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  1. It's not too bad in joystick mode. The movement actually feels pretty good. For me, it's just a little bit disappointing that Atari released such a cool trak-ball accessory and then forgot to make any games that really support it. (Except for Missile Command. And one section of Final Legacy.) If someone made a hack, that would be amazing.
  2. Millipede: 225,007 Does anyone know if the trak-ball will work in trak-ball mode with Millipede? I tried it and the player just slides to one side of the screen and sticks there. In joystick mode it works okay, but then you don't get the benefit of analog control. I tried control-T like in Missile Command, but that didn't help.
  3. My final attempt: 55,265 This was a fun round - I played the heck out of Missile Command this week!
  4. Some of you guys are just amazing at this game. Meanwhile, here's my minor improvement. 😂 54,530
  5. A little bit better: 49,600 Best score before first city is destroyed: 9,015
  6. Much like last week, I really enjoy the game, but I'm no good at it. This is about as far as I ever get. Hopefully I'll improve over the course of the week. Missile Command: 39,565 And in honor of Halloween, one side of my trackball has blood on it: I honestly don't know what the story behind this trackball is. It isn't *my* blood - it came this way when I bought it at a garage sale. Maybe someone injured themselves during a particularly intense Missile Command session? Maybe it was used as a murder weapon? Who can say... be careful out there, HSC people. 👻🎃🦇🤣
  7. Miner 2049'er: 33,490 Slight improvement - I passed the radioactive waste stage for the first time in my life!! 😄
  8. Jet Set Willy: 4 items collected I know I'll probably get some hate for this, but I've honestly never understood the appeal of Jet Set Willy. Then again, I didn't grow up with this game. But I've tried to play it every now and then over the years. On one hand, I really appreciate the music, the expansiveness, and the weird sense of humor and get the impression that this is a game developed by one guy in his bedroom with a lot of love. But there are so many jumps that require pixel perfect precision, so many screens that appear to be unsolvable, what seems like bugs everywhere (entering a room and running straight into a baddie), no clear sense of where I'm supposed to go, the slow speed at which Willy moves and jumps... I just don't get it. 😂 It's nothing personal if you're really into JSW. Maybe the sense of accomplishment that comes from overcoming an extreme challenge *IS* the appeal. I have no idea. But it's okay - I'll still give it some goes over the next few weeks. Maybe I'll learn to appreciate it. Note: This is not a complaint about JSW's selection for the HSC. 🙂 I'm just curious to know why this game is so highly regarded and well-loved by many, many people.
  9. Awesome - here's my first go. Miner 2049'er: 23,380 I like Miner 2049'er a lot, but I've never been good at this one. In fact, I've never been able to pass the station with the radioactive waste...
  10. Also, I think I've played every single one of the games that are still in the running at this point. It was a good round - some fun, some not so fun. But besides Desert Falcon and Pharaoh's Curse, I think all the games were new to me. Might play some more to improve scores if I have time. We'll see.
  11. Curse of the Pharaoh: COMPLETED!! I'm a bit proud of myself with this one because I didn't look up a walkthrough or peek at the code. It's actually pretty straightforward to get through if you're decent at "guess the word". Hardest part to figure out was getting the giant clam open. This game is so primitive and ridiculous that it was actually a little bit great. Why is there a fuse box on the wall in a supposedly ancient Egyptian pyramid? Why is there a giant clam sitting here? No idea. Reminds me of being a kid again and typing in magazine listings - you just never really knew what you were going to get.
  12. Pyramid: Played a couple dozen hands and finally deduced most of the rules (I think!) I was able to clear one entire pyramid. When you do, the screen flashes for a moment and then all the cards are re-dealt. I'm not entirely sure, but I think the number in the lower right (09 for me) is a running total of scores from the games you win. Here's a pic from my last move: And a pic afterward - note the score(?) in the lower right: Not a bad game if you're in the mood for some Solitaire. Actually, once I figured out what I was doing, it was pretty addictive. It helps to understand the values of the cards: A=1, then 2-10 are face value. (I originally thought the 10 was an 11, but the fat 1 is actually a 0.) Then B=11, D=12, and K=13. Matching cards that total to 13 or 26 (K+K) removes those cards. I think you can only reshuffle the deck if you have matched more cards than you have drawn. If the counter at the upper left is higher than the counter at the upper right, you can't reshuffle and your game is basically over unless you have more moves available elsewhere. You can only match cards that are "free" meaning that they have no card to the lower left or lower right. However, you can select a card (it moves to the upper right holding area) and then match with another card ABOVE that is freed up by your selection. Also, you can match freed cards with either cards from the draw pile, or other freed cards on the pyramid. I didn't realize the latter for many hands.
  13. Tried out Beneath the Pyramids this evening: LOOK OUT, IT'S THE MYSTICAL TEMPLE OF HERMAN! Don't touch that ankh or bat droppings will rain from the heavens and injure you. 🤣 It's actually not too bad. The slow movement is a little irritating, but it's a BASIC game. I could get into this.
  14. The Tomb of Death: Well, I tried it. 🤣 I actually really like text adventures, but this one is... not up to par. Desert Survival Test: My first go. After you play through it once, the game tells you the correct answers. This is un-ironically kind of a fun little diversion. Not really a game, but now if I'm ever lost in the desert, I have a slightly better chance at living to tell the tale.
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