Adventure (Micro Power / Program Power)

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Adventure (Micro Power / Program Power)

Postby Tinker » Sat Aug 17, 2013 1:39 pm

If anyone remembers playing the text adventure game "Adventure" by Micro Power, you may be interested to browse the hints (also full walk-through) I've uploaded to the CASA site at http://solutionarchive.com/game/id%2C2051/Adventure.html. I've uploaded a fixed image of the BBC version of the game which runs properly from disk.

One of the frustrations I always had with this game was how to get to a successful end of game. All these years later, after digging into the code I can conclude that the original version doesn't contain any logic to check for completion of the game! Bizarre. Anyway, the fixed version above also adds a small piece of new logic so the game can be completed satisfactorily.

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Re: Adventure (Micro Power / Program Power)

Postby hoglet » Sat Aug 17, 2013 1:55 pm

IIRC, there is also an Atom version of this, in the archive.

Not sure if the BBC one was bigger.

I might have a go later.

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Re: Adventure (Micro Power / Program Power)

Postby Jimbob » Sun Aug 18, 2013 9:03 am

Seriously? There wasn't a confirmation of whether you reached the objective or not? I did used to have this as a kid - that's the sort of thing that would've thrown me.
Thanks, Tinker, for fixing a 30-year-old problem. :)
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Re: Adventure (Micro Power / Program Power)

Postby Tinker » Mon Aug 19, 2013 6:24 am

IIRC, there is also an Atom version of this, in the archive.
Not sure if the BBC one was bigger.

Interesting! I had heard there was one, but hadn't come across it until now. Based on your tip I located the Atom version and took a look inside the program files. From what I can see, the same data and logic is the same as the BBC & Electron versions (although I haven't actually run it up in an emulator).

Thanks, Tinker, for fixing a 30-year-old problem. :)

It was nice to be able to clear it up! I was certain there must be a hidden secret to finish the game but seemingly not.

By the way, I have also made a blog with some comments & screenshots while I was investigating the game. I hope to look into some more from time to time.
http://8bittinker.blogspot.jp/2013/08/adventure-by-program-power-1.html

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Re: Adventure (Micro Power / Program Power)

Postby jms2 » Wed Aug 21, 2013 6:33 am

I love your blog - well worth a read! :D

For some reason, I have always enjoyed reading about text adventures, but don't really like playing them...

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Re: Adventure (Micro Power / Program Power)

Postby Dave Footitt » Thu Aug 22, 2013 8:13 am

Yes, nice looking blog =D>

Be nice to have some detail as to why the original ending was broken though :)

Edit: Aha, I see you have done, elsewhere on your blog! Nice!

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Re: Adventure (Micro Power / Program Power)

Postby richardtoohey » Thu Aug 22, 2013 8:30 am

Dave Footitt wrote:Be nice to have some detail as to why the original ending was broken though :)
Did you see this part?

http://8bittinker.blogspot.jp/2013/08/a ... ncing.html

Enhancement 6: Making the Game Winnable
Finally, the original game logic does not contain any logic to check if the player has succeeded in bringing back the Princess, leaving the player feeling unsatisfied. After considering what would be an appropriate condition for winning, I enhanced the logic to print a successful end-of-game message on DROPping the princess in the Left Luggage Office (to be consistent with the location where you drop the treasures).
Not sure if you missed that, or you mean you are after even more detail.

Interesting read and nice to see the old code polished up!

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Re: Adventure (Micro Power / Program Power)

Postby b_b_c_m_i_c_r_o_2 » Thu Nov 14, 2013 7:08 pm

Nice job blogging your changes.

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Re: Adventure (Micro Power / Program Power)

Postby xyzzy » Sat Nov 30, 2013 12:24 pm

I can't get the patched disk image to boot up :( What am I doing wrong? !BOOT doesn't seem to do anything, and *RUN "LOAD" or CH."ADVENT" or CH."ADV" just results in a Bad program :?:
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Re: Adventure (Micro Power / Program Power)

Postby Tinker » Sun Dec 22, 2013 12:57 am

It looks like the image on the CASA site was somehow corrupted after it was uploaded - sorry about that.

I've attached the working image which should auto-boot as expected (and will get the CASA one fixed up).

Xyzzy - thanks for your PM, I don't think I have enough of a forum post count yet to send a reply directly, but hope you enjoy the fixed version.
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Re: Adventure (Micro Power / Program Power)

Postby xyzzy » Sun Dec 22, 2013 5:44 am

Fantastic, works great - good work Tinker =D>
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