J.E.T.P.A.C. and Cold Blood in the Cartridge Shop

by wolf_ on 26-07-2009, 10:44
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The MSX Cartridge Shop has added two games to their growing list of cartridges: J.E.T.P.A.C. by Imanok and Cold Blood by Paxanga Soft. J.E.T.P.A.C. is a horizontal shooter, a bit like Nemesis, while Cold Blood is an oversized Pac Man with Metal Gear influences. Videos of these games can be found on YouTube, they give a fair impression of these quality games. Like the other games in the Cartridge Shop, J.E.T.P.A.C. and Cold Blood cost 18 euro each.

Other games in the MSX Cartridge Shop are: Caos Begins (Hikaru Games - 2008), Majikazo (Lemonize - 2008), Operation Wolf (Toy Box Games - 2008), Traffic Jam (Imanok - 2008) and Perfect Fit (Paxanga Soft - 2008). Also the Mega Flash ROM is still for sale.

Relevant link: MSX Cartridge Shop
Relevant link: YouTube - J.E.T.P.A.C.
Relevant link: YouTube - Cold Blood

Comments (24)

By Leo

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26-07-2009, 21:26

good quality games!
jetpack seens a bit frustrating on the video , the head of the guy hit quite often the roof...

By MäSäXi

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27-07-2009, 20:33

I guess that head hitting means realism. Wink

Here is MSX game which does not have frustrating music, congratulations for nice level one ingame tune! Smile

Another thing to mention is, that it is a nice idea to use baddie (those flies) which can´t be killed but it keeps following you all the time. Nice! Smile

That parallax (is this a correct term?) scrolling looked great!! Big smile

By the way, how many levels Jetpac has?

By JohnHassink

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28-07-2009, 04:22

Yes, Cold Blood seems quite interesting, also J.E.T.P.A.C. looks like a very fun game! Smile
You know, this horizontal scroll reminds me of some Japanese MSX1 BASIC-hybrid tricks with tile transition, but already from the vid, the gameplay seems ofcourse much more varied than those examples.
I also like that same effect with the 'screw' things on the boss. Big smile
Why does it remind me of the 1st HyDeFoS "Skid Row The Boss"? Wink

@ MäSäXi:
What's frustrating music? Question You mean like Hydlide?

By MäSäXi

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28-07-2009, 07:43

No, this is just about personal tastes. Smile

By Leo

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28-07-2009, 15:00

i guess i will order them , who did yet ?

By Imanok

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28-07-2009, 17:15

By the way, how many levels Jetpac has?
It has 5 levels (one for each main character).

Why does it remind me of the 1st HyDeFoS "Skid Row The Boss"? Smile
Now you mention it... it's just coincidence Smile

i guess i will order them , who did yet ?
Me! (and I'm not joking... I sold my own copy at the last Barcelona MSX meeting)

By MäSäXi

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29-07-2009, 10:56

five levels... I guess they are either gonna get much harder or much longer than first level. I am not sure, but first level felt somewhat "short" in video. Question Or bit shorter than nemesis 1´s levels? Not sure about that though.

By Imanok

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29-07-2009, 17:23

five levels... I guess they are either gonna get much harder or much longer than first level. I am not sure, but first level felt somewhat "short" in video.
The first level is a piece of cake, just to get used to the player control (because of the gravity). Believe me, it's not the same watching somebody playing than trying it by yourself Wink

Obviously, as the programmer, I can't be 100% objective about the game difficulty. People who bought it could give their opinion about that.

Or bit shorter than nemesis 1´s levels? Not sure about that though.
No. The longest Nemesis' level, the skeletons/skulls planet, is about 15 screens long and J.E.T.P.A.C.'s levels are 20 screens long. The higher scroll speed is what makes you feel they are shorter.

Just buy the game and try it by yourself! Wink

By only_69

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29-07-2009, 22:37

Cold Blood seems to be very interesting. The idea of the game to mix with MG elements was fantastic!!! LOL!

By MäSäXi

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30-07-2009, 08:44

Obviously, as the programmer, I can't be 100% objective about the game difficulty. People who bought it could give their opinion about that.

There is easy solution: lots of candid game testers. Before publishing game, just send the cartridge (which has the final version) to everyone who likes to test it and after they have test played it, they can choose if they want to keep it.... Tongue they just return it to you, if they don´t want to pay... Tongue

By MsxKun

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30-07-2009, 21:24

ty only_69! Tongue
Paxanga is always looking for the geek side Wink

By Leo

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01-08-2009, 16:45

just received the 2 games . super fast !

By MäSäXi

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03-08-2009, 09:43

Ok, now Leo can comment the hardness and length of jetpac. Smile

By Walter.MSX

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03-08-2009, 21:46

Me! (and I'm not joking... I sold my own copy at the last Barcelona MSX meeting)

Always so generous, Imanok !
I keep affectionately too my dedicated version of "Traffic Jam". Tongue

By Leo

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04-08-2009, 21:49

i have not much time to play i can comment only level 1 , quite easy, i arrived to te boss after 3 tries.
at fist try i said 'too hard to keep that guy in the middle of the screen and these kind of flees that never dies take a looot of life , in fact u r always quite in the middle of the screen u never try to go too close to the top/botton. For level 1 boss i think i have not even not damaged it i guess there is a trick to hit it .. do know yet ...

In cold blood you loose lifes very easyly , sometimes you just enter a room and the ghost are just behind waiting for there is nothing to do and u respawn in the same place ! otherwise i think i progressed after 20mins of play then i started running short blips and then xblips , i lost everything and swith off computer, no game saved ...

I guess i am not as patient for games as when i was 13yrs ! anyway i think i will progress quickly

By MsxKun

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06-08-2009, 09:21

>> In cold blood you loose lifes very easyly , sometimes you just enter a room and the ghost are just behind waiting >>for there is nothing to do and u respawn in the same place ! otherwise i think i progressed after 20mins of play >>then i started running short blips and then xblips , i lost everything and swith off computer, no game saved ...

>>I guess i am not as patient for games as when i was 13yrs ! anyway i think i will progress quickly

Hehe, you need to be patient on this one Tongue
You need to go with calm and know where enemies are and just avoid them, use other ways and save xblips for those dangerous moments. Then go first for more important items... After some plays you know where they are, and which is the safest and shorter way, as map is not big.

Or you can use some cheats that I won't tell now Running Naked in a Field of Flowers
Anyway thanks for playing it!

By Imanok

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10-08-2009, 18:26

@Walter: Sure! Tongue ... Keep it, because it will make you rich in the future! XD

@Leo: To beat the boss, just DESTROY THE CORE! Wink

By Leo

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19-08-2009, 10:24

as anyone beaten the boss of level 1 ?

By MsxKun

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20-08-2009, 09:31

I guess you mean at JETPAC, as in Cold Blood the final boss is not at the end of level 1.... so.. yes, I defeated the boss at the end of level 1. At first time it seems bit hard, but no, once you got a bit of practice with your Jetpac controls, you can beat it easily, with the usual method Smile

By Imanok

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20-08-2009, 17:17

@Leo: Maybe you stay too far from the boss and your laser doesn't reach the core...

By Leo

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21-08-2009, 11:10

yes in jetpac,
when u say the core that means that stack in the middle just like in nemesis1 , i was expecting after shooting into that stack to see it decreasing , but it never hapenned , i just lost life after life.
ill try to get closer , since i am sticked on the leftmost edge .... max distance.
I think also ill plug my autofire msx2+ it can help ... ( with slow down also ! )
Cool

By Imanok

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07-09-2009, 20:28

when u say the core that means that stack in the middle just like in nemesis1 , i was expecting after shooting into that stack to see it decreasing , but it never hapenned , i just lost life after life.

No, no... there are no stacks to destroy (I think you mean the drillers). You just have to shoot at the red core (the screen border will flash to yellow with every hit).

ill try to get closer , since i am sticked on the leftmost edge .... max distance.
That's why you don't hit the boss. Why don't you take a look at the video and see how to fight the boss??

I think also ill plug my autofire msx2+ it can help ... ( with slow down also ! )
Just keep fire pressed for autofire.

By Leo

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09-09-2009, 16:12

so i am now seeing flashes so i can hit the boss , i think ican hit it 5 or 6 times, but i loose lifes one after the other i can't mantain the guy and fire at the same time ... one day i may see level2 !

By Imanok

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11-09-2009, 12:26

As I told you, just keep fire pressed for autofire and you'll only have to worry about controlling the player Smile