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== Introduction ==
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== riscos.info Games ==
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The RISC OS games scene has never been very active, and became even quieter with the disappearance of Acorn Computers Ltd in 1998. Most of the activity in the present-day RISC OS games market is due to a small number of enthusiasts.  As of 2009, there is now no commercial game development.  
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Games hosted on riscos.info are found in the [http://www.riscos.info/packages/SectionIndex.html#Games games section of the autobuilder].
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Most newly appearing RISC OS games are ports (many hosted on riscos.info), with the occasional original title, or a rework of an older BBC Micro or Archimedes game.   Many of the ports are relatively processor intensive, and can be impractical on a RiscPC, so an [[A9]], or [[IYONIX pc] is required.  Even those platforms are very slow compared to modern x86 hardware, and ports of modern games with 3D graphics, etc are generally impractical.
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== Introduction ==
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There are also a variety of emulators available, such as [[DosBox]] and [[PicoDrive]], and these make a wide variety of classic games such as Sonic the Hedgehog and Super Mario Brothers available for play - provided suitable ROM images can be found.
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== riscos.info Games ==
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The RISC OS games scene has never been very active, and became even quieter with the disappearance of Acorn Computers Ltd in 1998. Most of the activity in the present-day RISC OS games market is due to a small number of enthusiasts.  
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[http://www.riscos.info/packages/SectionIndex.html#Games riscos.info hosts many game ports]
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Commercial game releases do pop up one or two times a year but the freeware games scene is much more active. The availability of the [[IYONIX pc]] and the [[A9home]] makes porting of some of the more recent games from other platforms a viable proposition. Even in this case, games which are very processor- or graphics-intensive and less than 3-5 years old are unlikely to be suitable candidates for conversion. Thus recent real-time games would be unsuitable for conversion, while turn-based and puzzle games would fare significantly better.
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The following games have their own pages:
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There are a variety of emulators available, such as [[DosBox]] and [[PicoDrive]], and these make a wide variety of classic games such as Sonic the Hedgehog and Super Mario Brothers available for play - provided suitable ROM images can be found.
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* [[OpenTTD|Open Transport Tycoon Deluxe]]
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===Game Developers and Publishers===
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==Game Developers and Publishers==
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''This list is hopelessly out of date''
Past developers and publishers include ''Visions of the Impossible'', ''FLAYMZ'', ''[[Artex Software]]'' and ''GEK Studio'' but the following game developers and publishers are still active:
Past developers and publishers include ''Visions of the Impossible'', ''FLAYMZ'', ''[[Artex Software]]'' and ''GEK Studio'' but the following game developers and publishers are still active:
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[[R-Comp]] has a selection of ported games that have been fully converted to RISC OS (including [[AcornQuake|Quake]], [[Doom]] and [[Descent]]), and a native RISC OS Doom-like game, [[Destiny]].
[[R-Comp]] has a selection of ported games that have been fully converted to RISC OS (including [[AcornQuake|Quake]], [[Doom]] and [[Descent]]), and a native RISC OS Doom-like game, [[Destiny]].
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riscos.info has covered a selection of open source games, including puzzle games, a selection of simple arcade games, and some larger games such as FreeCiv, LinCity and Battle for Wesnoth.
 
[[APDL]] now own the rights to and are selling the 4th Dimension's back catalogue. Notable among these games are [[Cataclysm]], [[Nevryon]], [[E-Type]] and others. The 4th Dimension Games Collections typically feature 9-12 games on a CD, so there's enough to keep you occupied for a long time!
[[APDL]] now own the rights to and are selling the 4th Dimension's back catalogue. Notable among these games are [[Cataclysm]], [[Nevryon]], [[E-Type]] and others. The 4th Dimension Games Collections typically feature 9-12 games on a CD, so there's enough to keep you occupied for a long time!
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*[[Ankh]] - 10UKP - A point-and-click adventure, similar in design and humour to the Monkey Island games.
*[[Ankh]] - 10UKP - A point-and-click adventure, similar in design and humour to the Monkey Island games.
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====List of commercial releases over 2005:====
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====List of commercial releases over 2005====
*Adventure Games Collection - 4th Dimension - http://www.apdl.co.uk
*Adventure Games Collection - 4th Dimension - http://www.apdl.co.uk
*Flight Simulator Games Collection - 4th Dimension - http://www.apdl.co.uk
*Flight Simulator Games Collection - 4th Dimension - http://www.apdl.co.uk

Revision as of 22:05, 5 November 2009

Introduction

The RISC OS games scene has never been very active, and became even quieter with the disappearance of Acorn Computers Ltd in 1998. Most of the activity in the present-day RISC OS games market is due to a small number of enthusiasts. As of 2009, there is now no commercial game development.

Most newly appearing RISC OS games are ports (many hosted on riscos.info), with the occasional original title, or a rework of an older BBC Micro or Archimedes game. Many of the ports are relatively processor intensive, and can be impractical on a RiscPC, so an A9, or [[IYONIX pc] is required. Even those platforms are very slow compared to modern x86 hardware, and ports of modern games with 3D graphics, etc are generally impractical.

There are also a variety of emulators available, such as DosBox and PicoDrive, and these make a wide variety of classic games such as Sonic the Hedgehog and Super Mario Brothers available for play - provided suitable ROM images can be found.

riscos.info Games

riscos.info hosts many game ports

The following games have their own pages:

Game Developers and Publishers

This list is hopelessly out of date

Past developers and publishers include Visions of the Impossible, FLAYMZ, Artex Software and GEK Studio but the following game developers and publishers are still active:

Acorn Arcade has collated a number of former commercial games that have now been made available as freeware. This includes several Tom Cooper (A.K.A. Berty) titles.

Chris Bazley is keeping Star Fighter 3000 updated.

Jason Tribbeck is writing a couple of new games, currently in alpha or early beta stages of development; ACED and Equinox.

R-Comp has a selection of ported games that have been fully converted to RISC OS (including Quake, Doom and Descent), and a native RISC OS Doom-like game, Destiny.

APDL now own the rights to and are selling the 4th Dimension's back catalogue. Notable among these games are Cataclysm, Nevryon, E-Type and others. The 4th Dimension Games Collections typically feature 9-12 games on a CD, so there's enough to keep you occupied for a long time!

Commercial Games

Some of the best known commercial games released for RISC OS are listed below:

  • Quake Resurrection - 23UKP (rrp) - A port of the Quake for RISC OS. Includes two expansion packs.
  • Heroes of Might and Magic 2 - 35UKP - A port of Heroes of Might and Magic 2.
  • 6502Em - 15UKP - One of the best BBC Micro emulators on the RISC OS platform.
  • Star Fighter 3000 - 20UKP - The classic RISC OS mission based 3D shoot-em-up.
  • TEK 1608 - 30UKP - A Command & Conquer / Dune II style strategy game.
  • Ankh - 10UKP - A point-and-click adventure, similar in design and humour to the Monkey Island games.

List of commercial releases over 2005

List of commercial releases over 2006

List of commercial releases over 2007

Freeware and Shareware

Some of the best freeware and shareware games released for RISC OS are listed below:

Interactive Fiction

RISC OS has fairly good support for both playing and writing Interactive Fiction (text adventures).

Want to make your own games?

  • FST - Design your own flight simulators
  • Spatience - Design card games
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