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Old 01 July 2014, 22:48   #81
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@Leathered - you know what - you are absolutely right! But now I'll be a bastard and change the text a little anyway!: ) I'd still like to do a custom cutscene for the last level - just to make it feel a tad more special.

Here is what I have for that The Void stage cutscene:



Here it is at X2 magnification: )

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Did a round of bug-fixing and populated the void a bit. Still far from done in terms of enemy patterns. It would also take some time to get the timing right on all the electric barriers and spikes and whatnot.
The Void is fully populated. Give it a go.

You can now warp between game areas in the debug mode - Ctrl+1/2/3/4 will warp you to the desired area. This feature might cause bugs though, so use it sparingly.

It seems the game is coming out a bit easier than the original, as I was able to reach the void with almost full health. Something I can never do on Amiga.
Implemented the cemetery parallax - just one more stage to go for game 1! Sweet!

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Old 04 July 2014, 03:47   #82
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Upper a new build - SOTB1 is playable until the final boss, though the final stage is mostly unpopulated aside from the powerup graves. Zelek's foot is there, but can't be killed just yet.

Grab em here (or from the old links):
Windows build
Ouya console build
General Android build (The touch-screen controls are invisible, and incomplete)
Ubuntu Linux build
Mac build

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Old 04 July 2014, 20:21   #83
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Great work as always!

I spotted a possible bug, a missing collision wall perhaps, resulting in you falling through to the platform below. I've attached a pic and highlighted it..

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Old 04 July 2014, 23:31   #84
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Great work as always!

I spotted a possible bug, a missing collision wall perhaps, resulting in you falling through to the platform below. I've attached a pic and highlighted it..

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Good catch sir! That wall had incorrectly set collision. Fixed in the new build.

Just uploaded a new build - The first SOTB game is all there. Sure - it's still missing the intro (Beast picture and music), missing some art (the background in The Void is unfinished) and there are bugs and scripting errors in some places - but it's 100% beatable, complete with the final boss and the "Congratulations" image.
Now to test it and add bells and whistles and whatnot...
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Old 05 July 2014, 00:58   #85
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Sounds great! I forgot to post but I played the previous build from the start to the end today, I agree it's slightly easier in parts than the original, which in part I put down to the fact that the void playing area is larger in your version, which makes it easier to avoid the onrushing enemies, especially those in groups that all come at you at once.

I noticed you had altered a few of the patterns in order to do something about this, perhaps a re-imagining of some of the obsticles in that section is in order to increase the difficulty?

Also the larger playing area means that the death skeleton, void boss and castle boss are so easy to hit from afar. But the biggest reason is simply because you've improved the game. Amiga SotB was difficult because it was what it was, the player had a slow turn, no control over jumps in mid-air, slow punches and at times dodgy collision detect. The player had to take hits sometimes because of these things. You've (rightly) improved these things, making the game easier. So I'm not sure that you need to make any further alterations.

The suggestion I would make to make the game harder is having to get closer to the enemies before you can punch them. This is most obvious in the early tree stages, those caterpillar type baddies (see the attachment), in the original you had to get right up close to them to kill them, and one pixel too close and they'd hit you. In the new build you can easily punch them from afar and get through that section very easily. I'm not saying that's wrong, or that it's even desirable that the original was that way in the first place, but it affects the difficulty. Maybe middle ground between these two would be best.

There is one other thing that actually makes your version more difficult, in yours when you get to 0 health, you die. In the orginal, that means you have one hit left!
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Try beating the game - you actually can now. I also did some bugfixes and changes that made certain things a tad harder - like some of the sword-dudes would swing at you faster and the ones chasing you from behind wouldn't interrupt their attack if you moved away - so there are more chances of getting hit.
The only boss that got much easier is the Hydra - even sped up shots don't do much to help. The Void's boss - I made it harder to hit the mouths, and his shots are now faster and reach further. Zelek himself was always kind of a gimme fight - so it remains.

Only a few things left to do now for SOTB1 - I already added the nasty bear-trap on the way to the tree as well as the insta-kill trap all the way to the left - those things will be in the next update. I am also trying to finish the art for the intro screen (the only thing I could do is scale it up - so cleaning up the pixel art now), finish the void BG and maybe add a front menu... maybe a save feature and Continue options that would resume you from the last area you beat with all the items you had.
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Darkfalzx - Been playing through SOTB1, found a few more fixes for you, see the pics... It's been a long time since I played beast fully, you forget how many different graphic assets are in this game!

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I think ladders should not be covered.
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Old 05 July 2014, 16:25   #89
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Darkfalzx - Been playing through SOTB1, found a few more fixes for you, see the pics... It's been a long time since I played beast fully, you forget how many different graphic assets are in this game!

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I think ladders should not be covered.
Not certain what you mean by that.
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but maybe each level have different ladders
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These ladders are all straight out of the original game and are part of the tileset. I haven't changed a thing there.
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I think that what s2325 is trying to say is that the ladders in your project appear behind/beneath the tiles forming the floor on which the character can walk.

In the original game (bottom screenshot in s2325's post), as you can see the top of the ladder is seen, whereas in your project (top screenshot) one of the rug near the tope is hidden.

An issue of layer priority (or something like that).
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I think the ladders vary in the original version between levels, you can see from the HOL shots that they look like this remake if you compare the same levels..

http://hol.abime.net/1891/screenshot

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Indeed. Screenshot #11 for instance.

I blame s2325 Or perhaps he was expressing a wish for an "improvement" over the original.
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Thanks Qube for pointing out the ladder inconsistency in the original - The entire level is all on a single tile layer - including the ladders, so there was nothing I could change without altering the art.
I tried to stay away from changing the art much at all unless it was required due to the larger play window.

Upped a new build - the collision issues pointed out earlier are fixed. SOTB3 level 2 (Fort Doormor) has some basic scripting and camera work in it.

...I was thinking - whether or not I finish this project thing - I should do the Psygnosis Barbarian game ports at some point. Barbarian (1) could be cool for mobile, and 2 was just an awesome little Metroidvania. Could also do Fatal Rewind, Ork (that could seriously use some gameplay improvements) or Leander (would be annoying due to sheer number of levels).

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Darkfalzx - Sounds like you're going for a "Psygnosis Legacy" project , perhaps you could throw all the games in together and just select from the main menu?

I'll give SOTB2 a run through at some point, see if I spot any issues etc.

Good fun all round!

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SOTB2 has very little content at this point - SOTB3 on other hand has one complete level, and semi-implemented 2nd level. Only SOTB1 is complete.

Psygnosis Legacy sounds awesome! I'm kind of obsessed with their work for a mostly irrational reason, and would've loved a hassle-free way to play those games whenever I feel like it without the pain of emulating them.

Barbarian (1) would've been a very easy project. Moreover - I could probably have it with a choice of classic icon controls, or direct input via additional action buttons. The only problem with it - like SOTB1 it has a ton of assets.
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Hi, Chrome is blocking my download of this as it says it is malicious - I know it's probably a false positive, but just thought it was weird no one else had mentioned it, so thought I'd better check!
Can anyone confirm they have downloaded this today and it's been fine?
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Hi, Chrome is blocking my download of this as it says it is malicious - I know it's probably a false positive, but just thought it was weird no one else had mentioned it, so thought I'd better check!
Can anyone confirm they have downloaded this today and it's been fine?
I get that too, but it's easy to fix. When Chrome informs you in the download bar that it's blocked, don't click anything. Head into your downloads folder and sort by date - the most recent file will be a chrome temporary file.

Rename that to anything you like - SOTB.exe is what I use. You can then copy it out to wherever you like, and dismiss the Chrome prompt.

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I have no idea why Chrome is complaining. Maybe you could adjust it in settings somewhere.

I have upped a new build.
What's new in the build:
SOTB1:
You can now turn while crouching!
Correct flame graphics for the rhino-looking boss.
The slinky enemy shouldn't get stuck in the jump AI cycle.
The final boss glitch is fixed. (Killing the final boss didn't trigger the ending if you got to the end without warping).

SOTB3:
More Fort Doormor camera refinements. Should follow the player pretty gracefully.
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