Friday, 18 July 2014

X-Force is Coming - OCTOBER 2014

18th July 2014

Over the past few weeks, I have been working on a brand new Commodore 64 space blaster called 'X-Force'. It is a horizontal scrolling shoot 'em up (SURPRISE), which will be featuring stunning graphics and level designs by Saul Cross, and also some great music, which was composed back in the 1990's by Feekzoid from a stunning Sideways SEUCK preview of Breakthrough, whereas the full game never saw the light of day. I have of course asked Jon for his kind permission if I could use Feekzoid's Breakthrough music for this game, and permission was granted by Jon, himself.

So what's this X-Force game all about then? Well, you have been held prisoner, while exploring an alien planet called 'Darx'. The aliens recaptured your X-Force fighter, and has held you prisoner in the underground world. You manage to break out of your cell, and reach for the X-Force fighter. Just as you take off to make your escape, aliens start coming after you.

The mission is to escape from the underground worlds of planet 'Darx'. Simply by using a joystick in port 2, you must guide your X-Force fighter across enemy territory, and shoot down the aliens which to to stop you. One hit at the alien, and they're gone. To be able to escape from the each underground world, you have to face an end of level guardian. It will try and stop you before it gets away. Should the boss be destroyed after enough hits, you will gain bonus points. Should you let it escape, then you get no bonus points.

The X-Force fighter can pick up podules in which will give the space craft upgraded / downgraded lasers. Depending on whether a red or green podule has been picked up. Blue ones will give the space craft a shield and the grey ones will act as mines. Touch a grey one, if not carrying a shield, and the X-Force fighter will explode. Aliens and deadly background, animated lazers will also make the player explode - unless the player's shield has been activated.

The C64 game, 'Subterrenea' by Hewson inspired me to work on this game. 'X-Force' is being produced for the Commodore Format power pack 63, which is planned to be launched some time in October 2014 and will not be release before then (Announced on Commodore Format Archive's blog). As soon as the game is finished, it should feature loads of stunning levels, to blast your way through.The game will also be available on the TND web site a week later :) Of course, the game is going to be FREE. :)

Hope to do more work on this game some time tomorrow.

WATCH THIS SPACE :)

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Darker than Light

3rd-8th July 2014

Back in January 2014. I worked on a SEUCK game co-op with Alf Yngve called "Dark Force". The challenge was originally to get a first release out for new year's day. It failed and got released later on during that month. February/March saw a re-relase of the same game, with a few extra enhancements. Only major drawback was the SEUCK slow-down syndrome... Eurgh!

Now today on 8th July 2014 before I set off to my work place. I am very pleased to reveal the that the final version of Dark Force. It is Dark Force - Redux. The whole game data was imported into the SEUCK Redux frame work, which Martin Piper supplied on github. I also did a lot of additional hard work programming this production the past 4 days. Including re-programming the new front end. Enhancing the background level settings. Here's the overall result.

- Black/Blue loading screen with loading picture and music (Music from the TND intro on the disk version 'Emotions from Heaven')
- New front end with Hi-Score table, as before, but logo had to be carefully downgraded to 3 colour logo mode, due to lack of memory space for bitmaps.
- Slight tweak of an instrument on the front end tune
- Different background colour schemes for each level
- Intelligent enemy fire (Fires bullets in the direction of where the player was last positioned).
- Most important of them all ... No more SEUCK slow-down syndrome

What originally was meant to have been an experiment with SEUCK, turned into a fun 'game inspired by 'Light Force' by FTL.

If you would like to try out the SEUCK Redux engine, then check out:

Martin's C64 Repository on Github

For the C64 game Dark Force, please visit:

The New Dimension - Download games page