Where are the semi-3D MSX1 games?

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By JohnHassink

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12-09-2010, 05:40

History has proven that 'we' can have it! I mean:

Since then, no games like this, as far as I know, were developed for MSX1.

My question is: why not?
I'm more like the MSX2/SCREEN 5 kind of guy myself, but if I could program just a little bit for SCREEN 1/SCREEN 2, I would at least have tried. :)
But I'm not talking about MSX2, ofcourse I know Feedback, and so do you because you visit YouTube now and then to check if a game really exists, don't you? :P

No, I mean really MSX1.
Most of the physical landscape objects are ASCII tiles, anyway.
Play a little bit with HW sprites, and you can make it look great! ;)

Is there a reason this type of oldschool game making seems (IMHO) abandoned?

We've had several issues of MSXdev already, but still...

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By JohnHassink

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12-09-2010, 06:01


Ofcourse I think that everyone who worked at Sega back then should at least receive a daily



for never porting Space Harrier to MSX.
Space Harrier!!! The cunts.
Port it, or sell it to every stupid 8-bit system on the planet except to MSX.

But hey, maybe that's just me.

By PingPong

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12-09-2010, 09:48

History has proven that 'we' can have it! I mean:
Most of the physical landscape objects are ASCII tiles, anyway.
Play a little bit with HW sprites, and you can make it look great! Wink

MSX like also a decent pseudo 3d formula one game (Hyper Rally does not count)
with clever use of sprites and tile in sc2 the result could be very good....


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12-09-2010, 10:01

Don't forget Red Zone... Considering it's age, it is very good looking game...


By syn

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12-09-2010, 10:05

That racegame that took 20+ minutes to load I described in my introduction in the who=who section was 3d if I recall correctly, though I am not sure, and I forgot the name.

while looking for it I found a few race games that are in 3d

Speedboat Racer http://www.generation-msx.nl/msxdb/softwareinfo/3020
TT Racer http://www.generation-msx.nl/msxdb/softwareinfo/3040
Formula 1 Simulator http://www.generation-msx.nl/msxdb/softwareinfo/2511

A flight sim
F16 Fighting Falcon http://www.generation-msx.nl/msxdb/softwareinfo/392
a few more

Though I have played non of these games but the screenshots look 3d :D

By MäSäXi

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12-09-2010, 10:14



Zexas Limited


I think Zexas Limited had colourful enemies. :) And wonderful strange noise which was caused by enemy spaceships. :)
Zexas games have incoming starfield, I am not sure if it had some sort of 3d toward the player scrolling landscape too in some stage.

Zoom 909


If I am not wrong, this game stages were originally the part of Buck Rogers arcade.

Kung-Fu Master (Mass Tael Ltd.)


In first stage you can run towards the horizon and back. :)

Coaster Race


...though this is not the best example in MSX gaming.....

By MäSäXi

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12-09-2010, 10:56

I will add some Spectrum ports too.... some of them are playable, but some are quite bad.... and of course I prefer MSX way, not Spectrum way... Wink

4x4 Off-Road Racing


Winter Events


has Downhill event and finnish flag! ;)

Alpine Ski


Angelo Nieto Pole 500 c.c.




Shame there wasn´t super hang-on on MSX.... angelo nieto looks quite like that...

Do you count certain golf games which have 3D background? Though scenery doesn´t scroll towards you when ball flies through the air ;)

Chase H.Q.


W.E.C Le Mans




Ski Command


Speed King


One of the few very best MSX racing games! :D

The Games: Winter Edition


TZR Grand Prix Rider


Winter Games


Continental Circus


Crazy Cars


...and someone thought that it is a good idea to put this shit on a highly-expensive cartridge! oO

Indy 500


World Grand Prix


Power Drift


Test Drive II


Here were some... :)

By syn

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12-09-2010, 12:09

oh yeah indy 500 I think that was the game that took so long to load up Big smile like at least 20 minutes iirc Big smile

By lionelritchie

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12-09-2010, 18:47

theres vaxol, wich sux.
and the first level of jackie chan spartan x wich is in basic.
and le mans.
and polar star.

have some batspank:

By karma_phantom

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13-09-2010, 05:44

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