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General Category => Showcase => Topic started by: iWasAdam on January 19, 2018, 06:51:30 AM

Title: SyntaxBomb - Retro Game Entry
Post by: iWasAdam on January 19, 2018, 06:51:30 AM
That's it. I'm done!
I present to you:
https://adamstrange.itch.io/syntaxbomb (https://adamstrange.itch.io/syntaxbomb)
(https://img.itch.zone/aW1hZ2UvMjE0ODI2LzEwMTI5NTEucG5n/original/kW%2FgB1.png)

Full on Retro action in 320x200 16 colors with chip-synth emulation for Windows and Mac OS.

(https://img.itch.zone/aW1hZ2UvMjE0ODI2LzEwMTI5MzkuZ2lm/original/KbbhaR.gif)

Guide little Syntax round each level but DO NOT hit that BOMB!

Just resize the window to whatever size (fullscreen too) you require...
Title: Re: SyntaxBomb - Retro Game Entry
Post by: Conjured Entertainment on January 19, 2018, 02:51:13 PM
I am looking forward to playing this, but I got an encryption error when trying to unZIP it.

So, needless to say, it would not work.
Title: Re: SyntaxBomb - Retro Game Entry
Post by: iWasAdam on January 19, 2018, 03:13:17 PM
Thanks for that one.
Just downloaded the windows version, unzipped, transferred and played first time.

I would possibly suggest re-downloading??
Title: Re: SyntaxBomb - Retro Game Entry
Post by: round157 on January 19, 2018, 05:55:48 PM
Hello,

My comments on the game:

"The procedure entry point CancelIOEx could not be located in the dynamic link library KERNEL32.dll" is shown in a message box. Therefore, this game cannot start.
 :(
Title: Re: SyntaxBomb - Retro Game Entry
Post by: sphinx on January 19, 2018, 10:59:45 PM
Nice game.

Works on both Windows and OSX High Sierra.
Title: Re: SyntaxBomb - Retro Game Entry
Post by: Conjured Entertainment on January 19, 2018, 11:26:19 PM
I would possibly suggest re-downloading??
I did try again and got the same thing.

I even used a different extractor the second time. (Windows, then 7zip)

It is strange, because the Van Turismo from that site downloaded fine, but yours has 2 folders and will not extract.

It gives an error saying that the folder cannot be encrypted, and if I skip or say Yes to not encrypt then it does not work.

It may be my video download helper that is taking over the download and screwing it up, because it auto activates on a page that has videos. Your download page has them, and his does not. That is the only thing I can see that is different about the download pages. I will try to work around that and see what happens.
Title: Re: SyntaxBomb - Retro Game Entry
Post by: iWasAdam on January 20, 2018, 08:05:44 AM
@round157 - what version of windows are you using?

@Conjured Entertainment - this is a weird one. What version of Windows are you using?

Title: Re: SyntaxBomb - Retro Game Entry
Post by: round157 on January 20, 2018, 03:14:49 PM
@round157 - what version of windows are you using?



Hi,
Windows XP (32-bit) was installed on my computer.
Title: Re: SyntaxBomb - Retro Game Entry
Post by: TomToad on January 20, 2018, 03:23:06 PM
Game works fine for me.  Really nice entry.  Got to the fourth level.  Nice cylinder effect.
Title: Re: SyntaxBomb - Retro Game Entry
Post by: NRJ on January 20, 2018, 03:29:05 PM
Not working on my pc.
Windows 7, 32-bit.
Title: Re: SyntaxBomb - Retro Game Entry
Post by: STEVIE G on January 20, 2018, 03:31:32 PM
Win 7, 64bit - works fine here.
Title: Re: SyntaxBomb - Retro Game Entry
Post by: therevills on January 20, 2018, 10:35:00 PM
I pretty sure Adam used Monkey2 which creates exe that are not compatible with Windows XP... XP is dead and very insecure you guys really should upgrade for your own safety!

After the deadline, I'm going to download all the games for the compo and give them a good going over!
Title: Re: SyntaxBomb - Retro Game Entry
Post by: Conjured Entertainment on January 21, 2018, 12:02:59 AM
@round157 - what version of windows are you using?

@Conjured Entertainment - this is a weird one. What version of Windows are you using?
Windows 7
Title: Re: SyntaxBomb - Retro Game Entry
Post by: therevills on January 21, 2018, 04:13:02 AM
Works well on my Windows 10 machine.

Nice clean classic retro game!  :)

Nit picking:
* Is the screen meant to shake? If so I dont feel it added anything to the game and looks like a bug
* The parallax scrolling looks wrong
* Not keen on the rotation levels

Title: Re: SyntaxBomb - Retro Game Entry
Post by: round157 on January 21, 2018, 05:57:40 AM
I pretty sure Adam used Monkey2 which creates exe that are not compatible with Windows XP... XP is dead and very insecure you guys really should upgrade for your own safety!


Ok, I will try to use other computer to try the game.
 ???
Title: Re: SyntaxBomb - Retro Game Entry
Post by: iWasAdam on January 21, 2018, 06:17:09 AM
Yep monkey2 and only tested on win10 machines
Title: Re: SyntaxBomb - Retro Game Entry
Post by: iWasAdam on January 22, 2018, 06:18:04 AM
@ Conjured Entertainment Have you had any luck yet?
have you tried a different machine?


I've just downloaded the windows version to the desktop
7-zip -> right click -> extract files (to the desktop)
There are two folders - hmmm. I'll change that
There should now be one folder - inside there you will find syntaxv1.exe

Title: Re: SyntaxBomb - Retro Game Entry
Post by: RemiD on January 22, 2018, 08:43:21 PM
I have tested your game.

It works well on my computer/os (windows 7 64bits).

Graphics : nice, consistant style
Sounds : i find the weird variation in sound very annoying, thanks for the option to configure the volume, but the default 100% volume hurt my eardrums at the start.
Controls : easy enough to understand how to play, thanks for the option to configure the action keys
Gameplay : not a kind of game that i like, but this seems functional, and i have noticed how you have added several gameplay elements to reach an area (for example bubbles or ladders, this is a good idea).
Title: Re: SyntaxBomb - Retro Game Entry
Post by: chalky on January 26, 2018, 09:54:06 PM
Works fine on my Win7 64-bit system. Very nicely done.
Title: Re: SyntaxBomb - Retro Game Entry
Post by: iWasAdam on January 27, 2018, 07:11:01 AM
great to know it all worked.
@RemiD Thanks for the detailed description :)
Title: Re: SyntaxBomb - Retro Game Entry
Post by: 3DzForMe on January 27, 2018, 09:13:18 AM
Looking forward to trying this when I get home later... ;)
Title: Re: SyntaxBomb - Retro Game Entry
Post by: Derron on January 27, 2018, 11:39:24 AM
- "ESC" in highscore-screen should return you to main screen (similar to other screens)
- if you collide with a self-placed bomb, you loose a life - but an enemy can safely hit the bomb / gets only killed if it explodes
- bombs sometimes "slide" after I positioned them
- you should consider allowing "sliding" from the ladder to the ground even when there are 1-2 pixels of height missing (looks odd if you can move on the ladder but cannot leave it)
- i like these "following ladders" enemies
- sound is a bit too "chippy" when moving up/down ladders


When rotating there are odd "white lines" appearing here and there. Am not sure if some of the smaller lines are smaller than "they should".
(http://i.imgur.com/lAj1gHQ.png)

Died in level 7 (loosing _all_ lives - haven't lost one before, fetched all letters in the bonus round etc) just because I tried to bomb the enemy behind the cage (incl. ghost) - with last live I saw I should have just moved to the right - coming in on the left screen again - did that and run into the enemy there. OK, reached Game Over :-).

The jumping letters in the highscore screen flickered a bit (visible in the "horizontal"-lines of eg the "1")

When trying to enter my initials I had to hit up/down each time - maybe add an "keep hold and it auto-ups/downs" (KeyHit vs KeyDown). The "Enter sign" was misleading, thought I was allowed to hit enter while I had to choose it and confirm with "space".

In every level I tried to collect as many fruits as possible - even if I killed the last one I already followed his corpse to fetch some collectibles until screen "closes". You hooked me there ;-)


Question: why does the flame thrower sometimes throw fast flames, and sometimes slow one - random? I also was not sure whether some other flames might hurt you (dunno when they were created and when not - think I collected something or bombed someone).


bye
Ron
Title: Re: SyntaxBomb - Retro Game Entry
Post by: iWasAdam on January 27, 2018, 02:11:32 PM
yep, the flames are random so there is never quite the same speed used.

There are actually some sound issue differences with MacOs and Windows sound implementation. This is the monkey code itself and Mark has not really sorted it. but I'm looking into it. I might try and write a completely new sound system...
Title: Re: SyntaxBomb - Retro Game Entry
Post by: therevills on February 28, 2018, 08:51:03 AM
Congrats Adam for winning the FFSJam!  :)

https://itch.io/jam/finally-finish-something-2018/results
Title: Re: SyntaxBomb - Retro Game Entry
Post by: Derron on February 28, 2018, 08:56:14 AM
Not as much ratings as I have assumed... and get-to-da-choppa on #12.
We might have seen more votes here on the forums :p


bye
Ron
Title: Re: SyntaxBomb - Retro Game Entry
Post by: iWasAdam on February 28, 2018, 10:58:26 AM
YAY!!!!!!
Didn't know that  :o :o ;D
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