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#151 agradeneu OFFLINE  

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Posted Fri Feb 22, 2019 11:57 AM

 

All part of the game's charm. It's great having a platformer that doesn't have a spacey/sci-fi theme. :)

Yeah, Sonic and Toki are soooo spacey/scifi. :D But I understand what you mean with charm, it's really special.


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Posted Fri Feb 22, 2019 2:11 PM

Yeah Sonic 2 on the GG is hard to enjoy really- you can't tell what's coming, due the very small playfield and the superfast scrolling. It simply does not work as well as the versions on MD and Master System. I found Scrapyard Dog on the Lynx much more playable, though the gfx sometimes look like primary school paintings.


Whilst friends and myself got a lot out of Sonic on the Game Gear, it was tough to love at times.

The ghosting on the Game Gear screen was pretty shocking.

Not sure what type of screens Sega used,but they were pretty flaky.

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Posted Mon Feb 25, 2019 1:58 AM

We're taking a quick look at the Atari Lynx developer, Hand Made software and the titles they've put out. Not as many as Epyx or some of the other heavyweights but still a good selection! Do you have any of their games?

 

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Posted Mon Feb 25, 2019 7:29 PM

Great article! Loopz is their Lynx masterpiece. Still can’t believe Atari didn’t release it...

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Posted Mon Feb 25, 2019 9:40 PM

A shame but at least it was released in the end! Glad you liked the article!



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Posted Tue Feb 26, 2019 1:59 AM

We're taking a quick look at the Atari Lynx developer, Hand Made software and the titles they've put out. Not as many as Epyx or some of the other heavyweights but still a good selection! Do you have any of their games?

 

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Kinda mixed bag with them: Awsome Golf, Dracula, Malibu are solid titles. Jimmy Connors and Power Factor were both quite awful.



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Posted Wed Feb 27, 2019 12:11 AM

The controls in Power Factor annoy me but apart from that it's quite a solid game



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Posted Wed Feb 27, 2019 3:19 AM

The controls in Power Factor annoy me but apart from that it's quite a solid game

What part of them? Just button setting or control lag etc in general? Which one would you prefer?



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Posted Wed Feb 27, 2019 4:20 AM

What part of them? Just button setting or control lag etc in general? Which one would you prefer?

Generally the control layout and laggy feel is terrible. weapon select is done with the dpad, but works only randomly and the dpad is for moving the player too!. Level design, enemies are quite bland. Overall I had no fun with this.



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Posted Wed Feb 27, 2019 4:27 AM

The controls in Power Factor annoy me but apart from that it's quite a solid game

Aside from control issues it's very boring and bland. Jimmy Connors is their worst game probably: it looks like a tennis game but plays like a trainwreck mix of Baseball and Volleyball. Using two seperate buttons for fore and backhand might be the most bizarre design choice for a tennis game, but the complete lack of control, volley play, cheap AI makes this a turd. I quite enjoyed Dracula, but the wall climbing clearly tries to stretch an otherwise brief game. Feels hamfisted game design. Awesome Golf is really good. Malibu Bikini has some issues with the AI, but actually plays like some decent Volleyball with very nice gfx. Overall I was not that surprised they completely screwed up Kasumi Ninja. Their last 2 games (except Malibu) on the Lynx were lackluster/rushed efforts already.

 

I like the atarigamer site, but for my taste there is WAY too much hyping of average or poor games (Batman Returns!), which will eventually backfire.


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Posted Wed Feb 27, 2019 11:23 AM

Aside from control issues it's very boring and bland.

 

 

This is by far my biggest problem with the game. It's got all the pieces, but never quite gels into anything really approaching fun.



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Posted Wed Feb 27, 2019 4:08 PM

Handmade Software themselves admit they had issues with their Tennis Game on Lynx:

We had a lot of trouble with tennis on the Lynx.

Basic problem is the screen is just too small.

Try the practice mode which will help you improve you hitting skills.

Rob Nicholson Hand Made Software Ltd.

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Posted Wed Feb 27, 2019 4:08 PM

What part of them? Just button setting or control lag etc in general? Which one would you prefer?

 

 

It's the way the jetpack works, I just can't get a good feel for it, it doesn't feel natural to me. Also good you mention lag because direction change and walking animations are just a little too long I find.



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Posted Wed Feb 27, 2019 4:19 PM

50% of the cartridge space on Jimmy Connors Tennis is used just for the speech:

Rob Nicholson again:

Did you know it's really Jimmy himself? We sent him a list of words to say and got a tape back. The samples sound better than mostothers on the Lynx because the original sample driver was, err, crap :-)

I'm not a tennis fan so have no feelings for the Lynx game.

I do think HMS delivered better games on Lynx than Jaguar and were a very capable studio,but by no means was everything they put out, Gold..

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Posted Thu Feb 28, 2019 12:28 AM

Handmade Software themselves admit they had issues with their Tennis Game on Lynx:

We had a lot of trouble with tennis on the Lynx.

Basic problem is the screen is just too small.

Try the practice mode which will help you improve you hitting skills.

Rob Nicholson Hand Made Software Ltd.

problem is "Tennis" on the Game Boy played stellar compared to JR, on a smaller screen. I just think they got no passion or fun with the game, not fans of tennis either.



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Posted Thu Feb 28, 2019 3:18 AM

Rob Nicholson:
The controls in JC went through loads of changes during development. What
we ended up with is difficult to get started with but once mastered is
not that bad at all (although I say so myself :-) Biggest problem with
the Lynx is a limited screen area. It had to scroll but working out which
part of the court to show was a nightmare.




I wonder if they were Tennis fans themselves?

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Posted Thu Feb 28, 2019 4:23 AM

The controls in Power Factor annoy me but apart from that it's quite a solid game


I wasn't exactly surprised to find one of the Power Factor Team had also been involved in Red Rat's Time Runner on the ST and Amiga:

https://youtu.be/Sw7n4IjVeUE

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Posted Tue Mar 5, 2019 2:10 AM

It's about time that the original Menu Loader for the RetroHQ Lynx SD cartridge has been updated. The new version has a tonne of cool features, runs much faster and is nice to look at.

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Posted Sat Mar 9, 2019 4:31 AM

Just a quick feedback

 

I really like you're webpage with all those articles and useful information in one place regarding the Lynx. 

Since i am not using facebook, i am thankful to the oldschool people who use forums and webpages. So i can get my fix somewhere 

 

Thank you



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Posted Sat Mar 9, 2019 5:29 AM

Thank you! I'm still trying to get more information together, next big section will be a programming section on the Lynx. If you want any specific content or style of articles, please do let me know.



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Posted Mon Mar 11, 2019 1:53 AM

We've modded a Lynx to make it future proof and the result was amazing. This combines several mods together for the one job, really all 3 should be done to every Lynx out there.

 
Check out the article here - https://atarigamer.c...and-lcd-install
 
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Posted Mon Mar 18, 2019 2:11 AM

Here's a quick look at the top 5 Atari Lynx music themes. What's your favourite tune?

 
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Posted Mon Mar 18, 2019 2:56 AM

Seriously? You cannot omit the number one musical masterpiece! Shadow of the Beast. The flute tune with echo plus the variety of the tunes on this release has glued me for hours disassembling this code to get an idea of how on earth they managed to create sounds like these the Lynx hardware. I am still lightyears away from producing anything even close to this.



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Posted Mon Mar 18, 2019 3:56 AM

yes, to me it would be Shadow of the Beast on top spot as well.

PowerFactor game-over tune on 2nd.

And of course ours :)



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Posted Mon Mar 18, 2019 3:52 PM

Agree with both of you, also top 5 is probably not enough for this. This article was by a co-writer so blame him, lol  :grin:







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