Friday, 13 August 2021

Sunrise Over Bethselamine Update

I've discovered a few more bugs in the code of this interesting adventure for the Sinclair Spectrum. When you climb down the side of building the computer loses track of which floor you are on. So when you enter the building via the cut glass and get back on the elevator, the elevator thinks you are still on the roof (the last floor you got off from).  This is because the elevator (room 8) re-adjusts its West exit only when you "PRESS UP" or "PRESS DOWN" (the buttons in the elevator).  So it is correctly adjusted when you get on from the main floor and go to the top, but not when you get on the elevator after having scaled down the building.

So I added a routine to readjusts the elevator's WEST exist to the floor you are on any time you enter one of the lobby rooms in the hotel (rooms 9-13):

13 IFRO>8ANDRO<14THENR(8,4)=RO

That way the elevator is always adjusted to the floor you are on any time you get on, including when you get there by scaling down the side of the building.  Anyway, you might think that's enough spoilers for the program, but here are some more.  I made a complete walkthrough:

(SPOILER ALERT--- WALKTHROUGH BELOW)


Walkthrough for "Sunrise on Bethselamine" by Jim Gerrie

GET PISTOL, S, W, W
GET ROPE, E, E, E, S
GET CUTTER, N, E, E
SHOOT HENCHMAN, GET BOX, EXAMINE BOX, PRESS GREEN
SHOOT RECEPTIONIST, DROP BOX, GET CARD, GET TRANSLATOR
PRESS UP, PRESS UP, PRESS UP, PRESS UP, W
TIE ROPE, D
CUT GLASS, E, GET CRAMPONS, WEAR CRAMPONS, W, D
CUT GLASS, E, GET COMLINK, EXAMINE COMLINK, PRESS BLACK
(VOICE COMES ON AND SAYS YOUR AGENT NUMBER 29326-- NOTE THIS)
DROP CUTTER, E, E, PRESS DOWN, W
SAY JASON, W, (STEVE GIVES YOU HIS SPEIL), LOOK (STEVE DROPS A MANUAL)
READ MANUAL, DROP MANUAL, E, E, PRESS DOWN, W, W, W, W
PRESS TAKE OFF, N, N, N, D, D, D, E, D
PRESS EJECT, E, E, U, U, U, U, W
INSERT CARD, N, EXAMINE TERMINAL, 29326
1, 2 (NOTICE 242 CODE), 3 (NOTICE EMERGENCY MUST BE OCCURING FOR ESCAPE POD TO WORK)
4 (NOTICE 691 CODE), 5, S, W, W
SHOOT ALIEN, EXAMINE TERMINAL
242, 691, 0 (NOW YOU MUST FOLLOW THE FOLLOWING INSTRUCTIONS EXACTLY OR YOU'LL RUN OUT OF TIME)
E (YOU SEE ALIENS WRITHING ON THE FLOOW FROM THE LIGHTS), S, S
(EXPLOSIONS ROCK THE SHIP), PRESS RED

Well done you have completed the adventure!




I also noticed that when you were on second floor and tried to go WEST back out onto the rope, you couldn't.  You just stay in the apartment.  This seemed to be another bug in the room directions DATA, but I could have introduced it myself in my last round of editing when I was fixing up the S/W mix-up in the apartment room directions (see my last post on this game).  I also fixed a bug that affected the inventory routine when you were carrying nothing.  It would print a line with the word "THE" bit no item listed and then say "NOTHING."  Now it just says "NOTHING."

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