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I owned a RAM Turbo interface (one with the reset button) which I had gotten primarily for the joystick ports.  Would have been nice to have seen a wider range of games on cartridge though.  Surprised that they didnt release Horace Goes Skiing.

So yes very much a missed opportunity there I feel.

Can't agree with you about Buggy Boy though.  I find it deathly slow and virtually unplayable due to its lack of speed and over sized graphics.  All other home computer versions had made the right choice and gone for a smaller sized vehicle to help enhance the game play and the viewing area and the Speccy needed that as well.  I get that they were trying to be faithful to the original arcade but for me it failed completely. 

When I got the Amiga and Spectrum emulators I have I showed two games on both emulators by way of comparing them:  Continental Circus and Buggy Boy.  Whilst the Speccy version of Continental Circus is slower its still a reasonably fast and enjoyable racing game for the Speccy.  But Buggy Boy just moves like a snail with a hernia in comparison to Continental Circus.  They should ahve gone with a streamlined graphic like the C64 did and that would ahve sped things up greatly.
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Interesting feature on loading tap files to a real Spectrum.  Personally what has gotten me back into gaming on the Speccy again has been the very fast loading times of games on the emulators (I use ZERO) but I can see how some would enjoy going completely old school.

One thing I wanted to ask, would the audio file played by an Ipod/mp3 player be suitable if connected via the headphone socket?
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Hi, usually the MP3 players do not put out enough umph (probably due to laws about damaging ears!). I have tried quite a few and none of them worked. I have heard of some working so it may be down to matching a loud player and a Speccy that picks up those low volume sounds.
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One of the best ghost stories put into song.  Kind of song that should be a fixture on any Halloween themed album.
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For some reason my favourites list is going on to autoplay and I ahve no idea how to switch it off.  yes there is the little button you can click on to stop it from putting on the next track but if I then lclick on another track in my favourites list the autoplay is switched back on.

Can anyone help?
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I am not alone then in despising the Speccy version of Ghosts & Goblins.  Whilost it really does pale compared to the 16 bit and arcade versions of the game obviously, and even its 8 bit rivals, it is a bad game even by Speccy standards.

Sound is terrible, and could easily have been beefed up a bit with a few different sounds for you firing, baddies firing and so on.  The colour scheme whilst understandable actually doesnt help.  As you rightly point out sometimes the enemies are almost impossible to see.  Worst of all however is how unplayable the game is.  When I bought it for the Speccy when it was released I was so underwhelmed by it that I think I played it all of twice before putting it away and not touching it again until I had it on an emulator.  I decided to see if the game had improved with time but sadly it only looks worse.

Very very poor conversion indeed.  The sequel did it far better.
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+Paul Jenkinson Whilst Ghouls & Ghosts is by no means perfect it improves on everything from the first game.  The 128K version has a nice jaunty tune going though the game (almost a copy of the Atari ST's tune) and the graphics and sound are much improved.  Still a hellishly tough game but a better experience imo.
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Good feature regarding adventure games.  What did surprise me at the time was that games such as Sid Meier's Pirates, Maniac Mansion and Zak McCracken, all games available for the Commodore 64, weren't converted and released for the 128K Speccy.
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I agree with your review for the most part.  However I am going to defend the "ballads" on the album.  Unwritten Sacrifice isn't a ballad, being their usual anti-war song which has become a staple of every album.  Neither is The Art Of Compromise which I would say was a mid-tempo rocker which just happens to have a piano intro.

Don't Fall Asleep is I agree the weak link in the album for me but it is a ballad and so its slow pace is understandable.  Wisdom's Had Its Day on the other hand is again not a ballad but a slow tempo rocker with a serious subject matter.

I think it does an album a disservice when you label all slow songs ballads when they aren't.
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I used 'ballad' hesitantly for 'Unwritten Sacrifice' and I would have to agree with you that maybe it is not. 'Wisdom Had its Day' though I would definitely classify as more of a power ballad. The subject matter shouldn't really play into if it's a ballad or not.

It depends on your definition of 'ballad' really, if you take it as just a slow tempo, typically romantic song or just a slower tempo song on an album wit typically clean guitar melodies/ acoustic guitar, and/or piano..
I mean I would classify Metallica's 'Fade to Black' as a ballad, power ballad more so but still, even though in parts it's heavier than anything on this album it still has a lot of the elements of a ballad.
There's nothing wrong with either form of ballad anyway :)
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Relativity.  Yes the SID chip was so much better than the ZX Spectrum's standard sound chip so yes, comparing like for like the SID chip is always going to sound better.  However, taken purely as a piece of music for the 48K Spectrum and comparing it to other Speccy tunes it is actually a very good piece indeed.
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