The Little Legend - Would you like to compose music for an upcoming MSX2 platform game?

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By Bengalack

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10-05-2021, 20:07

I'm developing a game and thought it would be ok to ask whether there is anyone that would like to contribute on the audio part of things. I just can't compose music myself and will depend on others. Get in contact with me if you are interested (email address is on the profile page). I have some ideas for the athmosphere, amount of material needed, and so on.

You can compose in the tool of choice. Due to cpu-time constraints, I plan to "record" the commands sent to the sound-chip, and replay them at runtime. This avoids the need for a dedicated replayer, and saves some cycles for other gameplay.

The plan is to support OPLL+PSG *only*.

Working title:  The Little Legend

Game type:     	Scrolling platform game (with a few puzzles here and there)
Requirements:  	MSX2/V9938 (or higher), MSX-Music, 64kB RAM, 128kB VRAM
Frequency:     	60Hz/NTSC and 50Hz/PAL

Format:        	Megarom
Distribution 	Cartridge (physical) + full or limited version as download
ROM-size: 	?
Dev. started  	2020
Release year:  	2022 (likely)
Programming:   	bengalack
Artwork by:    	instagram.com/pandemonium_arts
Sources:       	The sources will be released on github

Planned features:
		Smooth scroll with clean cut screen edges
		Screen-updates 60 times per second
		Four worlds, where each contains 4 levels and a boss-room
		Hidden bonus-levels
		Levels consist of 5 different themes
		Story screens 
		X power-ups, X different enemies, coin pickups
		... and lots of other gameplay + technical features.
		Hopefully, some kick-ass, memorable FM-music :)

Keywords, or "target statements" written down early, direction for the game:
Feel:		Smooth, Snappy, Responsive, Bling, Fast
Visuals: 	Feelgood colors, generally not dark or gloomy --"cute"
Story:		Super-easy to understand --tabloid
Experience:	Easy to get going and fun
Content:	Polished
		A sizable amount of gameplay (levels)
		Both easy AND hard game play

Below is some artwork giving a kind of direction for the game:

Ingame shot:

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By Bengalack

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14-05-2021, 21:12

There's some footage here as well: https://youtu.be/BMK6loTd2kQ?t=67
The video is "a bit old", so I'll make a new one in not too long.

If you know someone with composing-skills, please point them to his text :-)

By aoineko

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14-05-2021, 21:43

Very beautiful game.
I won't be able to help you because I'm totaly useless in music.
Moreover I'm also looking for a musician for my tennis game. ^^
Good luck ; this project deserves a good music.

By wolf_

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14-05-2021, 22:59

Considering the game style you could as well name it 'Hyper Maria'. Running Naked in a Field of Flowers

By Bengalack

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15-05-2021, 08:03

Thanks!

I think the title works well and it fits in with the (tiny) backstory. But, of course, it's still only a working title.

As for the music. I actually have that working in-game too. Next step is to get that music compressed in the direction Grauw showed us in the "Assembler optimizer" thread. Things are really coming together now. Possibly my release date of 2022 is too pessimistic? ha ha ha, if so, that's against the trends when it comes to release dates Smile

By TheKid

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15-05-2021, 08:54

Well bengalack, the skills you are missing in composing music, is well compensated in the graphical department Smile the graphics are very nice. So I hope someone will help you with the music, that can only up the game more. Sign me up for the pre-order! Smile

By Bengalack

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15-05-2021, 12:23

TheKid wrote:

Well bengalack, the skills you are missing in composing music, is well compensated in the graphical department Smile the graphics are very nice. So I hope someone will help you with the music, that can only up the game more. Sign me up for the pre-order! Smile

Thanks so much! So nice to hear. Yes, music is a must, and an important part of the overall experience.

But: I didn't do enough research. My initial googling did only reveal insignificant variants of the name. But when I now find the EXACT same title for a game, I need to go back to the drawing board Smile ha ha

https://www.littlelegendgame.com/

By ro

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15-05-2021, 14:02

wolf_ wrote:

Considering the game style you could as well name it 'Hyper Maria'. Running Naked in a Field of Flowers

Is that a "sure, I'd love to do musix for this game" ? Smile Come on Wolfie, bring the goods. We've missed you since your last Infinite game at MSXdev... Speaking of, any change Edwin and yourself are joining again?

By Bengalack

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17-05-2021, 11:28

aaaand: we are good!!! wolf_ is in... which of course isn’t lowering the expectations:-)

By Pencioner

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17-05-2021, 11:54

Running Naked in a Field of Flowers

By thegeps

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17-05-2021, 12:48

Great, we'll wait for a cool game!

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