Jump to content
Marius

What is wrong with The Extirpator

Recommended Posts

18 minutes ago, CharlieChaplin said:

Time to change that, e.g. give the Extirpator a proper + fully working collision detection, including the walls.

Or maybe replace "START to begin" with "START to win" to make the game even more fun.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
5 hours ago, drac030 said:

Or maybe replace "START to begin" with "START to win" to make the game even more fun.

Well, obviously there will also have to be a “START to lose” version to satisfy the hardcore gamers.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

That sounds like an idea for an ultimate game: Press Start to win, press Option to lose, press Select to pause.

  • Haha 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
1 hour ago, drac030 said:

That sounds like an idea for an ultimate game: Press Start to win, press Option to lose, press Select to pause.

In an era of one-button games this seems to be too complex to me. :D

  • Haha 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

One button? No problem!  

Tap Start to win, Double-tap Start to lose, Press & hold Start to pause.

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

New era of one-button game. One tap to win, loose or pause! Never know what happens.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Was this ever hacked to a disk file or disk boot?  I see that Atarimania just has the tape version.

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
31 minutes ago, Larry said:

Was this ever hacked to a disk file or disk boot?  I see that Atarimania just has the tape version.

 

Loading it from tape is part of the fun challenge. ;)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
3 hours ago, Larry said:

Was this ever hacked to a disk file or disk boot?  I see that Atarimania just has the tape version.

 

 

Available as COM/XEX at dozens of places...

- Fandal

- Homesoft

- atarionline.pl

- pigwa

...

 

Would be nice to get a patched version of the Extirpator, where the collision detection fully works (including the walls), the ship is smaller and faster and the shots are faster, so we can play it like a real shoot-em-up.

 

  • Thanks 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
On 5/17/2021 at 1:14 AM, CharlieChaplin said:

 

Well,

 

believe it or not, the "issue" with the wall was done intentionally!  Quoting the author G. Rimmer from the above mentioned youtube page:

 

"Hi, I was the author of this game. Lots of people have said about the poor collision detection. This was programed into the game for the wall. The detection for the wall was randomly accepted as a hit or not a hit so destruction was not certain. This was to make the game harder."

 

Pure evil I would say. And errrmm, I also read the sentence "this was done to make the game harder" in several other A8 programs - most of them do also contain some unfair elements/enemies/whatever.  Time to change that, e.g. give the Extirpator a proper + fully working collision detection, including the walls.

 

 

Hey thank you so much for this. I personally dislike this kind of jokes in games. I remember one of the positive critics of Yoomp was that when you miss, it is never the game to blame, but simply yourself. I think when you aim right and you fire at the right time, it should simply be a hit.  I agree: we need a fully working game. I actually like the game. I also would appreciate a setting where you can play the game and the tune plays.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
On 5/16/2021 at 6:26 AM, Yautja said:

Has anybody been have to reproduce this trick using emulators? I gave it a shot with Altirra, without results.

Gary Rimmer, the author of the game, commented in this video: "I wish Firebird had done that (keep the music playing) on the original. It ads a lot to the game. I don't know how to do it, but from other posts I've seen it could be done".

 

 

You can do it on Altirra but only by using the CAS image. Let the demo sequence play once (press F1 to skip the whole waiting) and then press RESET.

http://www.atarimania.com/game-atari-400-800-xl-xe-extirpator-_1913.html

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.
Note: Your post will require moderator approval before it will be visible.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

Loading...

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.

×
×
  • Create New...