Darwin 4078 - Evolutions?

Por TheClash603

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23-06-2020, 01:28

Does anyone know how evolutions in this game work exactly? I see there are different paths, how do you trigger which path you go down?

I just popped this game in and I'm really enjoying it. Didn't beat it yet, but I just beat Nemesis and this is a nice change of pace. Surprised this game doesn't get much recognition, it plays fast and scrolls well.

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Por Grauw

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24-06-2020, 18:24

I agree it’s a very nice shmup! I played it a lot as a kid (until my father sold the cartridge Crying). The evolution and ability to dock with enemies and transform is very unique.

There is a quite elaborate explanation of the evolution system on GameFAQs. Also on Arcade-History and Wikipedia.

Por thegeps

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24-06-2020, 18:39

Well, if you like shmups then get ready for Freedom Fighter (LoL, I'm promoting myself). Soon on MSXdev2020 entry list...
Set video at 720p50

https://youtu.be/GScersmVZYc

Por JohnHassink

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24-06-2020, 19:45

thegeps wrote:

Well, if you like shmups then get ready for Freedom Fighter (LoL, I'm promoting myself).

What a shameless self-plug! Tongue
I'm just kidding, your project is very cool and I look forward to the final product. Smile

Por thegeps

Hero (578)

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24-06-2020, 22:54

Big smile Big smile Big smile Thank you, JohnHassink!
I'm about to complete 4th level (still have to draw end level boss and code their movement/attack patterns. Then the whole 5th (and last) level.
When 5th level will be complete I'll upload as MSXdev entry. I will then update it after the prologue and epilogue sequences will be complete (I'll do anyway, also if I can't be able to finish prologue and epilogue before msxdev deadline, but the game itself will be complete for msxdev contest)

Por TheClash603

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25-06-2020, 02:28

I think i may know why Darwin isn't on many best of lists, on my third try through the game I was able to clear it pretty easily. Once you get the laser circle, the enemies go down so easily, that its almost hard to lose! Also the patterns got predictable, two yellow guys come out on the left, two yellow guys are now probably coming out on the right. Green football thing comes down the right, one is about to fly down the left side next. With the circle laser going back and forth and shooting nonstop killed half the enemies before they even appeared on the screen! Finally, the game is pretty long for a shmup, but after the half way point there wasn't anything new and the game didn't get harder. The back half seemed like filler.

With all that said, it was an average game still and well worth playing. The good stuff was the game did play smoothly and pretty fast. Also there were a lot of weapons to use, even if a few of them stink (bullet that splits when hitting an enemy) and a few are OP. I'm going to go back one more time just to get the black dragon thing, since I never figured out that evolution without a FAQ. It might also be fun to take a hit on purpose and try to beat the game in shrunken mode, it would be a good challenge and since bosses run eventually the lack of firepower not a dealbreaker.

Speaking of smooth shmups, Freedom Fighter looking good! Just make sure the ship speed makes sense, some of those enemies look fast! Definitely something I'd want to give a shot.

Por thegeps

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25-06-2020, 07:11

Thank you TheClash603.
And if you want hard challenge you'll have! The game consist of only 5 levels so, knowing average ability of msx gamers, I made it hard enough. And don't forget it is a MSX 1 game (so full software scrolling!)

Por MP83

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05-07-2020, 14:59

I have cleaned up the evolution chart from the MSX2 manual and translated it to English in the past:

Before that I also made this chart, based on the arcade version's chart:

Por TheClash603

Rookie (29)

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05-07-2020, 17:03

MP83 is a hero! Thanks for sharing this, it's fantastic!