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#9973 Finding a Jet Swt Willy game using a room name

Posted by Metalmickey on 19 August 2018 - 04:57 PM

I would imagine this would be done by means of some sort of spreadsheet with hyperlinks to a reliable source such as WOS or TZX archive and  perhaps the relevant POKE to make it your starting room if appropriate (assuming Willy isn't left in mid air if said POKE was applied) ... it would involve plenty of work, likelihood is that the list of rooms would run into the thousands by now given the number of iterations out there currently

#9254 Other games featuring...

Posted by Metalmickey on 25 March 2018 - 12:12 PM

I do recall reading an article in CRASH! magazine way back then, it did indeed mention about the 10 minute wait bug and i did attempt to try it out so i left Daley waiting just before the finish line and went off to so something else, unfortunately my mother thought i had just got bored with the computer and reclaimed use of the TV for the rest of the day ....  :(


It wasn't until i rediscovered ol' rubberkeys a few years back when i decided to have another go at it but the version i had has a seconds counter that runs up to 500 seconds and then Daley then gets a foul .. maybe i'll have a look on WOS later

#9250 Copy Protection in 'Jet Set Willy': developing methodology for retrog...

Posted by Metalmickey on 24 March 2018 - 04:52 PM

You could buy your own mansion, with a stern housekeeper and a crazy chef...

maybe i could invent a machine to make seven copies of myself and practise jumping over a giant possessed moving saw  :wacko:

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#9249 Copy Protection in 'Jet Set Willy': developing methodology for retrog...

Posted by Metalmickey on 24 March 2018 - 04:46 PM

alas no Danny, but had the lottery been around at the time and if was old enough to play it i would perhaps have considered it ... and maybe even attempt to recreate a life-size version of Willy's Mansion and surrounding grounds ... probably wouldn't go as far as building a boobytrapped attic though....

#9218 Other games featuring...

Posted by Metalmickey on 21 March 2018 - 11:41 AM

I think he may of cheated and let the clock increase to the point of it jumping back to zero, then quietly stepping over the finish line. ;) :)

see i always used to think that was a myth as when i tried it with my copy it would time out after 10 minutes and i would lose a life, i must have had a later revision of the game...   :blink:

#9214 Copy Protection in 'Jet Set Willy': developing methodology for retrog...

Posted by Metalmickey on 20 March 2018 - 10:28 PM

ok confession time (hands outstretched awaiting the handcuffs...) i actually copied out the entire codesheet using numbers for the colours and my mother's typewriter to re-create the colour chart, it took, to the best of my recollection, about 24 attempts to complete and an awful lot of tolerance from my mother putting up with the continuous 'clacking' of keys as i punched away at the keys, needless to say she did not thank me for wearing out her ribbon...

on the plus side i did manage to make a photocopy - friendly version which i managed to sell for 50p a sheet ... i think i made about £2.50...

#9157 JSW As Manufacturer (probably) intended .. kind of...

Posted by Metalmickey on 15 March 2018 - 07:41 PM

Liking that, i think that's well worth putting into the next version, i've got quite a few corrections to work on... i have little doubt that if MS had the time and inclination to alter willy's animation he would have done something similar

#8697 Other games featuring...

Posted by Metalmickey on 26 January 2018 - 06:22 PM

You've guessed it. ;)


Here are two for starters:


Kokotoni Wilf, Level 5, as multiple guards:




Again on Level 6, seems he has had a promotion, just who is that sat in the Pilot's seat ?




Who could this be in the crowd cheering Daley on in 'Decathlon' ? , look closely:



If you can't see him look above the 'C' in the leftmost 'Ocean' logo, although he is repeated (as is the whole scene) a few times.

All very well but did Mr Thompson finish his 100 metre dash in time? 

#8299 Jswed2 Suggestions

Posted by Metalmickey on 17 December 2017 - 09:49 PM

think i know what the problem is, i'm using my own modified version of JSW where i fixed the conveyors by putting in the modified code in an alternative location to where Skoolkid originally suggested .. think i might need to relocate it elsewhere

#8291 Jswed2 Suggestions

Posted by Metalmickey on 16 December 2017 - 05:18 PM

Well one of the reasons as to why my 256 room project has been all but abandoned shelved is because i didn't begin any sort of play-testing until i was about 120 or so rooms in, then when loading it into various emulators that i have at my disposal the game loads ok but after pressing Enter to start it just crashes and resets .. i'm currently waiting on delivery of a 128+3 so i am going to try it out on that when it arrives... 

#8016 Jswed2 Suggestions

Posted by Metalmickey on 20 November 2017 - 09:01 PM

I think you might of answered your own question here. :)

Well spotted! :)

#8015 Jswed2 Suggestions

Posted by Metalmickey on 20 November 2017 - 08:59 PM

That's a remarkable achievement, MetalMickey! I've always done what I think is advertised as the best solution, i.e. clean install.

Thanks,  to be honest the main reason for this is because I have a sizeable collection of MS DOS games that I have installed over the last 27 years but don't have the original disks any more. I also have a couple of MS DOS based emulators which don't seem to work on newer machines or at least not on newer machines that have never had DOS installed on them .. needless to say I am not actually using the original hard disk any more, mainly because it's capacity is only 30MB...

#7985 Emulator key scanning

Posted by Metalmickey on 19 November 2017 - 11:59 PM

There seems to be a significant difference between a desktop PC and a laptop. Using Norman's program on my laptop i can get it to register up to 8 simultaneous keys on any given row using Spectaculator 8.0, i had the same results with FUSE and SPIN, when i connect a USB keyboard i can only get about 4, however because it's a wireless one i can probably understand why.


owing to the fact that my little rubber-keyed friend is on loan at present i have not yet been able to try it out on a real spectrum


My theory is that laptops the ZX Spectrum have one thing in common and that is their keyboards are connected to the motherboard via a multi-way membrane  as opposed to a 5 pin PS2 connector or in the case of the modern PC a single data channel (2 if you count data coming out of the system)


pressing combinations of keys across the rows such as QW and GH also work but not in every case for example IO and DE won't work, only 3 of the four keys will register

#7983 Jswed2 Suggestions

Posted by Metalmickey on 19 November 2017 - 11:16 PM

In my 256 room version i was trying to think of a name for room 237 ... but at that point i just seemed to have run out of ideas ... wonder if i have .. err ... Overlooked something...? :blink:

#7958 JSW As Manufacturer (probably) intended .. kind of...

Posted by Metalmickey on 18 November 2017 - 08:25 PM

some more experimenting is required me thinks