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Petaxian 0.2

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I had been lurking on the forums for a few months when I found Prog8 and though this looked interesting. I.e. I could learn a new language and test out the emulator.

I recently saw some good demos using C64 emulator but just based on PETSCII graphics and I though this looked suprisingly cool. Then I remembered the old Galaga game on the C64, the one using just (few) petscii chars. I thought making something similar would be a nice challenge.

This is currently more of a prototype/tech demo than a complete game, the game play basically loops over two mirrored stages but it's at least in a sort of playable state. The intention is to make it a bit more like a proper game but it may never feel like a complete game (programming the gameplay is more fun than designing levels etc).

What's New in Version 0.2   See changelog


Updates include

  • more than one enemy type (new types require multiple hits to kill)
  • a bit longer (8), but still repeating, stage loop
  • Differentiated scoring (not just 1 per enemy)
  • And finally some simple sound effects (code "borrowed" from Tehtriz)




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   4 of 4 members found this review helpful 4 / 4 members

Amazing job, I really appreciate the complexity of your game so far: programming these movement patterns and petscii graphics routines using prog8

I love galaga and this could be a very fun game to play if it is fleshed out a little bit more, and adding some sound effects to it to top it all off   🚀

Hence 4 out of 5 stars, still a bit room for growth

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   1 of 1 member found this review helpful 1 / 1 member

4 out of 5, since if it had sound and if it was a complete game it would get a 5/5 from me for sure. 

It is looking promising. And it also plays nice.  Nice PETSCII look and feel, and responsive.   I love Galaxian and Centipede type of games, so I will keep an eye on this one.


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I really love this! Great graphical style to it and silky smooth! 

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