Sorry your browser is not supported!

You are using an outdated browser that does not support modern web technologies, in order to use this site please update to a new browser.

Browsers supported include Chrome, FireFox, Safari, Opera, Internet Explorer 10+ or Microsoft Edge.

Program Announcements / Retro Competition Entry - Circus

Author
Message
TDK
Retired Moderator
20
Years of Service
User Offline
Joined: 19th Nov 2002
Location: UK
Posted: 15th Mar 2003 16:56
My competition entry - Atari Circus from the old Atari 2600 VCS system back in the late 1970's.

A bit like Breakout, you have to pop the balloons at the top of the screen by bouncing the clowns up into the air with the seesaw.



Move the seesaw with the cursor keys, flip it around with the Space Bar and launch the clown with the Shift key.

It's not fully optimised yet, but if you get poor performance, please post your fps here, along with your system specs.

Download: http://www.matedit.com/circus.zip (1.3MB)

TDK

PS: Please don't give away the intro 'surprise' in your post - it spoils it for those who haven't played the game yet! Thanks.
andrew11
20
Years of Service
User Offline
Joined: 23rd Feb 2003
Location: United States
Posted: 15th Mar 2003 17:53
Cool! Great music

I especially like the 'suprise'

"All programmers are playwrights and all computers are lousy actors."
-Anon.
TDK
Retired Moderator
20
Years of Service
User Offline
Joined: 19th Nov 2002
Location: UK
Posted: 16th Mar 2003 05:28
Program now finished and latest version uploaded! (Includes optimisation and a mode for lower spec PC's).

http://www.matedit.com/circus.zip (1.25MB - Back to the days when you could fit a full game onto a single floppy!!!)

What's your best score?

TDK_Man
Kanzure
20
Years of Service
User Offline
Joined: 19th Feb 2003
Location:
Posted: 16th Mar 2003 05:39
100. Excellent game. I really like it - so basic its fun ! Great job.

~Morph
Owner of MultiCode.NET and Multi2k.NET.
Nothing is something, and something is then nothing. Life is an illusion.
NickIgoe
20
Years of Service
User Offline
Joined: 20th Oct 2002
Location: A bar somewhere
Posted: 16th Mar 2003 12:04
Love`d it. I had the original, totally senseless but fun all the same.

Dark Basic Pro drove me to drink, I really should E-mail them to say thanks.
Mirthin
20
Years of Service
User Offline
Joined: 13th Oct 2002
Location: Land of the Rising Haggis
Posted: 16th Mar 2003 16:13
Sweet game, the intro was cool also. Well done!

Who wants cake? I've got a little slice of hell for everyone.
Oraculaca
20
Years of Service
User Offline
Joined: 6th Jan 2003
Location: Scotland
Posted: 17th Mar 2003 21:19
Hehehe Very nice, Love the sound effects and music .The oohs and ahhs as my clown pulled off a somersault was very amusing(but maybe thats just me) . Only thing was when the music changed my fps dropped from a steady 58 to 13 for a few seconds and one of the clowns dropped to his death .Might just be my dodgy comp. Great game though

Not-Mr-Thumpy wrinkled his nose, it was suddenly hard to concentrate
Oraculaca
20
Years of Service
User Offline
Joined: 6th Jan 2003
Location: Scotland
Posted: 17th Mar 2003 21:21
oops you asked for specs

2600xp+
512meg DDR 333
Audigy2
Albatron Kx400-8x mobo
and
Geforce2mx while my GF4600ti gets fixed yet again

Not-Mr-Thumpy wrinkled his nose, it was suddenly hard to concentrate
Andy Igoe
20
Years of Service
User Offline
Joined: 6th Oct 2002
Location: United Kingdom
Posted: 18th Mar 2003 02:02
Very funny title, although a little too easy to play. Highly polished. Overall a noteworthy game for DarkBASIC.

I saw the screenie then saw the "It's not fully optimised yet, but if you get poor performance, please post your fps here, along with your system specs." and so I downloaded it just to see how badly it was written, then I noticed the download site, matedit... and your user name - I couldn't believe it!. Thankfully the smoothness of the game more than made up for the blocky graphics

Pneumatic Dryll, Outrageous epic cleric of EQ/Xev
God made the world in 7 days, but we're still waiting for the patch.
TDK
Retired Moderator
20
Years of Service
User Offline
Joined: 19th Nov 2002
Location: UK
Posted: 20th Mar 2003 03:12
Yes - I've had a few reports that it's too easy to play, so I've tweaked the gameplay to toughen it up a little bit. The problem is getting a balance between easiness and game length. If you play it long enough it does get faster and harder to play.

Besides, you are all probably only going to download and play it to test it - for which I'm grateful - though quite understandably you aren't going to play it for long are you? Maybe five minutes - ten at tops, so you would not have got to see how the game gradually gets faster and more difficult.

If I made it rock hard after two minutes of play, then most people would have very short games and get bored with it very quickly!

You need to build up your extra lives in the early stages when it's slow as later on you'll need them.

Anyone who says it's too easy after scoring 10,000 points or more I can take seriously. If anyone still thinks it's too easy, please let me know how long your game lasted before you nodded off (zzzzzzzzz), and what score you got.

TDK_Man

Login to post a reply

Server time is: 2023-06-06 20:18:53
Your offset time is: 2023-06-06 20:18:53