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Stranglehand

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Description:

Use Captain Handy's amazing fist to eliminate his personal demons! If his outstretched hand touches a demon points are awarded. Greater awards are given if the demon is eliminated while the arm matches its color. Demons who touch your arm will do one point of damage to your health. If all six hearts are gone so are you! Only one arm can appear on-screen at a time. Fully retract your arm to enable the opposite appendage. You can change your off-screen arms color by pressing the FIRE button. Occasionally a star will appear that randomly changes your current arms color and awards bonus points. At certain intervals the demons will begin to move faster.

 

Controls:

Use reset switch to reset game (including high score)

Press FIRE to start game, return to title screen or change off-screen arms color.

Press the joystick left or right to stretch Captain Howdy's arm.

To switch arms fully withdraw the on-screen appendage.

Set either switch to PRO to raise the arms height and increase game speed.

 

Score:

10 points for eliminating color mismatched demon

110 points for eliminating demon matching your on-screen arm color

5 points per continual contact with star

 

Technical Points of Interest:

* Procedural short ditty at title screen that changes slightly each time.

* Title screen has as close to "no blank lines" as it can

* Uses both missiles to create object with complex shape and colors

* Detailed, full screen wide "sleeve" using re-sized playfield blocks

* High score (but not high score saving)

* Uses minikernel for off-screen arm color indicator and life point display

* Sound engine has code for 2 effects but adjusts certain values to make a 3rd.

 

Much Thanks:

neotokeo2001 for his patience (among other things)

bogax for high score processing code

SeaGtGruff for his pfhscroll library

 

 

UPDATE: Game speed wasn't actually being increased for some deep, dark, unfathomable reason. Fixed.

UPDATE 2: The star bonus item would stay on-screen when the game looped back to the title screen.. fixed.

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This is really neat! Good job!

 

Thanks! Many people I've talked to have been jonesing for a Kaboom! kinda experience. I hope peeps start reporting their high scores!

 

..mine is less than 2000 on normal difficulty :P

 

I figured it would be more interesting to have your arm be the danger point rather than letting bombs fall to the ground (ala Kaboom!). Makes you wonder if you should risk extending your arm or switching sides.

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Cool game! I like the fast paced action and the color based scoring makes the game fun to play! Keeps me coming back for "just one more round". :thumbsup:

 

My best score so far on normal difficulty is 3895.

 

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I was wondering if people would get into the whole "match your color to the enemies" thing. My reaction time is pretty poor so I end up concentrating more on being careful to hit *just* with my hand.

 

As a side the very short tune in the title screen should change slightly every time it is displayed. On emulators it only happens if you die and then are brought back to the title screen.

 

Not bad for two lines of code :)

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I fixed two last minute issues. The download has been updated at top.

 

In other news: shortly after I posted on Twitter about this game I got "followed" by the guys who designed Boogerman!

https://twitter.com/Boogerman20th

 

I sent them a twitter asking if they got the rights back so I could make an Atari 2600 Boogerman game :)

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That's some serious pointage! You have a Starpath SuperCharger? IF I get this game converted properly there should be a reward for every new highest score.

 

Did the demons seem to go faster over time?

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That's some serious pointage! You have a Starpath SuperCharger? IF I get this game converted properly there should be a reward for every new highest score.

 

Did the demons seem to go faster over time?

 

I don't have a SuperCharger but a reward for every new highscore sounds good.

 

The game did get faster over time though i haven't played it on high difficulty yet. One thing i did notice is that sometimes several enemies come down fast in a straight line. Is that intentional?

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I don't have a SuperCharger but a reward for every new highscore sounds good.

 

The game did get faster over time though i haven't played it on high difficulty yet. One thing i did notice is that sometimes several enemies come down fast in a straight line. Is that intentional?

 

It's more like a happy accident. I left it in there to throw the expert player off and/or reward the player who ain't doin' so hot.

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It's more like a happy accident. I left it in there to throw the expert player off and/or reward the player who ain't doin' so hot.

 

Ah i see. It really threw me off when i saw it first but after playing some more i think it's a neat "feature". :)

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Several times a game at the higher scores the same color demon will fall in a straight line multiple times. I don't know if it is a bug but it sure helps your score when you can match the color. :grin:

 

I can see playing a game like this back in the day. :thumbsup:

 

Same color in same location.

 

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Several times a game at the higher scores the same color demon will fall in a straight line multiple times. I don't know if it is a bug but it sure helps your score when you can match the color. :grin:

 

I can see playing a game like this back in the day. :thumbsup:

 

 

High praise! Now that two people have both commented on the straight falling demon phenomena I'll look into it again. if it feels weird I'll take it out.

 

I've vowed to wait until the weekend to find my Starpath SuperCharger. If it works this may be a brand new cassette game!

 

Does anybody know how long it takes to load a 4k Starpath SuperCharger game? The sound file MAKEWAV produced is only 13 seconds.. hmmn. :/

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Not bad for a 4K game. I like the effects too. Kind of reminds me a little of a twisted Kaboom!

 

Thanks!

 

The guys at ArcadeRx were looking forward to another 2600 high score contest. One of their favorite games is Kaboom!. With that in mind I tried to find a "trick" to center the game around. This time it was using SeaGtGruffs pfhscroll library and resizing the playfield to make extending arms. The rest of the gameplay sorted itself out after that.

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Great Score! :thumbsup:

 

But why are you playing a different version called "Strangeland" ? :ponder:

 

Because I was a giant dingus and misread the title of Dee Sniders horror film Strangeland. sigh.

 

This was another effort for Spooky Empire like Nitebear on Sleepystreet :)

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Because I was a giant dingus and misread the title of Dee Sniders horror film Strangeland. sigh.

 

This was another effort for Spooky Empire like Nitebear on Sleepystreet :)

 

 

Because I was a giant dingus and misread the title of Dee Sniders horror film Strangeland. sigh.

 

This was another effort for Spooky Empire like Nitebear on Sleepystreet :)

 

I am meeting Dee Snider next week so theloon made this game to get a few cartridges signed. I will post pictures next weekend.

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I really don't see a natural progression in speed. Sometimes the demons slow down, other times they speed up. I don't think that is a problem as the game plays fine as is.

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I really don't see a natural progression in speed. Sometimes the demons slow down, other times they speed up. I don't think that is a problem as the game plays fine as is.

 

The demons have two speeds of falling as well as veering at an angle. However, the longer you play the faster overall they go. It takes more than a few minutes to kick in, though.

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I've vowed to wait until the weekend to find my Starpath SuperCharger. If it works this may be a brand new cassette game!

 

Does anybody know how long it takes to load a 4k Starpath SuperCharger game? The sound file MAKEWAV produced is only 13 seconds.. hmmn. :/

 

I'd LOVE to have a new Starpath cassette! I can try it on mine this weekend to see if it boots up properly. And yes, 13 seconds is about right. Definitely faster than the Commodore Datasette I've been messing around with lately... that thing takes three and a half whole minutes just to load Jet Set Willy!

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I am meeting Dee Snider next week so theloon made this game to get a few cartridges signed. I will post pictures next weekend.

That's great. Can't wait to see who you get to sign the "Legends" cart for me. :D

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I'd LOVE to have a new Starpath cassette! I can try it on mine this weekend to see if it boots up properly. And yes, 13 seconds is about right. Definitely faster than the Commodore Datasette I've been messing around with lately... that thing takes three and a half whole minutes just to load Jet Set Willy!

 

Thanks for the response! I feel a little more confident now. Avery still makes cassette labels so that angle is covered. It's too early for a list but when there is one you're on it:)

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I really don't see a natural progression in speed. Sometimes the demons slow down, other times they speed up. I don't think that is a problem as the game plays fine as is.

 

Yep, the game has it's own unique pace which makes it less predictable. I like that too.

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