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#1 Pixelboy OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Apr 14, 2019 8:44 PM

Hello ColecoVision aficionados! :D

I do believe it's time to post some quick news regarding what's happening with Team Pixelboy. So let's get to it. :)


ABOUT THE SPRING RELEASES

First of all, I updated the project status sections of the upcoming games on teampixelboy.com, namely for Uridium, QBIQS, Multiverse, Booming Boy and The Cure. They are still on track for release at the end of this month, assuming all goes as planned between now and then.

For Arcomage, however, the story is different. I am now forced to postpone the release of that game until later this year. There are a few things that explain this delay: First of all, back in early February I accidentally inserted the test PCB of Arcomage backwards in the cartridge slot of my ColecoVision. This fried the PCB when I turned on the console, and it took a few weeks for me to get a replacement. Secondly, once I received the replacement PCB, some testing revealed a small issue which required a fix. This fix turned out to be more trouble than expected for the game's programmer, which means that the game will need an additional round of beta-testing once I receive a new release candidate. I don't have time to perform this testing between now and the end of the month, so it's best to just put the game on ice for now. The last thing I want is a general recall of all Arcomage carts later down the road. For the record, aside from the small issue I found, the rest of the game plays very well, and I'm almost done preparing the manual.


OTHER GAMES

You'll surely be happy to learn that the MSX ports of 1942, Ghost and Bomber King have been completed, and they are now in the beta-testing phase. The most interesting of these is Bomber King, as Mystery Man altered the software (at my request) so that the items can be directly selected via the controller keypad, instead of picking them in the inventory screen with a cursor (which is a bit more tedious, as you can imagine). This implies that a custom controller overlay will be included with each copy of Bomber King.


THE KNIGHTMARE NIGHTMARE

I was recently contacted by a customer who was having trouble with his Knightmare cartridge. He sent it to me by snail mail, and after testing his cartridge, I was able to confirm the problem. My plan was to send him the cartridge from my own CIB copy of the game, but just to make sure everything was okay, I tried my own cartridge and to my dismay, the same problem exists!

The problem is that the game crashes during the fight with the boss of stage 2. From what I could see, the crash seems to happen when I get hit from behind by the boss' projectiles, but I can't confirm this to be a fact, as the crash happens very suddenly.

I'd like to request the help of other people here who happen to own Knightmare. Could you guys play the game up to the boss of Stage 2 and let me know if the game crashes? If the problem turns out to be widespread, I'll see what I can do about it. Thanks in advance for any help with this.


This concludes this Team Pixelboy News Bulletin. We now return you to your regular forum activities. ;)

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Posted Sun Apr 14, 2019 8:46 PM

Great news as always! :) :thumbsup:

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Posted Sun Apr 14, 2019 8:47 PM

Thanks for the update!  Always a pleasure to read these!



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Posted Mon Apr 15, 2019 12:25 AM

I will try Knightmare tomorrow and see what happens. Thanks for the update.



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Posted Mon Apr 15, 2019 5:20 AM

Is the issue with Knightmare only on the cart, or does it appear when run from the atarimax with the rom you posted?



#6 Pixelboy OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon Apr 15, 2019 5:31 AM

Is the issue with Knightmare only on the cart, or does it appear when run from the atarimax with the rom you posted?


So far, I haven't tested it on the AtariMax SD multicart, just real cartridges.

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Posted Mon Apr 15, 2019 12:41 PM

Is this with the old version of the game or the fixed version of the game?  I know I've beaten the boss many times and I don't recall ever dying to the 2nd round boss.  I do remember it didn't crash in the 2nd level boss current fixed version.  Maybe I should die on purpose to see if the bug will occur.  I know in the old version, it tend to crash in level 4,5 due to stack overflow as opcode stated if I recalled. I will try it out tonight on the Colecovision tonight.  I also need to try my other 2 games I completed for the Colecovision.



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Posted Mon Apr 15, 2019 4:34 PM

Is this with the old version of the game or the fixed version of the game?


It's the new fixed version, as I don't think I kept any cartridge copies of the old version. I could be wrong about that, but I'd be surprised if that's the case.

You don't need to die against the second boss to make the crash happen. The crash happened in mid-battle when I tried it.

Edited by Pixelboy, Mon Apr 15, 2019 4:34 PM.


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Posted Mon Apr 15, 2019 4:44 PM

It's the new fixed version, as I don't think I kept any cartridge copies of the old version. I could be wrong about that, but I'd be surprised if that's the case.

You don't need to die against the second boss to make the crash happen. The crash happened in mid-battle when I tried it.

 

Does it matter what the difficulty setting is to replicate the problem?



#10 Pixelboy OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon Apr 15, 2019 5:08 PM

Does it matter what the difficulty setting is to replicate the problem?


Nope, I made it crash in "easy" mode.

Edited by Pixelboy, Mon Apr 15, 2019 5:08 PM.


#11 Ikrananka OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon Apr 15, 2019 5:09 PM

Nope, I made it crash in "easy" mode.

 

Well I just tried several times to get to the Level 2 boss on Easy and I'm so useless I can't even get there to see if it crashes  :-D   I think I was close - but not close enough.  I'll try again but I'm getting hand cramps.



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Posted Mon Apr 15, 2019 5:18 PM

Well I just tried several times to get to the Level 2 boss on Easy and I'm so useless I can't even get there to see if it crashes  :-D   I think I was close - but not close enough.  I'll try again but I'm getting hand cramps.


One thing to remember is that there's a secret warp exit in Stage 1 that makes you skip ahead to Stage 2, but this warp exit is only present if you finished Stage 1 in a previous game session. The warp exit in Stage 1 is located very near the left side of the screen, just below a river. You have to fire a crazy amount of times into it before it will open up.

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Posted Mon Apr 15, 2019 5:20 PM

One thing to remember is that there's a secret warp exit in Stage 1 that makes you skip ahead to Stage 2, but this warp exit is only present if you finished Stage 1 in a previous game session. The warp exit in Stage 1 is located very near the left side of the screen, just below a river. You have to fire a crazy amount of times into it before it will open up.

 

Found it - thanks  :)

 

Okay, got to the Level 2 boss with three lives (easy mode).  Got hit from behind (died) three times and the game didn't crash.


Edited by Ikrananka, Mon Apr 15, 2019 5:20 PM.


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Posted Mon Apr 15, 2019 5:29 PM

Last attempt tonight.  Got to the boss again and stayed at the bottom to avoid being hit from behind.  Got some good hits on the boss (face went yellow?) but I lost both of my lives getting hit in the side.  Again, did not crash.  I'll try some more tomorrow.



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Posted Mon Apr 15, 2019 5:33 PM

Thanks Ikrananka. :)

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Posted Mon Apr 15, 2019 5:44 PM

I could be mistaken but I could of sworn years ago this game was having issues with freezing and we were able to send the carts back for a fix ?? My memory is cloudy but I could of sworn once the game froze on me during the first board out of nowhere . I guess I could fire it up this week and see if anything happens . 



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Posted Wed Apr 17, 2019 1:25 AM

I could be mistaken but I could of sworn years ago this game was having issues with freezing and we were able to send the carts back for a fix ?? My memory is cloudy but I could of sworn once the game froze on me during the first board out of nowhere . I guess I could fire it up this week and see if anything happens . 

 

There was a fix for this cartridge. I can't remember what the fix was for, but there was a fix.



#18 Kiwi OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Apr 17, 2019 4:48 AM

Maybe this is related, http://atariage.com/...25th/?p=4215148.

Try other SGM only megacart games and see if it cause problems or not.  Try the Ultimate SD with the fixed patch version.

There was a fixed version.  The game used to crash when things get really busy, like multiple magician on screens on Stage 5 and later.



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Posted Wed Apr 17, 2019 5:03 AM

Wait, what happened to the reply I posted??? Argh!! Now I have to rewrite the whole reply from memory.   :mad:

Anyway, yes, there was a Knightmare cartridge recall a few years ago, for a similar crashing problem. However, not all people returned their carts (some said they were going to do it but never did) so there's a relatively small number of Knightmare carts out there with the old version of the software on them. The guy who returned his Knightmare cartridge did not originally buy it directly from me, so this implies two possibilities:

1) My personal copy of Knightmare contains the old version and I never got around to fixing it, and so perhaps both myself and the guy who returned his cartridge have cartridges with the buggy original software.

2) The fixed version of the cartridge still has crashing problems.

From Ikranaka's tests, point #1 above is starting to look more likely. I wish at least one or two other people would test their fixed Knightmare carts to make sure.

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Posted Wed Apr 17, 2019 7:20 AM

Ill kick the tires on Knightmare tonight for a while and see if I can replicate the glitch.

#21 Pixelboy OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Apr 17, 2019 8:54 AM

Ill kick the tires on Knightmare tonight for a while and see if I can replicate the glitch.


Thanks. :)

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Posted Wed Apr 17, 2019 9:58 AM

FWIW, mine is one of the fixed Knightmare carts.



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Posted Wed Apr 17, 2019 8:18 PM

I have one of the fixed carts and I will play it Friday .






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