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Acorn Arcade forums: News and features: Good PD Games
 

Good PD Games

Posted by Tim Fountain on 01:00, 25/10/2004 | , ,
 

RailPro

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Name:RailPro
Author:Jos Keijzers
WWW:AA support pages
Status:Freeware
Players:1
This game is a railway signal box simulator and requires you to guide the trains into their appropriate station or depot. This game is very playable and it is easy to get hooked! I think that even non-rail enthusiasts will probably like this game because it is so easy to get the hang of. The graphics are as good as they need to be for this type of game and there are plenty of confusing and complicated track layouts for you to play with. The latest version also includes a track map editor for all you model railway builders out there!
Alasdair
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Mice

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Name:Mice
Author:Owain Cole
WWW:?
Status:Freeware
Players:1
Mice is a simple exterminate the rodents game, built around a point an click engine. The aim of the game is to eliminate all the rodents on each level which, although it sounds easy, requires a bit of skill and a lot of luck. You have various weapons at your disposal, but be warned that mice reproduce quickly, so you can soon have thousands of them on your hands. The gameplay is nice but repetetive. However, the comic effects of the "Lump of Chernobyll" weapon add a lot to the overall fun. A nice game.
Dave
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Caves

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Name:Caves
Author:Matthew Willson
WWW:?
Status:Freeware
Players:1
This is a well-designed game. The gameplay is simple but not simplistic - you must control either a buggy or a flying saucer through 40 levels of dangerous obstacle courses and nasty aliens, destroying various things and reaching the exit. The graphics are decent for a freeware game - they work, which is the main thing - and the gameplay is just varied enough - new elements of the game are revealed as you progress through the levels. The music and sound effects are nothing to write home about, but Caves has it where it counts: it is fun to play. Not too challenging, and the password system will make you come back for just one more go.
Simon
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Tron

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Name:Tron
Author:Guido Steiner
Status:Freeware
Players:6
Tron is one of those line games where each player must guide his/her line around the screen without crashing. Its muliti-player option and the power-ups which can be obtained make it a lot more fun than the average Tron light cycles game clone. With its 6 player mode, Tron is an excellent game to play when you have friends around. However, if you have no friends then this game won't be much use as it has no single player mode :-). This game is well worth obtaining.
Dave
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Plig

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Name:Plig
Author:Skullsoft
WWW:Skullsoft
Status:Freeware
Players:1
Plig is a very simple game, you control a cute looking character who must be guided around a screen, collecting tokens. However, if this sounds too simple, there is a twist, you can only change direction when stationary. This means that the solid objects scattered around the screen must be used to stop your character and change his direction. Later levels include flames which are deadly on contact and also more restricting time limits. The game has very good graphics and amusing sound effects which add to the already excellent game-play. The game can be downloaded from the link above or can be found on the Acorn User CD no.3 in the 'funland' directory.
Dave
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Xmas Tanks (demo)

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Name:Xmas Tanx (demo)
Author:Andrew Hunter and Matthew Bland
WWW:?
Status:Freeware
Players:4
Xmas Tanx is a simple yet playable variation on the normal 2D tanks game. You take your tank, and some ammunition, attack opposing tanks, and attempt to be the last one standing after the ensuing carnage. It features some nice effects, and computer players, which are fairly intelligent, and a rather lame arcade battle sequence. However, the overall graphics aren't very good, and it is limited to a small screenmode. Having said this, it is one of the most playable tank games I have seen.
Dave
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Kryten 98

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Name:Kryten 98
Author:Robert Titman
WWW:
Status:Freeware
Players:1
You play the role of Kryten (of Red Dwarf fame) on who wakes up after rebooting to find himself alone in empty quarters. Your mission is to find and revive the rest of the crew. The game is a fairly basic text adventure game, with a simple to use yet effective parser. On bootup a strange mix of the Red Dwarf theme tune is loaded, this alone being reason enough to download the game. The game contains 155 rooms and 84 objects. The locations range from a "little boys' room" to a vat of dogs' milk. Interaction with characters from the main series and the first two books is also possible. The game plays well, and it is fairly easy to get started. The descriptions and interactions are riddled with in-jokes from the TV series. The game is fairly simple to complete, though some parts can take a while to work out, such as how to speak to the Toaster. However, for anyone who has played Secret Garden or Colossal Cave, it is comparable yet the puzzles are not as abstract.The only real problem with the game is that some knowledge of the Series is required to complete some of the puzzles, and the game is too small.
Dave
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