Francisco Téllez de Meneses is the creator of Unepic, a game which has made its appearance on several platforms, among which the Wii U where he became the first Spanish indie developer on that Nintendo console. But Francisco's heart has always been close to the MSX. As a matter of fact, Unepic began as an idea to make a sequel to Konami's classic The Maze of Galious.

At the end of last year, he was encouraged to create a prequel to Ghost 1.0 for MSX, which was presented last December at the 50th RU of Barcelona, where it gained very positive attention.

Ghost is a metroidvania type adventure where you control Ghost, one of Viktor's agents, who has the mission to destroy a computer that went mad and is now controlling the "Dallas" space station. The focus is on exploration and finding the right items to progress on your quest.
The final product will consist of 100 screens, divided into 5 maps, and will have three boss battles, so it promises to be a treat for fans of oldschool adventure gaming.
Ghost will be released in physical format at the next RU of Barcelona, in June, and later will go on sale online. Francisco also plans to prepare a special edition of the game that will come accompanied by extra material.

Until then, we can at least look at the screenshots provided here.

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By wolf_

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18-03-2017, 10:48

Neat graphics! Smart way of working around the pattern mode restrictions. And I even bet that the blue grid background was set up in such a way that they won't mess up the intended black "transparent" spots in the player sprite (which probably has just two sprites, 15 and 5).

By Sander

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18-03-2017, 11:08

Impressive graphics indeed! I hope the game will live up to the high expectations we get from these screenshots!

By JohnHassink

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18-03-2017, 11:12

I especially find the 'spirit taking over the bodies of enemies' game mechanic interesting. I thought it was a brilliant idea in Relics, but that game could have used quite a bit less clunkiness to make it more playable.

By wyrdwad

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18-03-2017, 11:24

I'm surprised the news article didn't mention the fact that Francisco already released a version of Ghost 1.0 for Windows via Steam:

http://store.steampowered.com/app/463270/

I've played through it, and it's REALLY good! Feels like a proper spiritual sequel to Unepic, but with better characters and a better story, and some really intense combat challenges that definitely go well beyond what Unepic had to offer (seriously, Ghost 1.0 is *hard*, but in a good way!).

I'm absolutely *thrilled* to hear that Ghost 1.0 is coming to my recent favorite system, the MSX, and can't wait to try out this version! It looks like it's going to have a related story to the Windows version, though it also looks to be quite different, so it should be really interesting to see how the massive Windows title is adapted to 8 bits.

-Tom

By JohnHassink

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18-03-2017, 11:42

Quote:

In het grote program des levens, gaf God uw zuster een flamoes, maar U 'ne pic.

(Yes, I had to make a Dutch joke. I'll get my coat)

By sd_snatcher

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18-03-2017, 12:38

The gfx are so polished! I'll join the crowd that wishes that this game is finished.

What about a video of the gameplay? Smile

By valkyre

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18-03-2017, 12:54

Great! Looking forward to its release.

By karloch

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18-03-2017, 13:16

Impressive graphics, and really impressive Windows version.

By KdL

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18-03-2017, 15:08

Nice game!! Smile

By Pencioner

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18-03-2017, 22:53

looks promising Smile i'm definitely interested in buying one

By tfh

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18-03-2017, 22:57

Looks impressive! Smile

By santiontanon

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19-03-2017, 03:11

Nice! Since the Steam version is Windows-only, at least I will be able to play this one Smile

By nenefranz

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19-03-2017, 08:27

Ghost (MSX) is a prequel from Ghost 1.0 (PC), it isn't the same adventure. Tongue You will play the first adventure of her heroine. It's impressive how he was able to fit the game in only 32KB!! Shocked!

Also, Francisco is planning to release Ghost MSX for PC (with the name of Ghost Mini):
http://store.steampowered.com/app/586880/

By journey

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19-03-2017, 09:23

FANTASTIC!!
I'm a big fan of Unepic and recently i've bought Ghost 1.0 via Steam, but my PC is old and the games runs not very well. ..
Can't wait for Ghost MSX!! Smile

By Joel Verdonck

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19-03-2017, 10:09

Great work, I like the gfx, looking forward to see everything in action Smile

By wyrdwad

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19-03-2017, 10:38

nenefranz wrote:

Ghost (MSX) is a prequel from Ghost 1.0 (PC), it isn't the same adventure. Tongue You will play the first adventure of her heroine. It's impressive how he was able to fit the game in only 32KB!! Shocked!

Also, Francisco is planning to release Ghost MSX for PC (with the name of Ghost Mini):
http://store.steampowered.com/app/586880/

Holy crap that SD art of Ghost is adorable! The game looks super-fun, too, and I *love* the PSG arrangements of the music from Ghost 1.0 -- the trailer featured both of the best tracks from Ghost 1.0 ("Flying Robotic Artificial Nanobots" and "Jet Out the Amazing," which spell out FRAN and JOTA, the two main creative minds behind the game), and they both adapted perfectly to 8-bit.

There's nothing I don't like about what I'm seeing here, and I can't wait to play this. ;)

-Tom

By ARTRAG

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19-03-2017, 13:48

Greetings to unepicfran for ghost 1.0
I am playing it and it is awesome. My 10 y.o. son is playing it as well and it likes it a lot

By andrea.denara

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19-03-2017, 20:29

Very very very good.
It's for Msx2 or higher? (In the video the cartridge show Msx logo but the game start on a Msx2)

Thanks a lot!

By nenefranz

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19-03-2017, 22:18

The game is for MSX1. The promotional video is for PC version (that uses graphics and sounds of MSX version).
I'm sorry, maybe this video served to confuse some user. Tongue

By QBee Sam

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19-03-2017, 22:34

nenefranz wrote:

The game is for MSX1. The promotional video is for PC version (that uses graphics and sounds of MSX version).
I'm sorry, maybe this video served to confuse some user. Tongue

Look fantastic nenefranz, congratulations, did you paln to port to linux too?

By nenefranz

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19-03-2017, 23:23

I'm sorry. I'm not related to these games Tongue . I don't know if there is a plan for a Linux (or other platform) port.

By wyrdwad

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19-03-2017, 23:38

Unepic got ported to Wii U, of all things, so I wouldn't be too surprised if Ghost 1.0 got ported to console too.

-Tom

By andrea.denara

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20-03-2017, 08:23

I hope the game had same effects of the video.
I love the game play, the enemy movement and multiple fire effects

By Francisco Tellez de Meneses

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20-03-2017, 13:31

Hello! This is a video of the original MSX gameplay:
https://youtu.be/sCI1rqIm3tk

By santiontanon

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21-03-2017, 05:18

Looks very very good!!! Looking forward to play it! Big smile

By ren

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21-03-2017, 14:28

HQ!

Some observations:
* could be interesting feat. to be able to shoot up-/downwards?
* soundtrack could be beefed up a bit perhaps by adding SCC;
* not sure what (primary) weapons will be available, but a grenade thrower seems just (> fun Wink) and perhaps mines? (Also thinking a bit MoG here.. Wink)

By wyrdwad

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21-03-2017, 15:09

Good to see you here, Fran! Can't wait to play this!

-Tom

By Maggoo

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21-03-2017, 16:09

Very nice, the game look really polished! Looking forward to try it out !

By Samor

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21-03-2017, 22:20

The game looks very nice, I think it's great you're bringing it to the real MSX. Smile

By ARTRAG

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22-03-2017, 07:55

In ghost 1.0 there are tons of funny secrets and awesome ideas in the level design and in the game play.
Among the others I noted the penguin item that turns in fishes the energy cubes...
I have seen elsewhere that penguin and that fishes :-)

By Francisco Tellez de Meneses

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24-03-2017, 23:11

Just one leftover byte. :P

By Francisco Tellez de Meneses

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24-03-2017, 23:20

ARTRAG wrote:

In ghost 1.0 there are tons of funny secrets and awesome ideas in the level design and in the game play.
Among the others I noted the penguin item that turns in fishes the energy cubes...
I have seen elsewhere that penguin and that fishes :-)

There are very little people who really know where do that penguin and those fishes come from. ;-)

By gdx

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25-03-2017, 01:49

It's a pleasure to see a game polished like this. Smile

By syn

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25-03-2017, 11:58

I missed this newspost.. looks nice! I love the use of colors Big smile

By ARTRAG

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26-03-2017, 18:18

Ghost 1.0 completed, greetings to unepicfran for the great ideas in level design and gameplay

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