Retro Gaming: RGCD C64 Cartridge Development Competition no.2

Woohoo, perfect timing now that I’ve now got a working C64 SD2IEC  as I’ve just noticed that RGCD‘s second 16k cartridge competition entries have been released for download.

Here’s the games list –

Amazon Tales
Assembloids
Escape From The Laundry
Get ‘Em DX
Little Sara Sister 2
Match-Buster
Monkey Eat Milkey
On The Farm III
Rent-A-Cop
SpaceChem Nano (
Spike Dislike
Super Bread Box 16KB
Wonderland

I’ve used Draco’s cart maker to transfer all of the  CRT images from my SD2IEC to my EasyFlash cartridge and as there’s still a bit of room on the 1mb cartridge, I can also transfer the game entries from 2011 too. C64 homebrew-tastic.

Fairy Well 
C64anabalt 
Panic Analogue 
Space Lords 
Jars’ Revenge 
Woolly Jumper 
Fortress of Narzod 
The Mollusk 
Get ‘Em! 
Blok Copy
Rong – Ron’s Pong 

Quite a few entries this year so lets get stuck in for a quick look

Amazon Tales

A great start to the game as intro  music by Richard Bayliss is fantastic. Amazon Tales is a simple side scrolling shoot em up where you play a zoo keeper on the hunt  to locate an escaped elephant….o.k, good enough schmup back story for me. Dodge or shoot all manner of jungle inhabitants including blow pipe tottin natives, snakes, tigers and other forestry thingymebobss  and dodge the huge coconuts(?) thrown down from the trees by the pesky monkeys. It’a quite an enjoyable little game with some really nice graphics that kinda remind me of  Platoon and/or the Human Race. There’s not a great deal to keep you coming back for more though  but enjoyable none the less.

Way of the exploding jungle cat?

Amazon_tales

Assembloids

This is a fast and tricky puzzle game where the aim is to match sets of four tiles to complete a series of pictures faces. I’m hopeless at this kind of game and therefore it’s usually not my type of thing but once you start to get into it, it’s actually rather fun. I’ve got to say though, that the intro music for Assembloids is outstandng…especially if you pipe your C64 through a descent set of bassy speakers.

Escape from the Laundry room.

So you’re a sock and as you can guess from the game title, you’re on the run. You can see from the screen shot that there’s definitely a nod to Jet Set Willy with this platformer and is just as unforgiving with it’s pixel perfect collision detection yet brilliantly playbable game mechanics. You’ll come back for more just to see if you can get that little bit further next time. A real classic in the making here!

Laundry

Get Em DX

This is a rerelease and is takes inspiration from classic maze games like Pac Man, Dig Dug and Mr Do. Not usually my cup of tea but worth a shot if you’re a fan of the genre. There’s a foot-tappin-tastic SID tune that play out too.

GetmAll

Little Sara Sister 2

Side scrolling platformer which looks and plays very much like Giana Sisters..not that that’s a bad thing. A bit basic here and there and can be a tad frustrating sometimes  but it’s well worth taking a look. Again, absolutely brilliant menu, gameplay and spot FX tunes. This years entries really have gone to town with some wonderful SID tunes.

lss

Monkey Eat Milky

Great title, rubbish game..although I’m guess it’s more of a party game really. Waggle your joystick left/right as fast as you can  to have you monkey drink the milk. Press up when instructed to ‘burp’ your monkey, rinse and repeat until the milk is gone. Fastest player wins. Cool graphics though and a great digitised ‘burp’ FX.

monkey

On the Farm III

So weird you’d think it was a game by Llamasoft 🙂 A simple shooter which places you in the role of a sea gull out to protect it’s grass crop from a bunch of hungry sheep….erm…o.k. Drop, what I can only assume is TNT bird crap onto the sheep below to wipe them out before they tuck into lunch.  Keep an eye out moles as hitting these have a smart bomb effect and will  clear the screen of all sheep. Also look out for enemy birds that will kill you on impact….yup, it’s all a bit weird to be honest but what a great arcade game it is and well worth checking out.

Counting sheep, only 38 more to dispose of.

farm

Rent a cop

Hmm, not sure about this one. As shopping centre security guard it’s your job to locate and chase after the robber that’s  looting the place. Each screen is split over multiple levels and you need to use the map at the bottom of the screen to locate said robber and quickly move up to the same level using the lifts available at the centre of the screen. There’s also a few obstacles to jump over but to be honest I didn’t play this one for very long as it kinda gets boring very fast.

Nice menu tune though which is well worth listening to as it’s muffled style isn’t something you hear too often and works really well.

I wonder if he works for Group 4?

rentacop

SpaceChem Nano

Bit of a difficult one to explain this one is and is best if you simply try it out for yourself (you’ll need or Mouse attached to your C64 or configure mouse support in Vice – ALT Q will switch to mouse mode).

The game map shows a reactor containing molecules and atoms. By using something called a ‘Waldo’ you have to alter/move the atoms so that they go from the inputs to the outputs…yeah, i know, that doesn’t make much sense but what you have here is a rather unique and highly entertaining puzzle game based on the indie game Space Chem. Thankfully there’s a handy in game tutorial to help you figure it out. This one should keep you busy for a while.

Nano

Spike Dislike

This is probably my favourite game of all the entries. Spike Dislike is such an easy game to get into one one that becomes very addictive to play.  Basically all you have to do is move your bouncing ball through the level without touching any of the spikes. Sounds simply eh? Well, you can only move your ball in one direction (right) and points are awarded  if you can manage to keep your ball travelling right without stopping it to time the bounce for the next spike. How long can you keep bouncing without stopping?

Simple, yet totally engrossing.

Spike

Super Bread Box

A game that everyone has been looking forward to. Super Bread Box is a remake of the retro Indie PC game of the same name that was originally inspired by 8-bit graphics and so it’s perfectly at home on the C64.

The aim is to collect at many crates as you can without being hit by any of the  incoming horders of green and red meanies. Each crate contains varies weapon to help you dispatch all that stand in your way so be quick and dish it out with extreme prejudice.

Super Bread Box is pure arcade twitch gaming  and has become quite the cult game and I’m sure the C64 version can only go the same way. A must for all C64 owners.

Woo, got me a laser gun!

crate

Wonderland

The last game in this years competition is this Zelda-esq RPG and although I’ve not played it for very long, am really enjoying what I’m seeing here and look forward to exploring much more. Journey through the land, with your trusty sword by your side on a quest to find the four magic crystals. Righto,  best get cracking then!

You can find all of these games here –

http://www.rgcd.co.uk/2012/12/rgcd-c64-cartridge-development.html

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