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Who liked Tau Ceti?
Absolutely, kept me enthralled 56%  56%  [ 5 ]
Nay, an exercise in tedium 11%  11%  [ 1 ]
Didn't have the game, but know of it 22%  22%  [ 2 ]
Only played it at a mate's place 11%  11%  [ 1 ]
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 Post subject: Who liked Tau Ceti?
PostPosted: Fri Aug 25, 2006 1:49 am 
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Who on here liked this game?

At the time of its release I thought this was fanny-tastic (even if the graphics were a bit blocky & linear).

Oh the frustration it was capable of causing.. you were loaded up with completed rods, hadn't saved the game recently, when you touched down in a heavily defended city and you were suddenly fighting several of those flying saucer fighters and then boom, you were dead.

Or occasionally you'd stumble across a military supply depot when you were in the middle of copping a hiding and trying to conserve all important missiles. Then you got an evil grin, fired off all your missiles, overheated your laser and hopped into the building quickly for a total restock & repair, then back out to kick whatever arse remained to be kicked.

I completed the game a couple of times, however that represented almost a total weekend of serious gaming - being occasionally dragged outside by my parents to go play basketball or soccer for my team.


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Closest I got to completing it was a dozen rods on one occasion.

So many nice touches. The shadows moving as the sun set. The zooming map display. Telling the computer to F*** OFF (save your game first!)

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Preferred it on the speccy as it was faster and smoother, still whatever platform it was on it was fantasitic, very nearly finished it once but had 2 rods missing arggg! :)

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I'm sorry, I didn't get it because I didn't have a manual.*
Since then, never played it.
Isn't it a space trading thing like PSI5 Trading company?


*the absolute downside of hacked games, grr.

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Loved Tau Ceti a great deal, though I never completed it. My friend, an Amstrad owner, and I often debated over which version was better.

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Mr.Zzapback wrote:
I'm sorry, I didn't get it because I didn't have a manual.*
Since then, never played it.
Isn't it a space trading thing like PSI5 Trading company?


*the absolute downside of hacked games, grr.


Nope, all the action takes place on a single planet, and you move between cities in your Galcorp Skimmer. In each city are a series of buildings and many, many enemy droids out to get you. Your task is to find the nuclear rods to disable the main reactor in Centralis, the capital city.

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Professor Brian Strain wrote:
So many nice touches. The shadows moving as the sun set. The zooming map display. Telling the computer to F*** OFF (save your game first!)


Funnily enough even as a 10 year old I managed to give the computer a "bit of a serve" once (was about to fly into a hangar and refuel when I conked out). Somehow the f word was involved.. you get the picture..

The computer gave me a 'Just because I'm a machine does not mean you can insult me' talk. Then it was time to reload the game!


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 03, 2006 8:04 pm 
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Love it. A classic and one of the better Spectrum to C64 conversions around.


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