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#1 Spider

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Posted 16 June 2017 - 09:20 AM

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File Name: Manic Miner ZX81

File Submitter: Spider

File Submitted: 16 Jun 2017

File Category: Manic Miner [Remakes]

System: Sinclair
Original Author(s): Ales Martinik
Third Party Author(s): Russell Marks

 

This is a port of the ZX81 version of Manic Miner back to the Spectrum, written by Russell Marks in 2003. The 'original' ZX81 version was authored by Alex Martinik around 1984 and is available here as per the 'original' the actual in-game language is Czechoslovakian.

 

Note this does actually require a 128K Spectrum to run.

 

The authors notes and documentation read as follows:

ZX81 Manic Miner patched to run on the 128k Spectrum....

 

COPYRIGHT..The original Manic Miner is/was copyright Matthew Smith...
Ales Martinik was responsible for the ZX81 clone/port/whatever...
All the stuff I did (patching, emulation, etc) is public domain.....

 

PLAYING THE GAME..It plays pretty much like the speccy version - I mean, the other.speccy version - but with fewer levels, and cranky collision.detection.....

 

PROBLEMS WITH THE PORT..Emulating the pseudo-hi-res screen is a real CPU hog, even.in this case where only two-thirds of the screen is hi-res..So as usual the display is staggered, and this results in.quite jerky animation, most noticeably in the attract mode...Due to the above, the scrolly message is incredibly jerky.....

 

WHY ZX81 MANIC MINER? ISN'T THIS UTTERLY POINTLESS?..Probably.....

 

WHY IS IT 128-SPECIFIC?..ZX81 programs effectively run in the speccy's screen memory;.128s have an alternative screen...

 

TITLE SCREEN..The title screen graphic is a scan of the speccy tape inlay..I used the one from the Software Projects release as the ZX81.version is based on that (see Zasobarna, aka The Warehouse)

 

-Rus

 

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#2 jetsetdanny

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Posted 26 June 2017 - 10:10 AM

Andy, thank you for all the files, the meticulous research you have done on them, the descriptions and POKEs provided, and for the modified versions you have supplied! All of this is greatly appreciated :).

 

Concerning this particular game, I just need to mention that there isn't anything such as a Czechoslovakian language. There is the Czech language, and there is the Slovak language. They are very similar (native speakers of both can communicate easily), and yet distinct both in the formal sense (they are considered to be two different languages) and in the real sense (there are minor, but numerous differences in spelling, vocabulary, probably grammar and pronunciation, etc.).

 

The in-game language is Czech, judging by the screenshot of the first cavern on WoS.  The name "Central Cavern" is "Centrální jeskyně" (to be precise, with no diactritical marks and capitalised, so "CENTRALNI JESKYNE"), which is Czech. The Slovak name would be (if Google is to be believed) "Centrálna jaskyňa" (which actually shows you nicely how similar and at the same time different the two languages are).



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Posted 26 June 2017 - 02:54 PM

Most welcome and thank you for the clarification. :) Its not always easy (as you know) to research information with games to determine exactly what is correct and what is not.


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