Aug 29, 2006

Will Wright's first game. Nostalgic, right?

Quite blood-thirsty too...

You see, oh pure and unsuspecting readers, the first game ever created by the talented and always innovating Mr. Wright, was a plain old shoot 'em up (or schmup according to Independent Gaming) for the Commodore C64 released back in 1984. Slightly more strategic than the average genre-offering of the time one has to admit, but still a far cry from the virtual doll house of the Sims, the innovation and creativity of Spore or the unscientific urban-planning fun of SimCity.

Then again, Raid on Bungeling Bay, for this was how Will Wright's debut was dubbed, wasn't a bad game at all. The graphics were quite good and so was the gameplay, the controls responsive, the multi-directional scrolling smooth and the variety of enemy sprites almost impressive. It even made (well, barely) the All time top50 C64 titles of C64 games.com.

Oh, and apparently Will Wright's fascination and constant playing with the level-editing tools gave birth to the SimCity idea...

It all smells like SimCity.

To experience or ... errr ... play the game use an emulator and the game files. To stand a chance of actually beating it use a map.

(pics discreetly ripped off from MobyGames)

Related @ Gnome's Lair: C64 Java emulation, top 60 free games, a ZX Spectrum Emulation e-book, free Game&Watch fun

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20 comments:

  1. and to think i never played it, and it looks like exactly what would have tickled my fancy way back when.

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  2. Well, that's what emulators are for...

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  3. i quite like the term STG and shooters as well. :)

    it's surprising that not many people had attempted at remaking this game. :(

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  4. Along with its level designer preferably...

    (so, you do like "shooters"... nice...)

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  5. ahm.....lost my thread of thought now...... (thanks to your bbw file, i'm still thinking about how i might utilise Geroniophilia as a benefit to me..... i suppose it's not infectious?

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  6. Perhaps not... Can't be sure. Then again I'm absolutely positive I haven't the slightest idea what we're talking about... really...

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  7. the download for the bbsw game? had a section in it describing briefly geroniophilia....... which given my age could be of benefit to me

    (shakes gnome.....)

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  8. (gnome waits till the room stops spinning)

    Ah, yes. Of course. Right. Definitely so. I can see the perks you're talking about. Aha. 100%. Go for 'em tiger, show 'em the lion you're hiding inside...

    As for me, I'll admit I have a weak memory...

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  9. so is it infectious? is there a germ that suddenly makes people fancy old people....

    (very sensitive elderly person)

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  10. Definitely in Hentai fantasy worlds. In Ireland I'm not sure...

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  11. bummer......... oh well time to order some hentai.....

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  12. Or create Irish hentai. It's bound to have an effect of some sort...

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  13. !!!! what a brilliant idea... shamrock eyes and green translucent costumes.. barely hiding the contour.......

    (an hours later)

    but i can't draw......

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  14. that's ok.. try creating small sculptures... I'll paint them over and the avenue of success will be walked (in the words of the prophet)

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  15. (looks at clay blob) okay then.... here we go..... (lights a cigarette, makes a cup of tea, walks around clay blob).....

    we could be a while.....

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  16. No rush... Really. take your time. let the creativity flow in you. feel the force. Create!

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  17. .......we need more light..... these tools are inadequate..... look is that the time... I'll start fresh tomorrow......

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  18. Better use the green stuff... Warhammer minis are sculpted from this y'know...

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  19. green stuff, i've got the wrong clay, good... right so i can leave it till saturday.... thanks buddy....

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  20. Welcome wise mentor...

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