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[Coding competition 2018] Simpsons Trivia by SteveProXNA
Post Posted: Wed Mar 28, 2018 8:29 am
Last edited by Maxim on Fri Mar 30, 2018 8:26 pm; edited 3 times in total
# SimpsonsTriviaSMS
Simpsons Trivia game for the SMS Power! 2018 Competition

###### RELEASE
Tuesday, 27th March 2017

###### INTRO
The Simpsons is a hit TV show that has become a world wide phenomenon.
Therefore, it seems only natural to build a Simpsons Trivia game for the SMS!

###### INSTRUCTIONS
Simple: move joystick Up and Down to select a multi-choice answer: A, B, C, D.
Press button 1 to select an answer or progress forward through any prompts.
Note: Press button 2 to always go back.  Joystick Left and Right are not used.

###### TOOLS
- Programming: devkitSMS
- Languages:         C / Z80
- Visual Studio 2008
- Graphics: BMP2Tile
- Music:         VGM2PSG
- Assembler:         WLA-DX
- Disassembler:  SMS Examine
- Emulators: Fusion / Meka / Emulicious

###### SOURCE CODE
http://github.com/SteveProXNA/SimpsonsTriviaSMS

###### ROM HACKING
You can hack this ROM! 
Download and dump SimpsonsTriviaSMS.sms into Hex Editor, e.g. HxD, and modify bytes:
- 0x004F Used in development => debugging.
- 0x0050 Non-zero value will show answers.
- 0x0051  Ask random questions during quiz.
- 0x0052 Music 0=music play otherwise off.
- 0x0053 Sound  0=sound on otherwise off.

###### CHEAT
Some of the questions may be tough so you can cheat if necessary!
Either hack the ROM [above] to show the answers for every quiz OR

Alternatively on the Title screen whenyou're prompted to "Press Start"
Press button 2 five times and you will have answers to current quiz!

###### CREDITS
Extra special thanks to: sverx for devkitSMS https://github.com/sverx/devkitSMS
Plus shout out to eruiz00 as I used some programming tricks from "Astro Force"

Special thanks to:
Maxim, Martin, Ville Helin, Steve Snake, Bock + the Emulicious devs

Also, I "borrowed" sound effects from Baluba Balok http://bit.ly/2nnSQJG Thanks!
Note: game complete screen has the "Flicky" game over music from SMS Power!

Reference to original Simpsons Trivia questions can be found here:
https://www.absurdtrivia.com/trivia/the-simpsons

###### OUTSTANDING
It would be nice to have more graphics of The Simpsons characters throughout the quiz.
Unfortunately, I only had enough time to import  one consistent image for everything...

###### DOCUMENTATION
Links to documentation on games written for the Sega Master System using devkitSMS:
http://steveproxna.blogspot.com/2017/09/devkitsms-programming-setup.html
http://steveproxna.blogspot.com/2017/11/devkitsms-programming-sample.html
http://steveproxna.blogspot.com/2018/03/devkitsms-programming-sample-ii.html

 
###### COMPANY BIO
StevePro Studios is an independent game developer that builds and publishes 80s retro arcade video games!
Founded by Steven Boland "SteveProXNA" (Jan-2007) a "one man team of one" currently based in Dublin, Ireland.

Previous Sega-based retro games published include "Candy Kid" available here:
- iOS http://apple.co/1QcidUk
- Android http://goo.gl/5rWsYO
- Kindle         http://amzn.to/1IQPBA4
- PC         http://amzn.to/1QiHM9d

###### CONTACT
- Blog: http://steveproxna.blogspot.com
- Email:         steven_boland@hotmail.com
- Twitter: [@SteveProXNA](http://twitter.com/SteveProXNA)


http://www.smspower.org/Homebrew/SimpsonsTrivia-SMS

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Post Posted: Wed Mar 28, 2018 8:42 am
It's an interesting idea... but I think it would really help to have a lowercase font :) Or even better, a variable-width font, but that's a lot trickier.
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Post Posted: Wed Mar 28, 2018 12:20 pm
Maxim wrote
I think it would really help to have a lowercase font :).


Thanks Maxim - actually, that was a consideration to include lowercase characters but the Video RAM budget is pretty much at capacity...! :)
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Post Posted: Wed Mar 28, 2018 12:46 pm
Hi!

Well done with the Game! Although here in Spain there are subtle differences in the serie, i have answered about 50% of the questions without fail. Well designed interface and interesting quiz.
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Post Posted: Wed Mar 28, 2018 4:12 pm
Interesting concept, beautifully executed.
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Post Posted: Thu Mar 29, 2018 10:56 am
eruiz00 wrote
Hi!

Well done with the Game! Although here in Spain there are subtle differences in the serie, i have answered about 50% of the questions without fail. Well designed interface and interesting quiz.


Thanks eruiz00 for the awesome feedback and glad you like the game! I gave a shout out to you on the credits as I "borrowed" some of your programming tricks from Astro Force e.g. ROM banking and function pointer arrays etc. so thanks again for sharing :)
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Post Posted: Thu Mar 29, 2018 10:58 am
Kagesan wrote
Interesting concept, beautifully executed.


Wow! Awesome Kagesan - thanks very much for the kind words :)
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Post Posted: Thu Mar 29, 2018 7:00 pm
How interesting! Very creative game :)

(And I've noticed a Super Uwol! SFX there)
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Post Posted: Fri Mar 30, 2018 9:38 am
Interesting thematic!

Really original, good job
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Post Posted: Fri Mar 30, 2018 11:13 am
Niloct wrote
How interesting! Very creative game :)

(And I've noticed a Super Uwol! SFX there)


Awesome - thanks Niloct! Actually credited SFX to Baluba Balok will update to include Super Uwol! :)
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Post Posted: Fri Mar 30, 2018 11:14 am
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Interesting thematic!

Really original, good job


Awesome BcnAbel76 - thanks for the positive feedback - very much appreciated :)
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Post Posted: Fri Mar 30, 2018 2:02 pm
Version 1.02 uploaded, note the name changed a little bit.
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Post Posted: Sun Apr 01, 2018 7:23 am
Maxim wrote
Version 1.02 uploaded, note the name changed a little bit.


Great thanks a lot :)
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Post Posted: Sun Apr 01, 2018 9:23 am
It might be nice to add in some of that extra art you didn't have time for.
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Post Posted: Mon Apr 02, 2018 6:41 am
Well executed trivia game. I think it is very much to the point - the graphics, sound and content play well together. I can get about 50-60% correct answers on easy (including some lucky guesses), so I'm looking forward to the flashcard-like training module add-on, where I can level-up my Simpsons trivia skills :)
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Post Posted: Wed Apr 04, 2018 9:35 am
Nice entry, and it does what says on the box!
(I usually score around 80% on easy, close to 0% on "Pro!"...)
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Post Posted: Thu Apr 05, 2018 5:33 pm
Maxim wrote
It might be nice to add in some of that extra art you didn't have time for.

Thanks Maxim but arrrgh! Ran out of time... maybe v1.03 "one day" :)
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Well executed trivia game. I think it is very much to the point - the graphics, sound and content play well together. I can get about 50-60% correct answers on easy (including some lucky guesses), so I'm looking forward to the flashcard-like training module add-on, where I can level-up my Simpsons trivia skills :)


Thanks hang-on for the awesome feedback. There is a cheat mode included... about as "close" to the flashcard-like training module add-on :) On the "Press Start" screen, press button 2 five times and you will have answers to current quiz!
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Post Posted: Thu Apr 05, 2018 5:36 pm
sverx wrote
Nice entry, and it does what says on the box!
(I usually score around 80% on easy, close to 0% on "Pro!"...)


Hi sverx - thanks for the feedback! Yeah, had to make the "Pro!" super hard as there are some hardcore Simpsons fans out there... I mean, Q. What is the combination to Bart's school locker? A. 362436... some people actually know this...!!
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Post Posted: Wed Apr 11, 2018 6:02 am
Turns out i am more of a Simpsons fan than i thought. 80% correct! Graphics came out better than i expected for SMS palette. Start up tune is nice.
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Post Posted: Wed Apr 11, 2018 11:57 am
psidum wrote
Turns out i am more of a Simpsons fan than i thought. 80% correct! Graphics came out better than i expected for SMS palette. Start up tune is nice.


Awesome psidum - thanks for the positive feedback - very much appreciated :)
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