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August 1st, 2015, 06:10 PM
Today I tried playing the EGA version of DOC. Any thoughts?

Another strange thing is that the 386SX CPU is way too fast with jousting / the catapult. This is not an issue with the CGA version.

The EGA version does not work with CGA (nor with VGA utility set to CGA 8BIT).

Update: the EGA version has very strong AI compared to the CGA original.

August 3rd, 2015, 01:29 PM
The EGA version should rather look like this:


Imho the EGA version was best with a tandy since the Tandy sound card is waaaaay ahead of the poor pc speaker sound in this game...

August 3rd, 2015, 03:43 PM
Cool. DOC probably uses some kind of EGA hardware access that is very poorly interpreted by my VGA GPU. I will experiment with an IBM PS/ValuePoint this evening.

Update: works on my IBM PS/ValuePoint 425SX/Si. Too fast but I will use a slowdown utility.

Update: slowed it down to 6MHZ and disabled internal cache (machine does not have external cache).


August 3rd, 2015, 06:29 PM
Today I tried playing the EGA version of DOC. Any thoughts?

I think it's the most balanced of any version of the game, although the C64 version is good too. Mind you, all versions can be exploited badly to some degree, although the Amiga version is crazy hard. Here's my Tandy (same code as EGA) playthrough: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ekHDC5POPwQ

Update: the EGA version has very strong AI compared to the CGA original.

Can you elaborate? I didn't notice that, and I've put about 100 hours into the CGA version and about 10 hours into the EGA/Tandy version.

Great Hierophant
August 3rd, 2015, 07:22 PM
I used to be the most familiar with the NES port from Konami using their Ultra Games label. Talk about crazy hard, that version was downright unfair!

August 4th, 2015, 05:01 AM
I usually win the CGA version: focus on taking out Norman castles. Avoiding jousting / raiding / rescuing.

Unfortunately the EGA version froze at jousting yesterday. I was in a good game where I had a fair chance of winning. :(

August 4th, 2015, 06:01 AM
The Amiga version is a work of art, with Jim Sachs' graphics.
I mostly played the C64 version though, because I didn't get an Amiga until some years later.
Friend of mine bought the PC version booter of Defender of the Crown. I actually wrote my own disk copy program to copy that game, using raw sector reads/writes. There was apparently no extra copy protection, it just was a non-standard disk format, and for some reason MS-DOS diskcopy needs a valid FAT on the disk, even though it does a raw sector copy as well, afaik.

Another game I really like is Pirates! (http://www.mobygames.com/game/c64/sid-meiers-pirates), which I also played a lot on C64, and later on Amiga.

August 4th, 2015, 04:33 PM
Pirates! Gold is one of my all time favorites. :-)