As I've mentioned before on this forum, I used to have a collection of games on cassette that were not considered mainstream, that were sold by small "bedroom companies" and considered as "homebrew" software.
Among all that I had, a little game called "Dodger" was the most memorable, as it had really nice graphics and sound and was available for Extended Basic, not needing any other upgrades.
Back then, when I were a wee laddy .... the games used to load from cassette at a slow rate, screeching away, and were often temperamental - it either loaded or you had to mess around with the tone/volume settings on the cassette recorder.
When the games did load, it all seemed magical - I don't ever recall sitting there and questioning why the games may have been slow running, I never put to question the graphics presented on the screen, because to me as a nine year old kid, it was literally a form of magic unfolding.
We used to order from magazines from time to time to get our software, my stepfather would even take a ride with me in his car to go get some games, as we did when we travelled just over 30 miles to get an adventure game called Alpine Quest. I took it home and couldn't get past the first location, which was a receptionists desk in some building. The very last attempt at getting anywhere on that game resulted in my typing "Eat Receptionist" as I had tried literally everything beforehand.
Here are a few images I've managed to pick up from a magazine called Home Computing Weekly which I'm sure the previous owner of my beloved TI99, my cousin David, used to buy. It turns out the following games I had were mail ordered .... Chalice, Dodger, and Bomber. Bomber and Chalice were TI BASIC games and Dodger was Extended Basic.
I would have had loads more but trying to remember them is beyond me at the moment!
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Now, if anyone has any information about Dodger , Chalice , or Bomber, from these companies, please share your memories / information! ..... Someone in the UK must have had these games at some point
By the way, I am currently remaking Dodger using the information provided in the review you see on here.
The way the reviewer described the type of enemies, and the 4 homes at the top of the screen, fit perfectly onto the TI screen if we are using Sprite magnification 3 setting!!!
It's on the way, it helps greatly that I do remember the game quite well, and I am very pleased with it so far, I will have something to show on this thread shortly, when I've ironed out all the bugs I've managed to put in