Vectroids

Vectroids

by hamlet on 31-12-2019, 13:10
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Long-term user norakomi surprises us at the turn of the year with an appealing strategy game that he has ported for MSX computers.
Game play and especially the music are a nice experience.
Have fun!

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Comments (20)

By DamnedAngel

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31-12-2019, 15:17

I love (good) tower defense games, and this one is a gem. Nice graphics, songs and gameplay.
Get it now.

By gdx

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31-12-2019, 15:26

Beautyful!

By ren

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31-12-2019, 17:03

Sweet!

Quote:

At the end of each world you take 1/8 of your total worth to the next world.
Your total worth is you current money + value of all your towers.

(Too lazy to start calculating.. Wink) Is, at that point, the value of a tower 80% or 100% of purchase value, and do upgrades add to their value?

Thanks! (btw: there's no mouse support right?)
(edit: Nice artwork / end of level screens! (& nice little PSG tune @ title screen Smile)

By norakomi

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31-12-2019, 19:16

the value of a tower is basically the sell cost.
You can click on one of your towers to see the sell cost.
It's basically 80% of the money you invested into it. (purchase and upgrades).

So a tower that costs $100, will have a value (sell cost) of $80.
At the end of the world this tower will give $10 to bring to next world.

By sd_snatcher

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01-01-2020, 00:14

Impressive and very addictive game! Congrats, Norakomi!

By bigjaac

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01-01-2020, 12:50

great game

By Konamito

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01-01-2020, 16:59

Looks amazing!

By RobertVroemisse

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01-01-2020, 20:34

Fun fact: The music used is "borrowed" from our upcoming platform game Deva.

By sd_snatcher

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01-01-2020, 21:11

RobertVroemisse wrote:

Fun fact: The music used is "borrowed" from our upcoming platform game Deva.

Too late! After playing for many hours, that single tune will now be burnt forever in my mind as the Vectroids theme. LOL!

By tfh

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01-01-2020, 22:49

I've patched the game so it will work with emulators that require a multiple of 8KBytes:

https://www.file-hunter.com/MSX/index.php?id=vectroids

By RobertVroemisse

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01-01-2020, 22:51

Hahahahahahahahaha! Well, the Vectroids main tune is only used in the sound config screen of Deva so you won't hear it in the game itself. At least not in this exact form. But very glad you like the game (and the music).

By ren

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01-01-2020, 23:04

Thanks norakomi.. World 4 is where the trouble starts, hehe Smile (Managed to get to level 25 w/ 1 life, burned some hours already! Tongue) Great NY present! (And great to see an MSX2 production again!)

The news post talks about a 'port', of which game exactly?

By RobertVroemisse

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01-01-2020, 22:56

Vectroids does support the music module as well.

By Vampier

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02-01-2020, 05:20

it's funny - I made this video of Norakomi's game about 10 years ago - I spend quite some time playing it and testing it without finding any issues... at the time I made the video I already had it for a few years but I never released it. http://youtube.com/watch?v=xnyM1LiJvkc

It's a great game!

By norakomi

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02-01-2020, 20:23

cheaky leaky ^__^
the original is called vector tower defense or vector TDX and is hosted on a few sites, you can google for it.
Yeah world 4 is where it gets tough. There are 10 worlds in total ! Good luck

By santiontanon

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03-01-2020, 03:44

Very nice! And interesting small technical details, such as the variable-width font used in some parts of the game!

I think I'm a bit rusty in my tower defense skills, died in the 3rd level. Will play again tonight now that I started getting a hold of it Smile

By Vampier

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03-01-2020, 23:05

@norakomi - thanks for the release Smile it's a frist for MSX to have a game like this! Who ended up making the music?

By ren

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04-01-2020, 03:10

vectroids 2020! Wink

By NYYRIKKI

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04-01-2020, 07:12

Indeed, my overall impression is WOW! Graphics work very nicely, music is good and movement is fluent. Moving the cursor takes a bit getting used to, but in a moment it feels ok. Very polished and nice...

How ever I must say that the brick wall hits you to the face a bit too soon... I would like to play & get touch of this kind of game for 10 levels or more before it gets this rough... I don't mind if the same levels comes with different colors and more tough in a moment, but now already at 3rd level I feel I'm totally stuck and there must be just one strategy (or so) to make it work...

And one more rant... Why there is no continue option??? It feels pretty stupid to write the password every few minutes...

Now, I think I'll try few more times. Smile

By ren

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04-01-2020, 13:05

3th level, you mean 3th World I think?
I played it on emulator, that does makes your life easier (not cheating, but restarting a level, fast-forward, a sneak-peak of what a level 3 tower offers etc Smile)

World 3 shouldn't be too hard, probably you do need some kind of strategy indeed. World 4 I think really demands a certain strategy (was stuck on that one for a while Smile)

I can give some (playing) tips, but probably it's more nice to figure things out on your own Smile

I finished the game, and ran into a few bugs (latest openMSX dev build, boosted MSX2 EN config):

  • World 7 or so (can look it up), I had a level 2 red at a certain spot that had a 25% boost without having any Power towers;
  • when the big hp numbers start to appear, glitching will happen with the 'dmg' text, where a green 1 would remain under or over the g of dmg, and at a later point a 1+2 with the g all on top of each other (I suppose that's a known bug Wink)
  • in openMSX w/ the 'boosted Turbo R' config the title screen PSG tune isn't playing correctly.

Cheers! Are the FS images in the game original? Quite like it/them Smile

Next challenge is going through it all in one go Smile