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Old 12-08-2009, 08:30 PM   #1 (permalink)
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What name of this TI 99 4A roleplaying game,that like ultima

Ok when I was a kid one of my cousins let me borrow this roleplaying game,that was similar to ultima and was for the TI 99 4A computer.

Then the game was stolen.And no matter how hard me and my family searched,we could not find another copy for this game,to return to my cousin,and another copy for me.

The game was about how you go into a dungeon to rescue a King,and defeat the big villain,and fight monsters,defeat traps,find treasure.etc. There was lots of dungeon rooms,and lots of monsters,including the metal monster,(kind of like D and D's rust monster),lots of trapped treasure chest,and cool items and gear.

You had at least 4 party members and you could create characters,with stats,skills,abilities etc.

The Icons,for the monsters,player characters kind of looked a little like the ones from the D and D gold box games,and the original bards tale,might and magic,ultima,etc. Meaning you had a stick figure holding a sword for the fighter,a stick figure holding a staff for wizard,and stick figure holding a dagger for rogue,and I don remember what the priest,cleric Icon was.

The look of the rooms and doors and chest,is very much like the early ultima,might and magic,bards tale,wizardry 1,D and D gold box games. The walls were white or yellow,and the doors were brown or black.The treasure chest,coffins,etc were colored brown and or white and or black.Stairs going down to or up different dungeon levels were gray,and or black,and actually looked like stairs.

So can anybody tell me what this games name is and where I can find it?
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Old 12-08-2009, 08:33 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I have no idea. You did a good job describing it all but unfortunately it still sounds like thousands of other games out there. I think someone will only get it if they've played that specific game before. Good luck.
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Old 12-08-2009, 08:38 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Tunnels of Doom

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Old 12-08-2009, 08:41 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Was I right? Have you played this before Tenser?

Btw that is one ugly game.
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Old 12-08-2009, 08:47 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Re: What name of this TI 99 4A roleplaying game,that like ultima

You do realize how old the TI-99/4A is, right?

This may not be the game. It's the only one gamefaqs has listed under it's TI-99 RPG section.

I found a screen shot of the FP view as well to help.
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No I didn't know until I looked it up but what does that matter? Either way the game is still ugly, I'm sure it was groundbreaking at the time. I wasn't making fun of it I was just making an observation.

So did you ever play it?
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Nope, I'm interested in trying it though.

It looks beautiful to me.

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It looks ok overall but the interface is probably painful compared to most games that came after, even NES games I'd bet. Hey at least it looks better than ET right?
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Graphically? I think E.T. wins.

I don't think you could create better renditions of humans on the A26 then what E.T. accomplished. The FBI agent, the scientist, Elliot, and E.T. were all well rendered. My only two graphical complaints with E.T. would be the forest zone and the spaceship.
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Sorry I have to disagree, I think the people in ET are much worse than stick figures. But, we won't agree on this, let's not turn this into another ET conversation.
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Re: What name of this TI 99 4A roleplaying game,that like ultima

Ok Tunnels of doom might be it. But was the plot story of the tunnels of doom game about rescuing a King,or finding the Kings treasure.

Also I dont remember as many colors being in the game.And was there metal monsters in the game.

Is there any other game title for the TI 99 4A that is similar to Tunnels of Doom and what I was describing.

If there is a metal monster in the game,and if tunnels of doom is about rescuing the King,and or finding te Kings treasure,and if there arent any othr game titles that are similar to Tunnels of Doom,and what I was describing,then tunnels of doom is probably the game I am thinking of.

Thanks for your help.

I was thinking of trying to find a TI 99 4A emulator and downloading installing the game and replaying it for nolstagic reasons.Also I can give my cousin a copy of the game along with the emulator,to see if he remembers the game that he lent me,that got stolen.
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Really?






Care to show me some better human renders on the A26?
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It looks ok overall but the interface is probably painful compared to most games that came after, even NES games I'd bet. Hey at least it looks better than ET right?
The best thing about the game,was that it was fun,and the interface wasnt that bad and easy for kids like me and my cousin to figure out.

Fun and playability is more important than graphics. But when the game came out(1981 to 1982) it was very good graphically for its time.
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Did it come with one of those plastic things that laid over the keyboard to show what they keys did? I remember some of them also came with little cards you could keep near you that listed the controls.

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Did it come with one of those plastic things that laid over the keyboard to show what they keys did? I remember some of them also came with little cards you could keep near you that listed the controls.

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It had a game manual,and a game reference card for the game.The game manual was very much like the game manual that came with the Ultima Exodus game that was released for the Apple 2e computers,franklin and Acer 1000 computers.

Also the game was nearly impossible to find back then and now.
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Oh come on now, I'm on your side about these issues and look how quickly you throw me under the bus. Thanks for that.

I really do think the graphics on Atari are garbage but who cares, it's an ancient system that did the best it could. Just because something was awesome in 1980 doesn't mean I have to show it the utmost respect 25+ years later. ET(among others) do not stand the test of time compared to NES or Snes for example. Atari games are like random blobs of color awkwardly moving around the screen. Simple as that imo.
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I really do think the graphics on Atari are garbage but who cares, it's an ancient system that did the best it could. Just because something was awesome in 1980 doesn't mean I have to show it the utmost respect 25+ years later. ET(among others) do not stand the test of time compared to NES or Snes for example. Atari games are like random blobs of color awkwardly moving around the screen. Simple as that imo.
Tenser isn't asking for your utmost respect towards the Atari 2600; he's only asking for acknowledgement. Just because you have no fond memories of moving those random blobs of color around the screen doesn't mean others don't. A whole generation was raised on Atari games, just as you were brought up on NES and beyond.

Video gaming did not start with the NES. The Atari 2600 was the first to carve out a mainstream market for consolegames, and make the technology affordable for home use.

Atari 2600 singlehandedly built up a market on backbone alone. It had 128 bytes of RAM. Thats enough room for 16 ASCII characters. How programmers crammed in entire game worlds and states into that memory is way beyond me and 99% of programmers today. Programs had to be 4K or less on the cartridge. There was no GFX chip on the Atari. An Atari game was a program that frantically stuffed bits into the video cables with perfect timing. And yet people made it work.

Understand, this stuff had never been seen before. This might be hard, but try to imagine making a game when the console provided no sprites, no backgrounds, no VRAM. Sure, garbage games came out for it, but you know what? Garbage games come out for every system no matter how advanced it is.

Technology doesn't sprout from nowhere. It evolves. Believe it or not, scrolling was a huge deal when the NES came out. Before, you had the occasional Atari game that actually scrolled (River Raid), or you played on a PC that supported it (C64), or you had the block scrolling of a bazillion other machines at the time (MSX, Coleco, Apple II, etc..). And most of those games executed in 16 colors or less. Heck, tons of game screens consisted of two colors ONLY. Lets not forget about attribute clash and the wonderful limitations GFX setups had at the time. And those games were still loads of fun.

So please try to understand Tenser's point of view. I'm not trying to be arrogrant with my long lecture here, but please understand not everyone started with the same level of technology as you. It's ok if you love your NES. It truly was an astounding console when developers got the hang of it. But don't bash older technology just because it was better. The cost was simply too high for these capabilities at the time of release.

And if you don't agree, then don't worry about it. One day (if not already) people will be saying that NES games were 3-color blobs moving around. And so on..

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Thanks for the history lesson but I'm actually of the same age group that grew up on Atari.
When I was a kid we had Atari and Colecovision. I liked them well enough but they never really held my attention because, to be totally honest, the games were shallow and lame. I only really got addicted to video games when NES came out because of how engrossing the experience was. Maybe I'm slightly bias though, the first game I played on NES(besides Mario1) was FF1 and I couldn't believe how awesome it was compared to everything I played before that.
Atari may have been the first big thing but when NES came out it was obsolete trash to almost everyone.

This all started because I made an observation about the OPs game being old and ugly. Tenser just got all defensive because I slighted ET, happens pretty regularly around here.

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That's the thing, I have no problem acknowledging the impact Atari had or how ground breaking ET was. We differ on how good the games are when it comes down to playing them. He has an unhealthy love for ET and I just never liked it. It comes down to opinion obviously.


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Also, don't mind Dudebro. He's a new-school gaming wiener who's only impressed by shiny, flashy objects, has the attention span of a five-year-old, and can't be bothered with a game that doesn't hold his hand all the way through.
I had to take the bait and reply in kind. I tend to be overly dramatic when I describe things, sorry if you took that to mean I absolutely hate Atari.
I am none of that stuff he said. Tenser knows all this, he's just trying to get my blood pumping. If he does think of me this way I'd be shocked. Sorry if our banter is misleading.

Either way I'm glad to see you're not afraid to speak your mind. Don't worry about being on a soapbox, I do it all the time.
Btw I bet you warmed Tensers heart today.

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ET's graphics as posted by Tenser is really good compared to something like defender.

I think I played ET once, and never understood the concept of it. I usually like the obscure games, so maybe I should try it on here. ^_^
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@Mikalalas: I'm unsure of the plot for Tunnels of Doom nor for the life of me can I find a manual for it. You can always play it through emulation following the link I posted earlier in this topic.

@Seahawk: What systems did you have as a child? I grew up on the Coleco with the Atari adapter, the C64, and an Apple IIe compatible.

@DB: No trying to lie your way out of it now. We all know your first system was the Playstation. I still love you even with all of your faults though.

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I'm flattered you guys wanna insist that I'm young but sadly it's not true.
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Oh, you're older than dirt. You're just new to gaming. Better?

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Only slightly.
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I'm flattered you guys wanna insist that I'm young but sadly it's not true.
its just weird that you thought games sucked until nes, man i was more excited about c64, intellevision and atari more than anything else.
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Well at the time I didn't think they sucked but when something better came out I moved on. They didn't hold the nostalgia for me because NES was so much better.
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