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Sky Raider Redux preview for the Atari Lynx

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Going to release a series of videos to showcase all the work James has put into Sky Raider over a very, very long time... The wait is almost over, as this is lining up for a first-half 2021 release for Songbird. :)

 

First up is the new title loop with new music, improved graphics, and more!

 

 

 

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2 hours ago, Songbird said:

Next Sky Raider preview is up. Enjoy!

 

 

Looking forward to this release👍

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Love it.  I was just never any good at these River Raid type games.  Probably will buy though.  I am a sucker for these Lynx games.

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Just wait until you see what's coming in the next video! There's one big feature we haven't announced yet... :D

 

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2 hours ago, Songbird said:

Just wait until you see what's coming in the next video! There's one big feature we haven't announced yet... :D

 

Your killing me!😉

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Next trailer is coming soon, but I'll go ahead and spoil the big new feature (since I already did on Twitter and in my newsletter):

 

BOSS BATTLES

 

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Sky Raider is looking better and better!  River Raid is one of the 2600 titles I've put the most time into.  Does this have an EPROM save feature?  I noticed the "Continue" option way back when these videos were first posted, but I didn't think about it much until now.

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The sprites for your River Raid clone are quite good. Tell James that he did an excellent job on them.

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Yes, Sky Raider Redux has an EEPROM save feature for high score and last bridge reached. So if you die, you can pick up your game where you left off, and only your score and pride are impacted. ;) We felt like this was a good balance between the classic "insta-death" gameplay and a modern nod to being able to play for either high score or high level.

 

Glad people are enjoying the new sprites! Both James and I have worked quite a bit to tweak the original sprites to give them better definition as well as create a number of brand-new sprites, primarily the multiple bosses. :D

 

 

 

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I love your idea to find the right balance between the hardcore difficulty of yesterday and the expectation on progression we have today... might steal the idea for Ody :P (just kidding we will stay hardcore ^^)

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Doesn't seem fair? OK, then how about BOSS BATTLES with your biplane? Is that fair enough for you? :D

 

 

 

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3 minutes ago, Songbird said:

Doesn't seem fair? OK, then how about BOSS BATTLES with your biplane? Is that fair enough for you? :D

 

 

 

Such a tease...please release this game and take my money!😉

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I'm on it! This game is SUPER close to being complete... just needs a final validation of all known fixes then we can approve the ROM for production. Box is already designed, so it's only the sticker and manual after that. :)

 

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Awesome project! Sky Rider looks very good, I love the color palette here. I spend my childhood playing River Ride.

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That Sky Raider box is really well designed.  I love the wraparound artwork.  It will fit right in with the rest of the Lynx library, which in my totally biased opinion has a very high standard for box art.

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1 hour ago, PFG 9000 said:

That Sky Raider box is really well designed.  I love the wraparound artwork.  It will fit right in with the rest of the Lynx library, which in my totally biased opinion has a very high standard for box art.

This is an instabuy for me.  I love River Raid and this appears to be a nice take on it.  Thanks to all involved, including the artists.👍

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Thanks for the kind words! The Sky Raider cover art was a joint effort. @PlaysWithWolves does nearly all of my Lynx box layouts, including the nice touches like the wrap-arounds and other color blending goodness. Believe it or not, the cover art started out like this:

 

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I think it's safe to say the final cover is a big improvement! ;)

 

James and I also did a bunch of updates to the in-game artwork to spice up the game. If you compare the beta from 2019 versus the production version shown on my YouTube channel, you'll see lots of differences including enhanced river banks, 3D art style for all ground & river objects, banking biplane instead of fixed view, revamped bridges, inclusion of islands to split the river, better explosions... and boss fights. :D

 

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5 minutes ago, Songbird said:

Thanks for the kind words! The Sky Raider cover art was a joint effort. @PlaysWithWolves does nearly all of my Lynx box layouts, including the nice touches like the wrap-arounds and other color blending goodness. Believe it or not, the cover art started out like this:

 

image.png.6c9c09ac3b39d07bea807ae19818e8b8.png

 

I think it's safe to say the final cover is a big improvement! ;)

 

James and I also did a bunch of updates to the in-game artwork to spice up the game. If you compare the beta from 2019 versus the production version shown on my YouTube channel, you'll see lots of differences including enhanced river banks, 3D art style for all ground & river objects, banking biplane instead of fixed view, revamped bridges, inclusion of islands to split the river, better explosions... and boss fights. :D

 

I love to see how artwork evolves. Would be nice if some of this could be included (space permitting and artists wanting to share) within the manual(s) of future releases.

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Awesome, looking forward to Sky Raider showing up in my mailbox.

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