Micropower games on disk

reminisce about bbc micro & electron games like chuckie egg, repton, elite & exile

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Micropower games on disk

Postby billcarr2005 » Thu Mar 07, 2013 10:24 am

Good morning!

Having just received the disks of

Mr Ee,
Block Buster,
Frenzy,
Killer Gorilla,
Ghouls,
The Mine
and Felix in the Factory

from Arcadian, and already having

Stock Car,
Cybertron Mission,
Dune Rider,
Intergalactic Trader
and Starfleet Encounter...

I was wondering if somebody could confirm the existence of

Jet Power Jack,
Felix meets the Evil Weevils,
Plutonium Plunder,
Swag,
Rubble Trouble
and/or any others on disk.

Could strike Rubble Trouble off the list, as i've seen it on eBay a couple of times, but didn't win :(. Maybe somebody on this forum has some/all of these in a box under the stairs? :wink:

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Re: Micropower games on disk

Postby Arcadian » Thu Mar 07, 2013 12:11 pm

I think I have a few of those (Plutonium Plunder, Swag, Rubble Trouble ... possibly Jet Power Jack but then again maybe not. Don't think I have Felix meets the Evil Weevils).

I should be able to check for sure on Sunday.
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Re: Micropower games on disk

Postby billcarr2005 » Thu Mar 07, 2013 2:50 pm

Do you have any other " OMG RARE :o " titles scattered around? 8)
6502 Second Processor ELITE?
Jet Set Willy II i've only seen a couple of times on eBay...

Surely whoever snaps them up off eBay must visit the forum sometimes! :roll:

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Postby Samwise » Thu Mar 07, 2013 3:52 pm

I thought 6502 Second Processor Elite was still a legend? That may (or may not) have been the missing G45 in the Acornsoft Games range ... ?

I didn't think any of us had actually found a copy of it. Think you got closest with that one you nabbed on eBay a while back, but that was just a sticker wasn't it?

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Postby billcarr2005 » Thu Mar 07, 2013 5:08 pm

'Twas this box, with the standard SNG38 ELITE disk inside
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Postby Samwise » Thu Mar 07, 2013 5:28 pm

ah, yes. Don't think we saw a pic of the rear last time. That solves the long-standing G45 mystery, then. If only we could find an intact copy of that original 6502 disc version. :/

Real shame that you only got the original disc. I wonder if someone somewhere has the 6502 disc in an original box and doesn't know it! :)

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Postby CMcDougall » Thu Mar 14, 2013 10:39 pm

Samwise wrote:find an intact copy of that original 6502 disc version

wonder if it's even worth it :? Full colour and background music perhaps :-k

Bill, did any of the Micro Power discs have any protection?
or where they just a straight tape to disc, apart from Ghouls maybe :x
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Postby billcarr2005 » Thu Mar 14, 2013 11:28 pm

They've all got a similar protection of 5 x 512byte sectors per track and 1 track containing 13 x 128 byte sectors. The physical & logical track IDs match. Some of them also have unformatted tracks. When *.-ing the disk only MICROPOWER (39) COPYRIGHT 1984 is visible.
The files are loading from the disk using direct access rather than having the files hidden on the catalogue too.

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Postby Garrettimus » Fri Mar 15, 2013 9:32 am

Samwise wrote:ah, yes. Don't think we saw a pic of the rear last time. That solves the long-standing G45 mystery, then. If only we could find an intact copy of that original 6502 disc version. :/

Real shame that you only got the original disc. I wonder if someone somewhere has the 6502 disc in an original box and doesn't know it! :)

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Fantastic.

Out of my ignorance, I didn't know that an "official" Executive Elite had been really released, I thought it was either a 'hack' or a noncommercial release.

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Postby Garrettimus » Fri Mar 15, 2013 9:35 am

By the way, a Brazilian friend of mine is an Elite collector. If I'm not wrong, he's got everything that had an official release. The picture below shows part of his collection.
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Postby Arcadian » Fri Mar 15, 2013 10:11 am

Now THAT'S impressive!! :shock: =D>

Can't see the Acornsoft Standard/Master/CoPro release there, however?
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Also, the elusive 6502 CoPro-only BBC B version isn't there either, but I'm not surprised about that one! ;)
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Re: Micropower games on disk

Postby Arcadian » Fri Mar 15, 2013 10:13 am

There's also only of the Superior versions there too.

In total there were four:
- Acorn Electron tape
- BBC Micro tape
- BBC Micro 5.25" disk
- BBC Master Compact 3.5" disk

I'd still love to see photos of his full collection ... are they available online?
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Postby Garrettimus » Fri Mar 15, 2013 10:38 am

Arcadian wrote:There's also only of the Superior versions there too.

In total there were four:
- Acorn Electron tape
- BBC Micro tape
- BBC Micro 5.25" disk
- BBC Master Compact 3.5" disk

I'd still love to see photos of his full collection ... are they available online?

I'll ask him for other pictures. :D

Interestingly enough, he doesn't own a single Beeb! In fact, apart from being an Elite fan, he's also a big fan of the Japanese MSX computers which were very popular in Brazil back in the day.

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Re: Micropower games on disk

Postby billcarr2005 » Wed Apr 10, 2013 12:01 pm

Got Felix meets the Evil Weevils on disk, along with a surplus BBC, disk drive and some other games off eBay! :)

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Re: Micropower games on disk

Postby Arcadian » Wed Apr 10, 2013 12:34 pm

Nice, I wasn't even sure if Weevils was released on disk but that confirms it! :)
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Re: Micropower games on disk

Postby BBCB+64K » Wed Apr 10, 2013 8:48 pm

BITD I had Dune Rider, Jet Power Jack, Rubble Trouble and Stock Car each on a 40 track DFS disk. You could freely copy them as there was zero protection on the ones I had.

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Re: Micropower games on disk

Postby Pernod » Wed Apr 10, 2013 9:30 pm

I remember the Dune Rider disk as it had adverts for other games in the loader, I guess others from that time had them too.
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Re: Micropower games on disk

Postby johnbeamer » Sat Aug 24, 2013 5:06 am

Also not clear - from Elite collection photo whether Tatung Einstein version is there


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