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Kaboom! for the Odyssey^2 ?

Posted by atari2600land, 31 March 2012 · 841 views

Sorry to make two blog posts in one day, but this is the thing I was talking about in the last one. This took at least a few days of wondering why stuff won't work, swearing, and much hitting of the computer in anger of doing. People seem to like Kaboom! for the Atari 2600 for reasons I never quite fully understood (it gets too fast after the first level for me.) I don't think I have the smarts to program this one, but I'd be happy proving myself wrong. It's the beginning. This is the primordial soup of Kaboom! for the Odyssey2, if you will. If I indeed continue this, the next step would be how to figure out how to put ONE SINGLE CHARACTER on the screen instead of a string, and not only that, make it move downwards. An Odyssey2 character is a letter. The letter I want to use in this is 031h, which is a small, filled-in circle. I figure I should keep going on programming the Odyssey2 because I don't want to forget how to. Every time I come back to work on Insecticide!, it takes a little bit of getting used to programming in C again. So, what do you think, should I continue on this? The binary file I've attached is for O2EM, not an Atari 2600 emulator.

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Not to be discouraging in any way, but I don't think I'd enjoy playing Kaboom with a joystick so I probably wouldn't buy it for the O2 even though it's one of my favorite Atari 2600 games. The joystick thing might just be me though.
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I would love to see Kaboom for the O2 and I just tried it on the O2EM emulator and I think you are off to a good start. You would have to change the name though, right? Ka-blam! or Ka-pow! or Ba-boom!
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There is a way to get around paddle-style games with a joystick.
When I had a few joystick-based betas of arkanoid for the 7800, I made a button-press "speed up" the paddle.
I got the idea from the original Alleyway for Gameboy; for that, the A button would allow you to speed up the paddle while pressing left and right, and B would allow you to go slower while pressing left and right. Left/right with no button was medium speed.

So, if you get discouraged because of the input, that's a way around it.
That's of course, assuming that an O2 has a joystick button (I would assume it does, but I don't have one).
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