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Best (non-sierra) games for the Tandy 1000

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  • #16
    a bit older thread, but interesting. there are some games that stand out, while using 16colors cga/ega and also using the complete music/audio capabilities.
    Budokan seems to be a good choice, but I have to admit, that VGA and Roland is better on that game with 286.
    ZakMacKracken stands out. Best version on Tandy.

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    • #17
      Gold box games, Zeliard, Ultima IV/V, Bard's Tale, Battletech, Castles, Defender of the crown, Lemmings?

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      • #18
        Originally posted by eeguru View Post
        Wow! How did you swing that? Any why?

        It's especially impressive considering the SX came with a 80286 installed!
        Sim City runs on my Tandy 1000A just fine. Quite a lot of fun with the Deluxe Mouse.

        I also have to put Arkanoid and Arkanoid II up there as good non-sierra titles for the Tandy 1000 series. I also run those on my 1000A.

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        • #19
          Star Flight. I was impressed on how well Ikari Warriors ran on my friend's 1000 TX. I had an ITT Xtra XP also with a 286, and an NSI vga card (initially I may have had a cheapo cga card), and it ran like the arcade game. The TX was more zippy. I liked it.

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          • #20
            I never got to play Mines of Titan (rpg) but I was obsessed with Mars Saga on the C64 for a while (same game more or less). 2400 A.D. wasn't very exciting. Once I learned how to hack my stats, I lost interest.

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            • #21
              Ok totally off topic, but Alien Syndrome for the C64 was better then the arcade version imo.

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              • #22
                Originally posted by tipc View Post
                The TX was more zippy. I liked it.
                The TX is one of my favorite Tandy models, which is why I have 3 of them. The extra speed was just enough to counter the extra 16K of video ram (32K total) games had to sling around. Action games were just fast enough to be enjoyable, as you found out.

                My favorite games to play on a TX are: Outrun, Chuck Yeager's Air Combat, Interphase, and especially Indianapolis 500 (it uses the 160x200 mode so you get a 16K graphics mode *and* 286 speed, and it just screams).
                Offering a bounty for:
                - A working Sanyo MBC-775 or Logabax 1600
                - Music Construction Set, IBM Music Feature edition (has red sticker on front stating IBM Music Feature)

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                • #23
                  But I also ran Ikari Warriors on a 286, so I attributed the performance bump to the fact the video logic was integral to the Mobo. Don't know. Or maybe much of the video logic is on comparably few packages. Again don't know.

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                  • #24
                    OVERKILL is very impressive. It runs great and looks fantastic. (...but has only PC-SPK)

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                    • #25
                      Originally posted by tipc View Post
                      But I also ran Ikari Warriors on a 286, so I attributed the performance bump to the fact the video logic was integral to the Mobo. Don't know. Or maybe much of the video logic is on comparably few packages. Again don't know.
                      Tandy 320x200 16-color video and EGA are arranged differently under the hood, and EGA is slower to update, all else being equal. So if the EGA routines weren't optimized very well for EGA's planar hardware assist functions, then that would explains why the TX felt snappier.
                      Offering a bounty for:
                      - A working Sanyo MBC-775 or Logabax 1600
                      - Music Construction Set, IBM Music Feature edition (has red sticker on front stating IBM Music Feature)

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                      • #26
                        The list of Tandy/PCJr compatible games is posted in many places on the internet. I would start there if you're looking for games for a Tandy 1000.

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                        • #27
                          This post got me thinking. I recently revamped a PCJR with a JR-IDE board and a NEC V20 cpu. Sierra games were really the only choice and they made the most games that ran on the PCJR. There are a few stragglers but sadly sierra is where its at.

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                          • #28
                            I always enjoyed the Sierra games, but also those such as GATO, Chuck Yeager's AFT, and the various Infocom text adventures. All played reasonably well on my 1000HX when it was new.
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