Saturday, September 5, 2009
Following on from our previous post regarding Fred Ford's involvement with a mysterious handheld, CRV in comments brought up this page. The game, Space-N-Encounter, has a horizontal screen and is a hybrid of handheld game and calculator. This was circa 1982. The screen and three games for it were designed by Tom Sloper.
Phaser Fight - "Inspired" by Scramble, this game requires the player to navigate the spaceship through a treacherous landscape. It's a scrolling game (your ship is always in the general center area of the display).
Meteorox - "Inspired" by Asteroids, this game requires the player to fly through an asteroid field. Shoot the rox! The player's motion is limited to the left side of the screen; rox that get past you on the left "wrap around" to the right and come at you again.
Star Sweep - "Inspired" by a number of games, this one has an enemy minelayer causing you grief. The player's ship flies across the entire screen (bouncing off top and bottom) and "wraps around" to the left again.
After reading Tom's long description of his one-off calculator, I'm not entirely sure it's related to Fred's work, but it's too interesting an anecdote to leave it submerged in the comments section.
So, has anyone played on a Space-N-Encounter?