Pyramid Warp Enhanced+

Pyramid Warp Enhanced+

by ro on 01-06-2021, 15:46
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The game Pyramid Warp has been revamped and pimped to a higher level by members of the MSX scene. This upgrade includes new graphics, new music, smoother gameplay and overall alignment for improvement of presentations. All this is now available on your 8-bit machine.

Way back in 1983, at the start of something beautiful, T&E soft released their game called Pyramid Warp. The company that was founded just a year earlier proved with this MSX1 game, that required 16K RAM, they could code a true classic. Looking back into their repertoire, Pyramid Warp was just a warm-up for things to come.

While in that age the Pyramid Warp game was fun to play, looking at it now could make you wonder if there's room for improvements... Not an uncommon thought these days. Well, MSX sceners Bitcaffe, Nenefranz, and theNestruo did just that: Improve it. The team took the game, disassembled it and refactored it to meet todays demands; Pyramid Warp has been uplifted with new pixels, new tunes and fresh code. The result is just plain stunning.

For a complete list of changes and upgrades, visit TheNestruo his Github page. Full sources of the enhanced+ version are available there as well.

Projects like these make an MSX geek heart pump faster, it's just delicious Z80 food. Now, tell the wife you're gone fishing for the weekend while secretly locking yourself up in the basement. Just to play Pyramid Warp 2021.

relevant link: Pyramid Warp Enhanced at Github
relevant link: Play Pyramid Warp Enhanced Online

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By Pippo

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01-06-2021, 19:11

Super, super wonderful!! Big smile Big smile
I'm astonished, really! Big smile
My real, real Congratulations to the authors!

By Pencioner

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01-06-2021, 19:25

I can't believe i didn't play this game before Hannibal good time to try original version and improved version Face

By Randam

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01-06-2021, 19:44

This is a great job you guys did on it! The game is really nice with all the enhancements. Now it is even more fitting for a T&E game. And I saw there is even a room editor! Very cool!

If you want you can compete with the editor in the MSX Level and Editor contest.

By theNestruo

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01-06-2021, 20:43

Randam wrote:

If you want you can compete with the editor in the MSX Level and Editor contest.

I'm not sure if this game would be a good candidate for the contest (luck is more important than level design in Pyramid Warp!) but, of course, everybody is welcome to create and share new rooms. I'm eager to play them!!! :-D

I uploaded all the intermediate binary files, so after editing the rooms you just need to tniasm asm\PyramidWarp.enhancedplus.asm (no other tools are required).

Have fun!!!

By djh1697

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01-06-2021, 21:03

Pyramid Warp was one of the first MSX games I owned! Great fun!

By Randam

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01-06-2021, 21:12

@theNuestruo: I ment that the editor itself could enter in the editor category. If you want, it can be an entry.

But yeah new levels could also do if people create them.

Regardless of this, I am gonna play this game and enjoy it very much. This version is amazing!

By gdx

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02-06-2021, 02:20

I did never play this game before. It has not caught my eye. Nice enhancement. Thank you.

By Manuel

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02-06-2021, 09:23

Wow, that's one great pimp up!! Fantastic work, guys!

By MajorTOM

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02-06-2021, 10:42

One of my favorite 1st generation games!
I still keep the original tape version released by Toshiba for the European market :-)

Smile

By DanySoft

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02-06-2021, 13:34

Well done! Very nice this arcade mode! Big smile

DanySoft

By pitpan

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02-06-2021, 19:53

What a boost! Congratulations!

By Manuel

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02-06-2021, 20:06

Also: special compliments on the beautiful image with this article. Must have been hamlet. Brilliant art!

By carlosemandrade

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02-06-2021, 23:04

Great version. I even made a cart (from an old one) Smile

https://www.dropbox.com/s/hb3nsvi23gpi3do/IMG_0715.jpeg?dl=0

By jltursan

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03-06-2021, 09:06

Superb!. One of my fave games since ages Big smile

Now please, "Driller Tanks" or "Fire Rescue" anyone? Wink

By hamlet

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03-06-2021, 20:11

Manuel wrote:

Also: special compliments on the beautiful image with this article. Must have been hamlet. Brilliant art!

Thanks Manuel! I waited so long to get a change to use the Papyrus font once more. I was over it for years. Wink

By max_iwamoto

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04-06-2021, 01:50

Great improvement! New version looks awesome!

By JohnHassink

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05-06-2021, 07:52

Late to the party, and I already "liked" it on Twitter (as far as that says anything) -
Guys, this is totally freaking amazing, what you did.
The only thing I dislike, and that's not your fault, is how bad I apparently became are as opposed like how good I used to be at the game (yes, I tried "CLASSIC" difficulty first). ;-)

I loved this game in my youth. But everything about this remake is just about 100x better.
The flow of the game - way better and more fluent.
The brilliant upgrades of the graphics. I love the enemies, while I hate them too. But they look delicious. Same goes for the environment, the map, everything. Looks really polished.
How the "nee-nuh-nee-nuh" original sound actually got integrated in a cool composition by maestro Gryzor.

I can't stop praising this, so I will stop now. Thank you guys for this, it's so awesome. ♥

By theNestruo

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05-06-2021, 09:29

Hi, JohnHassink!

JohnHassink wrote:

The only thing I dislike, and that's not your fault, is how bad I apparently became are as opposed like how good I used to be at the game (yes, I tried "CLASSIC" difficulty first). ;-)

Well... this game heavily depends on randomness, so it may be a matter of luck of what you find first: the ank ...or the skull!

JohnHassink wrote:

But everything about this remake is just about 100x better.

When I disassembled it (just for learning purposes) I saw some improvement points here and there... but never thought it will come like this! The first time I saw Nenefranz's, or when listened to Bitcaffe's music, my jaw dropped!! That's why we decided to go for the Enhanced+ version Smile

JohnHassink wrote:

How the "nee-nuh-nee-nuh" original sound actually got integrated in a cool composition by maestro Gryzor Bitcaffe.

The credit goes to Bitcaffe; it was his idea to keep that reference to the original game! I really love it!

JohnHassink wrote:

Thank you guys for this, it's so awesome. ♥

Thank you (and everyone else, of course) for playing and the warm reception this game has got ^_^

By JohnHassink

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05-06-2021, 10:03

Thank you theNestruo, for your clarifications. Smile
My apologies to Bitcaffe, I did not mean any disrespect, I just was confused with something else, I guess. Kudos to your awesome work!

By KdL

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05-06-2021, 11:37

This game is really great, thank you very much from me too. Running Naked in a Field of Flowers

By AnsiStar

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05-06-2021, 12:07

Cartridge? Wink

By Udderdude

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06-06-2021, 00:11

Nice remake!

By Grauw

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20-06-2021, 14:27

Wow, what a difference! And to think it’s on the same hardware.