BUG-BYTE Ice Hockey Video Game 1986 (April 1, 1987)
Author - Margaret Stanger
"Ever thought you would be any good with a hockey stick? Can you be the King of Ice Hockey? On the other hand, who gives a flying puck if you don't win? It's only a game - by Michael Stanger. Fast, Furious and Very Slippery! Two Player option."
Each team of six players has a goal minder, two defencemen and three forwards.
Play is commenced and after a goal has been scored, by a face-off. The puck is dropped in the centre of the rink between the sticks of the opposing centremen. At other times, the puck bounces off the sides to come back to play. The two blue lines divide the playing area into three zones, defence, neutral (centre) and attacking zones. Only three players may be in their own defence zones when the puck is outside it.
A player may only enter the attacking zone in line with or behind the puck or puck possessor. He may not take a pass from a team mate who is at the moment of passing, in another zone. To stay on-side, a player can only pass to a colleague in the same zone (also to anyone in his own half if he is in his defence zone).
For a one player game, the user controls the red team, and for the two player game the left hand player controls the left red team and the right hand player controls the blue team.
In the red teams' neutral and attacking zones, the centre player can be controlled by the keys on the joystick and will be highlighted in magenta. In the defence zone, the goalkeeper will be user-controlled in the same way. For a two player game, the user-controlled blue team player will be highlighted in green. The other players will be computer-controlled.
When he presses SPACE or a fire button, he can hit the puck forwards.
The score-board and time will be shown at all times; when the time reaches 200, the game will be over. A new game will start after a short pause.
Z - Left, X - Right, * - Up, ? - Down
Reds: Z - Left, X - Right, Q - Up, A - Down
Blues: < - Left, > - Right, P - Up, L - Down
M/H - Music On/Off, F/C - Freeze/Continue, SPACE - Hit the puck, SHIFT - Shoot the puck
Compatibility: BBC Model B, BBC Model B+, BBC Master 128, Acorn Electron
Release: Professionally released On Cassette Tape.
Original Release Date: 1st Apr 1987
Bug-Byte Software Ltd. was a company founded in 1980 by Tony Baden and Tony Milner, in Liverpool, England.
It was one of the first to develop a range of 8-bit computer games during the early 1980s.