And the speech "burp" that I see mentioned...will this be included in the final as well? Any other signature phrases that will definitely end up in the final? I have a few ideas in mind that might include a Q*Bert-style signature word bubble that might be appropriate.
I'm sorry for taking so long to answer, I thought I'd have more speech in by now. The ROM space available for it keeps shrinking/expanding each time I add stuff or clean up the code so I've been holding off putting the actual speech data in. It's almost finished now though...
The burp is staying but is now occasional rather than every time a fruit is eaten.
Other phrases I have so far:
- "May the fruit be with you."
- "Run, run, run!"
Missed fruit, etc.:
- "I hunger."
- "Ah, missed it!"
Near death experience:
- "Phew, that was too close!"
- "Are you insane?"
Collect gravity (down arrow)
- "Heavy, man."
- "Awesome, dude!"
- "What a hero!"
- "I'm forever blowing bubbles." (Sung)
Collect magic mushroom:
- "I feel strange."
- "The fruit is with you.
- "You suck!"
It seems that a big part of this game is the discovery of what power-up items come next which is a great idea and provides incentive to keep playing. So far I've seen a skateboard, heli-pack, arrows, bubble, and fruits. Without "spilling the beans" and telling us what all the actual power-ups are, can you provide any more clues as to what some of them might be? Are they all pretty much powerup items that affect motion, speed and gravity? You mentioned a stop sign icon early in the evolution of the game. Is this still in the game?
Yes the stop sign is still there but I think the only place it shows up (in the last binary) is in the blue section with the long platforms. They come in threes (like the gravity arrow) and halt the scrolling momentarily.
I'm working on the last of the power-ups at the moment - the magic mushroom. Mushrooms blink colours (red/blue) and depending on what colour it is when you touch it, you'll either have a good or a bad trip. The bad effect is done and it's rather nasty.
I'm not happy with how the good effect has turned out though. The benefit to the player isn't enough to risk having a bad trip so it's better to just avoid them, which kind of defeats the purpose. Need to have a rethink.
There are 2 other special items, but I don't want to give away too much about these - want to leave some surprises.
And finally, what about our hero? He looks kinda like a blonde surfer-guy that has a fondness for striped clothing. Anything else you care to share about your main character that might give us some background? Or am I overthinking this?
His real fetish is for vertical striped clothing but he only wears those on his day off.
Anyway, enough of my sillyness. Thanks everyone for your entries so far - absolutely fantastic! There are already several here which I'd be more than happy to use. I think this is going to be a really hard decision. I apologise in advance to everyone who doesn't win.
Keep 'em coming!