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New game, I Ran (endless runner)

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Hi Guys, I want to share a new game I am working in.

It' s a endless runner/endurace type of game called "I RAN (so far away)"

The mechanics are pretty simple: just run and avoid different obstacles jumping or sliding.

 

In the same rom I also included another simple game I wrote some time ago:

DoReMi

A reaction game where you must intercept the music notes before they reach the center of the screen.

 

Hi again, there is a new beta.

Now the deafult mode is easier and the original mode now is the optional hard mode.

You can return to the main menu with select.

Some cosmetic changes (background color change in a kinda day/night cycle, change in the fonts adding some icons)

A couple of new obstacles.

 

Only tested in emulators, so if somebody can test it in actual hardware could be great

 

IranDoremi0.1b.bin

 

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Here is the first beta. I don' t have a way to test it on actual hardware, but I have tested it Stella and Z26. Also zeropagehomebrew featured it in the show.

 

I am open to criticism and suggestions.

 

IranDoremi20190820.bin

 

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7 hours ago, Mallard Games said:

Game is very difficult, that or I just stink. How do you get past the big red wall with no hole, I keep dying there?

Wow, yeah. This is like, QWOP-level difficult for me. My high score is... 3. 😞

 

I do like the wide variety of obstacles. Maybe a "beginner" game variation where they are introduced one-at-a-time, gradually ramping up in difficulty? So you could get used to handling one before having to learn the next?

 

Cool parallax cityscape!

 

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10 hours ago, Mallard Games said:

Game is very difficult, that or I just stink. How do you get past the big red wall with no hole, I keep dying there?

Jump ont the trigger and the wall will open.

 

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We featured the Exclusive World Premiere of I RAN on yesterday's ZeroPage Homebrew stream on Twitch!

 

Twitch Stream: https://www.twitch.tv/zeropagehomebrew/

Games:
- I Ran (2019 WIP Exclusive World Premiere) by Vladimir Zuñiga aka John Von Neumann aka Vhzc
- Cannonhead Clash (2019 WIP Update) by bluswimmer
- Crackpots (1983 Patch Challenge) by Dan Kitchen

 

Archive Video of Stream:

(SET VIDEO TO 1080P60 FOR FULL QUALITY)

 

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On 8/24/2019 at 9:09 PM, Arenafoot said:

way too hard too early in the game - for both games

 

Agree.  Not sure what would be the best way to adjust the difficulty, but right now it's immediately too hard.  It needs to let the player get better while increasing the challenge, but with it so hard at the start with an immediate game over, I'm not having enough fun and not having a chance to improve before it's over.  It's got a lot of great ideas and looks like it'll be a fun game.  The fun just isn't there for me yet due to difficulty.

 

Maybe one option could be instead of 1 hit death, give the player a health bar.  That way we get a chance to miss some obstacles and learn from mistakes before the game is over.

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Thanks for your feedback.

I really didn' t thought it was too hard, my main betatester is my 8yo son, but I suppose he is used to my games :).

The health bar is out of question, that is simply not the game I want to make. But  I will think some other ways to lower the difficulty.

 

 

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A Roach In Space was challenging, but it wasn't too frustrating because of lives and one foe at a time getting introduced. Even if you don't want lives, having the types of obstacles getting introduced a couple at a time would make it easier to get the hang of the game, I think. 

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34 minutes ago, Karl G said:

A Roach In Space was challenging, but it wasn't too frustrating because of lives and one foe at a time getting introduced. Even if you don't want lives, having the types of obstacles getting introduced a couple at a time would make it easier to get the hang of the game, I think. 

You could start off with single obstacles instead of doubles or triples and then work your way up.  Also, you could leave the more difficult obstacles until a little later in the game, like the ones that come at you with speed such as the bullets, jumping frogs/blobs(?) and the spinning square.

 

 

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You should probably just use one version numbering system because I can't tell which is the latest.  Which one did you update?  

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3 minutes ago, wongojack said:

You should probably just use one version numbering system because I can't tell which is the latest.  Which one did you update?  

My favourite version numbering system is gamenameyyyymmdd.bin because then you not only know which one is the newest version but exactly when it was put out.

 

If there is more than one update in a day then a letter (a, b, c) can be added to the end of the name like gamenameyyyymmddx.bin

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Just now, wongojack said:

You should probably just use one version numbering system because I can't tell which is the latest.  Which one did you update?  

 

In this particular case is not too hard to tell which is the latest (I mean, c'mon!), but you are certainly right: a consistent numbering system is clearly better. In this particular case the inconsistency was because I am programming in two different PCs in which I wrote two different scripts that compile and automatically define a version name for the file. I will standarize the script for future versions.

 

Thanks for your feedback!

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Just now, wongojack said:

And yet, I still don't know which is the latest.  The one that appears first and has no date?

Yes

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I like the changing sky.  That's a nice touch.  I also like the difficulty better.  I can survive at least long enough to want to try again.  :-)

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I like it, very hard but I start giggling everytime I fail with all the surprise traps set up for the runner. :lol: I like that you have to try and learn all the different obstacle types. The parallax scrolling background looks nice! I have to say I love A Flock of Seagulls too. I added a simple version of their song "I ran" to one of my Lynx minigames.

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Just tried your game, I like many of the elements you put into, especially the random things coming at you!

 

I do have a few suggestions that I think would help me enjoy it more or on a different level:

 

1) The game obstacles come at you rather fast, which is ok but since the real estate is small it feels like not enough time for my mind to process the obstacle, so the game feels to me too hard unless I was a robot or have some razor reacting mind.

 

  I would suggest trying slowing down if possible or even implementing the use of the Paddle controller where the player can control speed with the knob an jump with the button, this would however eliminate the duck and jump cancel mechanic you have but might be a fun extra mode?  I think if you added speed to mix to make up for no sliding or jump canceling maybe the dial effects jump height or distance or even the number of items to deal with like things falling on you (raindrops, random stuff falling) or something? Slower is not necessarily safer haha..

 

I would also suggest keeping the speed but maybe zooming out so the player has a small preview of the next item while processing the current one, that way the player may feel that it is now only skill that is killing them.

 

2) The game is quite precise on collision, since the game comes at you at a manic speed, perhaps making the hit boxes for items or the player smaller to allow for human error when touching items

 

 

I think you have the makings of a really interesting game, I am looking forward to seeing more of it as you develop it.

 

Good luck with it!

 

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