Back in April of 2011 I started documenting my latest project, an updated version of Berzerk that draws the rooms in a way similar to the arcade version. It's now far enough along that I decided to share it with the Homebrew forum.
With the new routines there's now 64,000 room variations (much nicer than the 4 rooms in the original home version). Even cooler, if you exit up, left, down, right (or any other circular pattern) you'll end up in the same room you started in!
Besides the new room routines, I've come up with a way to use the 2 sprites to draw all the robots, otto and the humanoid. There can be flicker at times, but it seems to work well. I also flicker the 2 missiles so I can have 4 shots (1 for the player and up to 3 for the robots).
I'm also using a custom version of DPC+ that supports digitized sample playback! You can hear the samples if you load this ROM onto a Harmony cartridge.
Hit RESET to start, SELECT to return to the main menu.
The routines are now at the point where you can run around and shoot the robots to score points. The robots don't move or shoot yet. If you run into something the room will restart.
Beginnings of the Main Menu
A Frenzy inspired option is also planned
Note: Stella 3.4 or 3.4.1 can play this ROM, but it won't recognize that it's a DPC+ game (it also won't play back the digitized audio). If you wish to try it out do the following:
- open Frantic with Stella
- hit TAB for the in-game-menu
- select Game Properties
- change Type from Auto-detect to DPC+ (Enhanced DPC)
- Select the Display tab
- change Use Phosphor to Yes
- click OK
- select Exit Menu
- Reload the ROM (Control-R)
frantic_harmony20110818.bin 32KB 435 downloads
Edited by SpiceWare, Thu Mar 6, 2014 1:03 PM.