Champ Games is nearing completion on Wizard of Wor Arcade for the Atari 2600. This updated version of Wizard of Wor offers many new features from the CBS original release, including updated graphics, sound fx, more mazes, speech (using the Atarivox), high scores, and many more!
One additional feature that we have created is the ability to create and save your own mazes! A maze editor has been added to the game that will allow you to create up to 3 custom mazes that are then playable as in the first 3 dungeons. If you have a Savekey/Atarivox, you can also save the mazes so your creative work isn't lost when you power down your Atari.
Each of the 3 custom mazes will have a default layout that will be shipped with the cartridge. This is where you come in! We are asking you to use the maze editor to design your best maze and send us a screenshot. If we choose your design, it will be included in the final version of Wizard of Wor Arcade and you will have your name added to the credits section of the official manual!
- The contest runs from now and ends March 8th, 2019 at 12:00 midnight EST.
- Entries should be submitted on this thread as either screenshots taken via Stella (press F12 to take a snapshot) or as a clear photograph of the screen if using real hardware.
- A maximum of 3 entries are allowed per person.
- All 3 selections will be taken from a different person, so there will be distinct 3 winners.
- If identical mazes are submitted by different people, only the first submission will be evaluated.
- These mazes are used in the first 3 dungeons of the game, so they should be designed with no large open spaces if possible (these types of mazes are used in Worlord mazes starting at level 8 ).
- The winners will announced on this thread on March 10th.
The Maze Editor
To start designing a maze, first download the latest version of Wizard of Wor Arcade:
wowarc_maze_editor.bin 32KB 135 downloads
Next, start up the game either in Stella or copy the file to your Harmony cart to run on real hardware. If you are running this in Stella, please note that you will need a later version that supports the CDF bankswitching scheme to run it.
After the splash screen is done, the tile screen will be displayed:
When on the title screen, flip the Color/BW switch (or press Pause on a 7800) to view the maze options:
There are two options: "ARCADE MAZES" or "CUSTOM MAZES". When ARCADE MAZES is selected, only the Arcade mazes will be used during a game. If CUSTOM MAZES is selected, the first 3 dungeons will use the 3 custom mazes. The rest of the mazes in the game will use arcade mazes. To switch between the two options, either press left or right on the joystick or press SELECT. If you want to play with only arcade mazes, press the button with ARCADE MAZES is displayed.
To edit mazes and use custom mazes, you'll want to select CUSTOM MAZES:
To edit mazes, press the button while CUSTOM MAZES is displayed. The first custom maze be displayed with the message EDIT MAZE 1 and 2 flashing cursors: (Note that you can also flip the Color/BW switch (or press Pause on the 7800) to return to the title screen without editing mazes.)
For now, the maze is blank; in the release version of Wizard of Wor Arcade this will display one of the winning mazes, maybe yours! To create your own maze, use the joystick to move around the cursors and press the button to add or remove a wall. Note that all mazes are symmetrical, so any changes made to the left side will be the same on the right side:
When creating your maze, make sure that all squares can be reached (don't box in any areas). If so, a message will be displayed saying the maze is invalid. You will need to correct the error before the maze will be saved:
You can revert your changes to the current maze by pressing RESET. If you haven't made any changes, pressing RESET will display the default maze layout (for this demo, the default is a blank maze, in the final version it will display the winning default maze). Once you have finished editing the first maze, you can edit maze 2 by pressing SELECT. Note that your changes are saved automatically when you switch mazes or return to the title screen. Press SELECT again to edit maze 3, or keep pressing SELECT to cycle through the 3 mazes.
When you are done editing, you can return to the title screen by flipping the Color/BW switch (Pause on a 7800). Press reset or the fire button to start a new game and test your mazes!
Once you have decided on your mazes you wish to submit, press F12 in Stella to take a screenshot (or take a picture of the screen if using real hardware) and post your submissions on this thread (maximum of 3).
Good luck and thanks for the help!
Edited by johnnywc, Fri Feb 22, 2019 12:06 PM.