Automata UK LtdThey used to be located at 27 Highland Road, Portsmouth, Hampshire, England PO4 9DA: phone 01705 735242. The rights to their games is currenlt owned by Interceptor Group.
Frogg AdventureType: Bitmap graphics Written 1996 by Zeljko Juric.
Notes: Multiple choise.
Here be TygersType: Text only Written 1985 by Bob Franklin in The Quill.
Paradise in MicrodotType: Character graphics Written 1985 by Colin Jones in The Quill.
Xtroth - The AdventureType: Drawn graphics Written 1985 by John Hughes.
Royal Adventures of a Common FrogType: Drawn graphics Written 1985 by The Guild (Terry Braverman) in The Quill.
PimaniaType: Graphics Written 1982 by Mel Croucher, Christian Penfold and Chris Edwards in Basic.
Notes: There was some kind of competition connected to this game where you could win a sundial valued at £6000. The game contained clues as you solved it that were clues to the location you had to meet the authors, the day of the year and the time. To say the least they were obscure and it took over two years to be solved. The Automata people bought the sundial back from the people who solved it in the end.
Comments: Not exactly an adventure as such, most odd game.
CrusoeType: Graphics Written 1984 by Jon Smith in Machine code.
Comments: It was basically a split window game, with the upper portion of the screen showing your current location on an island, the map was a grid of squares and when you moved off the edge of the screen you moved onto the next portion of the map. The bottom few lines of the screen where for your input and the program's responses.
You could pick up objects and manipulate using two word commands... such as pick lock, etc. I think the objective is to escape the island.
Jon Smith remembers:
Crusoe was, I think, the first attempt to combine player-control of an on-screen character, who roamed around an adventure site you could actually see, with traditional word-parsing instruction... you could talk to the Crusoe character, ask his advice, tell him what to do, get his comments, and then watch him do it (or die in the attempt). I recall it had dozens of variables affecting his life on his desert island, including weather conditions, food, drink, wind strength, and a series of variously dangerous animals. There was also a Man Friday and the animated bones of a castaway with Treasure island links... not very sophisticated by today's standards, but back in 1984 it seemed pretty innovative and got ***** reviews in the mags. The winning screen shows my phone number. Nobody has ever rung up, so I imagine the game was never completed.
Here is a review of Crusoe
Notes: Based on Groucho Marx.
Comments: As an adventure game it was very original, but the programming
left something to be desired.
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