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Defend your Castle, will be released on Christmas Eve.

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Thanks...even though it is a 2 player game, I just tried it on my Flashback portable and it seems to work fine with 1 player!

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It's very nice to have another simultaneous 2 player game. There are not enough of those, thanks! I have not decided which speed I like best yet. I do know which angle I prefer though.

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For a first timer, you really have the Atari house style down pat. This looks exactly like something they would have released in the late 70s/early 80s.

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You did a great job with this! The only other thing I would note, is to convert the color palette for NTSC. A good conversion for your use of $3x ($30-3C) for the ground would be $Dx ($D0-DC) for NTSC. For the castle colors, your use of $40, $42, and $46 should be $20, $22, and $24. That is, if you want to most closely match your PAL palette. :)

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I had the pleasure of previewing this at the Schiedam retrofair and it was great fun !!!

Sijmen explained me all the stuff he had to program to just create that great looking castle on the intro screen. Although I understand a bit about programming and also about the 2600's "features' I didn't understand everything completely but I always love to listen to Sijmen as he explains it so well :)

Awesome job....received my Harmony cart yesterday so I can now try it at home playing it agains my son :)

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Any chance of posting the bin here? For some reason the link in the first post won't load for me.

 

Here you are :-)

 

ZIP-file includes:
4k ROM-files
gif, box-art
jpg, face-label
jpg, top-label
pdf, manual
Edited by mr-atari
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You did a great job with this! The only other thing I would note, is to convert the color palette for NTSC. A good conversion for your use of $3x ($30-3C) for the ground would be $Dx ($D0-DC) for NTSC. For the castle colors, your use of $40, $42, and $46 should be $20, $22, and $24. That is, if you want to most closely match your PAL palette. :)

Yes I think that would be very nice....I just ran it on my NTSC 2600 (which I have calibrated using the Test pattern cartridge) and the colors are kinda muddy looking now which is a shame since they are nice and vivid on PAL.

 

I'll upload some pics I made...

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I did a color hack a few days ago, but didn't upload it because it's not my game and at that point, the ROM hadn't even been posted here at AA. However, here are some pics of what the game looks like with the color conversions I suggested. :)

 

NTSC Colors:

$Dx ($D0-DC) for ground

$20, $22, and $24 for castle

The sky colors don't need converted between PAL & NTSC

 

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Here are NTSC, PAL, and SECAM color charts on Random Terrain's website:

http://www.randomterrain.com/atari-2600-memories-batari-basic-commands.html#colorchart

 

 

Here is what the NTSC version currently looks like with the PAL colors:

 

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I can do a modified version for NTSC, sure.

 

For my first game, I did not bother to setup the colors in RAM and use them as color-values.

I do setup a PAL-flag depending on the Color/BW-switch ;-)

Neither did I match-up 50/60fps gameplay/timers.

 

But I did look at NTSC/PAL variants to have some colors that or not odd.

So green grass for PAL and brown soil for NTSC.

 

So what I can do is using the modified colors in ROM, giving NTSC the PAL-colors, ending up with a changed PAL-version.

 

Just drop me a reply here and I get to it.

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I can do a modified version for NTSC, sure.

 

For my first game, I did not bother to setup the colors in RAM and use them as color-values.

I do setup a PAL-flag depending on the Color/BW-switch ;-)

Neither did I match-up 50/60fps gameplay/timers.

 

But I did look at NTSC/PAL variants to have some colors that or not odd.

So green grass for PAL and brown soil for NTSC.

 

So what I can do is using the modified colors in ROM, giving NTSC the PAL-colors, ending up with a changed PAL-version.

 

Just drop me a reply here and I get to it.

 

Yes please Sijmen ! :)

 

 

I prefer the fresh vibrant PAL colors IMHO....

 

Here's the pic how it looks in NTSC on my B&O MX4000 TV..... this pretty much matches what KevinMos3 posted.

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