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XOR game update and teaser ROM

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Hey all,

 

It's been nearly a year, so an update on XOR progress is rather overdue.  Perhaps the best way of explaining where things are is to provide a ROM to play...

 

xorTeaser.zip

 

...and a short video to watch...

 

 

I hope that the full game will have 30 levels, filled with fiendish puzzles.  Trust me, the first two in this teaser are just a gentle warm up.  

 

Let me know what you think and any bugs that you find.

 

 

Cheers

 

decle

 

 

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Very cool, I hope you complete all 30 levels, this is already a very polished game and I like that it requires some thought to be successful too. Thanks so much for this.

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Awesome! Can't wait to talk about this on the next Intellivisionaries episode. 😎 Has my begging and pleading finally paid off? 😂

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On 5/27/2020 at 4:56 AM, decle said:

Let me know what you think and any bugs that you find.

Could you post a .rom/.int version of the binary?

 

I tried bin2rom, but it failed.

 

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Thanks for the kind feedback.  I'm glad you guys like the game.

 

If you haven't done so already, I'd encourage you to give the demo/teaser a go using JzIntv or the LTO Flash (you can download it from the top of this thread).  The zip file includes a ROM with two playable levels, along with instructions and overlays.

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For those that like a challenge, let me throw down the gauntlet.  Is it possible to score more than 1389 on level 1?

 

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I thought I had also posted a pretty good score of 1354 on level 2, that was until my son came along and trounced it.  He then claimed that it "was not a perfect run" and he "could do better".  Nothing like being pounded by a 14-year-old to put you in your place. :)

 

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On 5/28/2020 at 5:37 PM, fdr4prez said:

It reminds me ever so slightly of KYE

Now that is a blast from the past!  I remember playing Kye on Windows 3.1.  I agree, XOR does have a similar feel to Kye and obviously it also has elements of Boulder Dash and its clones like Repton.  Although, the strictly turn based nature of XOR and lack of random elements in the game mean it feels even more of a puzzler than an action game (I suspect it also makes it much easier to program ;)).

 

On 5/29/2020 at 1:58 AM, bhall408 said:

Could you post a .rom/.int version of the binary?

Unfortunately, because the game uses Mattel-style paged memory, XOR cannot be packaged as a .rom as the file format does not support this feature.  The .int format is identical to the .bin file provided, just with an alternative extension.  As noted in the instructions, XOR makes use of JoeZ's JLP extensions (at the moment just for additional RAM, but shortly also for flash storage of hi-scores) so as far as I'm aware it will only work on JzIntv and the LTO Flash.

 

Once again, thanks for your interest and comments.  Keep them coming, perhaps with some high scores.

 

 

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Finally had a chance to put some serious time into playing this game, I really like it, you have to think about your moves and not just charge around blindly,

one wrong move will render the level impossible to finish. I got to 3 masks left in level 2 but they were impossible to get to due to my mistakes.

 

One request I have, and this goes for any multi-level in-depth game like this, would be when you complete a level you get a code so that next time you play you can enter the code to pick up at the level you last got to.

 

I just don't have the amount of playing time I did as a kid, (I suspect many of us are in similar situations, being responsible adults) and since most Intellivision games don't have game saves, this would encourage trying to complete a game rather than being frustrated having to start all over at the beginning and not being able to/wanting to commit the time to going all through it again. This often results in just not bothering to play the game.

 

I know this feature is being incorporated into some upcoming games, I think it would be good to have in all games that take hours to complete.

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