Some time ago (on 05/15/2013) I started working on my new game for Atari 8-bit. The main idea was to create an adventure game with vast world, multitude of different locations, throng of items to use and an interesting story.
I made several assumptions:
No boring locations made of similarly looking graphical blocks, therefore every single location is an unique hires screen
No extended RAM needed – game should run on stock Atari with 64kB of RAM. Unfortunately I had to drop that assumption and use at least 2 extram banks for the game to run at decent speed. But still, stock 130XE with SDX occupying one bank is enough to play. Free banks are auto detected, but you can override the auto detection by using “banks.txt” file
How to run the game:
Load the downloaded .atr, it’ll boot to the MyDOS
Run RZYGON.XEX file (press “L”, type “RZYGON.XEX” and press Return)
If you use SIO2SD or similar device, you may consider loading the highspeed driver (HISPEED.COM) first
Should you be the SDX user, just copy all files (including subdirectories) to any directory on any partition and execute “X RZYGON.XEX”
I wish you all a lot of fun while playing the game, if you dare to
Brilliant, Well spotted, Baker. I take my hat/dust covers off to the Poles, you know. There have been some brilliant U.S./U.K./German programmers etc over the years (especially during our 'Golden Years' 80s decade), releasing absolute stonking games, utils and demos for our Atari classics, but I think it's fair to say, over the past 25 years, the Poles have led the way in innovative programming and blowing our minds in terms of the following effects/responses...
JEEZ! Is that running on an XL/XE? Surely not?! Incredible, who the hell's designed and programmed this? etc etc...
I know Thark's a fan of the demo and gaming scene and has a good back-catalogue/knowledge of some of their best.
Why not a mini review of the Polish scene, Tharkanoid, and blow our capacitors a bit more?!
Cheers, fella. 8BB (Booting Boulderdash)
PS. How's it going tiw? I'm looking forward to this Nigel-inspired HD heading my way via brenski... CHEERS in advance, fellas.