Posted by krazyminer
on 02 December 2018 - 07:41 AM
Few more pics, I could do with a cheat really I think. Will have to research that:
Hi Spider! I did not notice this thread earlier. I have completed C16 Manic Miner in the spring of 2010, I think I did it six times in a row, one single game, no cheats, no emulation, it was on a real C16 hardware.
I wrote a small article documenting some of the differences between C16 and C64 versions in 2010:
Spider, many thanks for the tip! Using ZIP made a huge difference. The AVI files compressed something like 93%, going from 163MB to only 9MB. I uploaded the videos in one ZIP file here, they are in the "Other resources" section. If the YouTube videos look awful and blurred, you can download the ZIP file, uncompress it and try to see the AVI files using a video player. On Fedora Linux 27, mplayer worked fine, but I am pretty sure others will too!
For reasons unknown to me, with some web browsers the YouTube videos are clear, with others they are ugly and blurred. I have the original Oricutron emulator's AVI video capture files and I can share them if there is a place to upload them. My kolttonen.fi site has limited storage space, so I cannot host the AVI files there. They are 163MB in total.
EDIT: If you guys want to embed those YouTube videos directly to this fantastic site, just go ahead! The link above points to a simple HTML page, the code can be copied from there.
I will publish all videos on YouTube soon. I intend to complete the last four rooms if I can, then gonna make the videos public.
Regarding Oricutron, it works fine on Linux. I have packaged it for Fedora Linux for easy installation.
Regarding House of Usher, yes, it is a crazy platformer for C64, Amstrad, Atari. The relevance is that it too contains INVISIBLE platforms, making the game near impossible to play. Manic Miner is hard, sure, but House of Usher is so hard it is... well, unplayable for most people, including me.
I kept on pushing, rooms 27 and 28 now completed too! Only four more rooms to go. But I am now too exhausted to continue. The ORIC specific rooms are now done and I got video captures of all of them!!!
Okay, I drank a can of energy drink and started practicing. After twenty attempts or so, I finally completed room 26, In A Deep Dark Hole. I actually completed it TWICE. Before the first successful attempt, I forgot to press F10 in Oricutron, so there was no video capture. If I can complete the rest of the ORIC specific rooms, I will publish the videos as examples of how you could complete this game. Channel Tunnel is the next room, it looks horrifying to be sure.
I don’t know, it all seems like insanity. Imagine if somebody played through the first 25 rooms in a row, only to find out that in room 26 you have to base your moves on guesswork. There is even that vanishing ground there to further complicate matters. I wonder whether you guys know a platform game House of Usher by Kingsoft/Anirog? It has fabulous cover art, but the game itself is completely sick. Difficult as hell and it also contains invisible platforms. What were those game creators thinking? Oh no!
I completed rooms 23, 24 and 25 today. But room 26 is like a nightmare! It contains INVISIBLE platforms so it is pure guesswork trying to make progress! I think this room is pretty lame, as it depends on your luck rather than skill!
I have an image of the codecard floating about, but originals are nice to have to hand too.
Is the falling pattern in Skylabs random in that version ( I forget ) generally in other versions there *is* a pattern / sequence / cycle (pick which you prefer to call it) that is followed. The best way really is to simply stay on the floor area out of the way if you can and watch it a few times.
There is a patterm, I believe, but I am too stupid to spot it. So I learned one way to complete the level and always did the same moves until I made it. But I am unable to ”improvise” in this room if you know what I mean. I cannot figure out the pattern clearly enough so the only way is to do it the same way, always.
I intend to complete the remaining rooms if I can, but progress is slow. Big mental barriers. I have taken video captures starting from room 17, the first ORIC specific room.
Thanks, the extra caves look fantastic. I have been looking for the original ORIC tape (or disk!) release for eight years. No luck so far, sadly!
I found the ORIC Manic Miner original tape, complete with the colour code chart!
And using Oricutron, I have completed the first 22 rooms, but not in a row. I practiced each room many times. The most horrible room, in my opinion, is the Skylab Landing Bay. It is completely insane because you do not know where the landing enemies will come from! Room 22, The End Of The World was difficult too. It took me 35 attempts to succeed.
Posted by krazyminer
on 28 February 2018 - 11:39 AM
Yes, I tried room number 17, Home At Last, using the uncracked, presumably original files (MANIC0.TAP loaded first, it will load MANIC1.TAP). There was no corruption. I also tried one or two other rooms that were previously corrupted. They were okay now. So I suppose the tape files are good.
I would suggest removing the ORIC MM that is downloadable here. It would be pretty horrible if someone played through the first sixteen rooms only to find out that Home At Last cannot be completed.
Posted by krazyminer
on 25 February 2018 - 03:28 PM
The version I tried, and redistributed on my page, is the one downloaded from this page. Does anybody have an alternative ORIC Manic Miner version?
A clean original would be best, with the key code copy protection intact and a dump of the original color code map. At least we would know it is okay.
EDIT: I found one from oric.org, but I do not know how to load it with Oricutron. There is a file called manic_cheat.zip there and it contains different versions.
MANIC0.TAP is the loader for the MANIC1.TAP (original tape), I guess. According to the docs we should load MANIC0.TAP first and according to my understanding it would load MANIC1.TAP. But I know nothing of ORIC, I cannot get loading to work.
EDIT2: Finally good news! I got loading to work, it was a simple error on my part. So to load the ORIC Manic Miner from oric.org with Fedora Linux Oricutron, I did:
/opt/oricutron/bin/oricutron --tape MANIC0.TAP
After that Oric Atmos emulation will respond "Searching...".
You have to press F1 and select "Insert Tape", then Choose MANIC1.TAP and it will load!!!
Note that this version is not hacked, it is the clean original, so it contains the color code verification. But no problem, you can get the color chart from oric.org too!
I plan to redistribute them on my site, too, for easy download to Fedora Linux Oricutron downloaders. Maybe you should grab those files to share, too!