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Retro Let's Play: Bruce Lee (Datasoft 1984)

Discussion in 'Retro & Arcade' started by JSmithDTV, Nov 3, 2021.

  1. elvis

    elvis Old school old fool

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    My first computer was a Sega SC-3000, so I missed a lot of the EU/US stuff of the time. The SC-3000 was almost entirely AU/NZ developed, and of course Japanese stuff that we never saw. There were very few titles common to Commodore/Amiga/Atari/Spectrum that made it over to the SC-3000. From there it was a long break until a 386, sadly.

    I had a good friend up the road with a C64 later on, but that was a hand-me-down from his uncle. He had 2 large cases of floppy disks packed full of pirate software, but that was very static - we had absolutely no way of getting more software. There were some classics in there like Rambo and Wonderboy in Monsterland, as well as homebrew insanity like Sex Games and Smurf Massacre. But I definitely missed out on things like The Ninja, Mission Impossible, Bruce Lee, and countless others.

    Very grateful to see these come up in Retro Let's Plays!
     
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  2. power

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    I only got stuff like this because my uncle bought the Atari, upgraded and sold it to our family - looking back we really lucked out, his disk drive was modded to take double sided disks and everything was nicely compiled with menus on the disk and hand written labels as well.
     
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    I know there's an archive of a magazine called C+VG from back in the '80's which was a gaming and tech review magazine, that used to come out monthly and have either demo games on tape, or OST for arcade games. That was where I first saw Bruce Lee advertised iirc.
     
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    never heard of it ;) ;)
     
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  7. elvis

    elvis Old school old fool

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    I've got a massive collection of newschool CVG. Started buying them with pocket money around the 8bit console era, along with Mean Machines (which I have a complete collection of, thanks to my wife who bought all the missing ones as an anniversary present years ago).

    I love reading through them today. While I know the Internet has destroyed all "need" for magazines, I love the experience of reading these. And that's also why I have a subscription to the print edition of "Retro Gamer Magazine", even though I really don't have the space for more of this shit. :lol:
     
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  8. pwlm1975

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    I had dozens and dozens, I used to save my pocket money to buy those mags, and then buy the featured games. Pretty sue they all got trashed when I moved to Brisbane in the 90's, though I do still have a cassette which had the "music" to 720° on one side, and OutRun on the other!

    Correction, it was "Skate or Die" not 720°.
     
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  9. elvis

    elvis Old school old fool

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    I always wanted to make a 720° arcade machine just for the interesting controller (essentially a joystick embedded in an optical-encoded spinner).
     
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    Fantastic game, played that way too much... Semper Fi or Die! :leet:

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  11. Vanne

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    I remember that, I used to play that tape in the car. Owned SoD too on the c64, on tape, before I even ever owned a disk drive. I used to cringe at the dubble sided tape they used to stick the tapes on the mags as it would take the colour/layer of paper off the mag when pulling it off . Hated that...
     
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  12. badmofo

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    Bruce Lee is one of my go-to C64 games - simple mechanics but has very responsive controls and a tactile world. Beating the green dude to the kick, or knocking an enemy into the flaming boobytrap, or grabbing the lantern that opens a hidden door - any one of these were worth waiting 10 mins for the tape to load.

    Great write-up thanks OP :thumbup:
     
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    I'll def give this a holler when I get home from Houston, gonna run it on c64 original metal.
     
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    This is probably my most memorable co-op game for the C64. A second player (we took turns) would grab a joystick just to stop the fat green dude getting in the way.
     
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  16. elvis

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    Nice, I'll test that one out too.

    Might even use it as a video guide on retroarch in a browser.
     
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    it's funny, I didn't even know this was a feature until years after we sold our 800XL, would have made for some fun if we had known.
     
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    From memory (it has been quite a few rum and cokes since I played this game), there were quite a few arguments when playing in co-op mode. The mission of the green dude was to run interference on the ninja so that Bruce could complete the mission. This very rarely went to plan!
     
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  19. Vanne

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    Lol just sailed down memory lane.. it's a good trip..

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    Joystick in port 1 threw me for a second or two.

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    Really love this, recon I could do the 90 lamps ;)

    Yup that's the last crt that lg ever made.
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    Thanks for the cool choice this month mate. :)
     
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    Runs a bit fast on the 386 with turbo. Will try some slowdown software.
     
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