What MSX game have you spent the most time with?

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By Feiraco

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12-09-2018, 00:04

This must have been Xanadu (Dragonslayer 2) for me.
I finished that game (I still have the original package) without outside help in 1989. Other RPGs never have been as difficult as this one!

By mfeingol

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12-09-2018, 07:21

I'm sure I'm forgetting many cherished games, but here's my off-the-top-of-my-head list:

Maze of Galious
Daiva V
Skooter
Zanac-Ex
Aleste
Ys 1 and 2
Konami's Soccer and Ping Pong
Pacmania
City Connection
Diablo
Gorby's Pipeline

By wyrdwad

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12-09-2018, 09:23

Without question, the MSX game I spent the most time with BY FAR is Pumpkin Adventure 3. That game is insanely long, but is IMHO the best RPG on the system, hands down, and I absolutely loved it. I guess I kind of had to, in order to spend probably somewhere around 100 hours on it. Wink

Other MSX games that I've spent a significant amount of time with are also RPGs, since RPGs do tend to be the longest-lasting games. That list includes games like Rune Worth, Emerald Dragon, and War of the Dead, though it's only the first of those three that I actually played to completion (Emerald Dragon frustrated me after a time and I wound up dropping it, and War of the Dead is a game I keep coming back to and am VERY CLOSE to finishing, but still haven't quite completed).

Beyond that, there are some longer games that I completed over the course of a week or two, but probably put a good 10+ hours into apiece -- games like Golvellius (both MSX1 and MSX2 versions), Metal Gear 2, Higemaru Makaijima, Maze of Galious, and probably a bunch of others I'm forgetting.

I've also spent way more time playing A Life M36 Planet: MotherBrain has been aliving than most, but that's because of the fan-translation project -- I played that game to completion at least four times over, and know it like the back of my hand at this point.

And on a similar note, I've spent way more time playing Izumic Ballade than most due to... well, actually completing it, for one, which is something I doubt many others have done given its buggy nature, its high difficulty level, and the Japanese language barrier. Plus, I've also partially fan-translated it, so I've spent a LOT of time digging into it and testing sections of it over and over -- though the fate of that project is still looking a bit grim, on account of the technical difficulties I've had with it. Sad

And finally, the two games I randomly keep coming back to -- the ones that I'll just pop in if I'm bored but don't know what I want to play -- are Protector and Kyokugen. Not sure why, but if I'm in the mood for some mindless fun, I'll turn to Protector, and if I'm in the mood to shoot stuff, I'll turn to Kyokugen. Wink So I've probably put a sizable number of hours into both of those, too, at this point.

-Tom

By jepmsx

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12-09-2018, 10:19

Treasure of Usas
Fray
Illusion City
Fruit Panic
Konami's soccer
Comic Bakery
River raid
Aleste 2
Nemesis 2

By Wolverine_nl

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12-09-2018, 14:08

Treasure of Usas
SD Snatcher
Metal Gear 2
Xak 3

By FiXato

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13-09-2018, 16:46

Hmm, good question... I know I've sunk in a lot of time in games bij UMAX and ANMA at least. Pumpkin Adventure 3, NOSH, Troxx and Witch's Revenge come to mind especially.
Nemesis II and III have also seen some playtime, but apart from that, I think most of the time went into playing Tetris clones, puzzle-, and card-, and breakout-games like Solitaire Royale, Not Again, Troika, Gorby's Pipeline and Triplex, often while taking turns or playing against my mother. Smile
Oh, and Fruity Frank. Really should play some more of that game again.
Malaya's Treasure also consumed a lot of my time, even though I couldn't understand the story at the time.

By Meits

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12-09-2018, 17:50

Can't remember... Too long ago... But time put in one game was way bigger than a kid of the same age could possibly do now... Back then, when stuck, we tried every possible pixel to solve the puzzle. Now, to keep the player focussed, there are virtually green and red arrows to force you the right way...

By FiXato

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12-09-2018, 23:54

Meits wrote:

Can't remember... Too long ago... But time put in one game was way bigger than a kid of the same age could possibly do now... Back then, when stuck, we tried every possible pixel to solve the puzzle. Now, to keep the player focussed, there are virtually green and red arrows to force you the right way...

Besides, we had far less games to actually choose from. You kinda had to stick to the ones you had.
Nowadays with all those great free (indie) games, heavily discounted games and game bundles, and a huge backlog of easily downloadable abandonware, it's far more tempting to just move onto the next game when you are stuck. For the same reason, far less incentive to keep trying to play that Japanese game you don't understand the text of.

By ro

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13-09-2018, 08:03

I think the one game for me is MOG. Played it till my fingers bled, over and over. Man, I loved that game. I clearly remember when I first discovered (by my self) the CROSS item. I made screenshots with game-master and sent my discovery to MSX magazine. I told my self I was the first and only who found out about that hidden screen Smile Yeah, it was long ago... but man, I played it.

By luppie

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13-09-2018, 09:34

Instinctively I would say Metal Gear. But that is continuously playing. During the years when I want to play a little game I always play Galaga. So most time spend it's definitely Galaga.

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