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 Post subject: Tesla Versus Edison
PostPosted: Fri Nov 16, 2018 9:50 am 
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We're far enough along in this project that I think we'll get it done in time for the 2018 competition, so I guess this is our announcement / progress thread. :D

This is a two player game, but we do have some basic AI in place since that makes it easier for us to test. It is basically pong with an extra layer of strategy based on power-ups, and some really fun music and a neat theme to the graphics. Earlier this year, I started working my way through the Nerdy Nights tutorials with a buddy from work. Once we got through the basics, there was a bit of "hey I figured out how to make this crazy thing happen!" back and forth and we thought it would be fun to try to make it in to something complete enough to be included in the competition.

Gameplay is based on the traditional "Pong" setup, augmented with various powerups. While you're guiding your paddle up and down to try to hit the ball, you also guide your character (Tesla or Edison!) across the screen to catch falling powerups. There are 6 powerups, some more powerful than others. Be careful! Sometimes an anvil will drop instead of a powerup, and you don't want to be under that! Once you beat the other player, take them to the roof of the skyscraper and drop them down to streets below on the final "Winner" screen!

I'm sharing an early build tonight, mostly to show off the great music and graphics that my buddy has been working on. There are still bugs we need to fix, I want to do a pass on the ball physics, the collisions are janky, and it needs a tuning pass, so the final version should be a bit more polished and fun.

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Edit 12/10/2018: Updated description and attached preview ROM.
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 Post subject: Re: Tesla Versus Edison
PostPosted: Fri Nov 16, 2018 10:06 am 
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The background art looks great!

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 Post subject: Re: Tesla Versus Edison
PostPosted: Sun Nov 18, 2018 7:31 pm 
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Wow, yeah I agree. This artwork is really nice. Will keep an eye out for the ROM!


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 Post subject: Re: Tesla Versus Edison
PostPosted: Mon Dec 10, 2018 9:21 pm 
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Thanks for the kind comments! I've attached a ROM to the title post that shows off the graphics and music, the guy working on that has been doing killer work. It's still got bugs and needs tuning, but its at a good point to see where it's heading. :D


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 Post subject: Re: Tesla Versus Edison
PostPosted: Mon Dec 10, 2018 10:47 pm 
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Look quite nice. Altough I was not able to score a single hit.


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 Post subject: Re: Tesla Versus Edison
PostPosted: Mon Dec 10, 2018 10:55 pm 
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yaros wrote:
Look quite nice. Altough I was not able to score a single hit.


Thanks for the feedback! Yeah, it definitely needs some tuning on motion and power up drop rates. Right now, you pretty much play to a draw unless you use a power-up, and a couple aren't working right in that build. It should feel better in the final version.


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