Caravan Boomer pre-orders

Caravan Boomer pre-orders

van ro op 17-06-2019, 15:49
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MRC user sd_snatcher tipped us to have a look at Caravan Boomer, a promising new shmup in development for the MSX2. It is planned to be released around 2019/2020, and the pre-orders have been open.

Although the information flow is low for this new piece of MSX2 software, it sure looks pretty. Very colorful screen shots are shown from a horizontal space shooter that reminds us of Konami's Space Manbow and Parodius. Yes, exciting indeed. The game appears to have two modes; normal and a mode called "caravan". According to Bo DSGN, the game is more oriented on boss-battles than the classic shooters and has more than 10 end bosses.

The game is developed by N.I & Bo DSGN and targeted for MSX2 screens 4 and 5, completely written in Assembly. Bo DSGN is an international team with French, Japanese and Chinese members. You can pre-order one of the limited physical boxed copies (2xDD). Price 5000 yen, which is about 40 euros.

relevant link: Caravan Boomer

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Reacties (60)

Van KdL

Paragon (1236)

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17-06-2019, 15:55

Nice! The graphics of Japanese games is immediately obvious. Smile

Van konamiman

Paragon (1046)

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17-06-2019, 16:38

Look at the list of music artists involved in the project!!

  • Shinji Hosoe (Dragon Spirit, Ridge Racer, Street Fighter EX , EspGaluda , etc.)
  • Masahiko Ishida (R-Type 2, Ninja Spirits, etc.)
  • Norio Nakagata (Abarenbou Tengu, Genpei Touma Den, Max Warrior Wakusei Kaigenrei, etc.)

Shocked!

Van Pencioner

Paladin (993)

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17-06-2019, 16:41

Looks very promising Smile

Van Grauw

Ascended (8515)

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17-06-2019, 16:45

Wow, that looks great!

Van Ivan

Ascended (9121)

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17-06-2019, 17:48

Japanese still using floppy disks? No cartridge version?

Van Takamichi

Champion (265)

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17-06-2019, 18:16

What kind of organization is N.I & Bo DSGN? Some Japanese texts in their site seem to have been written by foreigner.

Van valkyre

Champion (421)

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17-06-2019, 19:11

Looks really nice

Van tfh

Paragon (1844)

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17-06-2019, 19:34

Are we talking about N.I?

Van mariocavalcanti

Expert (70)

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17-06-2019, 19:55

Sounds brilliant! Great color palette.

Van hamlet

Scribe (2637)

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17-06-2019, 20:00

Quote:

Are we talking about N.I?

We do.

Van Manuel

Ascended (15829)

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17-06-2019, 21:32

That frog boss is magnificent! Smile

Van syn

Paragon (1920)

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17-06-2019, 21:46

konamiman wrote:

Look at the list of music artists involved in the project!!

  • Shinji Hosoe (Dragon Spirit, Ridge Racer, Street Fighter EX , EspGaluda , etc.)
  • Masahiko Ishida (R-Type 2, Ninja Spirits, etc.)
  • Norio Nakagata (Abarenbou Tengu, Genpei Touma Den, Max Warrior Wakusei Kaigenrei, etc.)

Shocked!

dont forget Naruto, he seems to be involved as well. He is my idol/god lol http://www.rootnyanplus.com/user/naruto/chiptune.html

Van ~mk~

Master (227)

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17-06-2019, 21:47

Ohhh if this goes smoothly as Space Manbow it will be amazing.
Love the big bosses!!

Van Takamichi

Champion (265)

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18-06-2019, 02:43

Is Bo Dsgn one of us? He seem to have the account.

Van Sebbeug

Master (230)

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18-06-2019, 07:42

Bo Dsgn? Don't know this french guy...

Van N.I

Master (166)

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18-06-2019, 08:21

Hi guys!
I'm a programmer of Caravan Boomer. Bo Dsgn is in charge of planning and graphics.
The music is made by many musicians in MGS format. They are wonderful music played with OPLL and PSG.
I'm struggling to run out of disk space due to lots of graphics and music. I've packed them well, such as using custom compression routines.
We hope you'll be looking forward to completing it.

Van konamiman

Paragon (1046)

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18-06-2019, 09:06

N.I wrote:

I'm struggling to run out of disk space due to lots of graphics and music

Are you planning to use one single disk? Why not using two, for example one for demos and another one for the game itself? Also will it be "hard disk installable"? Sorry I don't mean to bully you with so many questions, I just can't stop wondering how a floppy disk game is developed in the ROMs and SD cards era Big smile

Van N.I

Master (166)

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18-06-2019, 11:35

konamiman wrote:

Are you planning to use one single disk? Why not using two, for example one for demos and another one for the game itself? Also will it be "hard disk installable"? Sorry I don't mean to bully you with so many questions, I just can't stop wondering how a floppy disk game is developed in the ROMs and SD cards era Big smile

No problem Smile
This game will consist of 2 disks. The game has about 20 stages and each disk contains 10 stages.
Perhaps the game will work by simply copying all the files to the hard disk.
We didn't choose ROM because the cost of making it was inestimable. We chose the floppy disk, which is the easiest format for everyone to run on an MSX2 machine.

Van PingPong

Prophet (3460)

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18-06-2019, 12:05

Hi, i've read this game uses screen 5 and screen 4. Awesome !
Is there a smooth scroll in screen 5 or the smooth scroll only work in sc4. ?

Van ro

Guardian (4125)

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18-06-2019, 12:42

I think it's time for a in_game video capture Smile
It's been a good year for new games, already. Keep up the good work Naoki !

Van Giangiacomo Zaffini 2

Master (167)

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18-06-2019, 19:40

I'm waiting for updated information and media coverage.

Van sd_snatcher

Prophet (3092)

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18-06-2019, 23:38

N.I wrote:

I'm a programmer of Caravan Boomer.

Nice to read that, Ni! Your games are very fun! I still love Bird & Chairs.

N.I wrote:

I'm struggling to run out of disk space due to lots of graphics and music. I've packed them well, such as using custom compression routines.

Maybe you could try to use the BARGAIN library to compress the graphics? It was said to achieve excellent compression rates.

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We hope you'll be looking forward to completing it.

I'll certainly be waiting for this release, and I told everyone I could about it. A lot of people are commenting about the game on Facebook now. They praised the impressive graphics of the screenshots you published. :)

Van gdx

Prophet (3088)

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19-06-2019, 02:07

Look nice! How much for a digital version?
If you contact the Repro-Factory, I think he can probably make a cartridge version.

Van N.I

Master (166)

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19-06-2019, 06:32

PingPong wrote:

Hi, i've read this game uses screen 5 and screen 4. Awesome !
Is there a smooth scroll in screen 5 or the smooth scroll only work in sc4. ?

The background scrolls in screen 4 during level duration. The boss is displayed in screen 5. At that time, it scrolls with the flowing star sprites.
I'll prepare in-game video capture. Big smile

Van N.I

Master (166)

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19-06-2019, 06:36

sd_snatcher wrote:

Maybe you could try to use the BARGAIN library to compress the graphics? It was said to achieve excellent compression rates.

Thanks for the tips! It seems that the processing speed is also good. I'll examine it more.

Van N.I

Master (166)

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19-06-2019, 06:51

gdx wrote:

Look nice! How much for a digital version?
If you contact the Repro-Factory, I think he can probably make a cartridge version.

Thanks!
We have not yet considered the digital version.
ROM version may be difficult because this game will be more than 2 megabytes.
In any case, we will consider more about them.

Van gdx

Prophet (3088)

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19-06-2019, 10:35

Two floppy disks are less than 2 megabytes. I think Repro-Factory has already done that for one or two games.

Van N.I

Master (166)

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19-06-2019, 11:51

Yes I made a mistake. 720k × 2 is 1440k.

Van Pablibiris

Paragon (1768)

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19-06-2019, 13:29

Maybe Matra could be a good distributor for a possible cartridge version. Other japanese developer is using her services and the final work is awesome Smile

Van ghost_jp

Master (133)

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19-06-2019, 16:09

Pablibiris wrote:

Other japanese developer is using her services and the final work is awesome Smile

That's very important point so I dare to say. I have NEVER used Matra as a distributor. THEY have recently made use of me as a supplier of the new games. Those two stances may seem to be quite same to ordinary people, but for a creator there is a huge crif between them.

Van Pablibiris

Paragon (1768)

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19-06-2019, 17:18

ghost_jp wrote:
Pablibiris wrote:

Other japanese developer is using her services and the final work is awesome Smile

That's very important point so I dare to say. I have NEVER used Matra as a distributor. THEY have recently made use of me as a supplier of the new games. Those two stances may seem to be quite same to ordinary people, but for a creator there is a huge crif between them.

after all, the quality of their distributions are very good Smile

Van journey

Champion (372)

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19-06-2019, 17:36

A good comparison between cartridge manufacturers:

https://www.msx-center.com/articles/12/review-manufacturers-...

I hope in the cartridge version... :)

Van Ivan

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19-06-2019, 19:15

N.I wrote:

Thanks!
We have not yet considered the digital version.
ROM version may be difficult because this game will be more than 2 megabytes.
In any case, we will consider more about them.

Please, consider a cartridge version. Nowadays in Europe almost all active groups release their games in cartridge format:

KAI MAGAZINE
MATRA
MSX Cartridge Shop (various developers)

Cartridge = zero hassle:

1. You don't need an MSX computer with FDD
2. Cartridges usually last forever
3. The game loads instantly

I'm pretty sure that today the price of cartridges (case+PCB) is much cheaper than years ago.

Van valkyre

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19-06-2019, 20:06

I would prefer a cartridge over a disk

Van Grauw

Ascended (8515)

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20-06-2019, 21:40

There’s certainly enough enthusiasm Smile. Maybe some Japanese or Korean MSX user could catch the idea to offer cartridge manufacturing and distribution services! That’d make it easier to publish in the cartridge format in Asia. A whole stack of new games on the shelves of BEEP would look very sexy Big smile.

Also I’m looking forward to see some videos, very eager to see and hear it in motion!

Van DamnedAngel

Master (144)

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22-06-2019, 00:16

Perhaps it is only me, but I personally would love to see MSXDOS titles, preferably that could be installed in HD and that had an option to return do DOS.

Van Grauw

Ascended (8515)

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22-06-2019, 00:39

@DamnedAngel You have a point Smile.

Van Ivan

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22-06-2019, 10:25

DamnedAngel wrote:

Perhaps it is only me, but I personally would love to see MSXDOS titles, preferably that could be installed in HD and that had an option to return do DOS.

Cartridge is better than HDD, each and every MSX computer has cartridge slots while not everyone owns an HDD interface cartridge (or, e.g., a MegaFlashROM).

Van KdL

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22-06-2019, 12:07

Ivan wrote:
DamnedAngel wrote:

Perhaps it is only me, but I personally would love to see MSXDOS titles, preferably that could be installed in HD and that had an option to return do DOS.

Cartridge is better than HDD, each and every MSX computer has cartridge slots while not everyone owns an HDD interface cartridge (or, e.g., a MegaFlashROM).

There is no reason to exclude one or the other.
I suggest doing three versions:
FDD, Cartridge and Digital Download.

Van Takamichi

Champion (265)

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22-06-2019, 15:04

As the practical concern, two floppy diskettes can be more expensive than a cartridge. Disk prices are soaring, it's not like the days you could buy them at 10 or 50 yen.
The cartridge's major drawback is you can't read it on PC to run on emulator, but PCs don't have FDD anymore either so that's trivial. Edit: Yes, it is not MSX FDD friendly either...

Van ARTRAG

Enlighted (6280)

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22-06-2019, 15:02

Two versions are a huge work for the developers
I would stay with the disk version just making sure it stays compatible with dsk2rom and hard disk install

Van Ivan

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22-06-2019, 19:47

Getting back on topic, I would like to watch an in game video of Caravan Boomer on YouTube.

Van santiontanon

Paladin (847)

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23-06-2019, 07:38

Looks great!!! Looking forward to in-game footage!!

Also, I second what ARTRAG just said. Working on two versions (disk/ROM) is a lot of extra work. Developers work on these games as their pet projects and on their free time. So, I think it should be released in whatever format they are excited to work on. It's their project Smile

Van GuilianSeed

Master (155)

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28-06-2019, 15:33

WoW !!

Count me in ! Smile

Van N.I

Master (166)

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04-07-2019, 04:50

Here is a video of the current version of Caravan Boomer(Caravan Mode) running on a real MSX2+ machine. https://youtu.be/oOqDGNesGd4

Van hamlet

Scribe (2637)

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04-07-2019, 06:11

Nice! Very smooth!

Van Giangiacomo Zaffini 2

Master (167)

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04-07-2019, 09:07

I saw this test video! Fantastic splash screen for saying a thing!

Van PAC

Guardian (5314)

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04-07-2019, 10:20

It looks great, e-mail sent.

Van Thom

Hero (593)

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05-07-2019, 15:52

N.I wrote:

Here is a video of the current version of Caravan Boomer(Caravan Mode) running on a real MSX2+ machine. https://youtu.be/oOqDGNesGd4

Wow, excellent in game music :)

Van Grauw

Ascended (8515)

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05-07-2019, 16:58

Oh I missed the music watching it before on my phone in the train. It sounds really great indeed!

(A direct audio feed would totally do it justice! Wink)

Van ARTRAG

Enlighted (6280)

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09-07-2019, 07:38

All my disk drives are definitely dead... Make sure it works from cartridge with dsk2rom

Van Takamichi

Champion (265)

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10-07-2019, 12:08

Nice! Subarashii desu hayaku kudasai. The conversations are the actual voices and not the sound from MSX, or are they?
Speaking of the roms, can't DSK2ROM just convert dsk to rom?

Van Sandy Brand

Master (157)

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14-07-2019, 14:33

Damn, that music sounds really good! Looking forward to this game Smile

Van enribar

Paladin (1007)

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23-08-2019, 18:47

Van Takamichi

Champion (265)

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12-09-2019, 14:53

Gaming contest with the promo version, "Caravan Edition" of the Caravan Boomer is going to be held in a bar at Sep 21. If lucky you can buy the promo there. If you live near Osaka in Japan, please visit. https://twipla.jp/events/407090

Van Grauw

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12-09-2019, 15:33

Caravan Boomer and Singular Stone are two Japanese games in development that I’m very much looking forward to.

And both in beautiful screen 4! Smile

Van hamlet

Scribe (2637)

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18-09-2019, 14:50

Today my copy arrived. What a soundtrack!

Van journey

Champion (372)

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18-09-2019, 15:28

Hi Hamlet,

I've preordered (and paid) the game the 18th June..

What did you received? the promo?
How to get it?

Please, let me know Question

Van Grauw

Ascended (8515)

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18-09-2019, 15:44

Oh, the game is already done?!

Van hamlet

Scribe (2637)

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18-09-2019, 16:08

I ordered additional the caravan promo, cuz I could‘t wait to get my hands on that shooter. It came on one disk w/ a. nice sleeve. The main game isn‘t finished until. AFAIK