This year's theme was :-
The theme of the AC 2013 speed coding contest is to create a Baroudeur clone.
What is Baroudeur?
Baroudeur video. Baroudeur is a game published by Algorythme on the French computer Hector. The aim is to walk through the levels in a limited amount of time.
- Each level is displayed in one single screen
- Each level has its own purpose
- Each level has its own limited time
The game is a series of minigames which the main character has to complete. Each of the minigames has different gameplay. The goal is to complete all of the minigames as fast as possible.
- at least 3 minigames
- at least one of the minigames must have a random structure (i.e. : different each time you play)
- the whole game should have a medieval-fantasy theme
The additional parts added at the start of the contest were that the player's avatar had to collect items and if they didn't collect them the player would see a different ending.
This is what I came up with on the Inty :-
On the first level you have to make your way from the yellow house (top left) to the grey castle (bottom right) while collecting hearts and avoiding the bird. The holes in the wall of trees, hearts and bird height on the screen are all random to start with.
Is didn't have time to complete the 2nd level but it would have played like Frogger. You'd have to collect hearts on the logs as well.
There was no time to complete the 3rd level either, but the objective would have been to jump over the pits with the knights in. Its game play style would be like Hunchback with the knights raising/lowering their pikes. The hearts would have been in the air so you'd have to jump up to collect them between the pits.
There was no time to create a nice title screen or any endings for the game either.
This is the ROM for the game so far :-
ac2013.rom 5.56KB 246 downloads
Use the disc to move the player. When you get to the castle on level 1 the screen will move onto the frogger like screen so you need to press fire to skip it and then it moves onto the next screen.
The game came 3rd overall in the contest and there were plenty of other entries on a variety of machines too.
I'll be continuing the game on an "as and when" basis this year to build it up to 6 or 7 screen and I'll probably run a contest to win carts of the game for the best and worst 5 times to complete the whole game. I'm not sure there will be a run of carts besides those available in the contest.
Thanks go to nonner242 for help with the graphics before the contest and also to sh3-rg for pixel help at the event.