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PDRoms Server Donation – Juli 2019 (misc)

Need a good feeling? Keep the servers running and donate a few spare cents! Thanks in advance.

PayPal: shahzad (dot) sahaib (at) web (dot) (TLD Germany)
IBAN/BIC: on request

Thanks & Regards
Kojote & Team

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Help request: WordPress Theme overhaul

Are you a coder? Are you into WordPress? Why not helping out on making PDRoms better? Please get in touch with us!

PS: We are non profit and just for fun – to serve the homebrew community.

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Misplaced v2019.05.25 (Genesis Game)

Misplaced is a meditative puzzle game for the Sega Mega Drive / Sega Genesis by RetroSouls. There is an English but also an Russian build. Please consider a donation to the team.

Misplaced Teaser Sega MegaDrive\Genesis game

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About:

My name is Hara…

Every day I start in the same way, I wake up on a small strange island that hovers somewhere in the clouds. And today one of these identical days…

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Arcade Racing Legend (WIP) (Commercial) (Dreamcast Game)

JoshProd are hardly sleeping and came up with a beta test of their 3D racing game “Arcade Racing Legend” for the Sega Dreamcast. A Kickstarter should appear sometime soon.

Arcade Racing Legend Beta test Sega Dreamcast 3d Race

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Galaga 2600 v2019.06.07 (Demo) (Atari 2600 Game)

If you are looking for a rather nice and excellent Galaga remake for your Atari VCS you may thank johnnywc for picking up this thought and providing Galaga 2600. Right now the game is about 99% complete. Currently the team targets a release for sometime in late 2019, possibly at the Portland Retro Gaming Expo in October 2019. Get the demo ROM while it’s hot!

Galaga 2600 – Atari 2600 (VCS) 2019 game – Stella Gameplay – DVDfeverGames

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Ramless Pong (Atari 2600 Game)

JeremiahK is a big fan of challenges as he coded a Ramless Pong game in 1kb only, which basically does not use any onboard RAM.

Release notes:

You need to be some sort of masochist to code for the VCS, because the system is so limiting. One of its most well-known limitations is the mere 128 bytes of RAM on board. Programmers have spent ages seeing what is possible using these 1024 bits of information.

So, I thought, why not limit myself to the extreme? I challenged myself to make a complete game using absolutely NONE of the on-board RAM.

And I did it! It took a lot longer to actually finish than I had anticipated, but I have a fully-functional 2-player pong clone using none of the RAM, namely without addressing anything within $80-$FF or any of its mirrors, neither reading nor writing. This should work perfectly on a system with the RAM disabled or otherwise re-routed.

Since I am not using RAM, I am only using the CPU registers for storing information. I can only use X and the stack pointer for storage, though, while A and Y take on more temporary roles. I used T1024T and INTIM to temporarily store data while swapping X with the SP, which is neccessary twice per frame.

The SP normally holds the scores (both values from 0-10) encrypted into 7 bits, with the high bit controlling the vertical speed of the ball. The X register normally holds the vertical position of the ball (0-95), with the high bit controlling the vertical direction of the ball. X is also used to trigger “score mode”, where a sound is played for about half a second before switching to “serve mode”. These are simply special X values that cannot occur during a rally.

The Interrupt flag is used to control the horizontal direction of the ball. Since there is no way to test the value of this flag, I am using the stack to push the CPU state to NUSIZ0. GRP0 is used for the score graphics, and since it never moves, I can use a simple collision detection against the playfield to determine what the Interrupt flag is.

The ball’s horizontal position is not stored, as it is moved with HMOVE. All other game mechanics are done with either checking the bounds of the data, or checking collisions between objects. If you disable different graphics objects, strange things will happen!

In attract mode, the screen color cycles, and if you have the BW/COLOR switch set to COLOR, it keeps the color on game reset, otherwise it resets to black and white.

This also just happens to fit within 1K of space. I could probably squeeze a few more bytes out to maybe add changeable paddle sizes using the difficulty switches, but I like it as it is.

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Assembloids (WIP) (Watara Supervision Game)

Martin Wendt, Oliver Lindau and Kamil Wolnikowski are working on Assembloids for the Watara Supervision. The origin screenshot has been posted via Retro Indie Game Developers on Facebook.

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Tomb Gator v5 (WIP) (NES Game)

Tomb Gator for NES by Christopher Addolorato got an update.

Tomb Gator V5 Gameplay

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Notes:

Okay! V5 is done!

This includes:

Boss battle 1

new Alien death animation

new extra life gaining system (100 tokens=1 extra life.)

The boss music is only temporary. I’m planning on having a 8 bit baseball organ version of “Take me Out to the Ballgame” for the boss fight and “Charge!” for the boss intro screen.

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Switchblade (Kickstarter) (Sega Genesis)

Switchblade was a game originally developed by Core Design (Tomb Raider, Rick Dangerous, Wolfchild, etc), and published by Gremlin Interactive (Top Gear, Body Harvest, Zool). Piko Interactive, who owns the IP now, brought up a Kickstarter to get funding for the Sega Mega Drive / Sega Genesis release. 45 US$ and a copy is yours!

Switchblade – Genesis Gameplay

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Switchblade Game Backstory:

On the cyber world of Thraxx, Havok has returned. After 10.000 years of peace, the Fireblade, source of power for the ancient Bladeknights, has shattered.

The night burned red, and the people of the Undercity fell beneath the onslaught of Havok’s nightmare creations. Helpless, the Bladeknights died alongside their people. Only one of their order survived.

You play Hiro, the last of the Bladeknights, a hi-tech warrior armed with stealth, cunning and a powerful re-programmable cyber-arm. You must enter the Undercity and reassemble the sixteen fragments of the shattered Fireblade. Only then will you be able to take on Havok and average the death of your people.

Oh… and there will be Switchblade action figures too!

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Z-Treme Engine FPS Demo v2019.06.06 (WIP) (Saturn misc)

Jo Engine is an open source 2D and 3D game engine for the Sega Saturn written in C under MIT license. The Z-Treme Engine FPS Demo has been updated. Progress can be seen in a video uploaded to YouTube.

(Saturn homebrew) Z-Treme Engine test (06-06-2019)

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