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#1 Simon OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Mar 4, 2009 3:54 AM

Hello,

I started working on my 6th VCS game project "KITE!" and would like to tell you about the current version.

  • I think that the sports of Kiting was not covered by any videogame so far and hope that this game is something new in videogames. To my knowledge the only reference of a kite in a videogame is in the unreleased prototype of "Good luck, Charlie Brown".
  • You control the game with two joysticks. One joystick for every hand. Pushing back the joystick makes you pull the connected line of this hand and make the kite turn and move on screen.
  • You have to collect dots and avoid colliding with birds, lightning and the ground.
  • You are not able to control your kite when you made too many loopings in the same direction, so you have to loop into the other direction again and remember the amount of loopings you made.
  • The dots to be collected are sometimes positioned randomly and sometimes moving directly below the cloud or the bird.

I'm currently working on the different levels and the introduction screen. Soundeffects need to be done.
The game is designed as a 4 kb game.

Later,
Simon

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#2 the.golden.ax OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Mar 4, 2009 3:59 AM

VERY nice. Being a kid in the late 70's early 80's Kites were the rage. I spent my first tooth fairy money on a kite, and have always enjoyed them... even when breaking my doe walking backwards at age 16 flying... you guessed it a kite. The screen shot looks awesome. Very california games!

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Posted Wed Mar 4, 2009 4:39 AM

Very original game! Very good idea! :)

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Posted Wed Mar 4, 2009 6:07 AM

All of your games have been awesome so far and this one looks just as good! Can't wait :)

#5 Thomas Jentzsch OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Mar 4, 2009 12:04 PM

That sounds like a very promising idea. I hope you will be able to get the physics feeling right.

You also have a lot of options to add variations to the game.

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Posted Wed Mar 4, 2009 1:04 PM

Interesting Idea for a 2600 game! :)

But Kiting isn't new in videogames, there are a few kiting flash games out there:

http://www.kontraban...1824/Wild-Kite/

http://www.software....kite/index2.htm

http://www.novelgame...game.php?id=190

http://www.heavygame...te/playgame.asp

http://games.webduni...Game.aspx?id=24

http://atv.disney.go...kite/index.html

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Posted Wed Mar 4, 2009 1:32 PM

Well Flash... I mean come on :D there are pooping, and watching paint dry flash games... what isn't a flash game these days? This will be the first console kite game :)

AX

Edited by the.golden.ax, Wed Mar 4, 2009 1:33 PM.


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Posted Wed Mar 4, 2009 1:54 PM

Well Flash... I mean come on :D there are pooping, and watching paint dry flash games... what isn't a flash game these days? This will be the first console kite game :)

AX

A videogame is a videogame, it doesn't matter if it's a console game, a computer game or a flash game.

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Posted Wed Mar 4, 2009 2:06 PM

When I first saw this topic, I immediately thought of Good Luck, Charlie Brown.

Cant wait to see what this turns into :)

#10 Thomas Jentzsch OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Mar 4, 2009 2:26 PM

Interesting Idea for a 2600 game! :)

But Kiting isn't new in videogames, there are a few kiting flash games out there:

http://www.kontraban...1824/Wild-Kite/

http://www.software....kite/index2.htm

http://www.novelgame...game.php?id=190

http://www.heavygame...te/playgame.asp

http://games.webduni...Game.aspx?id=24

http://atv.disney.go...kite/index.html

I tried all except the last one (slow internet), and only the first one gets close to catch the feeling of flying a real kite.

A two player mode (e.g. hunt the flag or cut the other kite's rope) would a nice option.

#11 Thomas Jentzsch OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Mar 4, 2009 2:34 PM

  • You control the game with two joysticks. One joystick for every hand. Pushing back the joystick makes you pull the connected line of this hand and make the kite turn and move on screen.

Not sure if this is a good idea. IMO better use only one joystick.

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Posted Wed Mar 4, 2009 2:56 PM

  • You control the game with two joysticks. One joystick for every hand. Pushing back the joystick makes you pull the connected line of this hand and make the kite turn and move on screen.

Not sure if this is a good idea. IMO better use only one joystick.

either that or the keypad?

1/4 - left hand up/down
3/6 - right hand up/down

#13 iwan-iwanowitsch-goratschin OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Mar 4, 2009 3:02 PM

Nice idea for a game, Simon! The screenshot looks very promising so far! I have to agree with Thomas opinion about your idea of using
2 joysticks! One is enough.... :)

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Posted Wed Mar 4, 2009 3:56 PM

Looking good Simon. I think the two joystick control idea is a good one. Very innovative. I don't know of any other game that requires you to use two joysticks.

Will it just be the one kite desing or will you code in different kite designs perhaps unlockable ones?

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Posted Wed Mar 4, 2009 8:32 PM

Looking good Simon. I think the two joystick control idea is a good one. Very innovative. I don't know of any other game that requires you to use two joysticks.


On the 2600? Raiders of the Lost Ark and Spy Hunter I think...

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Posted Wed Mar 4, 2009 8:47 PM

How do you use 2 joysticks at once? Do you have to tape them together or something?

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Posted Wed Mar 4, 2009 10:15 PM

I think it a cool idea..Cant wait to hear/see more.

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Posted Wed Mar 4, 2009 10:24 PM

THIS is why I love the 2600 and homebrewers. Looking forward to this.

FWIW, I do like the idea of using two joysticks, or some other unique form of control. Not sure how you'd do it with just one stick. Not sure how you'd hold both sticks either. I'm sure you'll figure it out and it'll be awesome!

#19 Simon OFFLINE  

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Posted Thu Mar 5, 2009 6:15 AM

Thanks for your reactions so far. :)

I'm sticking two the two joystick concept, because I think that this gives the game much more authenticity as you hold the joysticks just as kite handles in your hands. I tested it with Quickshot Joysticks (with suction cups) and liked the feeling very much.
However I may use a console switch to choose if you want to use one (direction left and right) or two joysticks (each direction down).

Well Flash... I mean come on :D there are pooping, and watching paint dry flash games... what isn't a flash game these days? This will be the first console kite game :)
AX

A videogame is a videogame, it doesn't matter if it's a console game, a computer game or a flash game.

Well, I don't consider flash or pc games as videogames. I always differentiated between videogames and computer games, but maybe this is only my personal opinion, because I dislike pc games... :P

Later,
Simon

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Posted Thu Mar 5, 2009 5:23 PM

I'm sure Shawn Sr, king of the smutt homebrew hacks could come up with a two joystick game :D

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Posted Thu Mar 5, 2009 6:44 PM

I'm sticking two the two joystick concept, because I think that this gives the game much more authenticity as you hold the joysticks just as kite handles in your hands. I tested it with Quickshot Joysticks (with suction cups) and liked the feeling very much.
However I may use a console switch to choose if you want to use one (direction left and right) or two joysticks (each direction down).

Hmm... i think i would prefer a one joystick option so we can play the game with this. :D

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Posted Thu Mar 5, 2009 10:05 PM

I'm sticking two the two joystick concept, because I think that this gives the game much more authenticity as you hold the joysticks just as kite handles in your hands. I tested it with Quickshot Joysticks (with suction cups) and liked the feeling very much.
However I may use a console switch to choose if you want to use one (direction left and right) or two joysticks (each direction down).

Hmm... i think i would prefer a one joystick option so we can play the game with this. :D



I agree! I already have but the cock-rinnnn......um I mean string on mine just to make it all offical looking for the game.

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I hate flash games.. They are so generic and cheap-looking.

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Posted Sat Mar 7, 2009 10:09 AM

Hi Simon
Looks good,so far.Maybe i have the perfect controller to play your KITE game.
greetings Walter

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Posted Sat Mar 7, 2009 8:09 PM

I like the idea of two controllers. I can't wait to see how this game comes along.




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