Acorn BBC flashback – Thrust

Super Transball 2

There were a couple of games I’d seen before; a teacher booting up a 5 1/4 inch disk of Elite being the most memorable [this is how long ago it was, none decimal measurements in fractions], on a BBC Micro
BBC Micro
However the first game I had the privilege of playing, and becoming a trial, was Thrust
Thrust

Thrust is a 1986 computer game released on most home computers. The perspective is two dimensional platform-based and the player’s aim is to manoeuvre a spaceship by rotating and thrusting, as it flies over a landscape and through caverns. Gameplay of Thrust was heavily inspired by Atari’s Gravitar.

So how stoked am I to find Super Transbal 2 on the Ubuntu software library, free of charge 🙂

“Super Transbal 2” is the sequel of “Transball” and “Transball 2”, Inspired in THRUST type of games (and concretely in ZARA THRUSTA for the Amiga 500). In each level of Transball, the goal is to find the SPHERE, capture it and carry it to the upper part of the level. The main obstacle is the gravity, that impulses you towards the ground. But many other obstacles, canons, tanks, doors, etc. will try to make difficult your journey…

This so takes me back to my childhood lunch breaks, and is an amazing reproduction of what I remember as the original.

The download is tiny… although detrimentally so is the game play window, but everything else, including the tough challenge is as awesome as the original

Robot Wars returns to the BBC in 2016

Robot Wars

With new technological advances making for an even more exciting and immersive experience, this is a fantastic example of the kind of content-rich factual entertainment that BBC Two excels at.

Robot Wars returns to the BBC in 2016 – BBC Media Centre

I’m quite stoked about the return of Robot Wars, although a pity Craig Charles probably won’t be hosting this season due to Red Dwarf commitments… pray they don’t [bring back Jeremy Clarkson!

The iconic entertainment show will return as a 6×60’ series and will feature a new structure with more robots, more battles and more science than ever before.

The new series includes a raft of technological advances since the show first aired over a decade ago, and viewers can expect to see more innovative fighting machines as teams of amateur roboteers battle it out to win the coveted Robot Wars title.

The show will be recorded in a new purpose-built fighting arena in Glasgow, allowing viewers to get even closer to the action, with state-of-the-art cameras capable of capturing every crushing, sawing and scorching moment in incredible detail.

Haha I imagine robots fueled on Buckfast[a drink with almost supernatural powers of destruction], wielding broken bottles, with names like FukU2 🙂

Hope there are cameos from Chaos2, Hypno-disk, and Razer; even better if they’re house robots.

Would also like to see George Francis (chaos george) as pit commentator.

Hard to believe there was never a successful Robot Wars video game created; I remember playing a couple although they weren’t too impressive. But times have changed and I’m sure some budding entrepreneur won’t let the opportunity slide this time around.

Robots ready!