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#176 accousticguitar OFFLINE  

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Posted Sat Oct 7, 2017 2:39 PM

I've been changing the Title Screen, removing the 5200-based * and # key code and putting the options right on the title screen , with joystick control. Here is how it looks now; I am still playing around with the exact layout. 

 

attachicon.gifAdvII XE Title Screen Options1.png

 

Tested the Rankings again and found the 1 little bug where sometimes I'd get a blank Ranking.  Now all 14 of them do come up. The stats will explain why the player got that ranking. 

 

I went back to the original 5200 Adventure II Rankings contest and pulled a few of the many unused (but still good) entries into this version. There are some custom rankings for several of the alternate icons. For example you won't get this end-game ranking unless you play as one of the Knights.  I'm not revealing any more of the rankings though, other than to say there are 14 total , and there is only 1 carried over from the 5200 version.  

 

attachicon.gifTesting - Sir Diesalot as Knight.png

 

 

Looks great! I'm still looking forward to this.



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Posted Sat Oct 7, 2017 4:06 PM

Gonna go full Gollum here... "I wants it, it is... my preciousssss"

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Posted Sat Oct 7, 2017 8:49 PM

Very much so.

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Posted Mon Oct 9, 2017 9:46 PM

AdvII XE New Options.png

 

The stick-driven options , and the new options, seem to work fine now. You can try them out at the PRGE show next week. 

 

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Posted Mon Oct 23, 2017 8:31 PM

I'm working on overhauling the sound engine now, which was something I've wanted to do, but its been the last thing on my list to-do.  Tonight I fixed a collision bug and I'm feeling happy about that.  I'm not sure if the newest demo of AdvII XE made it to the 2017 PRGE or not? Haven't seen many pics of the AtariAge booth , but what I've seen the focus was naturally on the newer 2600 and 7800 titles that were available for sale.  I was looking for pics of the banner because I really like the box artwork!  Here is a larger sample than showed before in this thread, but I'll wait until we reveal the whole picture. 
 
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Posted Sat Nov 4, 2017 11:05 PM

Now that I have a working 800XL, I totally can't wait for this.



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Posted Sun Nov 12, 2017 3:53 PM

As the (late) character "Flounder" from Animal House would say......

 

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Posted Sun Nov 12, 2017 6:21 PM

I think that I'll be in the minority on this, but one thing that I didn't like about the 5200 version was that with all of the fantastic graphical enhancements, you are still a tiny square. The only reason that you were a square on the 2600 version was due to the graphical limitations of the 2600 (especially at the time before all of the programming tricks were discovered). It never made much sense to me why everything else was enhanced, but not the player.

 

I'm definitely not trying to stir the pot or cause a flame war, I'm down to buy this on day one no matter what. :)



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Posted Sun Nov 12, 2017 7:13 PM

I thought he said somewhere that the XE version had added the choice of character.

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Posted Sun Nov 12, 2017 7:29 PM

I thought he said somewhere that the XE version had added the choice of character.

 

Yes, just read that and that's awesome. I was primarily talking about the 5200 version.


Edited by Zap!, Sun Nov 12, 2017 7:35 PM.


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Posted Sun Nov 12, 2017 9:40 PM

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Posted Sun Nov 12, 2017 10:02 PM

Hey, Zap....

You can play as alternate characters in 5200 Adventure II. There was a hint about this in the manual -- enter the code 1980 on the title screen and it unlocked the alternate icons. Most are bigger than Sir Square so it'll be more challenging to move around some screens.

The alternate icons in XE version all have distinct abilities now, and you can pick them without a secret code. I did this to make the game a bit more fun and fresh, especially for those like me that are tired of 5200 Adventure II. For example, crab can crawl over by objects; Knights are much tougher. My teenage son, who doesn't find Atari games fun, was playing several rounds of AdvII XE the other day as the crab and he enjoyed being able to cheat a bit, even though this also opens up other risks. Myself, I honestly don't remember where I hid all the dots across levels, so I found it fun to play as the 3d Square icon which alerts you when there is a hidden dot on the screen.

The homebrew fan community was adamant that Adventure II starred the square, however! Personally, I loved the fact that all the visuals were upgraded but you still played as a square. And others felt the same way!

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Posted Mon Nov 13, 2017 2:40 AM

All of this sounds extremely awesome, it is actually what I am most excited about being released these days, oddly more so than Fallout 4 VR. We need Adventure VR.. ha

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Posted Tue Nov 14, 2017 8:26 AM

Carrying the CHALICE will also alert you (any character you choose) if a Dot is on the screen, with a sound effect. Any opinions about this change? Is it giving players a break, or ruining the search?

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Posted Tue Nov 14, 2017 8:47 AM

Carrying the CHALICE will also alert you (any character you choose) if a Dot is on the screen, with a sound effect. Any opinions about this change? Is it giving players a break, or ruining the search?

I like it.



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Posted Mon Nov 20, 2017 1:34 PM

Carrying the CHALICE will also alert you (any character you choose) if a Dot is on the screen, with a sound effect. Any opinions about this change? Is it giving players a break, or ruining the search?

 

Cafeman - with the playtesting I did, the only dot I found was the one where you told me which screen to look.  In order to make the dot quest interesting I think some sort of clue is warranted - the original gave a clue due to flashing of objects when it appeared you only had 1 on the screen (dot being the second).

 

With the size of the new kingdom I think without some sort of clue it would become tough finding all 3.

 

Since I like to throw out crazy ideas, I add one more to the collection.  Once you get the chalice its kinda too late to use the Dots - how to help locate a dot without being obvious......it would be interesting if holding an object that would change color if it was within 1 square radius of a dot (ie, could be current screen or NW, N, NE, E, SE, S, SW or W 1 screen away).



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Posted Tue Nov 21, 2017 12:13 AM

The homebrew fan community was adamant that Adventure II starred the square, however! Personally, I loved the fact that all the visuals were upgraded but you still played as a square. And others felt the same way!

 

I agree with this too. We know the 8-bit systems can do more, but retaining the square helps carry over the feel of the original.

 

Some things could be done to upgrade the square without making it another object, though. For instance you could animate it in some fashion, rather than just keeping it a static square. It could be made to look like it was walking, sort of twisting back and forth or some other similar type of movement. It could also be made to turn 45 degrees if it was moving in any diagonal direction.






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