Category Archives: Computing

Dark Side

King’s Bounty: Dark Side (2014)

This is the final of the King’s Bounty Series. And the longest, l spent about 100 hours the first time and 90 hours replaying the game.

This time my stats were:

Score: 1058
Battles: 437
Difficulty: Normal
Leadership: 39,392
Level: 75

Northern Warriors 2

King’s Bounty: Warriors of the North (2012)

This is a sequel to King’s Bounty: The Legend (2008) and King’s Bounty: Crossworlds/Armoured Princess (2010).

This was a replay, playing as a warrior.  It’s still a fun game and longer than I remember, I started off not using cheats, but soon I god bored with constantly going back to stock up on troops. I ended up playing with demons and dragons. The final four encounters I left to the auto-combat, but the ultimate showdown I din manually. It proved to be relatively easy to complete.

Stat Comparisons (2015/2018)

Score: 646/875
Battles: 611/627
Difficulty: Easy/Normal
Leadership: 46,637/33,734
Level: 70/65



Northern Warriors 1

King’s Bounty: Warriors of the North (2012)

This is a sequel to King’s Bounty: The Legend (2008) and King’s Bounty: Crossworlds/Armoured Princess (2010).

Originally played in 2015 (ended January).

Score: 646
Battles: 611
Difficulty: Easy
Leadership: 46,637
Level: 70



Crossworlds

King’s Bounty:  Crossworlds

This is is an expansion pack for the previously played game King’s Bounty: Armored Princess.

This time I played as a warrior and achieved Level 54 (previously Level 57). Although this is an expanded game, I played for 67 hours, where previously it took 99 hours. Probably because I got used to cheating by invoking maximum rage before each attack and using a cheat to replace troops.







The Hardware Log

A brief history of my computer experience.

First up:

The Commodore Pet. It used audio tape to store programs. I used one in the Christchurch Polytechnic circa 1982. It used a form of Basic for programming.

 

Next is the TRS-80. This was used in the Chemical Engineering Dept at the University of Canterbury. The one I used had dual floppy disks. Again, programming was in Basic.

 

Then at the Dept of Statistics, the original  IBM-PC. Mainly used for spreadsheets.

Then, around 1989 I got my first computer, an Atari ST. This was followed by an STe. Over the years I added hardware; hard-disk, printer etc.

The Atari era ended in the mid 1990’s and my home computer became the PC, but with…..

 

Armed Princess

King’s Bounty: Armored Princess is from 2009 and is the sequel to King’s Bounty – The Legend.

After playing the first game I went immediately to the next, but playing a different character. After installing the game I discovered that Steam had kept the saved games from the previous play. I finished the game on 11 Jan 2015 (almost 3 years ago !)

I was able to reload the last save and get the stats screens from the end of the game……….


King’s Legend

King’s Bounty: The Legend (2008)

 

Blending elements of the original game with a modernized interface and gameplay elements, the game places the player in the role of “Royal Treasure Hunter”, undertaking quests for King Mark the Wise.

Originally purchased in 2014, I enjoyed this game so much I replayed it. Instead of playing a Paladin, this time I went with Mage. It’s still fun and entertaining. Although listed as an RPG, it has a lot of depth in terms of text to read and quests to fulfill.

 

Starcraft HD

Starcraft was originally released on March 31, 1998. I’m sure I have played it at least twice through (including the sequel Brood War).

The original game was released wit ha resolution of 640×480, sufficient for games of the time but now out of date. On 14 August 2017 it got a Hi-Def upgrade, released as  Starcraft: Remastered.

Installation.
I had already purchased the Starcraft Compilation (required to play the game). So re-installed the game from the Blizzard site then went looking the the ‘Remastered Upgrade’ to install. Couldn’t find it anywhere, so tried playing the installed game. It had a new intro screen proclaiming ‘Starcraft: Remastered’, but it looked just like the old game. It took some digging around in the settings to work out that checking the ‘HD’ box was all that was required. Why wasn’t it on by default ?

 

Ghost Nova

StarCraft II: Nova Covert Ops are nine single-player mission packs for the military science fiction real-time strategy game.

The first mission pack was released March 29, 2016, the second mission pack released on August 2, 2016 and the final mission pack was released on November 22, 2016.

The main criticism of the game is that it’s short. I completed all nine episodes 10 days after purchasing the game. Previously, the three sections of Starcraft 1 & 2 took months to complete. For $20NZ it may appear to be not that cheap, however adventure games of a similar price take around 10 hours to complete, as long as Nova took.

The noticeable thing about the principal character Nova is the rather sexualised design of her costume, with emphasis on the breast plate. This is in stark contrast to Sarah Kerrigan, who’s costume was more neutral. The character design owes more to fantasy tropes than science fiction.

Gameplay is as expected, but with more units and ways to deploy them. The inceptor is useful in an attack as it can hold ground. There are add-ons for a lot of units, including a bio-mechanical repair drone that helps with quick unit repairs faster than SCVs.

As for Nova, she generally sneaks around with her cloaking and hits people over the head from behind or takes them out with a sniper rifle. Further on she gets what can only be described as Starcraft’s version of a light sabre. There is also a ‘plasma rifle’ which does a lot of damage, but only to ground units.

Most of the episodes are easy and involve just Nova. There are some resource gathering episodes and about half have some time restriction, either by countdown or the enemy forcing a timetable.

It’s not until the two final scenarios that the game gets tough and I had to go back to change equipment and tactics. In the end it was a new battlecruiser that made all the difference.

If you played Starcraft 2, you will want to continue with Nova Covert Ops. There are major characters from the main game present and a new story to experience.

 

 

Flying Amazon Queens

Flight of the Amazon Queen
by Interactive Binary Illusions (1995)

This is a graphical point-and-click adventure game originally released for Amiga and MS-DOS then re-released as freeware in 2004 for use with ScummVM. I got it from GOG.com.
It’s game-play is very similar in style to many of LucasArts’ popular point-and-click adventures of the 1990s, and was inspired by Monkey Island and Indiana Jones. The game includes multiple allusions to Indiana Jones and is a pastiche of adventure serials and pulp magazines of the time.

The year is 1949 and you play Joe King, pilot for hire, tasked with flying famous movie starlet Faye Russell into the Amazon jungle for a photo shoot. Unfortunately, things don’t go according to plan and Joe finds himself stranded in the heart of the jungle where he must rescue a kidnapped princess, brave a dangerous temple, encounter fearsome Amazonian warriors, and uncover a mad scientist’s plan to take over the world! It’s up to you to deal with the imminent threat of world domination … but be careful, or this may be the last Flight of the Amazon Queen!


This is a game of it’s time, while the graphics are basic, it does have full cast voices. All the text is spoken and it’s decently done. At first this is an enjoyable adventure, the puzzles are inventory based and reasonably logical. However further into the game things become more difficult and without the walk-through I wouldn’t have finished the game. So OK – but average.