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New game released: Pentagram

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#1 mariuszw OFFLINE  


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Posted Sun May 1, 2016 2:20 PM

Here is release version of Pentagram.


Game is ported from ZX Spectrum. For those interested in details of development, see following thread: http://atariage.com/...-wip-pentagram/.


Release version features some great tunes from Miker, and PMG overlays together with great loading screen from Jose.


For those finding game little bit too difficult (me included) I created good old-fashioned trainer. Press T on title screen to access this trainer. You may choose to have unlimited lives, invincibility (so creatures and obstacles don't kill you when touched) and disable extra monsters (game spawns up to two monsters in almost every room after some while). Additionally, an option to enable frame skipping is also available on trainer screen - turn it on if you prefer smooth control of Sabreman over smooth animation.


Game requires 64KB of RAM to run. Game is NTSC-aware and applies proper timing for music routines, so it should work correctly NTSC Ataris. Game is also compatible with 65816 CPU upgrades and synchronizes gameplay correctly. Testing on Altirra reveals that 3,58MHz 65816 is able to run game without slowdowns. However, sound effects do not play correctly with faster CPU.


I also releasing game source code with all assets (music by Miker and graphics files by Jose). Please read readme.txt for information about various files and instructions how to build the game.


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Enjoy new game ;)

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#2 Philsan OFFLINE  


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Posted Sun May 1, 2016 3:04 PM

Thank you very much!

#3 Poison OFFLINE  



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Posted Mon May 2, 2016 1:34 AM

Nice! I like these game style:)

#4 AlegisDownport OFFLINE  


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Posted Mon May 2, 2016 1:39 AM

Thank you! I remember the original ZX Spectrum version when it came out, this A8 version looks stunning!

#5 Bunsen OFFLINE  



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Posted Mon May 2, 2016 1:47 AM

Thank you! :)

#6 Mclaneinc OFFLINE  


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Posted Mon May 2, 2016 2:53 AM

Another thank you...Brilliant work...

#7 Tezz OFFLINE  


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Posted Mon May 2, 2016 4:12 AM

Excellent Mariusz, it's great to see the final version. There's only a few Ultimate classics absent on the A8 now :)

Edited by Tezz, Mon May 2, 2016 5:10 AM.

#8 CyranoJ ONLINE  


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Posted Mon May 2, 2016 5:23 AM

These are amazing (This, Manic Miner, and all the others).  I know how much work goes into ports!  Keep these going, I'd have killed for these games 30 years ago!

Edited by CyranoJ, Mon May 2, 2016 5:23 AM.

#9 www.atarimania.com OFFLINE  



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Posted Mon May 2, 2016 11:21 AM

Really fantastic, thanks a million!



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#10 Clint Thompson OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon May 2, 2016 11:30 AM

Love it, thanks for posting this! =D

#11 tjlazer OFFLINE  


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Posted Mon May 2, 2016 7:30 PM


#12 Beetle OFFLINE  



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Posted Tue May 3, 2016 5:49 AM

But it's really hard to play. Thanks for adding the trainer! 

Edited by Beetle, Tue May 3, 2016 5:49 AM.

#13 IndieRetroNews OFFLINE  


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Posted Tue May 3, 2016 9:19 AM

featured :)


#14 mariuszw OFFLINE  


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Posted Tue May 3, 2016 12:25 PM

Thanks for everyone for all nice comments, and thanks for IndieRetroNews for posting news ;-)

#15 matosimi OFFLINE  



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Posted Wed May 4, 2016 2:13 AM


#16 djmat56 OFFLINE  


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Posted Thu May 5, 2016 6:08 AM

As per my Manic Miner artwork I decided to try one for this game. Now I'm no artist or photoshop expert so its a little rough around the edges so please be kind!





#17 playsoft OFFLINE  



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Posted Fri May 6, 2016 1:39 PM

Excellent work. I remember seeing this and other isometric games back in the day and wishing for an A8 version... now there finally is!

#18 JohnBlbec OFFLINE  


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Posted Mon May 16, 2016 4:29 AM

thank you very much, @mariuszw

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