SHEEPISH-so much violence in the world of herding!

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SHEEPISH-so much violence in the world of herding!

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Hey there
i would like to share my new game

SHEEPISH-so much violence in the world of herding!

there are a few bugs (moslty due to the character-drawing technique i use)... if you can live with them (i could not eliminate them) you have a pretty fun game (i think)

Made using AGDx mini, so make sure you select 128kb machine

O-left
P-right
M-jump (only when not moving left or right)
N-skip level
Q+A restart level (might be useful when things get messy)

Tnx to Lee Bee for the creating a wonderful soundtrack!

enjoy (find it in my dropbox folder-link is in my signature below)!

Gab

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Fun and attractive. Thank you!
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Very nice work @gabriele amore and @Lee Bee,

You really do make the very most out of the Spectrum's colour pallette @gabriele amore. Easy to get into, attractive, fun to play and not to hard for the occasional game player (at least on the early levels!).

@Lee Bee, I do love the rendition of 'Hungry Like the Wolf', and the 'Baa' sounds on the intro screen. I've even recorded the tune so I can play it in the car!

My only worry is... Where are the sheep being transported to in the ACME van?
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This is a brilliant game; very fun and attractive, and with great music.

However, I've found one bug that isn't a graphical glitch, but is a clear oversight and can be very annoying.

It happens when you've collected all the sheep and got into the truck and started to drive off. At that point, even if you're only one character space away from exiting the screen and finishing the level, a shepherd may decide to catch you by extending his hook to the (now empty) final position of the wolf before entering the truck. And if that happens, the 'caught' animation plays and you lose the level. It's incredibly annoying, especially as there's no way to avoid it.

I've had this happen twice, including in the initial training level (where it's annoying but doesn't really matter). Perhaps you could fix this? Otherwise, I REALLY like this game!
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RichardHallas wrote: Sun Mar 24, 2024 12:04 pm This is a brilliant game; very fun and attractive, and with great music.

However, I've found one bug that isn't a graphical glitch, but is a clear oversight and can be very annoying.

It happens when you've collected all the sheep and got into the truck and started to drive off. At that point, even if you're only one character space away from exiting the screen and finishing the level, a shepherd may decide to catch you by extending his hook to the (now empty) final position of the wolf before entering the truck. And if that happens, the 'caught' animation plays and you lose the level. It's incredibly annoying, especially as there's no way to avoid it.

I've had this happen twice, including in the initial training level (where it's annoying but doesn't really matter). Perhaps you could fix this? Otherwise, I REALLY like this game!
Hey
i uploaded a corrected version and
I think it should be ok now
(at keast i hope so..)
G
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Congratulations to Gabriele on another great and fun game! :dance It was an honour to provide the music. (Credit to Duran Duran for the in-game tune I remixed.) :-)
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Loving the game so far! Excellent work once again, Gabriele! :D

Love the fact 'Hungry Like The Wolf' plays in-game too, Lee Bee! :lol:
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gabriele amore wrote: Sun Mar 24, 2024 1:08 pm Hey
i uploaded a corrected version and
I think it should be ok now
(at keast i hope so..)
G
Great – that was fast! Thanks very much.
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I need to correct a mispell in the post title... HERDING (not hearding)... can the @PeterJ please help? tnx so much
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Very nice work @gabriele amore and @Lee Bee ! I was expecting something good but this exceeded my expectations. It has a unique mechanic and I love the animations and the well-picked tune. Excellent job on the tune, Lee Bee. It made me like the song more than before.
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Lee Bee wrote: Sun Mar 24, 2024 5:12 pm Congratulations to Gabriele on another great and fun game! :dance It was an honour to provide the music. (Credit to Duran Duran for the in-game tune I remixed.) :-)
This game wouldnt be the same without your wonderful tunes!
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good work! well, didn't expect any less from this author ;)

however, with this game engine i expected some gfx glitches as well - and there is at least one
sometimes, parts of the shepherd sprite remain in the bottom rows of the screen
i wonder if it's possible to fix it?
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Lethargeek wrote: Sun Mar 24, 2024 7:12 pm good work! well, didn't expect any less from this author ;)

however, with this game engine i expected some gfx glitches as well - and there is at least one
sometimes, parts of the shepherd sprite remain in the bottom rows of the screen
i wonder if it's possible to fix it?
yse that is what i meant when i mentioned bugs due to the graphic tecqnique i use... i did'nt figure out out to remove that problem yet... sorry
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gabriele amore wrote: Sun Mar 24, 2024 7:45 pm yse that is what i meant when i mentioned bugs due to the graphic tecqnique i use... i did'nt figure out out to remove that problem yet... sorry
if it really happens only at the bottom maybe force filling these rows would be enough?
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gabriele amore wrote: Sun Mar 24, 2024 6:49 pm I need to correct a mispell in the post title... HERDING (not hearding)...
Done!
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Just starting to play this, but can I say generally, when someone posts a new platformer, PLEASE state how many levels there are! :)
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DVDfever wrote: Mon Mar 25, 2024 2:18 am Just starting to play this, but can I say generally, when someone posts a new platformer, PLEASE state how many levels there are! :)
it has 10 levels plus a boss level (plus a training level)
you can see each one by pressing N to skip
(Q+A to restart if you need it )
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I don't know about having to reveal how many levels there are, there seems to be a rush to have walkthroughs & spoilers for absolutely every single element of pretty much every brand new Speccy game within moments of release (especially when Devs have spent months crafting them), so it's nice to retain some mystery, even if it's only for a few hours.
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gabriele amore wrote: Mon Mar 25, 2024 11:05 am it has 10 levels plus a boss level (plus a training level)
you can see each one by pressing N to skip
(Q+A to restart if you need it )
That's awesome, thanks :)
Daveysloan wrote: Mon Mar 25, 2024 4:41 pm I don't know about having to reveal how many levels there are, there seems to be a rush to have walkthroughs & spoilers for absolutely every single element of pretty much every brand new Speccy game within moments of release (especially when Devs have spent months crafting them), so it's nice to retain some mystery, even if it's only for a few hours.
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gabriele amore wrote: Sun Mar 24, 2024 1:08 pm Hey
i uploaded a corrected version and
I think it should be ok now
(at keast i hope so..)
G
Hi,

I'm sorry, but I've just found another very similar bug.

If you complete a level and get into the truck, and then you drive off, PASSING A SHEPHERD as you go (i.e. the shepherd is to the left of the truck as you leave), then instead of the completed level finishing, the 'caught' animation plays at the point where your character entered the truck, and you have to play it all over again…

Let's hope this is the last end-of-level bug to be found!

EDIT: No it isn't! I've just found another one, which is that you can be hooked by a shepherd's crook at the exact moment you enter the truck. If that happens, you die and see the 'caught' animation, but at the same time, the truck drives away behind the death animation… so it's as though you've been pulled out of the cab of the truck as it leaves!
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RichardHallas wrote: Tue Mar 26, 2024 4:30 pm Hi,

I'm sorry, but I've just found another very similar bug.

If you complete a level and get into the truck, and then you drive off, PASSING A SHEPHERD as you go (i.e. the shepherd is to the left of the truck as you leave), then instead of the completed level finishing, the 'caught' animation plays at the point where your character entered the truck, and you have to play it all over again…

Let's hope this is the last end-of-level bug to be found!

EDIT: No it isn't! I've just found another one, which is that you can be hooked by a shepherd's crook at the exact moment you enter the truck. If that happens, you die and see the 'caught' animation, but at the same time, the truck drives away behind the death animation… so it's as though you've been pulled out of the cab of the truck as it leaves!
oh i found where the bug is... well it will take me a bit to fix it ... let's see what i can do about it
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Superb! This is one of your best games Gab. Your trademark graphics are as gorgeous as ever, and you've got the playability spot on for me. The enemy behaviour is well judged too. They are pretty crafty when they change direction or decide to hang about.

Great soundFX and music from Lee too - they really suit the game.
Lee Bee wrote: Sun Mar 24, 2024 5:12 pm (Credit to Duran Duran for the in-game tune I remixed.) :-)
I guessed it was a riff on Donna Summer's 'I feel love'. Is it Duran Duran's cover of that?
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R-Tape wrote: Tue Mar 26, 2024 8:17 pm Superb! This is one of your best games Gab. Your trademark graphics are as gorgeous as ever, and you've got the playability spot on for me. The enemy behaviour is well judged too. They are pretty crafty when they change direction or decide to hang about.

Great soundFX and music from Lee too - they really suit the game.



I guessed it was a riff on Donna Summer's 'I feel love'. Is it Duran Duran's cover of that?
Thanks!
no that is "Hungry like the wolf" by Duran Duran :D
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Surely Baa-baa-rella should be one of the sheep then?

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RichardHallas wrote: Tue Mar 26, 2024 4:30 pm Hi,

I'm sorry, but I've just found another very similar bug.

If you complete a level and get into the truck, and then you drive off, PASSING A SHEPHERD as you go (i.e. the shepherd is to the left of the truck as you leave), then instead of the completed level finishing, the 'caught' animation plays at the point where your character entered the truck, and you have to play it all over again…

Let's hope this is the last end-of-level bug to be found!

EDIT: No it isn't! I've just found another one, which is that you can be hooked by a shepherd's crook at the exact moment you enter the truck. If that happens, you die and see the 'caught' animation, but at the same time, the truck drives away behind the death animation… so it's as though you've been pulled out of the cab of the truck as it leaves!
the new version should be ok now ... at least THAT bug should have been taken care for
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