MSXdev’20: #11- Relevo’s Snowboarding

MSXdev’20: #11- Relevo’s Snowboarding

by MSXdev Team on 19-07-2020, 12:09
Topic: MSX Revival
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Here we have it – the eleventh entry for MSXdev’20 while we are approaching the deadline for contest entries, at the end of this month.

The veteran developers (and former MSXdev organizers) of Relevo enter the contest with a game that reminds us of those good old Konami sports games titles, that we all know so well, as we played them many times back in the days.

This game deals with snowboarding, a fresh sport that we wouldn’t mind to practice right now, as the summer heat is surrounding us. In Relevo’s Snowboarding, we compete in a world championship divided in 16 different stages. The point in every track is to get the highest score while riding our board, doing incredible tricks as we fight against time.

On top of that, there’s an array of different boards to choose from, and we can even customize our player character.

Relevo celebrates its 11th anniversary by entering the MSXdev’20 with its all new 11th production for the MSX system! A tribute to those good old Konami titles from mid 80s such as Antarctic Adventure, Hyper Rally, Sky Jaguar and all those sporty games every MSX user loved.
You are about to enter the Relevo Snowboarding World Championship all around the globe! The contest has a total of 16 stages, all of them beautiful and challenging circuits. Configure your snowboarder, select your board and you are ready to go! Use your skills in this wild race against the clock while you master different styles such as slalom and freestyle, and experience speed by riding downhill the most famous resorts in the world! You can even find a mode with a track full of slopes for you to practice your flips and grabs and improve your coolest moves!
If you want a big shot of nostalgia with its Konami look-a-like style while becoming the king of the mountain, do not miss to play this MSXdev’20 entry full of colorful graphics, catchy tunes and smooth gameplay!

  • Name of the game: Relevo’s Snowboarding
  • Size: 48KB
  • RAM size requirements: 8KB
  • Genre: Sports / Racing
  • Name of the group involved: Relevo

Relevant link: MSXdev homepage
Relevant link: Gameplay video

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Comments (57)

By Uninteresting

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19-07-2020, 11:23

After giving it a quick go, I'd be surprised if this doesn't rank up there in the end results. I really like the music and after I played only the levels 1-1 and 1-2 (almost finishing the latter), the gameplay seems to be nicely interspersed with special sections (I've come across slalom poles and tricks so far).

By tfh

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19-07-2020, 12:08

And of course you can play it online:
https://www.file-hunter.com/MSXdev/index.php?id=snowboarding

/edit/
Man! I feel 14 years all over again! Konami style to the max!

By defdanny

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19-07-2020, 11:59

Hey, this is the true Konami sportsgame spirit! What a nice game! by pressing and holding the space bar you get more speed (but you cannot control left or right!). And you can do tricks on the ramps! ... and there are hidden secrets (just found one by gliding between 2 trees)...

By defdanny

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19-07-2020, 12:15

12690 Points in the first run! Nice game for real-life competition (maybe on the next MSX user meeting in winter, Nijmegen 2021?) Wink

By Grauw

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19-07-2020, 13:10

Man oh man! This game is awesome. And I’ve always wanted to snowboard in Niseko Big smile.

By wimpie3

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19-07-2020, 13:48

This game definitely succeeds in bringing back the Konami years. Congrats! This could have been an official Konami game and no-one would ever know!

By Grauw

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19-07-2020, 13:50

How do I do the grabs?

Edit: never mind, I found the beautiful manual Big smile.

By wimpie3

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19-07-2020, 13:58

Oh yeah, the manual that's included in the ZIP file is FANTASTIC! Also take a look at the ROM contents; there is a special message at the end.

By Grauw

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19-07-2020, 13:58

The manual says “you can continue from the first stage of the last course you reached the last time your game was over.” However the game continues at the same stage that I failed… Is it an error in the manual or a little bug?

By valkyre

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19-07-2020, 14:29

yep, definitely captures the great konami magic. Fantastic entry.

By viejo_archivero

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19-07-2020, 14:39

Thank you all for your comments, hope you enjoy Relevo's Snowboarding! It's good to be back, there's no place like home!

@Grawn: indeed it's a bug in the manual... well, kinda: earlier versions of the game just let you continue from the first stage of the last course you played, but after the testing stage we considered that perhaps it wouldn't be that fair to do so, and we changed it for the last played level. It seems that we missed on updating the manual... nothing we can't fix, thank you for reportin'! Smile

Greetz to all of you MSXers! Running Naked in a Field of Flowers

By wimpie3

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19-07-2020, 15:25

I guess MOPIRANGER, POPOLON, DR=VENOM and CABAGGE P=KID are the passwords; but how to enter them?

By tfh

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19-07-2020, 15:31

wimpie3 wrote:

I guess MOPIRANGER, POPOLON, DR=VENOM and CABAGGE P=KID are the passwords; but how to enter them?

I also noticed something with CTRL (+K?) in the main screen?

By wimpie3

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19-07-2020, 16:14

CTRL+K and...

FREQ14007: shows BGM player
SNOWB18TH: activates hard mode
COOLDOCKS: shows end credits
METALIOON: secret bonus game
(there are more!)

By tfh

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19-07-2020, 16:57

TFH thinks Relevo should get some bonus points for all these features.
A cartridge combo cheat would make things complete!

By wimpie3

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19-07-2020, 16:49

And all this in 32KB, it's a miracle.

By Uninteresting

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19-07-2020, 17:50

(48KB, but still.)

I finally looked at the manual and that's on a new level of wow for me.

Does this play at the same speed in PAL and NTSC?

By Metalion

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19-07-2020, 19:07

Incredible real Konami feeling, both in the GFX and the music !!
Unreal !!!

By Briqunullus

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19-07-2020, 19:13

This cannot be a new game. You must have sneeked into the Konami vault and rebranded one of their unreleased games...

By Pippo

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19-07-2020, 19:20

Magnificent release in Konami's style! Big smile
Relevo is always Very Great and Expert! Smile
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(Amazing games in this competition, really!)

By MarMSX

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19-07-2020, 20:11

Impressive !! Shocked!
Nice work again, Relevo.

By ARTRAG

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19-07-2020, 21:20

How cool! In full Konami style ! Greetings!

By Grauw

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19-07-2020, 21:59

wimpie3 wrote:

CTRL+K and...

FREQ14007: shows BGM player
SNOWB18TH: activates hard mode
COOLDOCKS: shows end credits
METALIOON: secret bonus game
(there are more!)

I got FROSTIVAL but no idea what it does… Question LOL!

By Manuel

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19-07-2020, 22:22

Fantastic to have you back, Relevo!! And congratulations on the game. It's amazing!

By theNestruo

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19-07-2020, 22:27

Grauw wrote:

I got FROSTIVAL but no idea what it does… Question LOL!

FROSTIVAL unlocks all stages in practice mode.

wimpie3 wrote:

I guess MOPIRANGER, POPOLON, DR=VENOM and CABAGGE P=KID are the passwords; but how to enter them?

Mopiranger and Popolon are secret "color styles" (actually, a different sprite) enabled by more secret passwords*
Dr.Venom and Cabagge P.Kid don't seem to have an associated secret password, so I guess they are enabled by cartridge combination (but haven't tested it yet)

* The game launched yesterday and half of the secrets have been found already... This forums really need an "spoiler" tag!

By AnsiStar

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19-07-2020, 23:05

Konami=Cartridge! Wink

By ray2day

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20-07-2020, 09:18

wow! very impressive!

By Sandy Brand

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20-07-2020, 11:26

Very nice looking game! Smile

By wimpie3

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20-07-2020, 12:30

Here is the final list:

NOBIGRAZZ: lets you play as the Mopiranger character
FREQ14007: shows the BGM player
DIEHUDNOS: lets you play as the Popolon character
SNOWB18TH: activates hard mode
COOLDOCKS: shows end credits
METALIOON: secret bonus game
FROSTIVAL: unlocks all stages in practice mode

You can play as Dr.Venom by inserting the Nemesis 2 cartridge in slot 2.
You can play as a Cabagge Patch Kid by inserting the Cabbage Patch Kids cartridge in slot 2.

By ray2day

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20-07-2020, 13:50

Cool all those extra options!!

By sd_snatcher

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20-07-2020, 21:43

Fantastic release! It really feels like a Konami cartridge.

By JGM

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21-07-2020, 17:43

Wow, this is amazing! Really feels like a Konami game back in the days!!

By PAC

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21-07-2020, 23:39

Very interesting reading about its development, Spanish sorry:

https://www.retromaniac.es/2020/07/como-se-hizo-relevos-snow...

By Grauw

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22-07-2020, 18:38

Very nice article! I wonder if any of the Relovo staff is a snowboarder?

By santiontanon

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23-07-2020, 07:53

And one more cool think that Jon Cortazar mentioned in Twitter a few days ago. In order to make the manual feel more like an original Konami manual. They printed it, folded it a bit to make it look used, and then scanned it back. Just to make it feel like an original Konami scanned manual. Amazing attention to detail! Big smile

By viejo_archivero

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23-07-2020, 09:25

Another little undocumented detail from Relevo's Snowboarding: once you start the game, if you hold on for some seconds and don't press any key/button in the main menu, an attract mode will appear with four recorded plays from different stages. Well, I am pretty sure all of you noticed that Tongue. But there is something more that perhaps you've missed: although the game is compatible with any MSX computer (8KB RAM), when at least 16KB are detected the first attract mode movie is replaced with a *full replay* of your latest run (if any) Smile

By viejo_archivero

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23-07-2020, 09:30

santiontanon wrote:

And one more cool think that Jon Cortazar mentioned in Twitter a few days ago. In order to make the manual feel more like an original Konami manual. They printed it, folded it a bit to make it look used, and then scanned it back. Just to make it feel like an original Konami scanned manual. Amazing attention to detail! Big smile

Thnx for you comments, Santi. Your entry is *awesome*! Hats off!

By edoz

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23-07-2020, 11:52

Wow cool game! This one should have a RC code Wink

By carlsson

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23-07-2020, 13:30

How can I play this game on a vanilla VG-8235? I've got a cartridge with MSX-DOS 2.20 and use SofaROM 3.0. All other 48K entries from the MSXdev load and play properly, but when I load this game, it briefly shows a black screen and then reboots the computer. Do I have too little memory?

By Gakubuchi

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23-07-2020, 15:56

I have the same problem. Using SofaRun doesn't work. As I have a MegaFlashROM SCC+ SD, i used OPFXSD and it worked, but I can't find a configuration that works with SofaROM... Crying

By wimpie3

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24-07-2020, 13:14

The entire soundtrack has been released today. IMHO this is the first game from the post-Konami-era that manages to capture the exact spirit that all made us fall in love with the MSX. Just listen to those sounds and discover their tributes to Track and Field, Penguin Adventure and many more.

By friguron

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25-07-2020, 00:40

The rom works perfectly when burnt into an eeprom chip, so it might have some strange routines not intended to be used as a RAM cartridge. I've tested it with my 8250.

OTOH, Sofarun under GR8NET wasn't able to load it, same behaviour as many people described: Black screen and then reset.
Will try GR8NET NETBROWSE later...

By viejo_archivero

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25-07-2020, 07:16

In a couple of days a new version of the game will be released, with corrections based on MSX developers and users feedback as long as some conclusions taken from this forum thread, https://msx.org/forum/msx-talk/development/best-way-to-init-..., that will increase game compatibility when disk or diferent interfaces are present or when using different loaders that run code before the game does.

By Ivan

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25-07-2020, 08:35

Real cartridge release, please. With exactly the same box that Konami used back then Smile

By tfh

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25-07-2020, 09:48

Lol... The only thing missing in this game is a duo cartridge option that you get to play this with a penguin when using Antarctic adventure or penguin adventure.

But I really love the nostalgic feeling of this game. Everything is just right...

By viejo_archivero

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25-07-2020, 10:35

Ivan wrote:

Real cartridge release, please. With exactly the same box that Konami used back then Smile

Indeed do expect a cartridge release that will be available shortly. In the meantime we have opened a poll in our twitter account about the box design, everyone is invited to vote and join with an opinion! https://twitter.com/rel3vo/status/1285171681586294786

By theNestruo

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25-07-2020, 20:35

viejo_archivero wrote:

In a couple of days a new version of the game will be released, with corrections based on MSX developers and users feedback as long as some conclusions taken from this forum thread, https://msx.org/forum/msx-talk/development/best-way-to-init-..., that will increase game compatibility when disk or diferent interfaces are present or when using different loaders that run code before the game does.

Please share your conclusions! :)

By Chadwick

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27-07-2020, 04:43

this definitely needs a cart release. i played during my spare time this weekend. I vote for the white version.

By fr3nd

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28-07-2020, 09:39

Hi viejo_archivero,

I'd like to add the game to msxhub.com like I've been doing with all the games presented since 2018: https://msxhub.com/list?search=msxdev

However the license file in the game explicitly says that redistribution is forbidden... I sent an email via the contact form in Relevo's website several days ago but I'm not sure if you received as I got no answer back...

Is it possible to get your approval so I can include in the MSXHub repository?

Thank you!

By viejo_archivero

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28-07-2020, 16:10

Hi fr3nd, thank you so much for getting in touch! The person responsible of the web contact email is out of the office since some days. We’ll check it and, of course, will send you back our explicit permission to host the game. Glad you contacted! It seems some people have missed the license file and uploaded the game without asking... anyway as II’ve said pls stay tuned to your mailbox, and thanx for your interest on the game!

By fr3nd

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28-07-2020, 17:19

Thank you! I'll wait for your email.

By viejo_archivero

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28-07-2020, 18:27

Glad to announce that 1.01 version is now available at MSXdev’20 official game sheet Smile

https://www.msxdev.org/2020/07/18/msxdev20-11-relevos-snowbo...

By tfh

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28-07-2020, 21:00

viejo_archivero wrote:

Hi fr3nd, thank you so much for getting in touch! The person responsible of the web contact email is out of the office since some days. We’ll check it and, of course, will send you back our explicit permission to host the game. Glad you contacted! It seems some people have missed the license file and uploaded the game without asking... anyway as II’ve said pls stay tuned to your mailbox, and thanx for your interest on the game!

Ahh, I am probably one of those people! I am very sorry about that.
As all games are freely downloadable at the msxdev site, I more or less assumed it was OK to add these games to both the MSXDev section on file-hunter.com as the download section. But I guess this was a bit short sighted. Even though I did ask the MSXDev team for permission (and got it, their "demand" was a link back to the MSXDev site, logicallly...)
I've removed the files from the download section straight away. As for the playable version on the MSXDev section of my site: Is it OK if I leave it there? Or would you prefer removal over there as well?
If you have any other things you'd like me to remove, please do not hesitate to let me know! I am asking this, as I also have all the other MSXDev entries from Relevo playable in the MSXDev section.

By mzoran

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28-07-2020, 22:25

Regarding 1.01 I can confirm the game will load from a megamapper Smile
Thanks, hope that all other authors make the effort of securing compatibility with such hardware solutions.

By viejo_archivero

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28-07-2020, 22:51

tfh, pls no worries. It is just a matter of us wanting to track an approximate number of total dowloads of the games, etc. This said, it is nearly impossible to avoid a freely available game to be freely distributable once it has been available in the internet, but at least we want to know where it is located by being contacted by those interested! Pls, send us a message via the contact section of our website to keep up the conversation! Smile

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mzoran

Thnx for your feedback. Hope everyone in this thread that reported similar issues can check this version and see if they can finally load the game with their preferred configuration and loader! Smile

By tfh

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28-07-2020, 22:57

viejo_archivero wrote:

tfh, pls no worries. It is just a matter of us wanting to track an approximate number of total dowloads of the games, etc. This said, it is nearly impossible to avoid a freely available game to be freely distributable once it has been available in the internet, but at least we want to know where it is located by being contacted by those interested! Pls, send us a message via the contact section of our website to keep up the conversation! Smile

I did, thank you Smile

By viejo_archivero

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27-09-2020, 10:27

Just wanted to inform you that physical versions of Relevo’s Snowboarding are already available for preorder at Matranet website! You can choose your favourite box design, original soundtrack CD, packs and even goodies for early birds: follow this link and place your order!

Thank you in advance for your support and hope you enjoy this Konami-esque ride! ;)