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Hi All,

Space Chunks II !!!

[url="http://www.crunchyfrog.com.au/spacechunks2"]http://www.crunchyfrog.com.au/spacechunks2[/url]

Engage in awesome space battles in this fast paced action arcade game.

Looking for feedback!

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[img]http://www.crunchyfrog.com.au/spacechunks2/screenshots/montage1.jpg[/img]

[img]http://www.crunchyfrog.com.au/spacechunks2/screenshots/montage2.jpg[/img]

[url="http://www.crunchyfrog.com.au/spacechunks2"]http://www.crunchyfrog.com.au/spacechunks2[/url]

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Wow! That's a great game!! I hope I can eventually create something like that!
I have a few simple games working myself but they are totally amateurish compared to yours. Way to go!
Just curious. Did you create this game entirely yourself? How long did that take?

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Looks pretty good.

I just downloaded, my biggest critique would be that the controls are slightly difficult at first. You get use to it though. Have you thought about adding some sort of controller support, such as an xbox controller?

I like the momentum created by the music though, it's a nice touch. :)

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Wow! That's a great game!! I hope I can eventually create something like that!
I have a few simple games working myself but they are totally amateurish compared to yours. Way to go!
Just curious. Did you create this game entirely yourself? How long did that take?


Hi,

Thank you! I'm really glad you like it :)

Yes I did indeed create this game entirely myself!

It's taken me three years.... but that's because of the limited spare time I have. There have been many periods of months when I haven't been able to work on the game at all. If I had been able to work full-time on it, maybe three months? Not entirely sure how many hours have gone into it.

I use Visual C++ 6.0 with HGE graphics engine.

Are demos of your games available?

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Looks pretty good.

I just downloaded, my biggest critique would be that the controls are slightly difficult at first. You get use to it though. Have you thought about adding some sort of controller support, such as an xbox controller?

I like the momentum created by the music though, it's a nice touch. :)


Hi,

I must admit I hadn't thought of controller support... but now I will look into it!

Glad you like the music :) Just recently composed a new track for a new end of stage boss, have really gone all out trying to make that high energy danger and excitement vibe! :)

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Looks real nice!

Is there a video available so I can get a taste of the game play without actual installing it (yet)?

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Looks real nice!

Is there a video available so I can get a taste of the game play without actual installing it (yet)?


Hi Wan,

Unfortunately no, there is no video currently. There is however a zip file download option if you are concerned about running an unknown setup executable.

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Good work indeed, congrats. Looks very polished, haven't found any glitches so far. Runs smooth even on 1920x1080 resolution (NV 8500 GT).

But I have to admit: This sort of game almost screams for game-pad or joystick support. That would be really nice.

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Good work indeed, congrats. Looks very polished, haven't found any glitches so far. Runs smooth even on 1920x1080 resolution (NV 8500 GT).

But I have to admit: This sort of game almost screams for game-pad or joystick support. That would be really nice.


Hi Unbird,

Thank you!

You are the second to mention controller support, and it's something I will be looking into.

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Hey you're from Perth! Cool. :)

Great game. I did have a few issues though:

Either the thrust's power curve was too er... exponential (?) at a certain point, or the wind was just plain annoying. The ship was too hard to control to do acute movements to pick up the small power-ups.

Also the part where you "double tap thrust" towards the nav pointer didn't work for me... not really sure how you're supposed to do that.

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Hey you're from Perth! Cool. :)

Great game. I did have a few issues though:

Either the thrust's power curve was too er... exponential (?) at a certain point, or the wind was just plain annoying. The ship was too hard to control to do acute movements to pick up the small power-ups.

Also the part where you "double tap thrust" towards the nav pointer didn't work for me... not really sure how you're supposed to do that.


Hi Bowlcut,

Regarding the thrust, there is no "power curve" - it is either on or off, depending on whether you are holding down the thrust button or not.

Also regarding the "wind", there is none. It is space after all :) If you wish to come to a stop, press the brake key.

The game uses the same thrust/rotate style ship controls as seen in the venerable Asteroids circa 1979 and thousands of games since.

With regards to double tap - that simply means to press the thrust button twice in a row, moderately quickly. It's like a double click with a mouse, but instead of a mouse button you are using a key.

The nav pointer is the large glowing gold triangle on the edge of your screen - the point of the triangle shows you the direction you need to face.

Hope this helps. Good luck! :)

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Hi Wan,

Unfortunately no, there is no video currently. There is however a zip file download option if you are concerned about running an unknown setup executable.

Heh, I trust you, but I was temporarily stuck with a colleague's laptop at the time and I didn't want to install stuff on a machine that isn't my own. :)

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Hi Bowlcut,

Regarding the thrust, there is no "power curve" - it is either on or off, depending on whether you are holding down the thrust button or not.

Also regarding the "wind", there is none. It is space after all :) If you wish to come to a stop, press the brake key.

The game uses the same thrust/rotate style ship controls as seen in the venerable Asteroids circa 1979 and thousands of games since.

With regards to double tap - that simply means to press the thrust button twice in a row, moderately quickly. It's like a double click with a mouse, but instead of a mouse button you are using a key.

The nav pointer is the large glowing gold triangle on the edge of your screen - the point of the triangle shows you the direction you need to face.

Hope this helps. Good luck! :)

If there's no wind or power curve, then I was experiencing some strange movement. My PC isn't ancient so I don't know what it could be.

I know what a double tap is haha. I must have been looking at the wrong thing! :s

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Hi Wan,

Unfortunately no, there is no video currently. There is however a zip file download option if you are concerned about running an unknown setup executable.

Heh, I trust you, but I was temporarily stuck with a colleague's laptop at the time and I didn't want to install stuff on a machine that isn't my own. :)


Understandable! I do intend to have a gameplay video made at some point.

Just so you know, the game installer only places files into the chosen install folder, and nowhere else. It also comes with an uninstaller so it can be removed easily.

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Really cool game, very impressive you made it all yourself.

I thought the controls were pretty simple, just the same as asteroids and the music is very cool.

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Really cool game, very impressive you made it all yourself.

I thought the controls were pretty simple, just the same as asteroids and the music is very cool.


Hi Monkan,

Thank you very much! I agree, I thought the controls would be considered fairly straightforward, but maybe that's just because I'm old and used to that kinda thing :)

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UPDATE - Version 0.97 Beta
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Loads of additions and changes!

[url="http://www.crunchyfrog.com.au/spacechunks2"]http://www.crunchyfrog.com.au/spacechunks2[/url]

[img]http://www.crunchyfrog.com.au/spacechunks2/screenshots/montage3.jpg[/img]

* New enemy ship: Stealth ship! With cloaking device!
* New enemy ship: Immobiliser! With tractor beam!
* New enemy ship: Defender! With reflective shield!
* New upgrade: Magneto field - draws bonuses and powerups towards you!
* New upgrade: Warp shield - provides temporary invulnerability!
* New upgrade: Temporal shockwave - release damaging + disabling blast wave!
* New upgrade: Anti-mine system - enemy mines neutralised or converted!
* New upgrade: Anti-missile system - enemy missiles neutralised or converted!
* New end of stage boss: TriBlaster!
* New end of stage boss: The Summoner!
* New end of stage boss: The Duplicator!
* New end of stage boss: BladeStar!
* Player name for high score now entered/submitted from within the game.
* Mouse control for aiming/steering!
* Able to set game defaults from menu options.

+ Experience gain/promotion made faster.
+ Overall reduction of enemy firepower
+ Static enemy defenses reduced significantly.
+ Enemy missile launcher rate of fire reduced.
+ Enemy mine layer rate of fire reduced.
+ EMP mine radius halved.
+ Carrier ship fighter respawn time reduced.
+ Enemy shield strength reduced significantly.
+ Gun platforms removed.
+ War-chunk hit points reduced.
+ Missiles targetting wingmates do not re-target onto player.
+ Small enemy fighter speed reduced.
+ Orange pickup now replenishes 4 missiles instead of 1.
+ Combat matrix upgrade now becomes Battle tactics - wingmates burst fire and launch barrages.
+ Improved the effect of heavy support upgrade.
+ UFOs generally stay closer to their target than previously.
+ Player respawns away from enemies.
+ Difficulty of the game now adjusts enemy speed and rate of fire, not toughness.
+ New enemy weapon - concussion mines - causes 1 damage plus knockback.
+ All experienced/Veteran/Elite troops have critical hit chance.
+ Enemy spawns during stages is more designed, less random.
+ Missiles are more clearly colour coded and distinctive.

Enjoy :)

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The game looks fantastic. Good work :)

Downloaded and played. This is one of the best games I have played of this type. Very well done. Responsive controls, good difficulty slope, and nice visual effects. Will definitely recommend this to friends.

[Edited by - IronGryphon on October 26, 2010 12:19:23 PM]

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The game looks fantastic. Good work :)

Downloaded and played. This is one of the best games I have played of this type. Very well done. Responsive controls, good difficulty slope, and nice visual effects. Will definitely recommend this to friends.


Thank you very much indeed, IronGryphon!

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WoW!!! Just WoW!!!

You have some real talent my friend...I wish I was as clever as you. I'm just starting to work with command prompt, lol! :P

This is one awesome game...superb graphics!!! 10/10 - well done!!! :D

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WoW!!! Just WoW!!!

You have some real talent my friend...I wish I was as clever as you. I'm just starting to work with command prompt, lol! :P

This is one awesome game...superb graphics!!! 10/10 - well done!!! :D


Thank you! I'm really glad you liked it :)

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This is really quite amazing. I think you should try to get this game professionally published and make it to where others have to purchase it. Or perhaps go to the SBA(Small Business Association) and try to start a small company with it. You have real potential. Good luck on your gaming career!

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This is really quite amazing. I think you should try to get this game professionally published and make it to where others have to purchase it. Or perhaps go to the SBA(Small Business Association) and try to start a small company with it. You have real potential. Good luck on your gaming career!


Hi Trenton,

Thank you very much, high praise indeed!

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