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We all have our personal favorite games for our TI, but what are your two favorites, and honorable mention,

that are playable on an UNEXPANDED system?

 

1) My first is BORZORK by Nanochess.  I wanted that game for the TI like forever, it's the main one I go to when I have some time to kill.  AWESOME GAME!

2) My second is 'currently' Dragon's Lair by Tursi.  I still suck at the game, but it totally blows me away with what it's doing with sound and graphics on an unexpanded system. 

3) My honorable mention is Parsec as it's partially responsible for originally getting me into the TI in the first place and it's a good play.

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Two Favourites:

- Bouncy's Obstacle Course (great music, relaxing and pleasant) 

- Dragon's Lair (technical marvel) 

Honourable Mention:

- Super Demon Attack (just an altogether really solid fixed shooter with interesting enemy patterns).

 

 

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I have to judge by nostalgia, and not quality.  My favorites are Adventure (Pirate Adventure specifically), Car Wars, and Blasto

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My favorite is Bouncy's Obstacle Course (of course). Closely followed by Dragon's Lair and Pitfall!

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As long as your not counting the MP3 / tape player and interface cable as a "expansion":

Same Colors by senior_falcon.

Honorable mention to Morphy.

 

Carts that dont need TIPI/32K/FinalGrom:

Dragons lair, hands down.

Honorable mention to Zero Zap

<Ducks for cover>

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I'm rather keen on Hunt the Wumpus and Peter Cottontail's Egg Hunt, myself. Never got to try Tursi's Dragon's Lair pack, so I wouldn't know about it. Curious about Pitfall on the TI, though.

 

Speaking of Donkey Kong, I'm trying to convince my boyfriend that it has all of the levels from the arcade, just spread out, instead of one after the other like in the arcade; he thinks that the game was only able to fit in two levels.

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1 hour ago, jrhodes said:

Honorable mention to Zero Zap

<Ducks for cover>

I just KNEW somebody was gonna mention ZERO ZAP! 😜

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I don't see a single cartridge as an expansion myself.  If you plug a Parsec cartridge in the console, it does not give the TI any more capabilities than it could already natively handle.  It's just now days some of you Uber Programmers have come up with some pretty amazing programs that we could never have even envisioned or considered possible BITD.  I mean really, if you could go back in time to any TI users group meeting in 1982 and plug in a Dragon's Lair cartridge, the place would have come unglued.

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1 hour ago, --- Ω --- said:

I just KNEW somebody was gonna mention ZERO ZAP! 😜

Are you guys poking fun at OLD CS1's favorite game?  :grin:

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My top two games are Q*bert and Moon Patrol.  Honorable mention to TI-Toad.

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16 hours ago, arcadeshopper said:

ti game: alpiner

3rd party: bigfoot

homebrew: dragon's lair 

 

 

Registered business, licensed title, R&D, full commercial package with manufactured hardware... what's a guy got to do to lose the homebrew tag? Maybe in twenty years I'll be "third party". ;)

 

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I hereby nominate Tursi to third party status among us.  Does anyone second the nomination?

If so, voting will begin in a secondary thread.  😁

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I think the product he put out was FAR superior to any Ti module producers, including TI. He is a step above. 

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Originally my favorite was TI Basic game TANKS using joystick the kids and I would play.

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1 hour ago, --- Ω --- said:

I hereby nominate Tursi to third party status among us.  Does anyone second the nomination?

If so, voting will begin in a secondary thread.  😁

I second the nomination, this second.

Not a second too soon.

Tursi for 3rd party! Go Tursi!

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Trusi do not feel alone, I know that feeling.

RXB has been distributed by no less than 9 third party TI99/4A producers and I am still stuck in Home Brew crowd.

Even though sold in Cart form by Competition Computer, Asgard, Western Horizon (Budd Mills), and many others.

 

Or not even on the lists. Yet RXB (Rich GRAMKRACKER Extended Basic) has been around since 1992???

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Registered business, licensed title, R&D, full commercial package with manufactured hardware... what's a guy got to do to lose the homebrew tag? Maybe in twenty years I'll be "third party". atariage_icon_wink.gif
 
I always succeed in poking your sore spot..

Corrected

Modern third party: dragon's lair


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Why the need to categorize games into TI/3rd party/homebrew?
Got me.. it is a retro crowd thing to call anything new Homebrew

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Yeah, I feel like the first party/third party/bootleg/homebrew distinctions can make sense in some contexts.  I mean, those are pretty well defined in the case of say NES games, just due to the absence of magnetic media, the system manufacturer insisting on controlling all distribution, and the consequent necessity that bootlegs implement a circumvention device. 

 

But in the 80s home computing sphere, it's a bit weird.  Granted, less so in TI's case, since they were more hands-on than some, and most popular original era games are mass-produced carts rather than magnetic media.  But in an MSX or Speccy context for example, it really doesn't make much sense at all. 

 

I feel like it's mostly a case of language relevant to most popular gaming platforms of the era being somewhat erroneously extended to the entire market, when portions of the market don't really recognise these distinctions, and when, furthermore, in the present day, they've often become essentially meaningless.

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7 hours ago, sparkdrummer said:

I think the product he put out was FAR superior to any Ti module producers, including TI. He is a step above. 

Damn straight!  And if THAT don't qualify you for third-party status NOTHING will!

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