Update 2020 #1: I’m still alive :-)

Wow, today it’s precisely two years since my last update. Not much new to report, though – I haven’t been terribly active lately … hence the absence of updates. In those two years I’ve started coding 3 games for the Spectrum Next … and abandoned all of them again. It appears I’m lacking the motivation to code at the moment. Oh well. I guess I just need a bit of time away from it, so unfortunately I’m not writing about a new game, but rather updates on a few older projects.

The 48K version of Vallation came out in 2016 and the 128K version about 1.5 year later. The 128K version was intended to be exclusive to the physical release of the game by Psytronic, but I always wanted to make it a free download too, after a while. Well, that’s now. I’ve added a download link to its page, here. Get the physical version on tape anyway, if you don’t have it 😉

More good news: My webhost was sold a while back (a year ago, perhaps two?) and changed name in the process. That also meant that the servernames changed, which resulted in the online scoring in my games broke. It took me a while to look into, but luckily I had coded the highscore functions rather cleverly, so all I had to do was change the server scripts. Which I’ve done now and the online scoring should work again.

However, there is also some bad news. I’m usually a Windows user, but I bought a MacBookPro in 2011 to be able to port some of my games to OSX. However, some time later Apple updated OSX and dropped legacy support, which means that my OSX games doesn’t work on newer versions of OSX. The language I coded the games in hasn’t been updated, so unfortunately it’s not possible to recompile them anymore. I will leave the games online, but be aware that they won’t work on the current versions of OSX.

Alright, that was it for my 2020 update. Let’s hope I find a project to work on, so it doesn’t take two years before the next update 😉

New Spectrum game: SQIJ 2018.

My first release of 2018 is a funny one – basically it’s a remake of one of the very worst games for the ZX Spectrum. Or more precisely: this game is a remake of the original C64 game that unfortunately only received such a truly atrocious Spectrum version back in the day.

But here’s a new version that’s almost identical to the original C64 version – same map and item placements … and most importantly – unlike the official Spectrum version from 1987 this one is actually playable.

Go here to download the game, read all about the game follow the interesting links to its story.

You can also buy it on cassette here. The price is a mere £6.99 + p/p

3 new games coming soon.

I tend to only post when I have finished something – so it’s been while (January). However, things are looking up as I have 3 games that are all basically 99% done, so you can all expect 3 new games before the year is over.
 
One is a PC game (and hopefully Mac too) and the two other games are ZX Spectrum games.
 
The PC game is a graphical Doctor Who adventure.
 
The first of the Spectrum games is a remake of a C64 game called Sqij. A VERY poor conversion was released back in 1987 but this remake is much closer to the original game. And actually playable too, LOL.
 
The second Spectrum game is an expanded 128K version of Vallation – the game I released last year.
 
When the games are done and ready for download I will make new posts with more details.
 
The future’s looking bright ?

You play as the Fourth Doctor, but other characters are around too.

 

The new version of Sqij for the Spectrum

 

The new level in Vallation 128K plays very differently from the previous ones.

New game released: Neon Invasion Earth.

FINALLY, DID IT! – my circular vector version of Space Invaders is finally done.
…only took 6.5 years too. 😀

The actual development time is considerably less though – probably a year or so, but due to the game growing way beyond what I had envisioned and the impossible task of balancing the gameplay difficulty because of it, I simply lost faith in it despite it being at least 90% complete when I put it on hold.

However, it has now been de-mothballed and the last bits finished off, so it can be played.

Click the logo below or click this link to go to the page for the game.
You may also want to read the postmortem I wrote on the game.

The game can’t be played through in one sitting so you shouldn’t expect that. Some levels are easy, some hard, some boring, some fun and at times you can basically only win by sacrificing lives or all your shields, but it’s possible to play through the entire thing in 2-3 hours.

I hope it’ll entertain you in one way or the other. Let me know what you think.