Astro Blaster

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Astro Blaster

Post by Andre Leao » Tue Oct 22, 2019 9:21 am

A very nice old-school shoot'em'up released... :)

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https://planetasinclair.blogspot.com/20 ... aster.html
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Re: Astro Blaster

Post by Ralf » Tue Oct 22, 2019 9:48 am

It's very good. 100% pure machine code I believe. No game creators used.

In the 80s you could put it in any pub as arcade cabinet and earn a lot of cash ;)

Some video:
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Re: Astro Blaster

Post by Juan F. Ramirez » Tue Oct 22, 2019 12:39 pm

I enjoy playing the original Quicksilva game.
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Re: Astro Blaster

Post by R-Tape » Tue Oct 22, 2019 6:39 pm

This is brilliant. Fast smooth sprites, great graphics, colourful explosions, quality AY spot effects, pixel collisions.

Where did Matt Jackson spring from? It looks like it's his first Spectrum game, but surely it's not his first z80 game?
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Re: Astro Blaster

Post by Ralf » Tue Oct 22, 2019 7:29 pm

ATTENTION EVERYBODY:
It looks like I linked a wrong Youtube video ;)

Seems like there are at least 3 Astro Blasters on Zx Spectrum:

- one by Quicksilva from 1983 (which I linked)
https://spectrumcomputing.co.uk/index.php?cat=96&id=294

- one for Timex which seems to be equal or almost to Quicksilva version, yet has a separate database entry:
https://spectrumcomputing.co.uk/index.p ... id=4000116

And the current one. Here's the correct video:


Check it out (best in 128 kB mode for AY effects), the classic one is good but this one is an improvement.
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Re: Astro Blaster

Post by R-Tape » Thu Oct 24, 2019 6:27 pm

Seriously, who is Matt Jackson? Has he been active for some time at other places? From the CPC? This is a brilliant game with so many nice touches, whoever can make something like this must know the Speccy inside-out.
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Re: Astro Blaster

Post by R-Tape » Thu Oct 24, 2019 7:48 pm

Also, if anyone's in touch with the Matt Jackson, could they ask if we can host the file here at SC?
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Re: Astro Blaster

Post by druellan » Thu Oct 24, 2019 9:26 pm

What a pleasant surprise this game is. I´m also curious about the developer.
About the Quicksilva version, I´m not sure if it was intended to be a conversion, more like a coincidence on the name?
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