BOOK REVIEW #2
Dynamic Games for Your Oric
by Clive Gifford
|INTRO. Time again for a book review. This
one is one of the rarer ones and it took Jon Haworth a
while to track down a decent copy.
THE BOOK. The work of Clive Gifford, this is a book of games written for the Oric-1. Each program has a description with notes on what variables are used and other pointers to help you understand or adjust the program.
Also, towards the end, are more helpful chapters. The first about possible applications, and then we have maths and scientific work. Further sections on improving programming and loading/ saving are a worthwhile addition although I would have liked the programming section to be larger and in more detail. A somewhat dated, (for then), list of books and a glossary finish the book.
|WHATS IN IT? Ill not list all the games but here are a few. Eatie Sweetie (Pacman), Hawks and Doves, 3D Cone, Noughts and Crosses, Laser War, Jogger, Squash, Art Nouveau, Blackjack, Bingo, Solitaire, Wooden Shoe.|
|The important thing with a book of games
is whether the games are any good or not. This book
announces itself as having Dynamic Games, so
are they any good. Well some are not too bad, nicely
presented like Laser War, but many are very
simple games often based on board games or pen and paper
puzzles. There are a few graphics demos and a couple of
versions of Lunar Lander, (which Clive seems to enjoy a
lot ! )
So what you have a a collection of different programs which vary quite a lot, but the number of decent games is no greater than youll find in books such as the Oric Programmer. The book does have quite a reasonable selection of programs to try.
SUMMARY. This book tries to be helpful. Things hardly get dynamic but there are some nice ideas in there so it gets 6.5/10
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