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Old 11 September 2022, 18:20   #1
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Dynatech 30th Anniversary Edition (new international release)

Hi EAB community,

I've recently completed and released an unofficial remaster and English localisation of Dynatech (1992) for classic 2 MB/AGA Amiga.

Some of you might be familiar with the original German release from eleven SOFTWARE, by some of the same people from reLINE who made Oil Imperium (also released under the title Black Gold) and Fate - Gates of Dawn among other games, but if you're not, the game is a menu-driven realtime economy sim and fairly advanced for its time. An international release was planned for the following year but sadly never materialised.

Gameplay is singleplayer or cooperative/competitive two player split screen. Set in 2400, the game revolves around building a sustainable market economy alongside 20 fully simulated AI corporations, with various interlinked production chains and logistics management based on real supply and demand mechanics. That is, all circulating wares are derived from basic resources and production facilities and any transport of them is carried out by fully simulated fleets of spacecraft.

Unlike a lot of games at the time Dynatech actually punishes you for monopolising the market by brute force - since markets are dictated by supply and demand, flooding them will only lead to market crashes and potentially more widespread contagion (it's possible to game over by crashing the entire economy).

Dynatech was originally published for Amiga ECS, with a later AGA/VGA version developed for the IBM PC release. This version was rather rushed, with the overall quality being arguably worse than the original to the point of blatant copy & paste errors in some images. To make matters even worse, the AGA version suffered from a faulty graphics implementation that meant it needlessly limited the colour precision of the game to half that of the DOS version.

This unofficial 30th Anniversary Edition remaster addresses all these issues, featuring:
  • Full English localisation, including manuals
  • Bugfixed Amiga AGA release
  • Carefully remastered graphics and UI polished to a standard the VGA/AGA release should have been

If you're interested or would like more info, the release website (with downloads, quick start guide, etc.) is here: release website

(I'll see if I can put a mirror in the zone for more convenient access on real hardware)
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Old 12 September 2022, 00:37   #2
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Thanks for this, I will give it a try
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Old 12 September 2022, 14:23   #3
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Great Job!
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Old 12 September 2022, 16:32   #4
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Thanks for bringing this to us in English and AGA! The website looks good too.
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Old 12 September 2022, 17:43   #5
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Many thanks for firing up your Amiga one last time to bring us your work.

Was there a new box for the AGA version? There are scans of the ECS box but was that the same (with a sticker?)

https://hol.abime.net/hol_search.php...natech&x=0&y=0
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Old 12 September 2022, 18:12   #6
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This is wonderful, thanks a million!
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Old 12 September 2022, 18:31   #7
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Wow, what a great contribution! Thanks so much!
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Old 12 September 2022, 20:04   #8
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Old 12 September 2022, 20:10   #9
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Many thanks for firing up your Amiga one last time to bring us your work.

Was there a new box for the AGA version? There are scans of the ECS box but was that the same (with a sticker?)

https://hol.abime.net/hol_search.php...natech&x=0&y=0

Not to my knowledge, as far as I'm aware it was the same box for all releases of the game (with a sticker for IBM PC/AGA/Atari ST). The disks were pretty much whatever was available at the time with the respective sticker applied, either blue or white irrespective of version.

If anyone is interested in completing the information on HoL, I can provide a full scan of the original German manual (also the same across releases).
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Old 12 September 2022, 21:39   #10
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thank you
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Old 12 September 2022, 23:16   #11
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Very cool stuff, thx alot for your work !!!
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Old 13 September 2022, 15:05   #12
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Great, brilliant release. Always loved German economy sims.
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Old 14 September 2022, 09:30   #13
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Congrats and wow, the website is beyond cool indeed!
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Old 14 September 2022, 09:39   #14
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Hi EAB community,

I've recently completed and released an unofficial remaster and English localisation of Dynatech (1992) for classic 2 MB/AGA Amiga.
Thank you for this edition I've updated the HOL entry with the information about this edition.
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Old 14 September 2022, 12:48   #15
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What about an 'unofficial' big box release? Would pay for that!!
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Not a big fan of economy games and "spreadsheet simulators" , but it's great that you put in the effort of releasing this proper AGA version!
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Old 22 September 2022, 09:56   #17
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Does this game work on 030+ CPUs?
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Does this game work on 030+ CPUs?
Yes, the game is not particularly picky as long as you have the minimum requirements (AGA chipset and 2M+).
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Old 22 September 2022, 17:50   #19
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does the remake still contain additional german localisation or is it now english only?
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Old 22 September 2022, 18:20   #20
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does the remake still contain additional german localisation or is it now english only?
There's a reverse language patch available on the downloads page allowing you to play the 30th Anniversary Edition with the original localisation (save for text in images, which remains in English). Just overwrite the relevant file on disk 1 or in your HD install directory.
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