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Old 19 February 2008, 00:44   #41
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Mr KillerGorilla, Sir... Will this be featuring as an update in your current "A" pack any time soon? I've got the old WHDload from your site but this patch seems to want the disk images to install which I don't have. Doh!
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http://www.girv.net/amiga/patching/girv-whdload/a.html
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Old 19 February 2008, 01:58   #42
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You can copy the Apidya.slave from the new patch into an old install dir, it should work fine.
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Old 19 February 2008, 09:16   #43
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Can you spot the point where the Apidya news broke?
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Good one girv!

By the way, it was not uncommon for developers doing mistakes like that as the crunch periods for many games were so intense that people were on the verge of collapsing during the point of final days.. so they often made mistakes and found out only after the game had shipped.

In elfmania, there's a whole unused sequence of animation for every character that's still on the disk but not used in the game because during the last 4-week stretch, the main coder savi.k.a had slept only 3-4 hours for every 12-20 hours..and thus was so tired and dizzy that he simply forgot to activate it. They only found out when we had the first shipment and I was testing it. Stavros was pissed off to say the least

The missing animation is basically the second 'dizzy' animation which activates when character has taken enough hits (their head lulls around and eyes look comical). It was in the beta version but not in the game. I know only because I playtested it when I joined terramarque.

So if you are looking for next challenge, why not try to uncover this?
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Old 19 February 2008, 20:11   #45
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Thanks for the info, the help, the files and for fixing this.

I wish I had the talent and capability to fix these understandable glitches in the great amiga games of old. It certainly would seem to be a great project for consideration.
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Old 20 February 2008, 03:09   #46
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I wonder how many more games can be found to have missing parts, not in original gameplay. A huge project to find and fix, with the amiga game list being so large.
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Old 20 February 2008, 22:55   #47
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There's a total of 5 bonus levels right?
1. After blasting the caterpillar away and collecting the fat little angel at level 1.
2. After killing the mole you fly into the hill.
3. Inside the mouth of the big fish boss at level 2.
4. Inside the dead rat after you have killed the maggots.
5. The newly discovered Speed of Light stage.

My RAD drive and WinUAE is itching to record this.
I just want to be certain about all the bonus levels.
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Old 20 February 2008, 22:59   #48
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Me waiting for this video.
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Old 20 February 2008, 23:47   #49
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2. After killing the mole you fly into the hill.
Believe it or not I was never aware of that one...
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Believe it or not I was never aware of that one...
Me neither!
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Phew - I thought I was the only one and would look a total fool - you'd all think I was living in a hill for the last 16 years
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This site has details of all the bonus stages:

http://www.avians.net/~hawthorn/apidya/
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That's a pretty cool site.
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Old 21 February 2008, 00:32   #54
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There were another one afterall

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Amazingly, I was completely unaware of this bonus level for over a decade. Thanks to Dr S for pointing this one out!

Before you get to the lobster at the end of this level, you have to navigate a network of stone tunnels. If you take the uppermost tunnel and keep going, it eventually leads to a dead end. However, if you fly into the wall at the end of the tunnel, it takes you to a bonus stage!

It's not too exciting if you've already figured out the molehill, though, because it's exactly the same as the Underground bonus stage on Level 1, albeit with more pondish music.
I wonder if that's all of 'em.
Gotta have everything in the video.
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Apidya seems to be the game that just keeps on giving.
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Indeed, nice find girv.
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Old 21 February 2008, 00:41   #57
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a good opportunity to play again to one of the best shoot'em up on amiga.

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The thick plottens...

I've been having some email discussions with Peter Thierolf, the original coder of Apidya (I'm not worthy! I'm not worthy!). Firstly, he is very honoured that people are still interested in his game after all this time! He's also been very helpful in finding and going through the source code to help with my debugging efforts, so snaps and/or props to him for that.

It turns out that the bug is more subtle than it seemed originally. The two values that I thought had been swapped are, in fact, correct. That much is obvious when you see the original commented source code, but not so clear from the disassembly and hex dumps I'd been working with up until now.

In swapping the two values around, what I've done is plugged the subgame activation code into the player bullets vs. scenery collision detection instead of the player vs. scenery collision detection, as it should be. The result is that the Speed Of Light subgame works if you fire at the right place on the level instead of flying into it.

Why the player vs. scenery code doesn't work as shipped is still a mystery, but I (with Peter's help) will continue to look into it to get a proper fix for the subgame.

Stay tuned!
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Now my head hurts

Another interesting discovery.
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Your head hurts!?
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