Section 3 - The First and Best of their Kind
As far as I know, the first licence was Hunchback (Ocean),
although that is
debatable (and probably will be). But does anybody know what the
first "copy" rather than licence was? Not Spectral Invaders
(Bug-Byte) as far as I know. Could it be that Thro' the Wall
was the first? It could be said that it was the first copy
since it appeared on the Horizons tape. (Yes, I know Thro' the Wall came out
These games were (until someone comes to me with a different
answer) the first of their kind on the Spectrum. Note that they
may be wrong, and it is up to you to correct me!
Whether you actually understood it or not is irrelevant, since
that would disqualify most games.
- Flight sim - Flight Simulation (Psion).
- Beat'em up - Kung Fu (Bug Byte)
- Laser Squad type strategy game - Rebelstar Raiders (Red
- Dungeon Master - Dragonsbane (Quicksilva, 1983)
- Breakout Clone - Thro' the Wall (Psion)
- Asteroids - Planetoids (Psion)/Meteor Storm (Quicksilva)?
- Wargame - Panzer Attack (Lothlorien)/Johnny Reb (Lothlorien)?
- Space Invaders - Space Intruders (Quicksilva)/Space Raiders
- Platform Game - Manic Miner (Bug Byte)
- Doom - 3D Monster Maze
- Civilisation - Dark Empire
Take your pick from the following games. Anybody that has it on
good authority that one was released before the others then
please tell me!
Technician Ted (Hewson) had little "Ted's" that walked about around the
screen while the game loaded. The first game to play a game while loading a game was Joe Blade 2
(Players), which had a simple pac-man type game.
- Voice Chess (Artic)
- ETX (Abbex)
- Meteor Storm (Quicksilva)
- The Chess Player (Quicksilva) <- the most popular choice
- Splat! (Incentive)
Manic Miner (Bug-Byte).
It played a movement from the play Peer Gynt
called "In the Hall of the Mountain King" by Edvard Grieg.
Night Gunner (Digital Integration)
, which required you to enter a numerical code at the start
before you could play it. This was reviewed in Crash issue 3, while Jet Set Willy
(the game previously thought to have had the first piracy protection) was reviewed in issue 4.
It is the CodeMasters CD collection they released, with the nifty gadget that
plugged into the joystick port.
The first game was Escape by New Generation.
In the traditional sense, being that some people are still programming for
the Spectrum. However, the last game to be published was
Dalek Attack which finally got released after much pleading
from Your Sinclair readers (who could buy it at the barg price of 4.99!).
Quite a good game too (apparently).
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Written by Stephen Smith.
Stephen Smith (stevo@REMOVE-THIScarlylesmith.karoo.co.uk)