MSXdev'06 #12: Malaika - Prehistoric quest

by snout on 31-12-2006, 17:12
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It's the last day of the MSXdev'06 competition and the final entries have started to drop in. The 12th entry to the competition comes from Karoshi Corp and was announced on May 18th: Mailaika - Prehistoric quest. It's an addictive platform game that comes in a 32kB ROM file. You can check it - and all other entries - out on the MSXdev'06 status page. Be sure to keep an eye out on more brand new MSX1 games today!

Relevant link: MSXdev website

Comments (25)

By snout

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31-12-2006, 17:19

Respect on the GFX, Gameplay and level design!

By hap

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31-12-2006, 17:44

Seconded! Especially considering the 32KB filesize.

By cesco

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31-12-2006, 18:17

I M P R E S S I V E. :O

I never though that a MSX1 game would be able to handle such a smooth scrolling ! :O

By wolf_

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31-12-2006, 18:49

it could.. at the cost of a truckload o' tiles .. Tongue

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By Huey

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31-12-2006, 20:03

Am I the only one getting slow down when the screen is scrolling Crying

By viejo_archivero

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31-12-2006, 20:41

Huey: Can you specify the MSX machine where you are running the game?

By viejo_archivero

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31-12-2006, 20:51

It is really important, as the game should run with no slowdowns where scrolling or not.

By viejo_archivero

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31-12-2006, 20:57

Anyway, this will remain as a bug for the game, as I cannot fix it (I must go now to my parents house to celebrate the new year). So it will be fixed later (that means, of course, out of the contest Sad )... anyway, I hope everybody else can enjoy the game!. And happy new year!LOL!

By Huey

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31-12-2006, 22:10

No prob. It's still a great job.

The colorclash avoidance is done in an exellent way. Good graphics!!!!

B.t.w. I run using OpenMSX. I don;t have MSX hardwaqre anymore Eek!

When I'm not walking the speed of the movement is faster than when the screen is moving.

By Huey

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31-12-2006, 22:18

Slowdown is gone now? I have no clue why it occured? Seems to be a problem at my side Eek!

By viejo_archivero

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31-12-2006, 22:54

Good to know, huey Wink. Anyway, if it happen again, please be kind to report, it will be appreciated. Enjoy Malaika and Happy new year to everybody! LOL!

By jltursan

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01-01-2007, 02:36

Malaika is faaaar better (as usual) running on the real thing than in emulators!, specially the smoothness.

By NYYRIKKI

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01-01-2007, 02:46

Technically very impressive and good looking game. The lack of possiblity to jump on the edge is driving me grazy though. Smile

By KNM

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01-01-2007, 18:23

I´ve got no words.Just some tears in my eyes...¡INCREDIBLE!¡LONG LIVE KAROSHI!Running Naked in a Field of Flowers

By turbor

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01-01-2007, 22:51

hm, I just tried this on openMSX and got this output:

openmsx /tmp/RK711-Malaika_Prehistoric_Quest/MALAIK.ROM
info: Using default machine: C-BIOS_MSX2+
warning: The running MSX software has set unsafe PSG port directions (port A is set as output). This is not allowed by the MSX standard. Some MSX models (mostly MSX1) can get damaged by this.

Apart from that remark:
THIS GAME SIMPLY ROCKS!
great GFX, love the smooth scroll, nice gameplay also Smile

By cesco

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02-01-2007, 08:55

Oh Boy, this game is so hard. probably it's because I'm getting old and I haven't the right skills and patience to play this kind of games anymore...
anyway... this year there are many games that are really difficult to play, at least for me. Operation wolf before, and now Malaika... I still cannot get past level 1-3 Sad

Cheat codes for infinite lives? Wink

By Manuel

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02-01-2007, 14:03

jltursan: dunno what you are doing or so, but it runs very smooth on openMSX here Smile

By jltursan

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02-01-2007, 16:38

Forget it!. it's usually my bloated windoze which makes the games run sloppy...Tongue

By Manuel

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02-01-2007, 17:01

Hmmm, that's not a very satisfying answer... Using LCD monitors with low refresh rates can make things look less smooth. And using very low spec hardware of course. But my hw isn't high spec at all.

By viejo_archivero

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02-01-2007, 18:04

turbor: in fact you're right... an illegar write is present when the replayer inits. I'll make a game update right now to prevent MSXes to have troubles or something. Thnx for reporting!.

By viejo_archivero

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02-01-2007, 19:53

Malaika has been updated fixing that bug. You can download the fixed version at http://msxdev.msxblue.com ;)

By snout

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02-01-2007, 22:55

Shouldn't a totally accurate emulator also emulate the behavior of these certain MSX1 types and the way they respond to illegal writes? ^_^

(hides)

By wolf_

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02-01-2007, 23:41

Oh uh.. minor detail, but does this fixed version count for the competition?

(if so, I've also a few painful coordinates to fix in: Running Naked in a Field of Flowers ^_^)

By viejo_archivero

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03-01-2007, 06:22

Wolf_: that's a strange question oO... of course not, as it has been submitted after the deadline and, as you can see, the previous version has not been taken offline from the website.

By Samor

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05-01-2007, 19:39

>Malaika is faaaar better (as usual) running on the real thing than in emulators!, specially the smoothness.

of course it is... it's really hard to get an emulator running at the exact perfect timing as a real MSX, being it either the emulation itself or the monitor refresh rates.

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