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BydoEmpire73
21-01-11, 01:18
Started a new blog at Atari Age, thought some people here might find it fun. Over the weekend I started Pool of Radiance from scratch on my Amiga 500. It's fun to look at a game like this and see how some things have held up really well over time, but other haven't aged well. I did play it a bit back in the day on the c64, but I know I never finished it, and I don't think I spent much time with it.

http://www.atariage.com/forums/blog/407/entry-7797-replaying-pool-of-radiance-on-the-amiga-in-2011/

garetjax
21-01-11, 05:59
Enjoyable blog, I have great memories of the "Gold Box" games.

frootloop
04-02-11, 11:16
Loved the blog! Inspired me to go back to some of the Gold Box games I missed. I just finished Buck Rogers: Countdown to Doomsday on Megadrive, and am trying to track down Matrix Cubed for PC on Ebay (shipping costs are always a bitch to South Africa though). BR stands up well even today. Terrible graphics and sound even when it was released, but great gameplay!

bill_loguidice
04-02-11, 04:19
The Amiga version is the version I beat Pool of Radiance on back in college. Though it may not be comparable to other titles on the system, the Amiga port is the best looking and sounding port of all the versions of Pool of Radiance. Sadly, later games in the series would not receive Amiga-specific graphics or sound.

BydoEmpire73
04-02-11, 04:42
D'oh - the 512k memory expansion died on me, so just when I was really getting into it I had to stop (game crashed and I can no longer boot because it requires 1 meg). I might start up the PC version in DosBox on my Mac if I can get it to run, or maybe get another memory expander for my Amiga... it was certainly a fun ride and I'm itching for more of that style game. I tried to start Might & Magic on my Apple 2, but even though I was a HUGE fan of it back in the day, I found it really tedious to play now. PoR I found easy to get back into after all this time, and despite a few annoyances, it was still a blast. I didn't spend a lot of time with Might & Magic, but it feel like a much bigger commitment (no auto-map, no gold to start with, etc).

I have Countdown to Doomsday for the Genny - I picked it up at a flea market a couple years ago. I did start the game, but never got very far. Maybe I should give that a try again.

frootloop
04-02-11, 07:46
Condolences on the death of the 'miggy RAM expansion. Must be really frustrating mid game! Are the Amiga Goldbox game graphics and sound significantly better that the PC versions? I was under the impression the Amiga version was just a PC port? Have to agree on Might & Magic. Recently bought the 6-Pack from www.gog.com. Just could not get into M&M 1 or 2. Three is pretty decent - streamlined interface and automap. I find these days playing any of my older RPG's that lack automapping generally doesnt work out - its just too much work drawing paper maps with the time I have available for gaming. The Gennie Countdown to Doomsday is a good choice. No automap, but the adventuring is shown in a third person view and given the size of the maps, its pretty easy to get around.

BydoEmpire73
04-02-11, 08:53
I was under the impression the Amiga version was just a PC port?I have not played the PC version so I can't do a side-by-side, but my impression of PoR on the Amiga was that it seems a straight port. Compared to, say, Psygnosis games or games like Dungeon Master it looks pretty barren. Still absolutely fun, but it didn't seem to take advantage of the Amiga at all. I would assume Bill is right in that there are improvements in the Amiga version.

frootloop
07-02-11, 09:10
Hmm.... I might just run a side by side with dosbox vs WinUAE when I have a moment. I'd love to play through PoR, I never did complete it first time round. Not to mention the Savage Frontier and Dragonlance Goldbox stuff. Thanks for t he heads up!

Hey Bill, if you are lurking this thread - could you perhaps eleborate on the Amiga enhancements over the PC versions?

Cheers!

bill_loguidice
07-02-11, 09:00
Hmm.... I might just run a side by side with dosbox vs WinUAE when I have a moment. I'd love to play through PoR, I never did complete it first time round. Not to mention the Savage Frontier and Dragonlance Goldbox stuff. Thanks for t he heads up!

Hey Bill, if you are lurking this thread - could you perhaps eleborate on the Amiga enhancements over the PC versions?

Cheers!

The Amiga version of Pool of Radiance has enhanced (and slightly different) graphics - particularly the portraits - and enhanced sounds over the PC version. The Amiga version uses a full 32 color palette, while the PC version uses EGA's 16 color palette (which is alway a bit garish). I recall most of the other Amiga ports being straight up EGA ports and suffering for it, but SSI definitely enhanced things with the first game. Again, we're NOT talking a huge difference here, but it is noticeable even though it's not really up to what the Amiga is truly capable of.

EDIT: You can see some screenshots here to see what I mean: http://www.mobygames.com/game/pool-of-radiance/screenshots

frootloop
08-02-11, 07:31
Thanks Bill! I think that answered my question - time to find a copy of PoR for Amiga :)

omega_supreme
27-02-11, 04:55
I have a complete copy of this game for the C64 that I picked up a few years ago and have not had the C64 hooked up since to try it out.

Buck Rogers: Countdown to Doomsday is really excellent. Few games let you do your own thing and go anywhere you want to like that this one does. Have no idea how far I was into it at all, or rather what percentage of the missions which could be done had been accomplished when I did finally stop playing it. Reminded me of Star Trek 25th Anniversary for the NES with its' non-linear play approach of skippable missions and apparent multiple path choices to get to the end.

*cough* My experience with an AMiga was short lived. The computer, and Amiga 2000, belonged to my newly acquired brother-in-law and was left in my care whilst he and my sister were moving around trying to figure out where it was they wanted to live. I thoroughly enjoyed playing Lemmings 2 on it, but one day I was randomly trying out stuff on unmarked floppies, most of which were either blank or business applications, and then... porn. A very high res porn video at that. THinking back on this I'm not even sure how a porn video was able to be compressed onto a floppy disk, but it was... and my mother happened to be in the room at the time... and much to my brother-in-law's lement my mother promptly discarded all of the unmarked diskettes and stuck the computer in the storage building. It was six long years after that before my parents bought an actual IBM compatible PC after that incident transpired... six loooong years of using a C64... Despite how cool it may seem, there was nothing all that cool about still using a C64 as the home pc in 1998 when all your friends had Windows running systems with internet access.

darksol
27-02-11, 06:27
Played through most of Pool of Radiance on the c64 back in the day. The load times were killer.

I loved Buck Rogers on the c64. Was ticked at the time that the sequel did not have a c64 version.

Sent from my Droid

wongojack
06-10-11, 05:32
Old thread, but I'm just getting to it. BRogers Doomsday and PoRadiance are both on my list of classic games to play before I die . . . . right behind Wasteland