Parallax MSX Games are now freeware (finally)

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By ro

Scribe (4479)

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01-03-2021, 11:30

Hai Cas, good to see you here once in a while. And bringing such good news makes us smile, no doubt.
As this is news worthy, it is!, I've composed a concept news post already. All that's left now, is upload the goods to our MRC Download DB. I've already upped Black Cyclon, Magnar, and the Core Dump Promo.

To any one that has a copy of any of these games, let me know or upload it to the DB yourself using https://www.msx.org/downloads/submit

  • Vectron (1989)
  • Arc (1990)
  • Magnar (1992) -> uploaded
  • Black Cyclon (1993) -> uploaded
  • Blade Lords (1994)
  • Akin (1995)

update: We have all files, but ARC, at the moment in our Database. Thanx for the quick reactions!

By Grauw

Ascended (10064)

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01-03-2021, 10:35

Super cool! The Parallax games were always of amazing quality and really inspirational! And I was a big fan of the Core Dump blogs.

By Randam

Paragon (1398)

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01-03-2021, 11:23

Hello Cas,

Is there a chance you are willing to release the source files as far you have them for Core dump?

And if you still have the accursed harddrive that crashed: I would even pay for it to be professionally salvaged.

By inspecteurZ

Resident (42)

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01-03-2021, 11:30

All games but Arc are on file-hunter

By parallax

Expert (85)

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01-03-2021, 11:56

I recently found the pretty old backup disks I had for Core Dump, which should contain the main sources and likely those of an (early) version of the promo. However, I couldn't completely read them anymore, and couldn't properly reconstruct what they exactly backed up -- and some stuff was compressed using some msx thing, which made things harder. I might try to have a look again in the next weeks, but it might take quite some effort to piece together what goes where and how to invoke things again. Given that the rest of my life is pretty busy at the moment, I'm not sure if this will happen soon...

By Sylvester

Hero (536)

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01-03-2021, 12:02

Didn't Black Cyclon and Magnar needed the manuals to play the game?

By parallax

Expert (85)

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01-03-2021, 12:11

I'm sure people took off the copy protections on their copies, which is fine. Black Cyclon is a bit tricky since it links game events to repeated copy protection checks (ie missing a crystal in the final level? maybe not all protection was removed...) and ARC is even more intricate.

By ren

Paragon (1872)

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01-03-2021, 12:24

Nice!

Perhaps a good idea if someone who has original disks makes .dmk (.pdi?) dumps so we have 'verified' proper dumps?

Copy protection or not, a .dsk file isn't really suited to make an authentic dump (or is it)?

By Grauw

Ascended (10064)

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01-03-2021, 12:33

A dsk file is suited if the game doesn’t use disk-based copy protection, which seems to be the case judging by previous comments.

By parallax

Expert (85)

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01-03-2021, 12:43

There were some disk based protections too, I think, but nothing super complicated.

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