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#1 GroovyBee OFFLINE  

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Posted Thu Feb 21, 2013 5:13 PM

I've started this in the main Inty section because I think some people are probably afraid of venturing into the programming section ;). At the end of last year I set myself a goal of releasing a homebrew Inty game on cart in 2013. Well... This is it :-

title_final.gif Rocketeer#2.png
Rocketeer#3.png Rocketeer#4.png

Its provisionally called "Rocketeer". The objective of the game is to collect the 5 pieces of your rocket and assemble it while dealing with the aliens on the planet you crashed on. Luckily you have your trusty laser cannon to blow them away with. After the rocket is complete and ready for flight you need to collect several fuel pods before you can complete your mission and leave the planet. Bonus items will fall down the screen randomly and can be collected for extra points. Every 4 levels you'll get a new rocket to build. I'm aiming for 4 or 5 different rockets so that'll be 16-20 levels in total.

Most of the core game elements are already in place. I still need to do :-

- A better title page - done.
- Attract sequence (title/high scores/credits) - done.
- Add more frames of player animation - done.
- Add player/baddie collision detect and get the player lives/death system working - done.
- Add falling fuel pods and their collection - done.
- Add falling bonus items and their collection - done.
- Add rocket take off animation - done.
- Add rocket landing animation - done.
- Add more baddie graphics - done.
- Add more baddies attack/movement patterns - done.
- Add more rockets - done.
- Get the score and high score system working - done.
- Add sound effects - done
- Add title page music - done.
- Add difficulty levels - done.
- Randomise the placement of rocket parts - done.
- 5 name and their high scores display - done.
- Intermission screen after rocket launch - done.
- Add a more interesting planet surface - done.
- Fix a few bugs - done (bar anything new) ;).

Optional :-
- Speech (needs more research and depends on ROM space) - not implemented.
- Add a few small stars in the background (depends on free RAM space) - not implemented.

I have a graphic artist on board the project so the programmer art will soon be replaced :D.

It'll be a cart only release so there is NO manual, overlays or box.

Finally I'd like to say thanks to sh3-rg for the "spacey" digits and letters font. Hopefully you'll see more of that in the rest of the game.

Current progress
Added 05/03/13 - Shooting left/right
Rocketeer_04_03_13.gif <---- Click to animate
Added 05/03/13 - Collecting fuel pods
Rocketeer_04_03_13#2.gif <---- Click to animate

Teaser ROM #1 - Released 07/03/13
The teaser game ROM has been tested on :-

PAL/NTSC - Tested on both types of machine using CC3s.
jzintv - Works as expected. Use F6 to map left control to fire and the cursor keys for movement.
jzintv4droid - I haven't tested on it personally but no issues are reported.
jzintvwii - I haven't tested on it personally but no issues are reported.
Nostalgia v5.0 - Works as expected. The default key mapping of Nostalgia uses the Home, Delete or PgDn keys for fire in conjunction with the cursor keys to move.
Bliss v2.0.5 - Issues with some parts of the game.

Attached File  Rocketeer_Teaser_ROM#1.rom   12.56KB   624 downloads

 

Added 09/03/17 - Release candidate #1 (RC1) video

PRE-ORDER CLOSED 01/04/2013



#2 Rick Reynolds OFFLINE  

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Posted Thu Feb 21, 2013 5:20 PM

Any chance of a ROM release as well? Even as just an add-on to the cart release?

I'm definitely in for a copy, in whatever form(s) it is made available.

Thanks for another great looking home-brew!

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Posted Thu Feb 21, 2013 5:26 PM

Is there a blog for this? I'd love to hear about the trials and tribulations of INTV development :)

#4 GroovyBee OFFLINE  

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Posted Thu Feb 21, 2013 5:30 PM

Any chance of a ROM release as well? Even as just an add-on to the cart release?


I'm aiming to get a taster ROM out towards the end of next week. I'll release the final ROM at some point but its not likely to be for a while.

I'm definitely in for a copy, in whatever form(s) it is made available.


:cool:

Thanks for another great looking home-brew!


Thanks for the compliment.

#5 GroovyBee OFFLINE  

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Posted Thu Feb 21, 2013 5:31 PM

Is there a blog for this? I'd love to hear about the trials and tribulations of INTV development :)


You're in it :P.

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Posted Thu Feb 21, 2013 5:37 PM

Good news! I'm in, but now I'm going to have to hire Voltron to design a custom box and manual for this :-D You don't mind if I get the cart bedazzled, right?

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Posted Thu Feb 21, 2013 5:39 PM

I`m in for 1..

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Posted Thu Feb 21, 2013 5:49 PM

Count me in for sure. Looks great!

#9 Utopia OFFLINE  

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Posted Thu Feb 21, 2013 6:21 PM

Put me down for one also. ;-)

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Posted Thu Feb 21, 2013 6:34 PM

Count me in for 1 :grin: ... although the collector in me is disappointed in no box :_(

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Posted Thu Feb 21, 2013 6:40 PM

Please add me to the pre-order list.

Thanks!

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Posted Thu Feb 21, 2013 6:41 PM

Great news!
I can't wait to have the cart.

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Posted Thu Feb 21, 2013 6:42 PM

Thanks for the interest so far.

Count me in for 1 :grin: ... although the collector in me is disappointed in no box :_(


I'm more of a player than a collector.... err... well... much more of a coder than either of those :lol:. Maybe the next one will have the "works".

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Posted Thu Feb 21, 2013 6:54 PM

looks very good. Count me in for 1 too. Any updates on Mystery castle.

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Posted Thu Feb 21, 2013 6:59 PM

looks very good. Count me in for 1 too. Any updates on Mystery castle.


Thanks for the compliment. I was looking at the Mystery Castle source code over the Christmas holiday. It'll be very different to the 7800 Halloween game it was kinda based on. When "Rocketeer" is done I have a few more Inty projects I'd like to get going on as well as working on my already announced titles.

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Posted Thu Feb 21, 2013 7:25 PM

Looks a little like Joust

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Posted Thu Feb 21, 2013 7:30 PM

I'd be interested in one as well.

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Posted Thu Feb 21, 2013 7:47 PM

Please add me to the list
thanks,
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Posted Thu Feb 21, 2013 7:58 PM

Looks a little like Joust


Thought the same here. Congrats on the excellent work, GroovyBee.

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Posted Thu Feb 21, 2013 8:27 PM

Most of the core game elements are already in place. I still need to do :-

- A better title page.
- Attract sequence (title/high scores/credits).
- Add more frames of player animation.
- Add player/baddie collision detect and get the player lives/death system working.
- Add falling bonus items and fuel pods and their collection.
- Add rocket take off and landing animation.
- Add more baddies with different attack/movement patterns.
- Add more rockets.
- Get the score and high score system working.
- Add sound effects and title page music.
- Add difficulty levels - still thinking about that one e.g. laser overheating.
- Randomise the placement of rocket parts.
- Fix a few bugs.


Ah good, you'll be done by Sunday afternoon then :)

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Posted Thu Feb 21, 2013 8:33 PM

First of all, what a great surprise! I was having a bit of a crappy day and then I stumbled on to this coolness. :) I'm certainly in for a couple of copies.

Are you using Joe's boards and shells?

Let me wonder aloud for a moment but I'm always of the mind that games should be boxed so is there any chance that Marc or Willy could make a box and/or manual for these naked carts? Also could PBoland possibly produce overlays?

Excellent to hear you're also working on other INTV items! Yay!

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Posted Thu Feb 21, 2013 8:33 PM

Very cool. Count me as interested in getting one!

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Posted Thu Feb 21, 2013 8:42 PM

Count me in for 1, Also count me in on any custom box/overlays that are created.

This is an excellent surprise!

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Posted Thu Feb 21, 2013 10:29 PM

Sent PM for 1 copy - looks cool!

Thanks!

Scott

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Posted Thu Feb 21, 2013 11:10 PM

Thanks for the mention! Now to live up to that mention, put me down for five.

no, im not kidding.






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