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#1 JosiahW OFFLINE  

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Posted Thu Jan 28, 2016 7:56 PM

Hello, AtariAge! I decided to get into bAtari BASIC programming after sprybug's wonderful Zippy the Porcupine, although I did have a small bit of experience with the language after watching Tinkernut's video on it. My first full game with it is called "Wal-Rush!"
 
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This is actually my port of my other original game, Wal-Rush! on Scratch (written for a contest over at CodeWalrus. I am still waiting for the results, if anyone wants to ask.

The controls in this one are LEFT and RIGHT to move, and FIRE to fly! You get 1 point every so often as you fly, and you can eat the fish for 10 points. Don't crash into the spikey mines, or else you EXPLODE! (I am planning to add an invincibility powerup like my original game, and that is coming up!)

I used the amazing Titlescreen Kernel to make the titlescreen, but other than that, this game is written in pure bAtari BASIC (perhaps inefficiently at times; please, tell me if I'm coding inefficiently.)

All of the code is REMed, so if you want to modify it, I think you could understand the code. What I would really like is a sound engine so I can put in sound effects, and maybe a jingle that plays throughout the game. If anyone can tell me how to do that, that would be swell!

Here is a video of the gameplay, as this game stands. Tell me what you think so far!

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Posted Thu Jan 28, 2016 8:30 PM

Pretty cute!  It's quite bouncy and has it's own feel.  Good start! :thumbsup:



#3 JosiahW OFFLINE  

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Posted Thu Jan 28, 2016 10:59 PM

Thank you, Papa. The only things I'm really missing are sounds. Do you know a good way to actually program music? I'm looking online for whatever I can find, but the only engine I found uses one channel, one distortion, one volume, loops the music (not what I'm looking for for a title screen jingle, but could be useful for an in-game track), and doesn't work when I put it in the code (at least not how I do it). Can you direct me to a sound effects/music engine, as well as how to put it in my code so that it works?

 

(And perhaps I should change the color of the highscore at the end from green to something else. Perhaps a lighter shade of green.)



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Posted Sun Jan 31, 2016 12:45 AM

102 pts on the first try............ pretty cool game.......plays alot like Flappy too.



#5 JosiahW OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue Feb 2, 2016 10:43 PM

Bump.

 

Now, I have a polished beta version of Wal-Rush!

 

 

There is one special powerup that I am hoping to add, but other than that, this is a fully playable (and enjoyable IMHO) game!

 

Download link attached. Please give feedback!

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Posted Wed Feb 3, 2016 9:42 AM

great game......after playing 2 games I see the high score is in green but after that 2nd game I can't get another game started. I can restart the game after the first but not the second game.



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Posted Fri Feb 5, 2016 6:22 AM

great game......after playing 2 games I see the high score is in green but after that 2nd game I can't get another game started. I can restart the game after the first but not the second game.

Hm? Can you explain a bit more? I'm not able to reproduce your issue. How my game works is, there are 2 seconds (or, about the time it takes for the highscore to flash) where you cannot press a button, but after that, the FIRE or RESET button should restart the game.
 
Also, I'm working on a bit of title screen music, inspired by an original song from CodeWalrus founder, DJ Omnimaga. A link to the music is here. Still working on adding a new powerup, as well as freeing up some RAM for a possible Easter egg...

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Posted Mon Feb 8, 2016 11:33 PM

Hm? Can you explain a bit more? I'm not able to reproduce your issue. How my game works is, there are 2 seconds (or, about the time it takes for the highscore to flash) where you cannot press a button, but after that, the FIRE or RESET button should restart the game..

maybe i wasn't waiting long enough then.........i will try again and get back to you



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Posted Tue Feb 9, 2016 1:04 AM

What I would really like is a sound engine so I can put in sound effects, and maybe a jingle that plays throughout the game. If anyone can tell me how to do that, that would be swell!

I wrote a Sound Effect Driver for bB a while back.





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