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Legend of Silverpeak v2018.01.01 (WIP) (A7800 Game)

Atarius Maximus started into 2018 uncovering his Atari 7800 project Legend of Silverpeak. If you love RPG games, this one is clearly for you.

Release notes:

I’ve been working on an RPG title since October, and I thought I’d start off the new year by sharing my progress. It’s a fairly expansive title, with a large overworld with towns and dungeons to explore and plenty of turn-based level grinding fun. While the game’s basic objectives are in place and the game is playable (and winnable) there is still much work to be done. I’m aware of a few minor issues here and there that still need to be worked out. The most notable area that isn’t completed is the planned boss battles in each dungeon, some objects in the game don’t do anything yet, how you level up and progress in the game will likely be changed/tweaked, and the graphics are my first attempt and may be changed. The battles at the beginning of the game are very easy, and later on they are probably too difficult. Hundreds of hours of work have already gone into this already, and many design and gameplay choices were made based on compromises related to available hardware resources (especially the attack sequence). I thought it would be a good time to take a short break from it, share my progress, and hopefully hear some feedback.

Saving and Loading your game to the Atarivox is implemented but untested on real hardware. Actually I haven’t tried it at all on real hardware yet, just in Mame. The game is 512K, and is currently actually using around 280K of that space. In emulation you’ll have to use Mame, Mess, or A7800, and while the AtariVox saves aren’t supported in those emulators you can use Mame’s save states, which I tested and that seems to work fine. At any time when you’re not in the middle of a battle you can press the right fire button to bring up a detailed status screen. There you can save your game, use an item in your inventory, see your location on the overworld map, and review your statistics. In battle, use the left button to attack, and the right button to switch back to the menu at the top to choose alternate options or use items.

Here’s the story…

You are Azémar Rehn, a simple woodsman from Mountain Home Grove, a beautiful patch of forest just east of the Silver Mountains. You set out from your homeland to reunite with your Uncle after your father’s death. Unfortunately, upon your arrival, your Uncle is no where to be found. A short note is left in the Cabin, but it’s not as helpful as you’d like it to be.

You’d heard of the war, and how all the most virtuous crystals that were revered by the people of Midlothia were captured and scattered into the deepest dungeons. They are fiercely guarded by powerful men who are determined to crush the will and spirit of the people. Without their beloved symbols of virtue, the entire realm had been taken over by mercenaries and theives, bent on taking whatever they can for their own selfish gain. No power or virtue of man could ever have deserved that, what has been fated should not have taken place. Feelings of hopelessness and misery abound, and no one has risen to the challenge of ridding the land of these thieves.

No one with good intent, that is. One powerful warrior, who calls himself Nonnag, who’s mere prescences strikes fear in the hearts of men, has spread his evil throughout the realm. He created the the Crystal of Wrath, which serves as a beacon for those who serve his evil purposes. It must be captured and destroyed in order to bring peace, light, and life back to Midlothia. The common people are waiting for a hero to emerge. Once who can vanquish the evil, recapture the crystals, and restore the rod of life. Only this man is worthy of being crowned the next King of Midlothia. Great crisis produce great men and great deeds of courage.

The Midlothian army has long disbanded. With their tragic losses and lack of leadership, hope was lost. Soldiers are citizens of death’s grey land, drawing no dividend from time’s tomorrows. It is now up to Azémar to restore order, to agree to the ultimate sacrifice for the sake of his homeland. As soon as sacrifice becomes a duty and necessity to mankind, there is no limit to the horizon which opens before him. It’s time to fulfill your destiny.

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Unfinished 3D Maze Demo v2018.02.06 (A7800 Game)

Unfinished 3D Maze Demo is an unfinished Maze game by SmittyB. Although the game is still declared as unfinished, it has grown better over the past months.

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Just One Boss v2018.02.12 (PICO-8 Game)

Just One Boss is a PICO-8 game by bridgs. Why playing a whole game if you can jump directly to the big boss? Use the arrow keys to control your lil’ bloop… that’s it! Defeat the boss by collecting glowing tiles without losing all your hearts.

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L’Abbaye des Morts v2.0.1 (3DS Game Port)

Locomalito‘s game L’Abbaye des Morts has been ported to the Nintendo 3DS by JeffRuLz! It’s written in C using the libctru and citro3d libraries. The gameplay is directly inspired by Manic Miner and Jet Set Willy. This port seems to run fullspeed!

Story:

In the 13th century, the Cathars, who preach about good Christian beliefs, were being expelled by the Catholic Church out of the Languedoc region in France. One of them, called Jean Raymond, found an old church in which to hide, not knowing that beneath its ruins lay buried an ancient evil.

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A Little Intro (PICO-8 Intro)

A Little Intro by TMR released at Chimpbembly 2018.

TMR – A Little Intro (PICO-8)

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Sword of Surtr v2018.01.15 (A2600 Game)

Sword of Iffrit is still in development but author ultima renamed his game into Sword of Surtr. Loki the God of Mischief has stolen the sword of Surtr and split it into 3 pieces. You play as the viking Haldor on your quest to find the sword fragments and return them to your longhouse. There has been quite some progress the past months, so don’t miss your update.

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Pale Moon v27.7.1.32 (Pandora Application Port)

Pale Moon is an Open Source, Firefox-based web browser available for Microsoft Windows, Android and Linux (with other operating systems in development), focusing on efficiency and ease of use. Make sure to get the most out of your browser!

Pale Moon offers you a browsing experience in a browser completely built from its own source with carefully selected features and optimizations to maximize the browser’s speed*, stability and user experience, while maintaining compatibility with thousands of Firefox extensions many have come to love and rely on.

Changes:

* Update to 27.7.2 sources

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Hurrican v1.2.0.0 (Pandora Game Port)

Hurrican is a freeware jump and shoot game that is based on the Turrican game series. Ported to Pandora by Pickle. The package has been update during Feb 04, 2018.

Hurrican (Turrican fan game) – Level 2

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Mr. Boom v4.2.0.03 (Pandora Game Port)

Mr. Boom is a Bomberman clone for the RetroArch platform and was converted from DOS assembly using asm2c. The source code can be found here. Responsible for the Pandora port is ptitSeb.

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Hydra Castle Labyrinth v1.0.3.03 (Pandora Game Port)

Hydra Castle Labyrinth, originally Meikyuujou Hydra, is a freeware Indie platformer developed by E. Hashimoto, a.k.a. Buster. Now the game has been ported to Pandora by ptitSeb.

The game hearkens back to early “Metroidvania” games like Knightmare II: The Maze of Galious and Legacy of the Wizard: the player explores an immense maze-like dungeon, collecting tools and keys that allow them to proceed deeper. Certain areas are cordoned off from the main dungeon area, and each presents a more linear zone with a boss at the end. The player can find new equipment to make themselves stronger as well.

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