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Re: Yet another shooter
« Reply #120 on: January 21, 2009, 04:03:39 pm »
I guess you're right about the difference not being shown in the stage portion. In fact, there was literally no difference, save for just the boss. This post has been edited to reflect that, and the previous post's attachment removed to promote this version. Getting to the boss in "Easy" will be easier.

Also, note that in this version (and the one that was promptly removed), spellcard bonuses are implicitly supported (don't get hit or use bombs and you'll receive it). In addition to that, you get a "continue" screen but not yet an official game over screen. There *is* an ending if I haven't already mentioned it, but it is the same no matter which mode you choose. It just thanks you for playing the demo. Couldn't put in any other information since I ran out of space AFTER I optimized the crap out of the space-eating runs. There's actually one more run I can go ahead and optimize but it'll save me a whopping 20 (or so) bytes if I undertake that task. Might just do it since I want the thing to be as lean as possible whenever I actually get to the 2 page app conversion.

I also believe that for the real story, I'll be pucrunch-ing the data so it'll fit nicer. If I can, I might just move from Spiffy to pucrunch totally. "If I can" being if I can work around with a load of data manipulations to prepare the result for insertion, and if I get significantly better results using pucrunch.

EDIT2: Starting to reminisce now. When I look at the screenshots of the previous iterations of the game, the engine seemed to run significantly faster than this version. Understandably, since the game now has most everything it needs, but it still bugs me.
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Re: Yet another shooter
« Reply #121 on: January 21, 2009, 04:41:55 pm »
oooh nicer now, I was starting to be frustrated to lose all my lives before the test mode convo appeared then only have one left for the rest of the game. For some reasons this level was so much harder than the two next ones x.x. I at least managed to get to lv 3 (I think) this time :P

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Re: Yet another shooter
« Reply #122 on: January 21, 2009, 04:55:45 pm »
Keeps in mind that you *do* have a continue should you lose all your lives. Helps make sure you get to the end. Ought to have some sort of penalty for using such, like a loss of score and the inability to (in future iterations) to record a replay.

In the future, you'll also be able to select the number of lives you can start the game out with, but a scoring penalty if you choose more than you should.
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Re: Yet another shooter
« Reply #123 on: January 21, 2009, 04:58:01 pm »
yeah I know, it tells me if i want to continue and gives me a few more lives

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Re: Yet another shooter
« Reply #124 on: January 21, 2009, 08:21:04 pm »
This is moving real fast, and I would love this even if it was 2-10 pages...Imagine Phoenix with a storyline, or fire track...I love the direction this is heading (like R-Type for PS2).

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Re: Yet another shooter
« Reply #125 on: January 21, 2009, 09:52:33 pm »
So far looks really good. I played it on my TI-83+ and my TI-83+ SE and I came across no problems. I beat the demo on easy, and then tried and beat it on lunatic on a whim. Lunatic doesnt seem that maniacal really...

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Re: Yet another shooter
« Reply #126 on: January 22, 2009, 12:40:56 am »
So far looks really good. I played it on my TI-83+ and my TI-83+ SE and I came across no problems. I beat the demo on easy, and then tried and beat it on lunatic on a whim. Lunatic doesnt seem that maniacal really...
Try without using any bombs :P  That way you can't stay in the same place and just hold 2nd :)
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Re: Yet another shooter
« Reply #127 on: January 22, 2009, 01:04:42 am »
ooh yeah bombs, I should have abused them more maybe x.x (used around 1 or 2 at max half of the time, and other times none), but i still found lv 1 to be much harder than the others (at least before the "test mode" blabbing

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Re: Yet another shooter
« Reply #128 on: January 23, 2009, 12:33:35 am »
This is the version that has been uploaded to ticalc's archives (which will appear in a few days, probably).

Difficulty has been tweaked to weaken the bombs (they last 4 seconds from start to finish), and the bomb count has also been dropped by 1. Auto-fire has also been weakened to a 1 game-cycle delay as opposed to a 0 game-cycle delay (which effectively cuts your fire rate in half). Netham45 has a 2 game-cycle delay. Also, you aren't given the extended grace period that you had between the time you start exploding and the time you actually use that life. It's been strictly restrained to the "border". The border itself has been shortened by one game cycle (which isn't a lot) for the DevBlock and increased by 2 or 3 for Netham45.

It now takes skill to beat the demo on the higher levels. Carelessness will lead to a game over, even on easy mode.

EDIT: A screenshot that has been circulating around the #Omnimaga channel, which depicts two iterations before this one - http://www.mediafire.com/imageview.php?quickkey=iz4zt5gmdmm&thumb=4
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Re: Yet another shooter
« Reply #129 on: January 23, 2009, 09:32:15 am »
That's what she said!!!

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Re: Yet another shooter
« Reply #130 on: January 23, 2009, 12:41:55 pm »
I smell a feature...

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Re: Yet another shooter
« Reply #131 on: January 23, 2009, 01:21:13 pm »
I smell a feature...
Really because I smell bacon.
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Re: Yet another shooter
« Reply #132 on: January 23, 2009, 06:32:35 pm »
I think Iambian will need to get rid of the word "Demo" in his title to get a feature though, because from what I remember ticalc.org no longer feature programs that are not finished :(

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Re: Yet another shooter
« Reply #133 on: January 23, 2009, 06:48:04 pm »
I think Iambian will need to get rid of the word "Demo" in his title to get a feature though, because from what I remember ticalc.org no longer feature programs that are not finished :(
True, but I remember that 2003 Joes Phatom star did (might have been the last one)

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Re: Yet another shooter
« Reply #134 on: January 23, 2009, 07:05:18 pm »
I think Iambian will need to get rid of the word "Demo" in his title to get a feature though, because from what I remember ticalc.org no longer feature programs that are not finished :(
True, but I remember that 2003 Joes Phatom star did (might have been the last one)

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wel ticalc only recently started doing otherwise, like, a year after Wizards came out