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Videopac / Odyssey2 => Game of the Month => Topic started by: RickO2 on September 02, 2008, 06:53:10 AM



Title: Math-a-Magic!/Math?maticien/Mathematician/Matem?gica!
Post by: RickO2 on September 02, 2008, 06:53:10 AM
In honor of the new school year starting here in the USA; the game of the month is Math-a-Magic!/Math?maticien/Mathematician/Matem?gica!

How many had parents buy this game?  Did any of you want this game as a kid? 


Title: Re: Math-a-Magic!/Math?maticien/Mathematician/Matem?gica!
Post by: Janzl on September 02, 2008, 12:53:44 PM
Hahaha great choice!

My parents never bought the system for me and to be honoust, I have never played the game in my life. Will give it a try thoughe.

I wonder what the highscores will be like  :)


Title: Re: Math-a-Magic!/Math?maticien/Mathematician/Matem?gica!
Post by: Rafael on September 03, 2008, 12:56:25 AM
Well, what can we say about it...  :) :)+ :) :)= :D :D


Title: Re: Math-a-Magic!/Math?maticien/Mathematician/Matem?gica!
Post by: RickO2 on September 03, 2008, 04:13:29 PM
One of the positive's about this "game" was the actual use of the keyboard.  A common knock against the Odyssey2/Videopac.  I know this is a bit off topic but I have often wondered if a text game would be possible on the Odyssey2/Videopac.  Something similar to the early version of Oregon Trails.  I'm not sure if you folks on the other side of the pond are as familiar with Oregon Trails as the U.S. folks but it was a very popular computer game in the 80's.  It has evolved over time and I think new versions are still being created.  Many schools used it to help kids learn how to use computers and it teaches a little about U.S. History.  Essentially it was a very primative RPG that was based on text commands.  Since the Odyssey2/videopac is short on memory it might not be possible.  I'm not sure how Math-a-magic! works but it appears to require some memory.  Perhaps the more technically gifted amoung us can add some input?  Thanks!


Title: Re: Math-a-Magic!/Math?maticien/Mathematician/Matem?gica!
Post by: grgh on September 03, 2008, 05:28:54 PM
We do have at least one text game that springs straight to mind, and its on videopac 1! Cryptogram.


Title: Re: Math-a-Magic!/Math?maticien/Mathematician/Matem?gica!
Post by: RickO2 on September 04, 2008, 04:31:52 AM
We do have at least one text game that springs straight to mind, and its on videopac 1! Cryptogram.

Not exactly what I had in mind but it is a "text" game.


Title: Re: Math-a-Magic!/Math?maticien/Mathematician/Matem?gica!
Post by: Sweersa on September 04, 2008, 04:33:44 AM
We do have at least one text game that springs straight to mind, and its on videopac 1! Cryptogram.

Not exactly what I had in mind but it is a "text" game.

Did Magnavox/Philips every have any real good plans for the keyboard or was that (dare I say) always sort of an advertising gimmick to make it look more like a home computer?


Title: Re: Math-a-Magic!/Math?maticien/Mathematician/Matem?gica!
Post by: Rene_G7400 on September 04, 2008, 02:10:59 PM
Even for selecting a difficulty level, I like a keyboard more than using switches like on other consoles.
For example the master strategy games make use of the keyboard, and of course games like Buzzword and Type & Tell. I think in Europe we have more games which use the keyboard, like Musician, Chess, Basic etc.


Title: Re: Math-a-Magic!/Math?maticien/Mathematician/Matem?gica!
Post by: Rene_G7400 on September 04, 2008, 02:16:50 PM
I know this is a bit off topic but I have often wondered if a text game would be possible on the Odyssey2/Videopac. Since the Odyssey2/videopac is short on memory it might not be possible.  I'm not sure how Math-a-magic! works but it appears to require some memory.  Perhaps the more technically gifted amoung us can add some input?

Is the number of characters on screen important? The maximum number of characters I've been able to put on screen at the same time is 140.

Storing a lot of text on the cartridge ROM might be a problem, since text generally requires a lot of space.


Title: Re: Math-a-Magic!/Math?maticien/Mathematician/Matem?gica!
Post by: Rafael on September 04, 2008, 11:15:41 PM
[quote author=Sweersa link=topic=734.msg5563#msg5563

Did Magnavox/Philips every have any real good plans for the keyboard or was that (dare I say) always sort of an advertising gimmick to make it look more like a home computer?
[/quote]

The keyboard is best used in Commando Noturno, despite the bugs a cool game.


Title: Re: Math-a-Magic!/Math?maticien/Mathematician/Matem?gica!
Post by: Sweersa on September 05, 2008, 12:52:57 AM
[quote author=Sweersa link=topic=734.msg5563#msg5563

Did Magnavox/Philips every have any real good plans for the keyboard or was that (dare I say) always sort of an advertising gimmick to make it look more like a home computer?

The keyboard is best used in Commando Noturno, despite the bugs a cool game.
[/quote]

Cool, is that a home brew game?


Title: Re: Math-a-Magic!/Math?maticien/Mathematician/Matem?gica!
Post by: Rafael on September 05, 2008, 01:09:01 AM
[OFF]It?s only was released here in Brazil, but a proto was discoverd in Europe. It?s a kind of a fligth simulator where your mission is to find a target and destroy it. The keyboard is needed to check fuel, distance to base, distance to target, change weapons...

Adding more info:
http://odyssey2.classicgaming.gamespy.com/db/game.php?gameid=238


Title: Re: Math-a-Magic!/Math?maticien/Mathematician/Matem?gica!
Post by: RickO2 on September 05, 2008, 09:51:26 PM
My Odyssey2 is going to be out of order for a few weeks while I clean out the basement.  I hope to have it set back up by the end of the month.  I thought about moving it to another TV but I just don't have enough room anywhere else.

Here is what I remember about Math-a-magic!  My parents bought it because they thought it would help me in math.  My adding, subtracting, multiplication and division skills are excellent so it must have worked  ;).  Too bad it couldn't teach me algebra!  That was my WORST subject.  For a short time my parents set up rules, for every hour of KC Munchkin/Pick Axe Pete/etc I had to put in an hour of "educational" games.  I'm pretty sure I fibbed a few times when my mom wasn't paying attention because my Math-a-magic!/Echo! cartridge is in the best shape of all my original cartridges.


Title: Re: Math-a-Magic!/Math?maticien/Mathematician/Matem?gica!
Post by: Janzl on September 05, 2008, 10:32:18 PM
I'm pretty sure I fibbed a few times when my mom wasn't paying attention because my Math-a-magic!/Echo! cartridge is in the best shape of all my original cartridges.

 :D A FEW times? hahaha


Title: Re: Math-a-Magic!/Math?maticien/Mathematician/Matem?gica!
Post by: Sweersa on September 06, 2008, 03:31:44 AM
[OFF]It?s only was released here in Brazil, but a proto was discoverd in Europe. It?s a kind of a fligth simulator where your mission is to find a target and destroy it. The keyboard is needed to check fuel, distance to base, distance to target, change weapons...

Adding more info:
http://odyssey2.classicgaming.gamespy.com/db/game.php?gameid=238

That looks pretty cool, thanks.


Title: Re: Math-a-Magic!/Math?maticien/Mathematician/Matem?gica!
Post by: grgh on September 06, 2008, 10:32:23 AM
I'm pretty sure I fibbed a few times when my mom wasn't paying attention because my Math-a-magic!/Echo! cartridge is in the best shape of all my original cartridges.

 :D A FEW times? hahaha

HAHA, I guess they shouldn't have got you an educational cartridge that allowed you to calculate how to bend the figures.


Title: Re: Math-a-Magic!/Math?maticien/Mathematician/Matem?gica!
Post by: RickO2 on September 15, 2008, 03:59:19 PM
Just when I thought I would get my O2 set back up the basement started to get water in it.  We have had about 9 inches of rain in the last 3 days and my basement walls start leaking when the water pressure builds.  We had a water proofing system installed but it doesn't keep all of the water out.  Hopefully it will dry up soon so I can get everything back in it's proper place.  I'm worried I might forget how to do math if I don't get to play Math-a-Magic! soon.  ;:)


Title: Re: Math-a-Magic!/Math?maticien/Mathematician/Matem?gica!
Post by: grgh on September 15, 2008, 04:24:20 PM
I finally tried this yesterday. I did the usual, plugged it in and gave it a go, then went to read the manual to find out how it was really supposed to work. Guess what, I hadn't missed anything... The most fun was my initial attempts at trying to find how to enter the figures as pressing = didn't do anything and I was using a French keyboard. And of course, I did the first one in my head and then found you have to enter in reverse.

And even on level 3 it was asking me thing like '493 x 1 = ?'

All I can say is it was a good job I had not put KTAA back in the box again... I can see it would have been useful for parents wanting their kids to split their time between games and schooling, but I think the idea behind this was really to try and use the keyboard functionality.


Title: Re: Math-a-Magic!/Math?maticien/Mathematician/Matem?gica!
Post by: RickO2 on September 22, 2008, 10:18:55 PM
I didn't figure it would be as popular as KTAA but I want to make sure we cover the whole collection, not just the popular ones.  JANZL is still convinced KTAA is the game of the month  ;).  I guess he's in denial.



Title: Re: Math-a-Magic!/Math?maticien/Mathematician/Matem?gica!
Post by: Janzl on September 22, 2008, 10:27:19 PM
Argh! Why do I keep on forgetting to update the game of the month  :-[ Sorry Rick, it has been done.


Title: Re: Math-a-Magic!/Math?maticien/Mathematician/Matem?gica!
Post by: RickO2 on September 23, 2008, 04:20:43 PM
Argh! Why do I keep on forgetting to update the game of the month  :-[ Sorry Rick, it has been done.

No problem, I was just picking on you for fun!   :)