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#1 Fletch OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Nov 4, 2015 6:50 PM

We've all had the debates about which Atari 8-bit game has the best graphics, sound, gameplay, or re-playability.  But I'd like to know which Atari 8-bit makes you laugh.

 

The game doesn't have to good, the graphics can suck, the music awful, but somehow makes you smile every time you play it.

 

 

For me that game is Jeff Minter's Hover Bovver.   http://www.atarimani...ovver_2519.html

 

For the uninitiated, the game is about lawn mowing.  Your lawn mower is broken and you "borrow" one from Jim, Tom or Alf.  You head out and start mowing whilst your neighbor chases you about trying to retrieve his mower. 

 

You aren't alone in your endeavor, your trusty dog is along to play defense.  As the neighbor closes in, you press the button and the dog attacks allowing you keep mowing.

 

Fido's tolerance doesn't last forever though, and when that tolerance runs out he charges right towards you.  You yell, "Damnation, I've hit the dog!" and the mower overheats.  Chances are slim that you'll get it going again before the neighbor takes back his machine.

 

Running over flowers brings out the gardener who also chases you.  

 

The whole thing just cracks me up every time.  

 

Which game does that for you?



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Posted Wed Nov 4, 2015 9:38 PM

I always got a kick out of watching M.U.L.E.

 

Mr. Robot and the Robot Factory and Gremlins were amusing.



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Posted Wed Nov 4, 2015 11:47 PM

I always liked that amidar clone, where you were a smiling pickle slice driving around, painting the grid. I think it was done by the same guy who did Snokie and Flak.

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Posted Thu Nov 5, 2015 3:04 AM

Hover Bovver is a good one to laugh at. In fact, any of the Jeff Minter games, they're just crazy.

 

I find his love of sheep and camels and anything like that amusing.

 

I managed to meet the man at one of the computer shows and made me laugh also. A colleague of mine came with me to the show and asked for a picture with Jeff. Jeff doesn't have straight eyes and so my colleague complained when I showed him the picture on his camera, "Oh for goodness sake, he could have looked at the camera", without realising that Jeff can't help it.

 

With Hover Bovver, I love how he managed to find something so mundane and make a decent game out of it. And yes, it is amusing.



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Posted Thu Nov 5, 2015 6:53 AM

Mule and Bruce Lee in multiplayer were generally pretty funny.

Some of the Infocom games had amuzing parts but it wore off once you'd experienced it a few times.


Edited by Rybags, Thu Nov 5, 2015 6:54 AM.


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H.E.R.O

International Karate

Pole Position

Great American Cross Country

Star Raiders

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Posted Thu Nov 5, 2015 10:21 PM

Seeing Star Raiders reminded me of the times we would blow up our own star bases and get a good laugh at that.

 

Then I remembered the biggest laugh of all... Choplifter!! 

 

We used to love how you could strafe your own guys and the little guys would go running from you.  Awesome stuff!!



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Posted Thu Nov 5, 2015 10:57 PM

Rally Speedway made me laugh when you crash and the man in the car ends up waving his fist in anger.



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Posted Thu Nov 5, 2015 11:07 PM

Shamus - for the death sequence :)



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Posted Fri Nov 6, 2015 6:33 AM

Nice thread :thumbsup:

 

Whomper Stomper - c'mon I bet we all do the voice! I find myself saying "lookout for ants" when we go out in the garden... or even "lookout for poison nails" :-o

 

MULE is pretty funny too especially when your regular opponents mule goes crazy* or they misplace it forcing you sing a chorus of "Where's your MULE gone" to this tune https://www.youtube....h?v=-EpWOzIzhf8

 

:-D

* forgot I do a bit of Queen's Stone Cold Crazy for this bit: "MULE Goes Crazy"


Edited by therealbountybob, Sat Nov 7, 2015 9:32 AM.


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Posted Fri Nov 6, 2015 7:12 AM

Rally Speedway made me laugh when you crash and the man in the car ends up waving his fist in anger.

 

That is brilliant.  What a great game!



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Posted Fri Nov 6, 2015 7:42 AM

Jumpman falling to his room, bouncing off every platform on the way down, is one of my favorites.

Floyd the Droid Goes Blastin' always makes me laugh at its manic, violent simplicity.

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Posted Fri Nov 6, 2015 8:46 AM

Salmon Run With i had back in the 80,s on tape. The Black bear is pretty funny. if you dive your salmon to shortly the Bear is quick to catch up with you.Theres even a a white ice bear on later levels. And also when your salmon got caught in the fishermans net. The Seagulls flying overhead has a pretty funny sound, and also when you caught by the seagulls. When you manage to complete one level, The kiss with the other fish and the kissing sound is pretty cool and funny and then the hearts that surrounds the two fishes after the kiss.  Yeah some good memories with this game :)


Edited by BioFreeze, Fri Nov 6, 2015 8:47 AM.


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Posted Fri Nov 6, 2015 10:08 AM

For those that dont know Salmon Run. Press joystick back and hold button to dive the salmon, its neccesary to avoid the bear and the seagulls. :thumbsup:



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Posted Fri Nov 6, 2015 10:34 AM

Salmon Run is funny. Always loved that game. One of the best APX games published by Atari. Still play it. Great sounds as well.

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Posted Fri Nov 6, 2015 2:49 PM

And Alleycat is funny even tough i havent played it mutch. The cat have som awesome moves and funny jumps :)

 

Tapper also is kinda funny i think. keep feeding the customets beer and keep the glasses from falling to the ground.


Edited by BioFreeze, Fri Nov 6, 2015 2:53 PM.


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Posted Wed Nov 11, 2015 5:08 PM

Multiplayer games as already mentioned.  My kid and I had such fun times playing Mario Brothers and sometimes we turned on each other instead of helping.  It really made us laughed.  Great memories :)



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Posted Wed Nov 11, 2015 10:02 PM

Definitely, Artworx's Strip Poker... most phrases and swearing from the gals. 

 

strip_poker_phrases2.jpg

 

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Posted Thu Nov 12, 2015 2:49 AM

Chuckie egg, being chased by a giant bird cracks me up...



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Posted Thu Nov 12, 2015 7:33 AM

We've all had the debates about which Atari 8-bit game has the best graphics, sound, gameplay, or re-playability.  But I'd like to know which Atari 8-bit makes you laugh.

 

The game doesn't have to good, the graphics can suck, the music awful, but somehow makes you smile every time you play it.

 

 

For me that game is Jeff Minter's Hover Bovver.   http://www.atarimani...ovver_2519.html

 

For the uninitiated, the game is about lawn mowing.  Your lawn mower is broken and you "borrow" one from Jim, Tom or Alf.  You head out and start mowing whilst your neighbor chases you about trying to retrieve his mower. 

 

You aren't alone in your endeavor, your trusty dog is along to play defense.  As the neighbor closes in, you press the button and the dog attacks allowing you keep mowing.

 

Fido's tolerance doesn't last forever though, and when that tolerance runs out he charges right towards you.  You yell, "Damnation, I've hit the dog!" and the mower overheats.  Chances are slim that you'll get it going again before the neighbor takes back his machine.

 

Running over flowers brings out the gardener who also chases you.  

 

The whole thing just cracks me up every time.  

 

Which game does that for you?

Kids' games.

AstroGrover (comes with keyboard overlay)

Ducks Ahoy

GranMa's House

I don't know I laugh, but they are good simple fun with grandkids.


Edited by russg, Thu Nov 12, 2015 7:37 AM.


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Posted Thu Nov 12, 2015 9:00 AM

Secretum Labyrinth is very funny. I like the part with the blurred images to protect the IP - and the choice of one naive label out of four is simply hilarious!

 

"Mr. M" with his stomach state is funny too, BTW.


Edited by Irgendwer, Thu Nov 12, 2015 9:00 AM.


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Posted Thu Nov 12, 2015 12:55 PM

The bartering in Temple of Apshai!



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Posted Thu Nov 12, 2015 3:52 PM

this when I was coding it, not much more later: http://a8.fandal.cz/...p?files_id=6772



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Posted Thu Nov 12, 2015 4:45 PM

Donkey Kong Jr. The game is about a baby gorilla in a diaper trying to rescue his father from Mario.

 

The whole game is funny, but I particularly like DK Jr.'s death. I think it's better than in the arcade too because it's faster (at least on NTSC), which changes the whole character of how it looks and essentially the humor of it. The death sound goes hand in hand with it too.

 

I also like the part where Donkey Kong Sr. kicks Mario through the air after having been freed from his chains (which aren't drawn in the Atari version for some reason -- probably not enough space in the Antic 4 character set used).


Edited by MrFish, Thu Nov 12, 2015 4:48 PM.


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Posted Thu Nov 12, 2015 5:21 PM

Definitely, Artworx's Strip Poker... most phrases and swearing from the gals. 

 

strip_poker_phrases2.jpg

 

- Y -

 

I remember when this was the only way for a 13 year old to access some pr0n.






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