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Allegro Depot Review Day

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The Allegro Review Day is Friday, May 25. It is simply a day when a list of projects to be reviewed is generated and people decide to play them (and any others they feel like playing) and add reviews to Allegro.cc. Please do not put any reviews on this page. It is often the case that the people who submitted projects to the depot have a post-count of Zero on Allegro.cc. This implies that they never started a thread about their project, which means that nobody knows it exists (apart from those who regularly patrol the 'recent updates' section on Allegro.cc). This means that not all un-reviewed projects are bad projects - just projects nobody knows about. So come along and review a project. If it's a gem, let us know about it.

Completed Projects with no Reviews

The following list of projects are completed, but have no reviews (as of this review day). Feel free to edit this page to leave notes regarding projects that have broken links, etc. (Please place the notes on the same line as the project.)

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B

C

D

E

F

G

H

I

J

K

L

M

N

O

P

Q

R

S

T

V

W

X

Y

Z

Member Suggestions

Got a good project you think people should review? Add it to the list below!

  • No One suggests Dummy Game because this is just a template line.

Hints on finding missing files

Many of these games were added before Allegro.cc automatically hosted files. When files first started to be hosted (December 2005 IIRC), a copy of the file was automatically grabbed from the link and stored on the Allegro.cc server. However, if the link was broken, it meant that the file could not be copied. This means that several of the projects have no working link to a downloadable file. Also, the link to the website could be broken.

The website-link still works, but not the file link

If you're lucky, the link to the website may stil work. In this case, they could have just renamed the file or placed it in a different directory. Once you've found the new location of the file, make a note on the entry in the list above to say where the file is now located. On the other hand, the file could have been deleted or the website-maintainer could have forgotten to add a link to the file when the site was updated. See the sections below for how to procede in such cases.

From time to time, a website can move. If this has happened, the maintainer would have placed a redirect-message on the old website leading to the new website. If you do see such a thing, I'd recommend that you flag this next to the entry in the above list so we have a record of the location in case the old website is taken down completely.

Bear in mind that sometimes, a URL can be taken over by a completely different website (usually a domain hosting service). If that is the case, see the section below for how to use the Wayback Machine to find the old website.

The website-link and file link no longer work

Google to the rescue! Use Google (or whatever your favourite search-engine is) to search for the project-name and the filename of the downloadable file(s). Bear in mind that if the name is not particularly original, there may be a link to a similar sounding project that is something completely different. If that is the case, check to see how well the project's description matches the description on the webpage you have found. Often, it is obvious whether or not the webpage you found is for the same project. However, it may not always be obvious. One thing to do is to download the downloadable file and check the documentation to see if it mentions Allegro anywhere (this could be misleading, as not all Allegro projects mention that they were written with Allegro (although you could check the sourcecode for references to "allegro.h" or if you were determined enough, check the binary to see if it contains any code from the various allegro object-files (including the old versions) ), and besides, it could also be a completely different project that was also written with Allegro). If your favourite search-engine gets you nowhere, try a different search-engine.

Just because something is not on World Wide Web does not mean it's not in the Internet. The files could be on an FTP site somewhere. Many people used to upload their project to an anonymous FTP site. Some FTP sites that host games include:

  • Simtel - ftp.simtel.net (in the /pub/simtelnet/ directory)
  • Walnut Creek CDROM Games Archive - ftp.cdrom.com

There are many more FTP sites. Just try and find a file with the same name as the file with the broken link. As well as FTP, the file may have been posted as a binary to a USENET newsgroup ( such as alt.binaries.games ) (although if that's the case, the file will be impossible to find this way. AFAIK, Google groups does not archive binaries newsgroups).

Once you've exhausted the possibilities (that you're willing to try) for finding the webpage/file in the present Internet, it is now time to check the past Internet. For that, there is the Wayback Machine at archive.org. Although some URLs eventually get taken over by a different website (usually a domain hosting service), if you dig back in time to the last days of the original website, you might be able to find a redirect to the new website ("This website has moved to ..."). Copy the URL of the new website and try that (following the redirect-link will just lead you to the archive-org'd website). If the URL is not on the visible part of the old webpage, it will be in the http-equiv part of the HTML header. Look for a line in the source of the HTML file that contains the http-equiv refresh property. It should look something like <meta http-equiv="refresh" content="10;URL=http://foo.bar.net">. The URL= component contains the new website. If the new website is not accessible, repeat the process. Even if you cannot find a non-archive.org'd website of the project, its worth trying to find a downloadable file in the latest archived.org'd page (zip files may not be archived as often as html files, so you might have to specifically search for the zip file, or try accessing it from an earlier version of the page).

If you are lucky enough to find the file, congratulations! Make a note on the entry in the list above to say where the file is now located. Also, it would be nice if you could locate the new webiste as well and add it to the list. See the section below for finding the website.

The file can be downloaded but the website no longer works

If you've managed to download the file but the website-link is broken, then maybe the file may contain an alternative website-URL, the authour's e-mail address (although it may no longer be working) and perhaps even hints for finding the website with a search engine (project-name, authour, company). This could be in the docmentation, the sourcecode, or it could even be displayed during the game. Bear in mind that from time to time, websites are moved and other websites take their place, so the link may appear to work, but it will point to the wrong website. Alternatively, see the bit above about using the Wayback Machine to resurrect the dead website.

Agan, if you do discover the URL, it would be nice if you could make a note of it in the list above.

Miscelaneous tips for finding missing files/links

  • You might want to check other projects by same authour by going to their depot page. If they were quiet about the project that you found, they are likely to have been quiet about their other projects (even projects that already have a review could do with another one balance it out). Also, if the link to one of their project's files/website was broken, then if the other project is accessible, it may contain hints for how to find the projects with broken links or parhaps even the authour's e-mail address.
  • Try sending a PM to the project's owner. Who knows - they might still check Allegro.cc occasionally. Don't worry if you think someone else has already sent them a PM - several PMs suggesting the same thing just mean there's lots of people curious about the project. The owner can either update the links or delete the project if they want to.