Fall of 21XX v1.0-r5

Fall of 21XX v1.0-r5

Hello guys, here’s the first update of Fall of 21XX in 2018. I am trying to keep the release cycles shorter, so instead of one gigantic update every year I have decided this update had some good progress and it should be released.

Notable Updates

  • HD Mugshot Artwork.
  • HD Ending Artwork.
  • Keyboard navigation through most screens.
  • Main menu interface with bullet buttons.
  • Keyboard input for the menu.
  • READY banner.
  • Fixed many bugs in Violen’s attacks.

As usual, code got reorganized and easier to work with.

Well, I still have a long product backlog to go through with, but this is fine for now. Hopefully, you like it and notice all the little details and improvements. Enjoy!

Fall of 21XX v1.0-r4

Yup, just spoiled the bosses.


Hi guys. Well, this update took longer than usual but it is finally here. I present you the first major rewrite of Fall of 21XX, a game that I published back in 2004! Even though I was happy with the results at that time, I knew it was incomplete. This update is not complete either, and I had to make an early cut to provide this update, otherwise, there would be nothing this year. After this I can focus on some other major features I have planned for this game.

While I decided not to change the name of the game and just to bump the version up, I take a holistic view of all these planned updates and call them the Fall of 21XX Redux project.

Notable Changes

  • Increased the number of lives to six.
  • Fixed seams in background tiles.
  • Fixed the spike tiles.
  • Made windows size bigger and user-configurable.
  • Adjustments in the script.
  • Changed the typewriter sound.

Read more after the break if you want to know more details.

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Bad Box Over 0.9.4 – Bad Box Art Roll Joins the Battle

Bad Box Over 0.9.4

Hi everyone!

Bad Box Over gets a new level and a new character: Bad Box Art Roll.

Well, she’s not exactly a standalone character, but as shown in the previous teaser, she joins Bad Box Art Mega Man in his cruise of mayhem.

I didn’t know exactly how this would pan out more than a year ago when I put together the teaser, but everything is there: Passenger Roll? Check. Roll throws bombs? CHECK!

New Controls

So a little explanation is in order for those who are not using touch controls. If you want to throw bombs, just press the space bar. That’s it. So essentially you have three weapons now, your regular shot (press control), bombs (press space), and your truck (run over enemies).

Everything else came organically as I resumed development earlier this year. I picked up a stage theme, song and enemies, and a boss along the way. This time it is Yellow Devil! It was a real joy to tune and extend the engine to account for all of this and I’m happy to be able to deliver in spite of my crazy schedule and natural disasters.

New Features

Here’s a little summary of the changes in this update:

  • Passenger Bad Box Art Roll. Throw bombs with the space bar.
  • Bombs destroy spikes!
  • New map: Level 3 and new boss: Yellow Devil.
  • New cutscene and teaser.
  • New Level Picker. Choose where to start.
  • New Pause menu. Exit to the title at any time.
  • Fixed many annoying bugs.

And here are the sprites I edited for Bad Box Art Roll

Bad Box Art Roll sprites

Rockman Xover offline

A lot of things have happened since I started this game. Probably the more relevant one is that Rockman Xover, the game this one was meant to parody, is no longer available in mobile app stores. Or even worse, even if you happen to have it, the servers that backed it for gameplay have been shut down, making it impossible to play. Ah, the joys of modern gaming.

That’s a real shame. I think I was just starting to explore this style of gameplay and it has a charm of its own once you put some effort into animations and transitions. Not going to lie, making games is difficult. Even if the game looks simple or is easy to play.

Next steps

The next update will probably be the last level. So yeah, even for a four-level casual game, I think it has grown a lot for a game that was meant to be a parody. And a sandbox for programming experiments. Many of the concepts that I have implemented here will be ported to my other games in development, like Bass Abyss. Now that’s a game that has become too big to manage sometimes.

Probably I’ll give Bad Box Over a little break before I finish it and resume some other projects that I have in my backlog.

Almost forgot. A video of this new level, of course, full of spoilers:

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Bad Box Over 0.9.3

Bad Box Over Level 2

Hello guys. First update of the year, and hopefully not the only one, but well, at least this is a big one.

I recently enjoyed a holiday so I used my time to resume my work on my games. I wanted something simple so Bad Box Over was the best candidate. But as usual, simplicity is an understatement that nobody gets to define properly until they sit down and try to code one of these little beasts.

Luckily the enjoyment of seeing progress and solving new problems along the way kept me curious and motivated to advance and complete this update.

New Features

From the previous teaser ending, I knew I wanted to have at least a new level with Bad Box Art Mega Man driving Auto’s truck causing mayhem on the streets. One thing leads to the next, so here’s a brief list of the new features:

  • Improved horizontal scroll and speed up.
  • New Map: Level 2.
  • New Boss battle: DRex.
  • New music and improved music support.
  • Spike support.
  • Truck hit support (this is hilarious).
  • Truck stomp support.
  • Shielded areas.
  • New boss death animation theme.
  • Boss shots.
  • Better pause.
  • Warning banner.
  • Ready banner.
  • Multilevel support (Linear quest).
  • Configurable game scene (map, backgrounds, music, player, boss)
  • Checkpoint, death, and resume support.
  • New cutscene.
  • Truck destruction.
  • Item logic. Energy items. Energy load.

I had to stop there for this cut. As you can see in the new cut scene I have already set myself up for new gameplay elements that will not make the next update any easier. Oh well.

I have recorded some videos that you can check if you don’t mind spoilers.

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Bad Box Over 0.9.1

Bad Box Over 0.9.1


Yes!!! A new … um … Bad Box Over update?

Sure thing. Well, I’ve been very busy the past year, switching between multiple projects, improving the workflow, and extracting as much game code in a single reusable game framework as possible.

So, at the moment I haven’t been working in one but three games at the same time: Bass Abyss, Bad Box Over, and Fall of 21XX. Oddly enough, Bad Box Over is the game where I had the most progress, mostly because recently I had a surge of ideas to get a decent speed on my mobile phone, but so far the results have been very poor. I have more experiments to make, but considering all the clean-up and fixes I did to get to this level, for desktop I think it is a very good update. Some changes include:

  • Adjusted the size and positioning of objects in the scene.
  • Replaced some textures with newly captured ones.
  • Improved background parallax effect.
  • Many small visual touch-ups and fixes.

Probably next time I expect to have a new level or at least a score system. Enjoy my adventures in the world of casual gaming!

Bass Abyss 1.0.7.6

Hello guys, I’m publishing a brief update. I’ve been doing a lot of maintenance work in the server-side code, so I don’t have much to show at the moment. However, I had this little Bass Abyss change in store for a while so I decided to publish it now.

Enemy fragments

When you destroy certain enemies, you’ll see all sorts of little fragments flying around. I’ve been a fan of this in Mega Man X games, so I really felt I was missing something every time I blew some enemy up.

blowing-up

These fragments do not usually come within a particular sprite sheet so you have to capture them on your own. They switch between visible and invisible, which requires some patience to get them all.

Collecting all possible fragments of every possible enemy is time-consuming, so probably I won’t do this very often. It is nice to have the infrastructure in place, though, in case I feel like doing the same job for other enemies later on.