Top scrolling platform games on the MSX

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Door Bengalack

Champion (425)

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23-01-2021, 12:31

It is no surprise that I'm currently developing a scrolling platformer for the MSX2. Given that, it makes sense to have an overview of the genre and currently released games in this genre, on your target platform. --Inevitable, you will compare the different titles...

Putting "the project which no one talkes about", aside Smile, could you help me identify which titles on the MSX are within my target? Think "Super Mario Bros"-direction. Requirements:

  1. Platform game
  2. Must scroll
  3. Preferably "cute" theme

So far, I have this list:

Thanks in advance :)

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Van tfh

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23-01-2021, 12:38

Van hap

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23-01-2021, 13:25

yup, Firehawk is in the preferably-cute genre.

I'd look at other 8bit consoles too:
- Famicom Time Zone: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eh5KLzM5UCg
- Famicom Yume Penguin Monogatari: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g9lfRs48lGE

I like how these games add depth to the walking surface, the Penguin one especially. And a lot of variety too, Time Zone has quiz minigames. Penguin game has shmup levels.

Van st1mpy

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23-01-2021, 13:42

Platform games can end up looking and playing quite similar, but I thought this game on Megadrive was super cute and playable at the time. Magical Taruruuto kun
It is very much a 16 bit game, gives that feel with big sprites and graphics effects, probably impossible to do on the msx.

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23-01-2021, 13:56

Thanks. But - The list becomes "endless" if we look at other systems. And I have done that already, I have lots of inspiration from other consoles. The issue is actually to find which, within the contraints, that are on MSX.

And just by adding "scrolling", many of MSX' top games are excluded. But that's fine. I wonder if the list I'm persuing, is quite short.

Van Maggoo

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23-01-2021, 14:17

Van st1mpy

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23-01-2021, 14:44

Malaika

These are not mario clones (is that what you are after?) but are platform games.

Candoo ninja

Theseus

Ninjakun ashura no shou

Hero, Pitfall 1 and 2 etc

Van Grauw

Ascended (10159)

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23-01-2021, 15:03

Not a cute theme but:

Akin
Core Dump (demo)

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Prophet (3057)

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23-01-2021, 16:02

Maggoo wrote:

Pentaro Odyssey I and 2

https://youtu.be/_6lb1SJO5Yk

https://youtu.be/Xk_Qq389_wA

My 2 cents also for Pentaro games, they are pure platform games wiht a very good technical side.

Van Bengalack

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23-01-2021, 16:43

Maggoo wrote:

Pentaro Odyssey I and 2
https://youtu.be/_6lb1SJO5Yk
https://youtu.be/Xk_Qq389_wA

Thanks. Haven't seen these before. Strange. I like the cuteness. Lots of potential. Many things done right it seems (although the youtube-description mentions a few things that possibly overshadows these things?).

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23-01-2021, 16:51

st1mpy wrote:

Malaika

Right! This one I actually knew. But forgot. Thanks for the reminder. Smooth scroll. No flashing borders (MSX1!). Colorful.

st1mpy wrote:

These are not mario clones (is that what you are after?) but are platform games.

Nice - should be added the list, yes.

st1mpy wrote:

Candoo ninja

Right - quite old one here :-)

st1mpy wrote:

Theseus

Oops - smooth scroll from 1984 :-)

Blocky scroll, but nice and cute game!

st1mpy wrote:

Hero, Pitfall 1 and 2 etc

But: These do not have scrolling.

Thanks!

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