Sunday, November 30, 2014

Castle Master 2 The Crypt - A Walkthrough

Well, yesterday I took you on a tour of Castle Eternity as seen in Incentive Software's brilliant Castle Master from 1990.  Playing the game rekindled my love for it, and its equally brilliant sequel - The Crypt.

So now, one day later I bring you - Castle Master 2 - The Crypt.  A playthrough/walkthrough of the Commodore 64 version.

As with all Freescape games on the Commodore 64 (and most other 8 bit conversions), the solid vector graphics run incredibly slow, which is why I have had to speed the video up.  The slowness never bothered me, and I always thought it made the game more atmospheric when playing, but for a viewer it would probably bore the socks of you, so enjoy my 54 minute and 47 second walkthrough, compressed to just 10 minutes.


Saturday, November 29, 2014

Castle Master - A Walkthrough

I love castles...  Wandering through ruins and taking in the history.  Well, today I've been revisiting one of my favourite castles from my childhood.  It was a place I loved to visit after a long day at school...  No tourists....   No entry fee....  And no pushy English Heritage representative trying to get you to sign up for a subscription.  Just spirits to destroy, and a twin sister to rescue.  Welcome to Castle Eternity, a virtual castle stored within 64kb of RAM as seen in the classic Commodore 64 computer game, Castle Master.

Now, I'm not going to talk about this game here - I've already done that in a previous post which you can view if you click here.  Instead, sit back and enjoy me playing through this wonderful game. 



 
 
Since it's the first time in awhile since I last played Castle Master, it took me a respectable 1 hour and 10 minutes to complete.  However, due to the slowness of Freescape on the Commodore 64 I have sped it up to a much faster frame rate.  Also, I completely forgot where the key to the Spirits Abode room was, hence why it took me a little longer than planned.  I remembered in the end though!
 
Still a great game.  I think I'm going to replay Castle Master 2 - The Crypt next.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Songs that remind me of my childhood Number 30 - Cardiac Arrest (Madness)

 
For my 30th song that reminds me of my childhood, I've gone with Madness and Cardiac Arrest.  In all fairness, I could have gone with any of their major hits from the early 1980s as I always enjoyed listening to my Dads "Complete Madness" album when I was little.

Now, why have I gone with this one?  Simple really....

a)  I really like it
b)  It pretty much sums my life at the moment.

From what I can work out, the song is about a family man (average husband, with wife and kids) who lets his work take over his life and who has become a workaholic.  He is shown becoming rather agitated and stressed over simple things like the bus running late, and getting to work for an important meeting.  Ultimately it ends with him suffering a heart attack on the way to work.

Yep, that sounds like my life, just without the heart attack...yet! 

Sound advice really - Don't let work take over your life and ruin your family time.  Perhaps I should heed the advice given from Suggs and rest of the gang and change the way I look at work.

Easier said than done. 

Anyway, enjoy.