Alien Attack

Alien Attack

by defdanny on 04-07-2020, 22:19
Topic: Development
Tags: cbsfox, shmup, Shooter
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Three months ago we reported about the development of the MSX1 game "Alien Attack" by Marcos Daniel Blanco (cbsfox).
In the meantime he has significantly improved the game. With the support of Daniel Simon (Def Danny) new sprites, tiles and intro graphics were created, and also the sound effects and background music were polished up. Not to forget: Improved gameplay with extras like laser and energy shield, shooting aliens, different levels...

The game is in constant development and we are proud to show you the current progress here.

The two developers have searched and found each other here on MRC, one lives in Brazil, the other in Germany.
International co-production thanks to Corona and the internet!

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Comments (34)

By tfh

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04-07-2020, 22:51

By hamlet

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04-07-2020, 23:22

I'm so impressed by the music! Very nice!

By Gloriou

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04-07-2020, 23:24

Excellent!
Thanks for the Work, Nice game & Great music btw Smile

By ray2day

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05-07-2020, 09:30

Wow! Amazing!

By Briqunullus

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05-07-2020, 11:46

Looking so good! Love it!

By tfh

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05-07-2020, 12:02

These are good times for SHMUP lovers like me!
We've got Freedom Fighter for MSXDev'20 and AlienAttack for MSXDev'21!

By Uninteresting

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05-07-2020, 13:15

@tfh Would Subcommander then be sink'em-down? And santiontanon has their project still underway (or at least was on June 12th going by the post on the asm optimizer thread)...

By tfh

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05-07-2020, 13:47

Uninteresting wrote:

@tfh Would Subcommander then be sink'em-down? And santiontanon has their project still underway (or at least was on June 12th going by the post on the asm optimizer thread)...

LOL Smile Smile
And indeed I hope/expect some more releases for MSXDev'20 before the deadline end of this month...

By defdanny

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06-07-2020, 07:38

Hello tfh and all others,
thank you all for the positive feedback!
Yes, Freedom Fighter is a very strong "competitor", and technically it is miles ahead from our game. And it seems that it is nearly finished. But the more (MSX games), the better! Surely, MSXDev'21 would be a nice goal for "Alien Attack".

By mzoran

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06-07-2020, 09:17

This game really is a big project and the results show. Hopefully it will bring more people to use homebrew and MSXdev sections on filehunter site.
@Uninteresting How about adding some guns to the Jaasta? If Paula pulls a gun at some point not beeing happy with the gift? Then your gem could also be classified as shmup Smile

By JGM

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06-07-2020, 10:49

Real beautiful shooter, pretty hard to.

Great job so far!

By Parn

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06-07-2020, 13:20

Very nice graphics and music, congrats on the effort. I honestly found a little weird that it has two title screens and one of them has Doctor Who music, but it's a good excuse to showcase more music and graphics, of course.

By tfh

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06-07-2020, 14:56

The Dr Who tune kicks ass...

By edoz

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06-07-2020, 15:17

Very nice game!! Good work!

By defdanny

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06-07-2020, 15:36

@Parn: Thank you! you nailed it twice. Tongue
of course it is the first part of the Dr. Who Theme, I hope we do not get into copyright trouble.
Therefore, we created a second intro to be backed up. Cool

By valkyre

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06-07-2020, 20:59

Looking really good.

By AnsiStar

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08-07-2020, 10:36

What about a cartridge version? Wink

By defdanny

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08-07-2020, 22:23

HI AnsiStar,
thank you for the wink. Yes sure, if the result is worth it, the repro factory could be an option!

By hamlet

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08-07-2020, 22:45

Marcos has published a new video with a lot of improvements:

  • Initial spacecraft speed increased
  • Super "diagonal three bullet" weapon added
  • Super "Get Out of My Way" weapon added
  • Fixed the movement of the bullets. Now they move out of the screen smothly before the bullets were disapearing.
  • Enemies bullets now with SFX
  • Laser weapon now has three beams
  • Changed the fire number one pattern
  • Buildings now need five shots to be destroyed
  • Moving Power now has a better way to get the weapon.

By tfh

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08-07-2020, 23:06

Cool :-) The game is only getting better & better Smile

By lintweaker

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09-07-2020, 13:37

Wow, that really looks amazing!

By Parn

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09-07-2020, 18:04

I have a couple suggestions for @cbsfox:

  1. Unless the game uses all 32 sprites, 4 sprites could be reserved to mask enemies at the bottom of the screen, so we don't see them overlapping the status bar. You only need to take these 4 sprites out of the sprite rotation.
  2. I don't know how many frames are counted between each scrolling, but I'd suggest to keep this number a power of 2 to make it easier to implement smooth scrolling in the future, if you wish.

By MarMSX

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13-07-2020, 05:18

Great job !!

By tfh

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13-07-2020, 20:34

Updated to v1.05:
https://homebrew.file-hunter.com/index.php?id=alienattack

List of improvements:
1 - Two new weapons added
2 - The enemy's shots now have sound
3 - Ground objects now shoot too
4 - Increased the initial speed of the ship
5 - Now it is much easier to shoot POWER to change the color of the weapon. Now the change is sequential, always in the same order.
6 - Various sounds arranged to not disappear among the other sounds.
7 - Some small bugs fixed

By hamlet

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13-07-2020, 23:11

Marcos improved the demo with the advices, wishes and ideas he get from the users here. We've added the new Version ALIENMEGA105.ROM to the download section and are looking forward to the final release. :)

By ARTRAG

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14-07-2020, 00:32

Great musics and nice graphics
Greetings!

By giuseve

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18-07-2020, 20:07

Let me say: music is a piece of art, near to the levl of mr. Hubbard.
I wonder about scc version and a little bit more fluid scroll to have a masterpiece.
Great work

By webmouse

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25-07-2020, 15:55

Great music! I enjoyed the videos.

By defdanny

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07-08-2020, 18:01

Thank you all for the positive feedback, that really motivates us!
Here is a "sneak preview" of some "Alien Attack" ingame music. I use the fantastic tool "Arkos Tracker 2" and experiment with different techniques of sound generation.
And yes, these are not all my creations, I just ported them for the PSG. They will be all credited in the game and in the song files itself when finished.

LITTLE MUSICAL QUIZ:
The first person that posts all musical references (Title and composer/artist) here in this thread will win a copy of the final game "Alien Attack" (in case it will be finished next year AND is worth being released on cartridge... :-))

By Manuel

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07-08-2020, 23:15

I think I recognize the 2nd tune from an old Synthesiser Greatest cd or so.... But I can't remember the title at the moment, darn.

By tfh

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07-08-2020, 23:22

It sounds like Jean Michelle Jarre... Oxygene (4 or 7 ??)

By defdanny

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08-08-2020, 17:37

Hi Manuel and tfh,
I am sorry to have double-posted the message.
you will find the solution of my little quizzie in this thread here
the 2nd tune is "Magic Fly" from "Space".
Here is the original

By Manuel

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08-08-2020, 22:00

I knew it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hkCAtFQ6MV8 (the cover on Synthesizer Greatest IV).

By defdanny

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08-08-2020, 22:46

manuel: TOP! nice memories, ehh? well, thats 0,5 points for you! ;-)