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Offline saimo

Follix - new game for AGA Amigas [WIP]
« on: March 23, 2021, 05:13:16 PM »
Making ArtPazz (a remake of my third game ever, done in 1995) spurred me to remake (for the... erm... 4th time!) also my very first game (originally made in 1994): enter Follix, another puzzler for all AGA Amigas! The game has been in the works only for a couple of days now: the core is in place, but of course all the rest still needs to be done.
The original game was heavily inspired by Atomix, and so is Follix, although it introduces some gameplay changes. The "ix" at the end of the name comes precisely from "Atomix" - "Folli" instead, comes from "Follia", which is the Italian for "madness" (which links the game to ArtPazz also name-wise).


The video shows the basic gameplay mechanics and these visual effects:
 * 24-bit translucencies;
 * 24-bit fading from/to black;
 * 24-bit cross-fading;
 * 8-bit alpha-cycling*;
 * 8-bit alpha-cycling and 24-bit cross-fading at the same time*.

(*I genuinely wonder if this has ever done before on Amiga.)

Please note that the graphics are temporary: probably they will change completely (in fact, I'm going to experiment with something totally different right after posting this).
Technical note: like ArtPazz, also Follix is written entirely with AMOS Professional 2.00 and the in-house ALS library.

P.S. And, yes, now I'm dying to remake also my second game ever, but that's just one more entry in my TO-DO list for the moment being.
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Offline saimo

Re: Follix - new game for AGA Amigas [WIP]
« Reply #1 on: March 30, 2021, 05:53:57 PM »

In this preview you can see that the core of the game is completely implemented now. In fact, the game can be played from the beginning till the end: all the 30 levels are in place! However, the most important thing to be done before the release is to add some nice gameplay feature. I have omitted the time limit and bonuses that were featured by the original game, as I don't want the game to be stressful (the same choice I made for ArtPazz), but I also want the experience to be richer than it currently is. Of course, there are also other things to do: graphics and sound effects have to be finished, music has to be written, the options menu has to be implemented and a nice story (which will unveil as the puzzles get solved) has to be penned. And I haven't decided yet whether to have a score and/or per-level scores (like the original game).
« Last Edit: April 08, 2021, 08:32:17 PM by saimo »
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Offline saimo

Re: Follix - new game for AGA Amigas [WIP]
« Reply #2 on: April 08, 2021, 08:32:38 PM »
Curious about how Follix is progressing? This new preview should quench your thrist...


Latest changes:
 1. added options menu;
 2. added loading/saving;
 3. added option to restart from any of the levels previously completed;
 4. added trail graphical effect;
 5. added music and mute options;
 6. added title screen information overlay;
 7. improved graphics;
 8. improved sounds;
 9. made various internal improvements.

Notes about the changes:
 1. I decided to keep it minimal and stylish, adding new colors and - of course - more transparencies;
 2. the game tries to load the data from both a local file and through nonvolatile.library, and then uses the best data found; the game tries to save the data to a local file and, failing that, tries with nonvolatile.library; at the moment, the only piece of information loaded/saved is the number of the highest level completed;
 5. the music is the one I made for ArtPazz and, therefore, just a placedholder;
 6. at the moment, it is used only to show the "about" page, but I plan to use it to show also times/scores/records (if I ever decide to add them - I haven't made my mind about this yet); technically, it adds a 75% opaque layer on top of the background and of the alpha-cycling logo;
 8. in particular, I have improved the quality of the speech samples, but still they are affected by a light hiss due to quantization, so I'm thinking to use 14 bit playback for them.

General note: the sudden game-overs in the video are not due to a bug or a mistake, but are simply the result of pressing [ESCAPE] ;)
« Last Edit: April 08, 2021, 08:36:02 PM by saimo »
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