X-Tazy introdemo 1.2

by snout on 03-05-2006, 02:06
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A few weeks ago Andre Kuepfer contacted us about X-Tazy, one of the most promising GFX9000 projects for MSX to date. X-Tazy was a high speed, high spec shooter for MSX turboR with Moonsound and GFX9000 that unfortunately never was finished completely. The development team did get very close to creating a final version however, and thanks to Andre Kuepfer we can now offer you a previously unreleased version of the X-Tazy introdemo, which features a never-seen-before ship selection menu. To run this demo, you will really need a turboR, 512kB RAM (1MB preferred), SCSI/IDE/CF medium to load from, Moonsound and GFX9000 cartridge. And the result is more than worth it.

Considering how close X-Tazy got to a final release, it is a true shame that the developers never finished the game. Luckily, Andre Kuepfer - one of the X-Tazy developers - felt exactly the same. Recently, he started to contact the co-developers of X-Tazy in an attempt to release the latest version of the full X-Tazy source code as open source, so that remaining MSX developers can finally - after almost ten years - develop and release a fully playable, polished version of the game after all. Of course, on their own the sources are an invaluable source of information to novice and advanced GFX9000 coders. At the moment, Andre has already contacted most developers of X-Tazy, and gained their permission to open-source the game. If you were involved in the development of X-Tazy and have not been contacted by Andre yet, please contact us and we will get you in touch with Andre.

Right now Andre is in the middle of gathering all sources, adding structure and readme files to the large amount of data involved. Although it might take a while before the actual sources of the game are opened to the public, lets hope the introdemo just added to our downloads database can be considered to be a teaser for something far better, even more impressive to come.

Relevant link: X-Tazy introdemo - version 1.2

Comments (25)

By ro

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03-05-2006, 08:04

nifty, to bad the specs r 2 high for my current setup Sad
(.avi any one?)

By ro

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03-05-2006, 08:05

or does it run on any emulater, didn't test that yet.

By BiFi

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03-05-2006, 08:12

openMSX has gfx9000 support which has very decent (not bugfree yet) emulation... The version released years ago gives graphical bugs in the bacteria+hand part causing the rest of the demo to have graphical bugs as well.

By msd

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03-05-2006, 08:19

Wow great news Smile

By Manuel

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03-05-2006, 10:19

INdeed, it runs pretty OK on openMSX, but especially this 1.2 version shows more (severe) glitches than the 1.1 version. Will be worked on (some day)! Smile
You can still get a very good impression of it, though.

By GhostwriterP

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03-05-2006, 11:22

The Damn thing needs dos 2 to run... Maby it is time to implement that in the 'dragon engine'Big smile
But I must say the music at the title screen is quite nice!

By msd

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03-05-2006, 11:31

The intro demo also contains an animations which is streamed from disk. A floppy drive is to slow for that so no sence in running it in dos1

By viejo_archivero

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03-05-2006, 12:00

Any screenie out there to take a peek at the gfx? Smile

By snout

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03-05-2006, 12:50

GhostwriterP rules. You need a turboR, 512k, GFX9k and Moonsound, and then complain about MSX-DOS2 ^_^

/me is wondering who would be interested in continuing the project once it's all open-sourced... (hands up?)

By msd

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03-05-2006, 13:12

Demo also runs on my msx2+.. with 7.16hz.

By sunrise

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03-05-2006, 13:17

With 512 ofcourse and also on every msx2 and 7.16 mhz

By BiFi

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03-05-2006, 15:31

if you have an MSXturboR, you have DOS2 Smile so there's no need to complain about it then.

By POISONIC

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03-05-2006, 17:54

The specs are allright for my system...... he RO buy that v9990 from ebay Tongue 75 euros

By SaebaMSX

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03-05-2006, 20:08

Hey! I have the correct MSX configuration, but since this room is a complete mess I can't test it!! :/

But I will do of course.

Hey Marcel, in the end we will get stuff for our turboR+MS+GFX9000! Wink

By wolf_

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03-05-2006, 22:50

Saeba! You *still* didn't clean-up eh?

By Whizzy

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04-05-2006, 11:29

Could someone post some screenshots somewhere? just for me to drool at ? Big smile

By ro

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04-05-2006, 11:39

yeah, pix, vids whatever. not every one has those highdemandspecs ya know!

By GhostwriterP

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04-05-2006, 11:55

What I would like is to play a part of the game, even if it is just one single
stage, that would give a much better impression of the game.

By Manuel

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04-05-2006, 19:08

Folks, don't complain about specs and stuff, just run it in openMSX!

By SaebaMSX

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04-05-2006, 22:55

Who is complaining, Manuel? Smile

Wolf: And you are correct, turboR and TV are disconnected... but tomorrow I will do it, for sure! Sad

By BiFi

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06-05-2006, 08:16

The additions are cool... also all music has changed compared with the intro demo which has been online for several years already... and the only one that is actually known is a bit longer.

By BiFi

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06-05-2006, 08:19

I did some screenies of the intro demo for MSX-Magazine 2... Haven't seen them published though... I can always put those online for peepz to drool over Wink

I'd only need to make pics of the intro screen and the fighter select. Though for teaser sakes I might not do that anyway Smile

By Grauw

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06-05-2006, 13:38

nifty, to bad the specs r 2 high for my current setup
Well, if it’s open source we can optimise it to run on a regular Z80@7MHz :).

I don’t believe in ‘turbo R only’ games :).

By Manuel

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02-06-2006, 23:28

Just to tell you that this X-Tazy demo runs flawlessly in the current openMSX CVS now Smile

So, if you want to check it out, build the current openMSX CVS (or request a binary on our IRC channel) and run it! Smile

By Manuel

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04-06-2006, 21:51

My MSX profile