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Posted at 10:20 on November 30th, 2007 | Quote | Edit | Delete
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I've finished James Pond 2, but only using an unlimited life cheat. You're right, you can't save, but I just kept the computer on all day and paused the game :)
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Posted at 09:03 on November 30th, 2007 | Quote | Edit | Delete
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I remember James Pond 2, even thought I played the PC version, and yes it was good and enormous, has anybody finished that castle? I don't remember you could save. And by the way, it was published in a version for new consoles (PS2 and DS at least for what I remember) a few years ago.

Rick Dangerous games, to which I have played little, made me think on the Dizzy the egg games, to which also I played little but looked fun.

Anyway this is a thing of tastes. For example I like also games like Megaman X and the Metroids where you need to practise a lot until you can control it well and fast, but I don't think they the kind of platformer you preffer.
Posted at 03:36 on November 30th, 2007 | Quote | Edit | Delete
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I'm not the largest fan of Jump'n'Runs (which is why they're only sparsely represented on the site), but if you check out the few entries on the site, you'll find some. Take the Rick Dangerous games, they're a lot better. Or even James Pond 2 (probably my favourite in the genre, however, that's most likely related to memories again) - there just is no contest, both graphically and concerning playability and variation (the game is massive!).

Commander Keen certainly compares favourably to the likes of Manic Miner or Sword of Destiny, but those are a lot older, so one can hardly call them 'from the same time'.

If you just look on the IBM compatibles, Keen is excellent, of course. After all, there wasn't a single game on it which had even only decent scrolling before...
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Posted at 17:58 on November 29th, 2007 | Quote | Edit | Delete
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Probably why I liked it so much was because I had no better platformer when I was a kid. And I still like things I loved as a kid (I suppose is something of the mind, as I don't think all of them are good).

Really, I hardly can remember which games of that time I had at reach, but the first games I played as a kid probably where the ones from the old Atari my father bought, so the jump to PC games was great for me.

So well, apart from that obviously I'm always biased when talking about games from my childhood, I still find this game great. What games of that year are a lot better than it? This discussion could end in a duel of reviews.
Posted at 16:50 on November 29th, 2007 | Quote | Edit | Delete
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Highly overrated game in my opinion. Not particularly bad, but absolutely nothing compared to what other games of the same genre offered at that time. Just not for owners of text-driven typewriters, of course. However, since the latter won the 'format war', this game is now held up as an example of genius - because there simply wasn't anything else on that particular machine. Which is nothing short of a heavy distortion of history, if you ask me.
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Posted at 15:49 on November 29th, 2007 | Quote | Edit | Delete
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Billy Blaze, better known as Commander Keen, is stuck on planet Mars after the evil aliens stole vital parts from his ship. Now there is just one thing to do if he wants to save the earth from their attack and that is travelling around through their weird constructions to recover what was stolen.


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