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#1 PacManPlus OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Dec 18, 2013 12:33 PM

... play Astro Blaster!

 

 

Happy Holidays everyone!

 

I've been working on this for a few weeks now, and I'm trying to get it finished for sort of a 'Holiday Gift' to everyone here.  Still needs work, so no bin yet.  But, here are a few screenshots:

snapAstBlstr_00.png snapAstBlstr_01.png

snapAstBlstr_02.png snapAstBlstr_03.png

snapAstBlstr_04.png snapAstBlstr_05.png

snapAstBlstr_06.png snapAstBlstr_07.png

snapAstBlstr_08.png

 

For the purists out there, I copied the sprites directly from the arcade game, as well as the movement tables.  I'm using 320A mode to get the look/feel down. The 'Fuel' gauge is the same as the arcade *divided by three* to fit on the line with the temperature gauge, which is *divided by two*.  All increments / decrements to both gauges have been adjusted appropriately, so they should work exactly like the arcade.

 

For the most part, the playfield is the same, except that I had to take one zone (i.e. 8 scanlines) away from under the ship (no biggie), and one zone away from the very top of the playfield.  On my TODO list:

 

- Fix some collision detection when the enemy ships are at the top of the screen

- Finish the movement / placement of the enemies for sectors 4 and 5 (half-way through 4 now)

- Warp Button

- Enemies that drop in certain waves

- Hidden bonuses

- Sound

- Speech

 

Regarding the 'Speech', I will only implement speech at non-gameplay points (i.e. after losing a ship *2 ships remaining*, when the game has ended *play over*, etc.).  Any other important information (i.e. the Warp countdown) will be written on the screen behind the action.  I do plan to have the attract mode announcement (i.e. the title of this thread).

 

It was challenging getting (up to) 16 enemies, 6 enemy shots, 1 player shot and the player to update each frame during VBLANK, but I finally did it. Of course, it will use the HSC.

 

I am hoping to have a BIN ready by next week, On or before Christmas.

Coming soon! :)

Bob

 

*BTW, before someone asks, "Why do you mostly do ports?" - It's because 1) I like to do them, and 2) It's fun to see what would have actually been possible back in 1984-1986.  Now that I've scratched this itch, I can see about a (somewhat) original game I've been thinking about.

 

Thank you, Trebor, Nathan, Schmutzpuppe and Al for the feedback and testing up to this point. :)



#2 DracIsBack OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Dec 18, 2013 12:34 PM

Sweet! Thanks Bob!



#3 Gabriel OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Dec 18, 2013 12:38 PM

YES!  YES!  YES!  You might as well already mark me down for the inevitable cart release.

 

TAKE MY MONEY!!! 



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Posted Wed Dec 18, 2013 1:12 PM

Wow... is this a cartridge release?   If so, how much?

 

And if a rom image, is the Harmony 2 Cartridge out yet.

 

Suddenly interested in the 7800 again.



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Posted Wed Dec 18, 2013 1:20 PM

Wow, that's really cool.

 

Do you plan a coop mode for this one?



#6 Trebor OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Dec 18, 2013 1:24 PM

Thank you Bob. You are the man as always!  Glad to see Skynet hasn't called you back (yet). :grin:

 

Another game for the 7800!!! WOO-HOO!



#7 retrorussell OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Dec 18, 2013 1:28 PM

Looks fantastic!  One of my favorite speech games.



#8 PingvinBlueJeans OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Dec 18, 2013 1:37 PM

:lust:

 

Wow, can't wait to try this one!

 

 

 

 

 

 



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Posted Wed Dec 18, 2013 1:41 PM

Hi Bob
great you are back......,
You are the BEST
and for sure,i want a cart ;)
greetings Waltet

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Posted Wed Dec 18, 2013 1:47 PM

YOU ARE THE BEST!!!!!!!

#11 Jaynz OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Dec 18, 2013 1:47 PM

ohhh.. good choice. Can't wait to play this one. :)



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Posted Wed Dec 18, 2013 2:12 PM

I spent a lot of time with this on Sega Genesis Collection for the PSP. Nice to see it come to the 7800. :)

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Posted Wed Dec 18, 2013 2:54 PM

You are awesome!

#14 Jinks OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Dec 18, 2013 3:12 PM

Awesome.. cart please!!
Hard to imagine how you make all these games.. your a robot. Its a proven fact..

#15 Bakasama OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Dec 18, 2013 3:16 PM

Is this the game Megamania was ripped off, er based on

Edited by Bakasama, Wed Dec 18, 2013 3:21 PM.


#16 Trebor OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Dec 18, 2013 3:18 PM

 

Is this the game Megamania was ripped off, eh based on


Yes, Nathan brought this to my attention recently as was some other Activision titles 'borrowed' from Arcade games.

I never realized the connection between Megamania and Astro Blaster - It's pretty cool.

#17 HammR25 OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Dec 18, 2013 3:20 PM

BIN or it didn't happen!!!!!



#18 diggs130 OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Dec 18, 2013 3:32 PM

Sweet gift for sure!

 

Sign me up for a cart if you go that route please.

 

 

Thanks



#19 iesposta OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Dec 18, 2013 3:40 PM

I need a Bob cart! Definitely.

This one is so nostalgic!



#20 Cousin Vinnie OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Dec 18, 2013 4:34 PM

I AM LOSING ALLZ MY MONIEZ



#21 PingvinBlueJeans OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Dec 18, 2013 5:46 PM

Is this the game Megamania was ripped off, er based on


I never realized the connection between Megamania and Astro Blaster - It's pretty cool.


Threshold by Sierra On-Line was based on Astro Blaster as well, to the point of being almost an exact copy (complete with warp speed function and mothership docking sequences). It was clearly an influence on MegaMania also, but the removal of the laser temperature gauge in that game allows constant firing, resulting in a drastically different game experience more akin to other "death from above" titles like Galaxian or Demon Attack. AB was more about precision than just blasting away at things, since you needed to keep track of both your laser temperature and your fuel (which could not be replenished between docking sequences).

In any event, this shouldn't come as a surprise, as a lot of games back then were derivatives of other games. The design of Astro Blaster was an attempt to improve on Astro Fighter (a Data East arcade game that Sega/Gremlin was distributing in North America).

#22 atarian63 OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Dec 18, 2013 5:50 PM

You never cease to amaze and please Bob! You are the very very best!!! :grin: :grin: :grin: :grin:



#23 mmervine OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Dec 18, 2013 6:25 PM

Awesome...I wondered what you were working on!!!



#24 Stun Runner 87 OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Dec 18, 2013 6:53 PM

... play Astro Blaster!
 
 
Happy Holidays everyone!
 
I've been working on this for a few weeks now, and I'm trying to get it finished for sort of a 'Holiday Gift' to everyone here.  Still needs work, so no bin yet.  But, here are a few screenshots:
attachicon.gifsnapAstBlstr_00.png attachicon.gifsnapAstBlstr_01.png
attachicon.gifsnapAstBlstr_02.png attachicon.gifsnapAstBlstr_03.png
attachicon.gifsnapAstBlstr_04.png attachicon.gifsnapAstBlstr_05.png
attachicon.gifsnapAstBlstr_06.png attachicon.gifsnapAstBlstr_07.png
attachicon.gifsnapAstBlstr_08.png
 
For the purists out there, I copied the sprites directly from the arcade game, as well as the movement tables.  I'm using 320A mode to get the look/feel down. The 'Fuel' gauge is the same as the arcade *divided by three* to fit on the line with the temperature gauge, which is *divided by two*.  All increments / decrements to both gauges have been adjusted appropriately, so they should work exactly like the arcade.
 
For the most part, the playfield is the same, except that I had to take one zone (i.e. 8 scanlines) away from under the ship (no biggie), and one zone away from the very top of the playfield.  On my TODO list:
 
- Fix some collision detection when the enemy ships are at the top of the screen
- Finish the movement / placement of the enemies for sectors 4 and 5 (half-way through 4 now)
- Warp Button
- Enemies that drop in certain waves
- Hidden bonuses
- Sound
- Speech
 
Regarding the 'Speech', I will only implement speech at non-gameplay points (i.e. after losing a ship *2 ships remaining*, when the game has ended *play over*, etc.).  Any other important information (i.e. the Warp countdown) will be written on the screen behind the action.  I do plan to have the attract mode announcement (i.e. the title of this thread).
 
It was challenging getting (up to) 16 enemies, 6 enemy shots, 1 player shot and the player to update each frame during VBLANK, but I finally did it. Of course, it will use the HSC.
 
I am hoping to have a BIN ready by next week, On or before Christmas.
Coming soon! :)
Bob
 
*BTW, before someone asks, "Why do you mostly do ports?" - It's because 1) I like to do them, and 2) It's fun to see what would have actually been possible back in 1984-1986.  Now that I've scratched this itch, I can see about a (somewhat) original game I've been thinking about.
 
Thank you, Trebor, Nathan, Schmutzpuppe and Al for the feedback and testing up to this point. :)

HELL YES...
You picked a great time to do this my brutha.
I was just about to pm you the other day to ask if youve been working on anything new.
I am delighted to see what youve been up to.
I love this game and it looks just like the arcade......funny, i was actually going to suggest this game in the peddlers thread.
You can add me to the list most definately.
I would like to purchase this straight from you....
And dont forget to sign the back of the cart for me like last time.
MERRY CHRISTMAS BOB. :)

Edited by Stun Runner 87, Wed Dec 18, 2013 6:54 PM.


#25 The Usotsuki OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Dec 18, 2013 7:37 PM

I'm a fan of ports.  Bring it on. :P






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