The best PC games ever The best PC games of 2018 so far Best graphics cards 2018 Best free games Rainbow Six Siege operators guide Monster Hunter: World guide

Posts tagged “Mucky foot”

Feature:

Have you played… Startopia?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time. The Last Great Management Game, at least of their first generation. (I’m not counting Dwarf Fortress, because Dwarf Fortress is so much more than that). A team partially composed of ex-Bullfrog guys was inevitably behind it, because that long-lost studio was very much…

Tagged with , , , .

Feature: Before Startopia

Have You Played… Urban Chaos?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game recommendations. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time. Urban Chaos [GOG page] was the first title developed and released by Mucky Foot Productions, a team of ex-Bullfrog employees. Its mixture of third-person exploration and sophisticated fisticuffs wasn't an obvious choice for a studio that had cut its teeth on strategy, management…

Tagged with , , , .

Feature: XCOM: Let's All Be Friends edition

Retro: Startopia

'Twas an odd coincidence that Startopia and Double Fine's Spacebase DF-9 alpha arrived on Steam so hot on each other's heels. The current paucity of activities in the latter would have had me hankering for the former even if a digital postman were not able to immediately deliver it to my hard drive - it's one of few games I still have a hard copy…

Tagged with , , , .

It Is The Future, The Year 2001: An HD Startopia Gallery

Hello, faithful word-consumer. Would you care to also consume images this day? I have been replaying post-Bullfrog outfit Mucky Foot's wonderful 2001 management game Startopia, which recently saw a re-release on Steam (as well as having been on GoG for some time prior to that). It took a bit of fiddling, but I managed to get it running at 2560x1440 with a ton of anti-aliasing…

Tagged with , , .

The Stars My Destination: GOG Recruits Startopia

Startopia is the best management game you've never played. No, I'm not talking to you, I'm talking to that other person, the one who didn't play it. And especially to that other guy who never even heard of it. One of just three games created by taken-before-their-time Bullfrog offshot and Urban Chaos dev Mucky Foot, it took the Dungeon Keeper/Theme Park model to the stars,…

Tagged with , , .

Quinnswatch: Startopia Retrospective

Do you miss Quinns? We miss Quinns. His gangly form is still making his way around the world with only a backpack and a delightful girlfriend to keep him safe. He may be gone, but is clearly not forgotten by Eurogamer, who've published a retrospective of Mucky Foot's finest hour, Startopia. He says things like... It was Babylon 5 run by the Muppets, which is…

Tagged with , , .

Feature:

Mucky Foot’s ER Tycoon: First Screen, Cancellation

Since Jim and Alec can't post today due to ECM attack on RPS' Bath headquarters (apparently), it strikes me as a good time to get this out of the world. When I was chatting to the Mucky Foot guys for the retrospective feature I wrote about them at the Escapist, Guy Simmons forwarded me a grab of their prototype of ER Tycoon (Mucky Gary Carr…

Tagged with , , , , , , .

Starlight Express: Startopia Graphics Spangliness

A random law of blogging. Things lead to other things. In this case, my piece on Mucky Foot lead to Try.Lee in the Escapist's comments thread pointing out Ex-Foot-programmer Tom Forsyth released a highly unofficial graphics patch for Startopia, illustrating some Shadowbuffer jiggerypokery we don't quite understand. He suggests it runs too slow to play, but that was a few years ago, so hopefully the…

Tagged with , , , .

Footprints: The Fall of Mucky Foot

The Escapist's Post-Mortem issue is live. I contributed a piece about Mucky foot, describing the birth and descent of the makers of Urban Chaos and Startopia. It's quite the story. This does the VH1 Behind the Music approach, talking to the four primaries and them recalling all the inspired and foolish decisions they made, with the benefit of hindsight. It also includes details on games…

Tagged with , , , .