Sunday, 22 February 2015

Inherit the Earth


Wyrmkeep Entertainment / Realogic / Softdisk
Cover: Steve
ISO Remaster: Earok
Thanks to anonymous for uploading the original file!

Something of a holy grail for us is the uncovered English language version of the adventure game "Inherit the Earth". This charming adventure game featuring furries anthropomorphic animals was already released for the Amiga in German but (to the best of our knowledge) the unreleased English version has never been on the Internet - until now.

This is largely the same to what appeared on an Amiga Future cover disc several years ago but with a few changes:
  • Signed with a trademark file so it will boot on a stock CD32.
  • The "Bonus" folder from the German release is included, which includes: mod files, animations, CDXL videos, AGA and ECS demo versions of the German release.
  • Manual PDF is also included in the Bonus folder (sourced from: http://adventure.klasyka.do.pl/files/inherit.pdf).
  • The startup-sequence is the same except for the addition of a doublespeed command
Given that this is an unreleased beta version, I had to give it a full playthrough with walkthrough (on a real CD32) before publishing it here. I'm happy to say that this appears to be the complete game, all of the gameplay appears to be intact and it's all in English, both text and voices from start to end.

There are some issues though - movement is often sluggish, the "use" command sometimes misfires (eg it attempts using the object on itself when you wanted to use it with something else on screen), and I had no less than two full crashes and one fatal bug (in all fairness this could just be because of misreads from my CD32 drive). Make sure you safe often!

Some other things to note:
  • NVRAM saving is a feature, but you'll need around 83 blocks free (!) I'm afraid you might need to drop that Simon the Sorcerer save file.
  • Mouse is not required, gamepad works just fine.
  • Press Red+Blue to skip the length intro sequence (thanks to Cobe for working this out).
  • During the overworld and isometric sequences, you can just hold down RED to move, this might be a little quicker than just tapping RED repeatedly
There are also two executables on the disc for playing from an HD equipped Amiga, both an AGA and ECS version. However, given that the voices file is over 200mb you're either going to need a CD-ROM or a decent hard drive!

(Edit: I've received confirmation that this works just fine on an A1200 with a compact flash "hard drive" and a Blizzard accelerator card, as well as a 4mb ECS A600 with cd rom)

Download (Confirmed as virus clean - this was never infected)

(As a side note, a modern version of the game is available from Wyrmkeep, GOG and Steam. Also the game inspired a sequel web comic that's been running for ten years!)

Sunday, 15 February 2015

Guest release #6: The Legend of Kyrandia



Westwood
Cover, backing and label: Cobe
ISO Master: Cobe
CDXL Conversions: Cobe

A fantastic little adventure game by Westwood. Malcolm, the evil jester has escaped imprisonment and is rampaging through the land.

Cobe has gone the extra mile on this one. Not only does it fully support saving to NVRAM, but unlike the other NVRAM supported games on the site, you don't even need to quit in order to make the save. You still need to save in the regular fashion, but afterwards just press the "Play" button and the first save slot will be preserved in NVRAM.

In addition he's converted the animated intro from the PC DOS version, featuring the voice acting talents of Kane, the leader of our glorious brotherhood of Nod Joseph D. Kucan as the protagonist, Brandon.

And then there's all the other bonuses, which include:
  • CD Quality audio track from the PC DOS version (which plays over the selection menu)
  • Readme guide
  • "Random way to die" CDXL videos
  • Game maps, viewable from the selection menu
And of course, you don't need a mouse - joypad by itself is fine. Cobe has even included the ability to enter a "binary" save file name if you don't have a keyboard handy.

CDXL Intro


DOWNLOAD (Virus checked 25th May 2015)

Saturday, 14 February 2015

Advisory: CD32 Language issues, 160 game "Kiosk mode" release

It's been reported to us that a few of our releases simply refuse to work on some real CD32s, an example being the release of Alien Breed 3D II: The Killing Grounds and one or both AB3D games on the larger collection.

It turns out the issue appears to be language selection: If you have "English" selected, the game should work fine, but if you have any other language selected, the game may not work at all. If any of our games don't work, make sure you have English as your set language. To do this:
  1. Boot the CD32 without a disc inserted.
  2. Press "Blue" to access the language menu.
  3. Select English, and then reboot.
In unrelated news, as per a fan request I've done a version of the 160 games compilation that has the ability to return to the menu by pressing play disabled (this wasn't available on all games to begin with, but most of them that used WHDLoad slaves). The download is here.

Also - I know I've been slack with posting, but Cobe's got a fantastic new release that I'll post in the next day or two. Stay tuned.