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[Homebrew game] Flight of Pigarus
Post Posted: Fri Nov 30, 2018 4:32 pm
Last edited by Kagesan on Sat Dec 01, 2018 7:32 am; edited 1 time in total
So, I made another game. It took me a little longer than expected, but now it's finally complete.

It's a well-known fact that games which feature ninjas or flying pigs are 100% more awesome than games which feature neither. While my two previous games had plenty of ninja content, the piggu side of things has been woefully neglected. Until now. The new game is finally going to wrong this right.

The game is a score-attack shoot'em-up, which means that the main goal is to score as many points as you can within a strict time limit. The game saves the highest score for each of its modes. Additionally, replays of the runs that led to those highscores are saved, so you can watch them later and see where you might be able to improve.

Controls should be mostly self-explanatory: D-pad moves the player character, one button shoots (hold down for rapid autofire), the other one can be used to adjust the player's movement speed.

Tom, kusfo, and vingazole were awesome as always and once again provided translations for the manual.
A big thank you also goes out to Calindro, psidum, Tom, sverx and Ghegs for testing the game and giving invaluable feedback.

So without much further ado, here it is: Flight of Pigarus. Enjoy!

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


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Post Posted: Fri Nov 30, 2018 9:56 pm
As usual, excellent work Kagesan !
Full ASM, I presume ?

Funny thing, i've made a little compilation of Bara Buru & Bruce Lee (with a little menu), 2 weeks ago... i'll add this one on it ^^
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Post Posted: Fri Nov 30, 2018 10:19 pm
Well, that looks ridiculously good. Are you sure you didn't accidentally write a Mega Drive game?

(We can give you more quota, also feel free to deep link the images as they are on-site.)
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Post Posted: Fri Nov 30, 2018 10:20 pm
As I already said, this is another masterpiece, 10/10 would play again.

Also, I just noticed I forgot to translate the "Game Over" heading in the manual, whoops :(
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Post Posted: Sat Dec 01, 2018 12:55 am
This is great. Another five levels or so, and I'd have paid (well, I'd have badgered my mum into paying) retail pricing for it in 1993!
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Post Posted: Sat Dec 01, 2018 7:36 am
Thank you all. I'm glad you enjoy it.

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Full ASM, I presume ?

Yes. That's what I know and that's what I'll stick to. I wouldn't say it couldn't be done any other way, but it sure would take a much better programmer than I am.

Maxim wrote
Are you sure you didn't accidentally write a Mega Drive game?

LOL, I am pretty sure.

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deep link the images

Excellent idea. Done.
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Post Posted: Sat Dec 01, 2018 8:09 am
It would be great to know more about the development process, and how you've made the accompanying materials like the manual. The attention to detail is really good, I can usually find fault but not today :) And of course, why not open source? Nobody ever reads that anyway...

Finally, you really need to hook up with one of those guys who can make physical copies, I'm sure you could make many people happy to own one.
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Post Posted: Sat Dec 01, 2018 8:42 am
WoW how fast It is! I suppose the mix of assembly and lack of tilemap collisión checking does the work. Will play and check this afternoon... isnit a Caravan like shmup? One point: Sprite and tilemap errors in my emulator (masteremu) in android, which seems to be a genesis sms mode like emulator.
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Post Posted: Sat Dec 01, 2018 9:16 am
Also, i see a Deep sense and knowledge about shmup history.. star force, aleste, twinbee , wonder Planet, guardic... and more classical topics of the genre in five minutes!!!
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Post Posted: Sat Dec 01, 2018 11:16 am
Physical Edition???



Really nice game, amazing control, graphics, seems a Mega Drive Game.

Personally i prefer a shmup with classic levels, no time, but it is original and i will enjoy with it.

With that graphics do you think about a RPG game? or Mercs style game with 2 players?

How many time you take to created it?
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Post Posted: Sat Dec 01, 2018 3:40 pm
I'm so glad of seeing games like that being released for the master system! :-D

Continue like this, Kagesan!
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Post Posted: Sat Dec 01, 2018 6:26 pm
Wow, that looks amazing!

Is that the Sonic font?
If you want a Dutch translation give me a shout (or was that already done? I haven't looked at the manual yet)
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Post Posted: Sat Dec 01, 2018 8:32 pm
Simply amazing!
I tried it on Meka and it really feels like a Mega Drive game with those beautiful graphics!

The highscore chase within limited time is quite nice concept and makes the game even more addictive.
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Post Posted: Sun Dec 02, 2018 9:33 am
This is awesome! I too would love to be able to buy a physical copy
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Post Posted: Sun Dec 02, 2018 11:02 am
Thank you Kagesan!!! Another quality game from you!!!
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Post Posted: Sun Dec 02, 2018 11:47 am
Maxim wrote
It would be great to know more about the development process, and how you've made the accompanying materials like the manual. The attention to detail is really good, I can usually find fault but not today :) And of course, why not open source? Nobody ever reads that anyway...

Sure, I can do a little writeup. Any points you're particularly interested in, so I can elaborate? As for the manual and stuff, there's no secret to it. They are done in InDesign with Illustrations created in Illustrator. Fortunately, my day job profession gives me access to those tools.

Regarding sharing the source: I'd rather not. There are too many bits of code I'm frankly embarassed by.


Maxim wrote
Finally, you really need to hook up with one of those guys who can make physical copies, I'm sure you could make many people happy to own one.

I'd love to have a physical edition made, but, as far as I remember it, while there are several options for custom PCBs now, the problem with the cartridge shells is still unresolved, or isn't it?


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With that graphics do you think about a RPG game? or Mercs style game with 2 players?

That would fit really well, I agree. However, at the moment I have no such plans.


law81 wrote
How many time you take to created it?

Too long. I think my earliest files date back to two and a half years ago...


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Is that the Sonic font?

Not intentionally, no. I created it from scratch. I agree it looks a bit similar, though. I guess there's only so many ways you can produce readable characters in 8x16 pixels.
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Post Posted: Sun Dec 02, 2018 2:28 pm
Yeah - this is super awesome, Kagesan! Very well balanced, and über-polished. I did not even know I was missing out on flying pigs in my life, but Flight of Pigarus will surely scratch that itch in the times to come!

Everything is of course excellent, but I particularly like the music! It fits perfectly to the game's pace and really contributes to the overall cute'em-up feel. Also, I really like the 2 minute and 5 minute timers; it would surely have seemed strange to me back in the days, but it very well matches my gamerlife now: Short bursts of retro joy!

My current hiscore for 2 min. is 11960.
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Post Posted: Sun Dec 02, 2018 9:31 pm
Dang, the game is fantastic :)
I so much need a physical copy now T_T
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Post Posted: Sun Dec 02, 2018 10:46 pm
First 5 minutes play and score:

https://youtu.be/6hGn9-zXUZQ
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Post Posted: Mon Dec 03, 2018 12:49 am
This is very amazing! And the art is very humbling.

What an amazing effort. I'd love to see an expanded version come out for cartridge!
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Post Posted: Mon Dec 03, 2018 8:01 am
Maybe we can do a competition to know who is the best playing 2 and 5 minutes pasting an screenshot or photo.
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Post Posted: Mon Dec 03, 2018 10:34 am
oh finally! ;)

Great work mate, and definitely another one in the top SMS homebrew ever.
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That´s Amazing!!!
Post Posted: Mon Dec 03, 2018 10:39 am
Thanks a lot for this masterpiece all included.
Incredible work and generosity from Kagesan and all develop team.
Thanks again for share this present before compo and give us the oportunity to play during this christmas holidays.
Last thanks of this message is to all of you that makes posible play new SMS games and share with generosity your talent.
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Post Posted: Mon Dec 03, 2018 4:12 pm
I gave it a try yesterday on a 2-minute run, and I can only add to the chorus... it's excellent! The time-limited play perfectly suits my tastes these days, and really puts the emphasis on finding strategies to get just a little higher score. Thank you very much for sharing it with us.

I also like law81's suggestion... let's have a friendly competition for the high score! I don't have any expectation that I'll be anywhere near the top of the leaderboards, but it will be great fun to try!
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Post Posted: Mon Dec 03, 2018 4:29 pm
Thank you all again. I'm very happy about all this positive feedback.

Of course I do encourage a little highscore competition. ;)
One hint: To go for the really high scores, you not only need to play strategically (especially at the bosses), you also need to get all the secret bonuses. There are three types of those, and the hints section in the manual points you at how to get them.
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Post Posted: Mon Dec 03, 2018 4:50 pm
This is excellent! I'm super impressed, and I love the art! Thanks for this!
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Post Posted: Mon Dec 03, 2018 4:51 pm
My goal is to not die before I run out of time, getting a high score is secondary for now...

Development info I'm interested in:

- Graphics and sound, did you do then all yourself? I guess so...
- What inspired the design
- How you structured the code, to scale up to a whole game
- Considerations for the sprite limit and memory limits
- Considerations for the player movement speed - for ono I put in inertia to capture an analogue feel, this seems more simple?
- Is enemy movement bespoke code or scripting?
- What did you not add? Ideas you didn't get to or that didn't pan out?
- What considerations did you follow for the manual and cover work? Could you maybe publish some templates for others to build on, as the standard is generally poor :) although at the same time, expensive Adobe tools are expensive...

For me, all my source is embarrassing but I do release it all in order to at least preserve it. Also for meaningless internet points on GitHub :)
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Post Posted: Tue Dec 04, 2018 8:52 am
OK, i write post of COMPETITION at elotrolado forum:
https://www.elotrolado.net/hilo_competicion-flight-of-pigarus-master-system_2312961

Maybe we can do a international or interforum competition if you are interested, so you can play and post the score here and i can update the ranking in the spanish forum with your nick and smspower .

Do you want to play?
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Post Posted: Tue Dec 04, 2018 9:27 am
Kagesan wrote
Sure, I can do a little writeup. Any points you're particularly interested in, so I can elaborate?


I'm sure many would be interested in how you handled a few things:
- how you do 'infinite' vertical scroll (and how you stored such a 'tall' map)
- how you handled collisions between so many bullets and enemies on screen at the same time
- how you saved the player's replay
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Post Posted: Tue Dec 04, 2018 6:25 pm
I collected the answers to the development-related questions here:

www.smspower.org/forums/17278-FlightOfPigarusDevelopmentQA
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Post Posted: Wed Dec 05, 2018 8:57 pm
UPDATED RANKING:

RANKING MODO 2 MINUTOS

1. SetzerGabbiani 21470 puntos
2. Marcopolo Delimon 4420 puntos
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RANKING MODO 5 MINUTOS

1. O´Neill 55150 puntos
2. law 54040 puntos
3. FFantasy6 51560 puntos
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Post Posted: Wed Dec 05, 2018 9:57 pm
Are we really doing this?
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Post Posted: Wed Dec 05, 2018 11:11 pm
Tom wrote
Are we really doing this?


Ok i will update the ranking at elotrolado forum with your nick and forum
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Post Posted: Thu Dec 06, 2018 12:54 am
Kagesan wrote
I'd love to have a physical edition made, but, as far as I remember it, while there are several options for custom PCBs now, the problem with the cartridge shells is still unresolved, or isn't it?


Krikzz is apparently making some
https://twitter.com/krikzz/status/1070135316147789825

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Post Posted: Fri Dec 07, 2018 1:50 pm
It's not much of a score, but I have yet to beat the 2nd boss.

Fantastic game, by the way. Feels very Star Parodia (PCE-CD) inspired.
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Post Posted: Fri Dec 07, 2018 11:37 pm
That's a really awesome shoot-em-up, congratulations! ;)
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Post Posted: Sun Dec 09, 2018 9:23 am
Updated:

RANKING MODO 2 MINUTOS

1. SAKUREN (elotrolado) 22370 puntos
2. SetzerGabbiani (elotrolado) 21470 puntos
3. law (elotrolado)17160 puntos
4. Marcopolo Delimon (youtube) 4420 puntos
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RANKING MODO 5 MINUTOS

1. Tom (smspower) 76180 puntos
2. ccovell (smspower) 66070 puntos
3. SAKUREN (elotrolado) 55940 puntos
4. O´Neill (elotrolado) 55150 puntos
5. law (elotrolado) 54040 puntos
6. FFantasy6 (elotrolado) 51560 puntos
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Post Posted: Sun Dec 09, 2018 3:50 pm
See also http://shinobiman.proboards.com/thread/10933/flight-pigarus
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Post Posted: Sun Dec 09, 2018 10:24 pm
Wow. This game is totally amazing.
And i know my Shmups, especially my Caravan Stage!

jarreboum wrote
Kagesan wrote
I'd love to have a physical edition made, but, as far as I remember it, while there are several options for custom PCBs now, the problem with the cartridge shells is still unresolved, or isn't it?


Krikzz is apparently making some


This game clearly deserve a physical edition!!! I really want one with the pig cover & the hilarious backcover text (reminds me Power Strike back cover, also funny)!!


I'm new here, just registered to comment this game that i've discovered today : Kagesan, this is a work of love and i really wanted you to know that i consider it on par with Soldier standart, more on the Compile side obviously.
But still this mix rocks. 5MIN mode really has what it takes to stay fresh, the quick-kill based gamedesign really is smart.


My personnal best (there still lots of margin, especially on5MIN mode!!!)

2MIN MODE : TOMaplan (shmupemall) 32.110pts
5MIN MODE : TOMaplan (shmupemall) 91.670pts



See ya soon.
This forum seems pretty cool!
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5MIN MODE : TOMaplan (shmupemall) 91.670pts
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2MIN MODE : TOMaplan (shmupemall) 32.110pts
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Post Posted: Mon Dec 10, 2018 12:42 am
Wow, I love this!! It has some semblence to Zanac, so I love it even more :)

I only wish that this could be come a full shooter game instead of time limited. Are there any plans for that sort of thing?

bye for now and best regards,
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Post Posted: Mon Dec 10, 2018 4:52 pm
dink wrote
Are there any plans for that sort of thing?

Not at the moment, no. Never say never, though.
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