friends

When I bought my first Atari 800XL, in 1984, I immediately realized to have in my hands not only a good “game machine” but also a powerful ‘didactic’ instrument to learn.
I enjoyed myself with several good games published in the first half of the 80’s and then, I started to program with the excellent Basic available on the Atari 8 bit trying to explore and exploit the graphic and the sound of my machine.
Italian books or magazines were almost not existing and, obviously, Internet was far to be a solution… I didn’t stop in my passion and, with many difficulties, I was able to get some documents in English from the USA.
With these info and billions of hours awake in the night, I made the jump from Basic to the ‘mystic’ Machine Language...
In those years it was very popular “Winter Games” by Epyx but, unfortunately, it didn’t exist an Atari version. For this reason I decided to try to convert the Ski Jump event and to show my creation to Lindasoft, a mythical Italian software house supporting the 8-bit world.

The meeting was very positive and they asked me to complete an ‘Atarian’ version of winter games. I finished the game and it was published (obviously without the Ski Jump event, too similar to the original from Epyx) but, due to the Italian Atari market, based mainly on systems connected with cassette recorders, Lindasoft decided to sell it only on tape... a multi-event game is conceptually made to be run by diskette and the cassette version was not a good idea.


Now, after a lot of years, and thanks to the support of Filippo Santellocco ( http://www.santelloc...atari/index.htm ) and other friends, It's possible for me to recover this old program and to share it with all you in this complete and never released disk version. I've prepared also an English version of the instruction manual and I recommend you to read it before to play ;)

White Circus is a multi-event sport game, it runs on all Atari 8-bit systems and it gives you the opportunity to compete with your friends in 5 different winter disciplines.

Please remember:
currently my English is very far to be perfect, but it was absolutely terrible when I was a boy, so I beg your pardon for any text error in the game.
Also, White Circus has been my very first game... I programmed the code in Machine Language, I created the graphics, the music and the sounds effects. I assembled it in about 10 months in 1987, using BBK Monitor, not a real and comfortable Assembler tool…
It’s normal that White Circus is not perfect and that the playability is not always at the top. I know that it is not a masterpiece but it’s a my creature and I will always love it :)
It’s a great joy for me to have finally the opportunity to share it with all you, Atari fans :)

Ciao

P.S.
You can find this game and other news also in the nice website of Filippo : http://www.santelloc...i/programmi.htm

Attached File  White Circus.zip   1.13MB   517 downloads

#2 Stephen ONLINE  

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Posted Wed May 1, 2013 12:27 PM

Welcome, it's always nice to see a lost game recovered.

#3 Philsan OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed May 1, 2013 2:58 PM

Welcome to the forum Andrea!

What a wonderful way to introduce yourself: a nice story and a lost game!

Thanks for the kind words regarding my website, the first and only Italian language one dedicated to A8.
I am proud of it in particular for the page where I am saving Italian language manuals, books, magazines, ads.

'nuff said, here some White Circus screenshots:
whitecircus.png circobianco-2.png circobianco-3.png
circobianco-5.png circobianco-7.png circobianco-8.png

#4 Goochman OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed May 1, 2013 7:41 PM

Screenshots look great!

#5 tjlazer OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed May 1, 2013 9:06 PM

Thanks for the game.

Edited by tjlazer, Wed May 1, 2013 9:09 PM.


#6 Dripfree OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed May 1, 2013 10:38 PM

Cant wait to try this. Congrats on fulfilling your original dream. I'm glad to see White Circus Is not as racist as I thought it was going to be when i read the title.

#7 Magic Knight OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed May 1, 2013 11:08 PM

Thanks for sharing this,

I was always dissapointed when Epyx did not do a A8 version, so this is most welcome!

#8 Philsan OFFLINE  

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Posted Sat May 4, 2013 5:38 AM

Jason,

you have a new game for the 8-bit high Score Club!

#9 therealbountybob OFFLINE  

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Posted Sat May 4, 2013 8:28 AM

Jason,

you have a new game for the 8-bit high Score Club!

Now that Summer's approaching it's sure time for a Winter Sports Bonus Round... coming soon :D

p.s. Nice Post Andreatari :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

#10 8bit-guy OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun May 5, 2013 6:26 PM

time to try a "new" A8 game ! :)

#11 Andreatari OFFLINE  

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Posted Thu May 23, 2013 9:18 AM

time to try a "new" A8 game ! :)


You're right, my friend !
Maybe I would need some more practice in order to be good again in assembly but, nowadays we have a lot of wonderful tools compared to the late 80s...
Anyway, I'm currently working on an A8 version of an old C64 game. It should be not so difficult to 'convert' so I can consider it a sort of exercise before to try with a completely new one :)

Please stay tuned, because I'll give you more info about the conversion in the next days ;)

#12 tjlazer OFFLINE  

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Posted Thu May 23, 2013 1:41 PM

Winter Games perhaps? ;)

#13 _The Doctor__ OFFLINE  

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Posted Fri Dec 1, 2017 4:04 PM

I was always in favor of...

 

Ice Cold Games

 

as a title myself... :)



#14 davidcalgary29 ONLINE  

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Posted Fri Dec 1, 2017 4:27 PM

 

Lindasoft, a mythical Italian software house

 

Who ran this company??



#15 Gunstar OFFLINE  

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Posted Fri Dec 1, 2017 4:56 PM

Fantastic!



#16 R.Cade OFFLINE  

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Posted Fri Dec 1, 2017 5:28 PM

I assume the name is just a translation issue. Would Summer Games be "Brown Circus"? Or maybe "Green Circus".


Edited by R.Cade, Fri Dec 1, 2017 5:28 PM.


#17 davidcalgary29 ONLINE  

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Posted Fri Dec 1, 2017 8:13 PM

I don’t know. “Green Circus” is a pretty apt metaphor for the Olympics these days. :P

#18 SS OFFLINE  

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Posted Sat Dec 2, 2017 2:41 PM

I had a chance to try this out today.  Very nice!  It is a welcome addition to the A8 library.  Thank you for sharing it with us!







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