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Astrosmash for our TI99: Super Astrosmash! - SSS Preorder

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Our beloved TI99 will be 40 years old within few months, so we need to prepare the celebration. Since the game Astrosmash for the Intellivision will also be celebrating its anniversary and we do not have if for the TI, I decided to create this Super Astrosmash version! 🙂 

 

 

Super Astrosmash has the same game mechanics, score system, number of levels, type of enemies of the original version, however I've introduced some changes to better adapt to the improved TI99 resolution, added some speech, etc. The game is not a direct porting, but rather my own interpretation of a possible TI99 conversion.

 

The initial release will be only in SSS module format. In the era of digital downloads, let's return back to the roots! ;-)

 

With the precious help of Ciro (aka ti99iuc from the TI99 Italian User Club) we are now working to prepare a small batch of SSS, complete with labels and manual. The module will have two versions of the game: the Super Astrosmash and the Legacy version.
It runs on the console + 32K memory expansion, supports joystick and keyboard. The Speech is optional.

 

 

If you are interested in the SSS, please contact the TI99 Italian User Club using the website (http://www.ti99iuc.it/web/index.php?pagina=contacts) by the end of September, so it will be possible to determine the final cost and prepare the shipping for Christmas.

 

 

In attachment a video of the gameplay from the beginning of the game up to level 2 and a preview of the manual/cover design.

 

We will post additional material/info in the next days, so stay tuned.

 

 

SuperAstrosmash_Cover_Preview.png

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1 hour ago, eebuckeye said:

Looks terrific!  Can everything be a little faster?

The speed starts to increase from 3rd level. The feedbacks received from the testers convinced me to reduce the speed of enemies at the beginning. The initial versions were really too tough at the beginning and then frustrating to play. The game should spur to improve the peak score, so to arrive at 6th level.

 

The Intellivision has a lower resolution and uses big sprites, so everything is faster from the beginning, otherwise the gameplay could be too boring while arriving at 6th level to beat your previous peak score.

 

The module also includes a "Legacy" variant of the game with 2x sprites and a different speed.

 

I'll try to add some videos of the last levels in the next days. 

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Very cool, nice adaptation/interpretation!  I still have my Intellivision and play Astrosmash periodically.  One suggestion might be to adjust the sound channels so that the spinner sound is not interrupted while it is making its approach to the ground.  Probably tougher with multiple spinners in later levels if you implemented that.  Anyway, thanks for sharing the video and great work.

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8 hours ago, dhe said:

In time for Christmas? 😃

Exactly, that was the idea! Probably most of us have received the TI99 for Christmas, so why not trying to recreate part of such magic feel with a new SSS game 40 years later? And the choice of an iconic game for another system, never released for the TI, was not casual. ;-)

 

The package will have, in addition to the SSS, the manual ("classic" style) and two labels. We are investigating also for a box, however I suspect that the final price will be to high. In any case, let's see.

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On 9/6/2020 at 8:36 AM, tmop69 said:

Exactly, that was the idea! Probably most of us have received the TI99 for Christmas, so why not trying to recreate part of such magic feel with a new SSS game 40 years later? And the choice of an iconic game for another system, never released for the TI, was not casual. ;-)

 

The package will have, in addition to the SSS, the manual ("classic" style) and two labels. We are investigating also for a box, however I suspect that the final price will be to high. In any case, let's see.

 

Yeah, a box would be mighty cool!

 

Guess that would make it the first new cartridge in a complete package.

Unfortunately it makes things more expensive and probably not easy to design and source.

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8 hours ago, retroclouds said:

 

Yeah, a box would be mighty cool!

 

Guess that would make it the first new cartridge in a complete package.

Unfortunately it makes things more expensive and probably not easy to design and source.

Actually, the second new boxed cartridge, as Dragon's Lair also had a box (and the Mr. Chin disk did too).

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This is where I got the Dragon's Lair boxes. They have a fun 3D designer. I didn't want to use the thin cereal-box cardboard so many releases get, so I went full corrugated. The downside is that the print is /not/ as sharp, but if you keep your text big enough it looks decent and is nice and solid. :)

 

https://packola.com/

 

(Edit: dug out my records, and they worked out to under $4 each.)

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A couple of additional videos of gameplay. The first one is the beginning of the fourth level of Super Astrosmash. Enemy now are faster.
The second video is the beginning of the Astrosmash Legacy version that will be included also in the SSS.

 

I apologize for the recording of videos on PC, since aren't so fluid (unfortunately, I don't have any dedicated recording card) at FullHD.


If interested, these are the last days to register for a copy using the link in the main post. We will then be able to determine the final price of the batch and communicate it (of course, no obligation to confirm the preorder if the price is higher than expected).

 

The requests for the SSS received till now are really discouraging, so if there is not enough interest, I'm sorry, but we will never have any SSS version of the game. So, it's really the last chance.

 

 

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