Thursday, September 25, 2014

In other news I passed Activision patch #12 (Ice Hockey) and #13 (Oink!)

Beating Ice Hockey patch score (beat the computer) was very easy, did it on my second try. Again I am really surprised how easy it is to get these patches, I am not bragging, I know I am not a god at these games, still I pass everyone of them, many times easily.

This game is a good example of the evolution between Pong and EA NHL games. You control sprites that actually look like real hockey players, and you have some control on the ball. I write some because I am not 100% certain that I was doing what I intended, but since I got better and better at "controlling" the puck, I assume it is just matter of time before someone get full control on the ice.
Really fun game, nicely done, but I don't think there is much replay value in a single player mode, seems way to easy.
Activision patch #12, Ice Hockey, Beat the computer 8-6

Next game on my list was a harder one, I spent a few evenings tying to beat it, most of the time it would hurt my hand from cramping due to stress, pure Atari fun. This game is OInk!, and it is not a very good one. I feel that while the first screen is very colorfull and could make your think the game will be brilliant, you actually see everything on the first screen. Nothing else happens, the wolf just moves faster. and you get tired.
To get the patch you must achieve 25000 points, which is not too hard after some time, but it took me a really long time to achieve the score. Now I feel that I can do it anytime, but I won't try because the game is super boring.
My new setup, Trinitron (c) 1985, Heavy Sixer

Activision patch #13, Oink! 35936 points
Oinkers Inc.
And I tried Space Shuttle, that game is incredible. Ingenious to use the color, level commands on the 2600 to control the space shuttle, makes it very realistic, but it is a hard game, I am not ready to  compete for the patch yet.

GamePatch difficultyGame Rating
FreewayMediumNice game speedy cars, great colors. netter than Frogger 
DragsterMediumWeird game, with 6 seconds gameplay. Super stressful
Laser Blast Very easy Boring and pointless
SkiingMediumScrolling, colors, learning path, awesome game
Pitfall! Very easyClassic, so many screens, animations, colors, it has everything
Kaboom HardAwesome, colors, paddle control, in the zone feeling.
Pitfall IIEasyHuge map, so many screens, colors, sound, awesome
Chopper CommandEasySpeed and colors, such a long road from Tank
TennisEasyColorfully boring
MegamaniaEasyLike 8 games in 1, great game
River RaidEasyMy hands.....
Ice HockeyEasyNice sprites.
Oink!HardMy hands.....

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