X-Tazy goes opensource - 2 playable levels

by snout on 15-08-2006, 19:22
Topic: Software

On May 3rd, 2006 we published a previously unreleased version of the introdemo of X-Tazy, followed by an XViD video of the same introdemo by the end of June. X-Tazy was meant to become a HiSpec (turboR, 512kB RAM, Moonsound, GFX9000, large storage device needed) MSX shooter. Unfortunately, development of the game stalled despite the fact an impressive introdemo, ship selector and playable levels were already available.

Today, the time has come to release those playable levels and all graphics, music, source code and utilities still available for X-Tazy in order to make the first step in continuing (and finishing) development of the game after all. Yes, you have read it correctly: as of now X-Tazy is an open-source project. Although the goal is to finally release a fully playable, polished version of the game after all, the sources released are already an invaluable source of information to novice and advanced GFX9000 coders. You can download the X-Tazy development package right here. The package also contains several useful readme files with further information.

So, there you have it. Big thanks go out to Andre Kuepfer (who made this all happen) and Jelle Jelsma (who created the in-game videos). Now, the future of this project is in your hands. Are you ready for the downloads? Here they come:

Relevant link: X-Tazy introdemo (or download an XViD video of this demo right here)
Relevant link: X-Tazy level 1 - playable promo (or download an MPEG video of this level right here)
Relevant link: X-Tazy level 2 - playable promo (or download an MPEG video of this level right here)
Relevant link: X-Tazy development package

Comments (19)

By msd

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15-08-2006, 19:34

Great stuff. And now finally testing if the levels also run on my 7.16Mhz msx2+ Tongue

By msd

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15-08-2006, 19:52

Okay it boots on my MSX2+, when it gets to busy it slows down, but replacing the wavedriver with a z80 version will sertainly help. Adding a few optimalizations it would IMHO run on a 7.16Mhz machine. Or atleast on an OCM with a little speed up Tongue. Making it smooth on 3.54Mhz will be very hard I think.

By BiFi

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15-08-2006, 19:52

YAY! Finally more than just an intro demo to enjoy!

By Manuel

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15-08-2006, 19:53


And for those who don't have the hi-spec MSX: it seems to run just fine in openMSX 0.6.1, as far as I can see! Smile

By W76NearDark

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15-08-2006, 20:40

It was great fun to make the video! Level 1 is well playable... the second less.

By snout

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15-08-2006, 20:54

so euhm.. hands up who thinks he might be able to help out in the further development of X-Tazy! Smile

By PingPong

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15-08-2006, 21:16

Umhf! nothing special... I can do better on a TMS9918A.

By Meits

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15-08-2006, 22:56

Please do...

By karloch

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16-08-2006, 00:23

I'm totally amazed!! That shooter has a full SNES-like quality, maybe even better! I just hope that some group continues the development of this awesome game, even when I don't own a GFX9000 or a Moonsound :/

By Ivan

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16-08-2006, 09:26

karloch, I understand that you still don't own a GFX9000. But a Moonsound... get one now!

By GhostwriterP

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17-08-2006, 20:41

Well, it is clear it is not nearly finished. I must not forget it was made 10 years ago (?), or I start
summing up all the dislikes of x-tazy.

Nevertheless it does show a smooth multy-layer scroll and a lot of sprites.
So this is what you can get, and it is so much easier, so people start programming for the damn thing!!!Big smile

By spl

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18-08-2006, 11:59

Ivan: I think that if you don't like composing music, you don't have too much to do with a Moonsound. A friend of me has give me for some time a Moonsound and composing is the only real use that I do with it. Gaming? Bombaman of course, but no much more. Demos? Buying something which is not specially cheap for wathing only demos...

By spl

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18-08-2006, 12:00

About X-Tazy: just amazing!

By sjoerd

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18-08-2006, 13:54

Hey, GhostwriterP, did you play the levels?

Anyway, there is room for improvement. Smile Collision detection, for starters...

By GhostwriterP

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18-08-2006, 18:26

I did... so don't get me started Tongue

By Sander

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19-08-2006, 10:31

I looks like my meteor gfx for the second level has been resized and used for the background layer. Cool.

By PuyoPuyo

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23-11-2006, 09:42

Hmmm... five days of interest... Is the "X-Tazy-Revival" dead now? I don't hope so!

Is someone able to read the french comments in the sources? And I couldn't find the intro-sources... or is it just me?

Anyone currently working on it?

By Manuel

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23-11-2006, 18:42

If you need help with translations of the comments, ask here! There are many French speakers here.

By Manuel

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20-03-2010, 13:18

Updated high-res video (shot on openMSX) here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h2iSGXSs5b4

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