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#1 OldAtAtari OFFLINE  

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Posted Sat Jun 2, 2018 10:16 PM

** I previously posted this in the "Programming for Newbies" forum but then figured out that since this is a Batari Basic game, I should post it here instead. **

 

Hello, everyone.

 

I've been tinkering with this for a few days. I'm using Batari Basic and Visual Bb. I considered going with straight-up assembly, but I figured for my first attempt, I'd keep it as simple as possible.

 

I'll go ahead and post this here. It's just the basis of the first level.

 

There's no collision logic yet. And no scoring or dying. And the sharks need to be prettied up and made more aggressive. But it shows what I'm going for.

 

If anyone has any suggestions, I'd love to hear it. I'm a total newb and a hack at this stuff.

 

Thank you!

 

Attached File  Stranded.bas   4.5KB   7 downloads

 

Attached File  Stranded.bas.bin   4KB   18 downloads

 

Stranded_Level1.jpg


Edited by OldAtAtari, Sun Jun 3, 2018 11:34 AM.


#2 Arenafoot OFFLINE  

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Posted Sat Jun 2, 2018 11:10 PM

 

** I previously posted this in the "Programming for Newbies" forum but then figured out that since this is a Batari Basic game, I should post it here instead. **

 

Hello, everyone.

 

I've been tinkering with this for a few days. I'm using Batari Basic and Visual Bb. I considered going with straight-up assembly, but I figured for my first attempt, I'd keep it as simple as possible.

 

I'll go ahead and post this here. It's just the basis of the first level.

 

There's no collision logic yet. And no scoring or dying. And the sharks need to be prettied up and made more aggressive. But it shows what I'm going for.

 

If anyone has any suggestions, I'd love to hear it. I'm a total newb and a hack at this stuff.

 

Thank you!

 

attachicon.gifStranded.bas

 

attachicon.gifStranded_Level1.jpg

 

Can you post a .bin file to play test?



#3 OldAtAtari OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Jun 3, 2018 11:35 AM

Arenafoot, you are totally right! I should have put the *.bin file there instead of just the *.bas file. I've fixed this now. The *.bin is in the first post now. If you try it, don't expect much. It's just a beginning, but I'd love to hear if you have any thoughts about what would make it better or how I could do a better job coding it.

 

Thank you!



#4 Random Terrain ONLINE  

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Posted Sun Jun 3, 2018 12:56 PM

Have you ever played the arcade game Swimmer from 1982?

 

youtube.com/watch?v=h9vad9XFf8k

 

I hated the annoying background music, but I kind of liked the game.



#5 OldAtAtari OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Jun 3, 2018 1:08 PM

Ok, Swimmer looks fun. I love the continuously scrolling background. It adds a sense of urgency.

#6 Random Terrain ONLINE  

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Posted Sun Jun 3, 2018 1:16 PM

Speaking of swimming, you can hunt for videos at YouTube for overhead swimmers like this one to give you inspiration:

 

youtube.com/watch?v=aQGYakT-Qbo

 

You can also search Google Images for animated GIFs like these:

 

above_freestyle_swimming_rotated.gif

 

above_breaststroke_rotated_02.gif

 

There's no way to copy them exactly, but they can point you in the right direction when making your own animations.






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