Wow, Kurt. Excellent feedback. I really appreciate it. Everything you said (especially the difficulty ramping too quickly) is right on. I think the collision detection being "off" that you mentioned, I have fixed....
>I think it would be better to use slightly simpler, but more different sounds.
Agreed. I am not an expert whatsoever when it comes to creating good sounds on the ColecoVision. I just try hard to experiment until it sounds close to interesting and in this case they are a bit too much.
The title music. Well, Joe sent me an mp3 file of him playing a nice little riff on his guitar. I tried to replicate it on the CV. Uhhh, well, I didn't do so well.
I've got some renewed interested in this. Pixelboy (Luc Miron) and I have been chatting recently about some enhancements to the gameplay that might push the thing from "not bad" to "really good".
Lucifershalo- stay tuned. I hope to have a pretty big update to this game soon.
Kurt_Woloch, on Mon Apr 13, 2009 4:50 PM, said:
OK, I've tried this now too, and here's some feedback on my part:
- There are definitely some bugs in there. For instance, in some rooms, there are 2 laser cannons close to each other. If you shoot one of them, half of the other one also disappears, but the other half remains visible. Also, the collision detection seems to be somewhat sloppy since sometimes you get hit by a laser beam, but don't die.
- I also noticed a bug with scoring... I stood close to a power item, and some robot was continuously firing at the power item. The shots disappeared, and for each shot disappearing, I got awarded 125 points. I wonder what I get these points for.
- The scoring overall seems to be a bit illogical to me. I only get 100 points for a rescued prisoner, but 125 or 150 (can't remember exactly) for a killed robot? Normally, a human life should be worth more than a killed robot.
- It's sometimes possible to "shave off" part of the outer walls without dying (I think this is when you're on a power item), but if you go further outside, you die. This also looks a bit funny to me.
- The sounds sound too monotonous to me. Everything that gets killed by you goes down with exactly the same, overdone sound, be it a robot, a cannon or a cage where a prisoner was in. I think it would be better to use slightly simpler, but more different sounds.
- The laser beams also seem to be buggy. Sometimes part of a laser beam stays put in mid-air and doesn't ever disappear. Also, if you shoot a cannon that is just firing, the laser beem emanated by the cannon goes on for its normal length. Normally, it should shut off immediately. It's not neccessary for the whole beam to disappear (although this might be a solution too), but the already destroyed cannon shouldn't continue to emanate the light beam.
- If you start in a room, and if you've lost a life, it's somewhat hard to spot your player. I think in the original Berzerk, the player was flashing (on and off) in these cases. Here it flashes in different colors, but I don't always make it to find my starting position before the action commences.
- Since it takes 5 rooms to make a level, it would be nice to know how many rooms you still have to make to complete the level. Also some statistics would be nice, like the number of prisoners rescued, number of robots killed, number of keys collected, number of rooms completed... you get the picture.
- The ramp-up of difficulty seems to be a bit odd. The first five rooms are basically the same difficulty. I'd prefer starting with a very easy room, and having the rooms become continuously harder, even within a 5-room level. Since each room takes over a minute to complete, you are already playing over 5 minutes to complete the first level, and during those five minutes (actually, I didn't even make it to complete the 5 rooms), the difficulty basically stays the same. Maybe the game elements should be introduced one by one... so the first room would only have one key and one prisoner and no rebound walls, the next one would introduce robots, the next one after that one would introduce laser cannons, and the fourth one would introduce rebound walls... roughly like that. After that, the difficulty would increase by increasing the number of keys, prisoners, robots, cannons and rebound walls. I think it's a bit silly having all the elements already present in the first room, since that takes away the tension of wanting to know what the next level will bring.
- The music also sounds a bit funny. The title music is somewhat out of rhythm, the starting music doesn't sound harmonic at all, and the Game Over music seems to be too short for me... that 8-note tune calls for a (possibly even multi-voice) continuation. Somehow I have that continuation in my head... the notes for the first voice go somewhat like this...
H-1 . F#2 . D-2 . H-1 . A#1 . H-1 C#1 H-1 . . . (this is the original line)
F#2 . H-2 . A#2 . F#2 . E-2 . F#2 G-2 F#2 . . .
F#2 . G-2 F#2 F#2 . E-2 . E-2 . F#2 E-2 E-2 # D-2 .
D-2 . E-2 D-2 D-2 . C#2 . C#2 . D-2 C#2 H-1 . . .
Actually, the second half is identical to the second half of the title tune of "Mangia" on the Atari 2600, but maybe played in a different key. Don't know how I arrive at this, but it definitely fits to the first half. Oh, and maybe I hit wrong octaves... I simply called the lowest octave I could find "1"... your results may vary.
Otherwise, I think it's a pretty good game with good graphics.