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Danger Scavenger - another indie launch title for VCS (in VCS store)

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From Medium feed
https://atarivcs.medium.com/danger-scavenger-coming-to-the-vcs-994fbbb12425
 

Again, a nice video on YouTube for this.


* I have no connection with the Atari company, this project, or the developers.

Edited by justclaws
Added note, that I have no connection with the Atari company, this project, or the developers.
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Heads-up - Atari announced this is released to the VCS store today!

Here's a launch trailer for the game.
 

 

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I bought this yesterday evening, as at $10 ($9.99?) it seemed like both an impulse purchase and something special.
It's also available on Steam, but only for Windows only, and at a higher price. That's a nice surprise for me on VCS.
 

First impressions are definitely positive. It's very well presented, although the size of the text in places may require
either a bigger TV, or sitting closer, or new eyes. (I'm referring to trying it on a 32" TV from about 2 metres away.)
I did notice that on some reviews, they are run at lower resolutions, where on the VCS Linux it's running at 1080p.

Here's a review, I consulted before buying. (Of course, it's not the VCS version, but I believe gameplay is the same.)
 

 

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On 1/20/2021 at 12:04 PM, justclaws said:

Here's a review, I consulted before buying. (Of course, it's not the VCS version, but I believe gameplay is the same.)
 

 

The Atari VCS version is newer than the one in the review coming from early Steam Early Access. There are 6 characters to choose from on Atari (4 + 2 unlockable), the game is more dynamic, there are a lot of new features, so it's even better than in this review, which is positive anyway 🙂

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PS. We implemented support for both controllers including classic. It was quite a challenge because the game requires two analog sticks. We made the movement by tilting the stick, and rotation - by turning the stick. Having a standard set of controllers, it's possible to play co-op mode for two players. Danger Scavenger (and VCS) also supports regular keyboard and mouse and standard PC and Xbox controllers.

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Danger Scavenger is pretty great despite being somewhat buggy and in need of some patching. Review by me: 
 

 

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That game actually looks pretty cool. If I do end up getting a VCS, this will probably be a day 1 purchase.

 

 

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Just bought this game... have to say I really like it... it's pretty awesome.

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A useful video playing the game, by Retro Rob. He likes the game too.
 

 

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Looks like Danger Scavenger got a significant update today. From AtariVCS' Twitter: 

 

 

"Danger Scavenger has fully launched on the Atari VCS! Take advantage of the exclusive in-game Atari-themed content and online leaderboard, only on the VCS!"

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Ooh! Danger Scavenger is currently 25% off at a mere $7.49 listed 3/25 - 4/1 

 

At that price it is a no-brainer. If you have a VCS, get this game. 

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It appears the social media and dev team had a miscommunication: When in-game it is both clearly listed as and functions as a local leaderboard only, so no online leaderboards. Nice enough, though. 

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There is a new update for the game, fixing bugs, and affecting difficulty.
The difficulty level seems to be a very strongly debated one, and it's often true that developers
make a game more difficult than they realise, unless they have a bit pool of new testers to use...
 

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There is another major update for the game today, and the game is on offer with 25% off.
There is a combination of bug fixes, graphical improvements, and new changes.
Also, I noticed that fan activity while playing the game seems, on gut feeling, much reduced. :-)

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I recently picked this up for the Nintendo Switch due to it being on sale for $5. Game's also great on the Switch. It runs BETTER unfortunately on the Switch than the VCS; on the Switch I have not yet encountered severe frame rate slowdown, control chaos, and game chugging, which while better is still happening on the VCS. I am assuming it may just be that the Switch maxes output at 720p and the VCS is trying to run the game with higher graphics. I wonder if the game engine can handle it. 

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I think the game could do with some further optimisations on the VCS through the AtariOS. I can get a better frame rate on this game when running my VCS in Windows 10 mode and playing via Steam. I think it might be the Linux build itself that has issues, I’m sure the Atari front end is just a build of Linux but it’s weird that when I play it on my VCS via Steam in PC mode it’s so much better, I believe I’m running it at 720p locked on Steam as with the majority of my PC games I’ve been testing on the VCS recently. I also noticed Guntech seems smoother in on the VCS when played in PC mode. 

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From discord

'Update 2.0.7.1 for Atari VCS is now live! 
It contains lots of optimizations, improvements and bug fixes - so that your runs will feel even better!

Here is a full list of changes:

tools Optimizations:
- optimized enemies: their spawning, attacks, AI decision making
- optimized area effects and explosions
- optimized destruction of the environmental objects

Improvements:
- slightly boosted weapons: Plasma Revolver, Revolver, Blaster Pistol
- slightly bigger HUN-73R's dash distance
- Flamethrower is more precise
- controller vibrations work properly

Bug fixes:
- fixed navigation in menus when using both Classic and Modern controller
- input from the knob on Modern controller would sometimes rotate the player using Classic controller
- quickly restarting the game a couple of times would cause massive frame drop
- when too many projectiles were on the screen, it would sometimes cause the controller to de-sync and auto walk in some random direction

We have also added Korean translation as well as updated Chinese language.

Have fun!'

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I might enjoy this game even more.

I've only played a few times, but I'm getting a Gauntlet vibe from this game.

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