The Cure (MSXdev'05 entry)

by pitpan on 11-12-2005, 17:23
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XL2S Entertainment has submitted its entry for MSXdev'05, called The Cure, formerly registered as VKSD. It is an amazing action/platform game with impressive graphics, sound and atmosphere, inspired by Konami's original Vampire Killer for MSX2. The 48 kB ROM game can be downloaded from the MSXdev'05 status page. The MSXdev'05 competition closes on December 20th. Many new MSX1 games are expected to be released in the mean time.

Relevant link: MSXdev'05 status page

Comments (54)

By pitpan

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11-12-2005, 17:32

I think that XL2S has pushed the good old MSX1 to its limits: only 48 KB are enough to handle such a game! Amazing. Congratulations to the team!

By Manuel

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11-12-2005, 17:37

Amazing indeed! Wow... very impressive!

By Ivan

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11-12-2005, 18:16

Wow!

Long life to MSXdev!

MSX2 & upper are dead LOL!

By snout

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11-12-2005, 18:21

very, very, very nice indeed! Smile A great 'is this really MSX1'? feeling. Kudos!

By pitpan

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11-12-2005, 18:24

I would not say that MSX2 is dead, but I can assure you now that MSX1 is far from dead: this is the goal of MSXdev'05. XL2S has produced an impressive game. It is hard to believe that it is only 48 KB long and only requieres a MSX1 computer.

By BiFi

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11-12-2005, 18:47

this is utter cool... one thing though: just one life isn't really much to go with...

By Ivan

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11-12-2005, 18:52

Yes, I've only reached the first end boss (not defeated it, though).

By mars2000you

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11-12-2005, 18:54

Bifi : I'm pretty sure that Vampier will find a 'trick' to help you Smile

By Manuel

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11-12-2005, 18:54

heh, I defeated the first boss (you really need hour glass) and got in stage 2. But then I died and now I hvae to start all over again Sad

Btw, stage 2 is really cool Smile

By KNM

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11-12-2005, 18:59

WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOWW !!!!!!This is breathtaking !!!!LOL!LOL!LOL!LOL!LOL!

Incredible work!!!

By Ivan

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11-12-2005, 19:03

The games can be modified/improved before the deadline, right?

By GhostwriterP

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11-12-2005, 20:10

We thank you very much indeed, thanks for all the nice reactions!

By jltursan

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11-12-2005, 20:42

...and we thank you for create such a wonderful game! Great work! Big smile

By selios2000

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11-12-2005, 21:29

just a few words:

Big congratulations to the game developer and congratulations also to Robsy for his brilliant idea of the contest. YEAAAAAAAAAHHHHH!!!!!

By viejo_archivero

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11-12-2005, 21:40

Impressive, amazing... I have no words, I'm just puzzled!. Guys, this is huge!. Playin' and now I've reached at stage 3... stunning gfx, groovy musics and insanely smooth gameplay!. Keep on like this Xl2s guys, you've just created a classic Crying (cries are caused by the emotion)

By viejo_archivero

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11-12-2005, 21:41

BTW, everyone noticed the cool graphical intro-story if you wait in the "The Cure" logo screen? Cool

By Edwin

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11-12-2005, 21:51

Terrific entry! No time to look past the first level though. Have a creation to finish myself. Wink

By iamweasel2

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11-12-2005, 22:05

Great game!!!Big smile

Who says MSX2 is mandatory to make arcade games? This one really feels like Castlevania. Smile

It's nice to see that MSXDev is bringing people to do this kind of work. Smile

By Ivan

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11-12-2005, 22:13

I reached stage 2. The movements of the spiders are very realistic. Superb graphics!

By Manuel

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11-12-2005, 22:15

so, VKSD: Vampire Killer Super Deformed? Vampire Killer Super Deluxe? What is it?

By mars2000you

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11-12-2005, 22:27

Vampire Killer SD-Snatcher ? LOL!

By GhostwriterP

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11-12-2005, 22:46

'SD' stands for the fire buttonsTongue.

By mars2000you

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11-12-2005, 23:40

Shoot and Die ! Tongue

By Vampier

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11-12-2005, 23:45

GREAT GAME!!! Smile

I really enjoyplaying it.... and I already trained it (I did not release the code and I want to ask anyone to wait with releasing the pokes until atleast christmas!)

I agree 1 live is not much to play with... MAKE IT MORE!! Smile

Evil

By Maggoo

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12-12-2005, 00:04

Best MSX 1 game I've seen since.... oooh very very longtime ! Brilliant.

By Vampier

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12-12-2005, 00:12

I just finished it... the end boss is VERY tricky

For MSX1

Graphics : 9
sound : 9
Playability :10
fun :11 (yes ours go to 11!)

Get ready for a suprise at the end Wink Konami would have been proud Smile

By Ivan

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12-12-2005, 00:18

Does Konami's Game Master work with the game? Big smile

By pitpan

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12-12-2005, 00:44

This game, IMHO, sets a milestone. Nothing will be the same after THE CURE!

By Ivan

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12-12-2005, 00:51

And it is one of the few games for MSX1 that uses very well the MSX1 colour palette (like King's Valley 2 for instance).

By BiFi

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12-12-2005, 07:07

Does Konami's Game Master work with the game? Big smileIf they've done things the Game Master way they might have... though I doubt it... Smile

By ro

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12-12-2005, 11:17

looks very.. euh, vampire killer. but great stuff indeed.
so euh, now we'll have 2 wait for the map on msxsolutions don't we. Smile

this msxdev is brining us some real gems!
concrats to all

By spl

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12-12-2005, 13:06

Do you know if it's possible to load the game with a rom loader? Or there will be a loader for MSX-DOS or Basic?

By spl

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12-12-2005, 13:56

Ok, simply renaming thecure.rom to thecure.com it works! LOL!

Simply great and amazing!

By Abi

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12-12-2005, 20:35

idd awesome game, GJ guys.
I am looking forward to The Revenge of the Last Dragon !!!
Wink

By pitpan

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12-12-2005, 20:49

And do not forget the Boulder Dash mega-version!

By BiFi

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13-12-2005, 08:39

that's something wolf_ would go for Smile

By Imanok

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13-12-2005, 09:35

I tested the game yesterday... and it rocks! Big smile

-Excellent gameplay.
-Nice graphics (there are some extrange color mixed patterns, imho).
-Nice sound.

It's a pity the title screen doesn't make justice to the rest of the game!

Great game!!... a very probably winner... keep them coming!! Wink

By viejo_archivero

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13-12-2005, 10:17

Imanok: agree with your comments about the logo screen. But, hey, they probably used that space for maps or gfx or musics, so it does not really matter Cool

By Imanok

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13-12-2005, 10:20

If that's the reason, there's nothing to complain about... Smile

By Sonic_aka_T

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13-12-2005, 13:15

Quite amazing game idd! Congrats to the team on such a great effort! Smile

By SLotman

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13-12-2005, 14:13

Wow, this game is simply amazing! Congrats!!!

Only two things:

1- The game init was amazing, I loved the way the background were dithered to create shadows... I just fell a little down when I saw the same graphics of Vampire Killer... not that it wasnt impressive; it is, but as a "player" to see the same graphics from another game I've already played on MSX (a lot) broke the "cool new game feeling" a little.

2 - Pleeeeease, add one more life to it LOL!LOL!LOL!

Once again, congratulations to everyone on this project and to MSXDev Smile

By SLotman

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13-12-2005, 14:15

Hmmm.... and just a question, is there space left so the game can detect an MSX2 or higher and set a palette...? Could be interesting Wink

By pitpan

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13-12-2005, 14:50

Slotman: RTFM

Indeed it detects if it is a MSX2 or higher and then sets a colour palette identical to the MSX1 palette. Therefore it looks the same both for MSX and MSX2 or higher. I like the idea! Wink

By zett

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13-12-2005, 18:41

nice!

By SLotman

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14-12-2005, 05:09

pitpan: what I had in mind was just the opposite, to try to "soften" the color differences the MSX1 version has on MSX2 (or even maybe a custom palette to each stage, fitting it better)

But anyway, it is a amazing game!

By BiFi

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14-12-2005, 07:14

Indeed it detects if it is a MSX2 or higher and then sets a colour palette identical to the MSX1 palette. Therefore it looks the same both for MSX and MSX2 or higher. I like the idea!Okay... reality check.
Top: the MSX1 palette approximation in Palette Editor.
Middle: the MSX1 palette
Bottom: the MSX1 palette in The Cure
members.ams.chello.nl/a.beevendorp/mrc/msx1paledit.png

members.ams.chello.nl/a.beevendorp/mrc/msx1.png

members.ams.chello.nl/a.beevendorp/mrc/thecure.png

Decide for yourself which is closest to the MSX1 palette... ;)

By sjoerd

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14-12-2005, 13:23

the middle one Tongue

By BiFi

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14-12-2005, 17:02

smartass... now choose between the top and bottom ones Wink

By GhostwriterP

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14-12-2005, 17:16

Can I choose independant colors or do I have to choose an entire set?

By only_69

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14-12-2005, 18:44

Vampier or another one who finished the game,

How many stages are there in the game??

Thinking about another little update to MSX Solutions page! Smile

By GhostwriterP

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21-12-2005, 22:17

11 stages and 5 bosses.

By wolf_

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22-12-2005, 02:39

For Polka 2 I made an estimation of the msx1 palette for 9938 (that's in msx2 mode, there's also going to be a genuine msx1 mode with TMS colors).. sofar I got this:

0: 0 0 0
1: 0 0 0
2: 2 5 2
3: 2 6 3
4: 2 3 6
5: 3 3 7
6: 6 2 1
7: 3 6 7
8: 7 2 2
9: 7 3 3
a: 6 5 1
b: 7 6 4
c: 2 5 0
d: 5 3 5
e: 6 6 6
f: 7 7 7

By Yukio

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23-09-2006, 00:06

Ok, simply renaming thecure.rom to thecure.com it works!

Simply great and amazing!
Big smile

So, I just needed to copy or rename the files to play the 48KB games.

 COPY THECURE.ROM CURE.COM

Played the Cure.LOL!

By valkyre

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26-10-2014, 21:11

Nice to now have this on cartridge.