Spikie Goes Skiing - My first 'full' Spectrum game

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Spikie Goes Skiing - My first 'full' Spectrum game

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Hi everyone, I learned a lot from all of you guys during my first steps into assembly language coding.

I even set up a Twitch and YouTube channel called RetroCoder TV , and have some subscribers and followers etc it is growing very nicely.

After a couple of failed attempts to make a complete game (normally ran out of memory space), I have finished the first version of Spikie Goes Skiing!

There were compromises made due to many factors (ie. my programming ability, time constraints, unforeseen system limitations and a whole host of other problems), and overall it is nowhere near as good as the original game it is inspired by. However it is a fun little game in it's own right and is sufficiently different enough from the 80's original title.

In coming weeks I will be making another, even smaller game for the 48k. After that, I will be porting this game to the ZX Next and hopefully learning all about how to make the graphics look sweet on that system

Like I say in the title, this is my first game on Speccy and I made a lot of shortcuts/compromises. Mainly I think it will serve to help attract some new viewers (beginner and experienced programmers) to come visit my stream and grow the community.

Lots more games to follow. Also will be making a cassette cover/insert with instructions etc.

Tap file: https://gofile.io/d/HF70Qe

Github repo: https://github.com/RetroCoderTV/RetroCoderASM-TV-ZX_Dev

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This is nice to see. The frogger style road section is a bit easier than the 'original', and the skiiing section is very hard to control. Maybe that's what skiiing is really like.

Sending you a PM.
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haha Thanks for the feedback. I did struggle at first with the road being either too hard or too easy. But actually now it will increase through about 10 different difficulties in road (every time you go past 'finish' in ski level , road gets harder). I should probably start it from slightly harder by default.

.. Looking out for your PM :D
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R-Tape wrote:
Wed Sep 16, 2020 3:20 pm
This is nice to see. The frogger style road section is a bit easier than the 'original', and the skiiing section is very hard to control. Maybe that's what skiiing is really like.

Sending you a PM.


At the danger of sounding like a noob. My reply to your PM is stuck in my outbox on the website. Not sure if that is normal, or I did something wrong.

To answer your questions: The name RetroCoder TV is perfect to use in all cases. And the TAP file is freely available. (People are also free to edit and use the code if they wish for their own project, or amend this one on Github. Also of course, if anyone wishes to release it in other format (.z80 .tzx etc) please feel free.

I will also be making a printable cassette cover and insert for the physical tape (one day when I made more games I will do a small print run and sell them at cost-price to my YouTube/Twitch supporters) :D Fun times ahead....
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WASD for the keys?
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Andre Leao wrote:
Wed Sep 16, 2020 3:39 pm
WASD for the keys?
Kids today eh :roll:
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R-Tape wrote:
Wed Sep 16, 2020 3:41 pm
Andre Leao wrote:
Wed Sep 16, 2020 3:39 pm
WASD for the keys?
Kids today eh :roll:
WASD really grinds my gears... esp in a retro context. I mean, it tooks YEARS to establish that ZXOKP was the one true control scheme /ducks /runs
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chilledgamer wrote:
Wed Sep 16, 2020 3:31 pm
At the danger of sounding like a noob. My reply to your PM is stuck in my outbox on the website. Not sure if that is normal, or I did something wrong.
Yep that's normal. It stays in your outbox until the recipient reads it. That way you can edit or delete right up until it gets received.

Ta for the info.
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Andre Leao wrote:
Wed Sep 16, 2020 3:39 pm
WASD for the keys?
I guess it beats 67890
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This is extremely good for a first game.
The Skiing part is impossible! Do you have to go through all the flags?

I struggled a bit with WASD and would've preferred QAOP.

Well done, you've made a game more playable than Kosmic Kanga on your first attempt!
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