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Nonplussed Alien! / Spacey Monster

Started by Pickaxe Brad!, September 14, 2023, 12:30:44 AM

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Discussion of this started in the Please explain your username... thread.  But I didn't want to take the thread off the original topic, so I moved it here.

Nonplussed Alien! is a ROM hack of Alien Invaders--Plus! (plus <=> nonplussed, get it?) and Spacey Monster is Space Monster hacked (spacey like nonplussed, get it?).  Sorry, but if a ROM hack doesn't contain puns what fun is it?

Yes, those are really the same game.  The ROM detects PAL vs NTSC timing and changes the title based on the system.

I started this hack as a simple mini-game where I could relive the days of my youth running around from Monstroths as a hopeless cyan O2man trying to enjoy every last moment of life.  But if there's some interest I'll keep working on it.

Well, here's the discussion carried over from the other thread:
Tom Beck gave me some encouragement (thanks, Tom!), then Janzl added:
Quote from: Janzl on September 13, 2023, 11:10:54 PMThat hack could even be more fun if you would insert a timer that racks up your points the longer you stay alive.
Or you would no longer make the score stop at 10.

First item: I think I'll make that a second game mode in the title screen.  I originally planned on making a timer like you suggested and I think both modes could be fun.

Second item: Right now, the scoreboard goes to 99, then at 100 it rolls over (00) but also your character "gets confused" and the game gets even harder because you've got two characters to protect instead of one.  [Superfluous info: When the score flips the second time, the second character changes again. So, the game completely turns over at 25,599.]

...But I haven't scored over 22 yet (without turning on invincibility).
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Spacemonster

Cool, that will be a very cool version. Which might also be fun, when the Space Monster has been hit three or five times by friendly fire. That you will then get your cannon back.  ;:)
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Quote from: Spacemonster on September 14, 2023, 08:56:15 PMCool, that will be a very cool version. Which might also be fun, when the Space Monster has been hit three or five times by friendly fire. That you will then get your cannon back.  ;:)

I had to look back at the coding (I did it a long time ago) and check this out.  It turns out I carved out all the barrier and cannon code to make the game all about running around.
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Quote from: Janzl on September 13, 2023, 11:10:54 PMThat hack could even be more fun if you would insert a timer that racks up your points the longer you stay alive.

New game mode, Time Trial!  The longer you live, the more points you earn.  Run and hide for as long as you can to rack up the points.

Old game mode is now named Deathmatch!  You're down, but not out...yet.  And before you're done, you're going to take as many of those red-but-for-some-reason-they're-green-on-the-cover montroths with you.  And you're going to do it by using their own soldiers against them.

As with all Select Games games (for now at least), nostalgic fun (and puns!), custom title screens, and gameplay with either joystick.

Nonplussed Alien on Odyssey²:

Space Monster on Videopac:
* Apologies to Tom Beck that this new YouTube upload hides his video comment.
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