Yesterday, the Champ Games 'secret project' was revealed live on Zero Page Homebrew's Twitch stream: Galaga for the Atari 2600!
This game was developed over the last 6 weeks by Nathan Strum (graphics, game design), Ross Keenum (music and sound) and myself (design and programming). It is about 90% complete with just a few bugs to be fixed and bells & whistles to be added.
Here are a few pics of the game in action:
- 1 or 2 players (alternating) with plans to add in a 2 player co-op mode
- NOVICE, STANDARD and ADVANCED skill levels
- a special CHALLENGE game mode where you compete with only CHALLENGE stages
- all enemies from the arcade included (thanks Nathan!)
- all music and sound from the arcade included (thanks Ross!)
- High scores for all game modes; will support save to Atarivox/Savekey
- Will support Nathan Tolbert's multi-tap (QuadTari) for 2 player with Atarivox/Savekey
- A/B switch to enable/disable auto-fire (A = no auto-fire aka like the arcade; B = auto-fire with button held down)
- Pause game via Color/BW / Pause (7800) switch
- Technical details: the game uses the new CDFJ driver (Stella 6.1 or better) and runs on both the Harmony & Harmony Encore. It also runs on the latest community build of Stella on the Retron 77 (thanks Nathan for the confirmation!)
A video of the reveal and the game in action can be viewed on ZPH's Twitch stream archive (link above).
We are planning on releasing a playable demo ROM sometime in the near future once a few bugs are fixed. A cart release has not been planned yet (I haven't talked directly to Al about it since the reveal) but I'm sure it will be available in the AA store at some point.
Thanks to Nathan and Ross for all their hard work in getting this game together in such a short period of time, and special thanks to James & his team at ZPH for taking the time to debut the game on the ZPH Twitch stream. It was a lot of fun!
EDIT: I just realized that the screen shots are super small (not sure why). I was trying to give Nathan a break from having to do all the work but obviously I should leave this stuff to the experts!
Edited by johnnywc, Thu May 16, 2019 8:53 AM.