CSSCGC 2011 — ¡qué gráficos!

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January 10th 2012

Apenao – Game of (Musical) Thrones

I’m sure that Apenao also got the official license to make the ZX Spectrum videogame based in the popular franchise Game of Thrones. I wonder how does this guy to get all those licenses, he must be backed by one of those big companies which emply lots of slaves and sell human flesh in the black market. The fact is that here it is, the official (I guess) Game of Thrones ZX Spectrum videogame! This one comes with a twist. I don’t know if this game is popular elsewere, but here in Spain we got a big deal of it when we were kids. Now kids have Nintendo DSs to play with, so, for the sake of preservation, a computer rendition of the good ol’ Game of Chairs just had to be created. To play the game, you set up some chairs in circle, one less that the total amount of player. Then the music plays, and players have to run around the chairs. Then suddenly the music stops, and the players must try and sit down in one chair. Of course, (you may have guessed if you are good at maths) one of them remains up with no chair to sit down. Well, that guy is, obviously, killed in a rather gory manner. Game of (Musical) Thrones replaces the plain chairs with actual thrones, and lets you pick all the players. Then the music will play… and play… and trust me, it will eventually stop. Some day. And then…

Summary

Choose the contestants, sit back, and enjoy your simulation.

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January 10th 2012

Anders Carlsson – Cowthilde

Yet another musical game! This time involving cows (people seems to know how to get a winner!). In this game, which is actually good-looking if you put on your fancy 1983 glasses, you have to guide your tiny hero using O P Q A to approach each… uh… singing cow in the screen. When you do that, the cow will sing a short tune (a bit random, but a tune) and you have to sing it back to her in order to free her from the underworld. If you do it right, the cow will disappear in thin air, but if you miss a note you’ll lose a life. Quite unfiorgiving, but that’s life. The game works nice, moves nice, responds nice, sounds nice and plays nice. Not very crap, indeed, just made in a vintage manner. I’m sure that if a time machine existed, you could easily bring this game back to 1983 and sell it to Micromega for a good sum, and then come back to the present and enjoy the accumulated royalties in your bank account, buy an expensive car, and marry a stripper.

Summary

Use OPQA to move around, approach the cows and sing back their tune using the numeric keys.

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January 10th 2012

Apenao – Star Wars – The Old Republic

Nobody knows how, but Apenao got the official license from Lucas Arts to produce the ZX Spectrum port of their latest blockbuster in the Star Wars franchise, a MMORPG (won’t tell what it means ’cause I always mix up the initials). The problem was that they are quite unflexible when it comes to deadlines, and the time Apenao had to develop this game was minimal. And it shows. Luckily, Apenao managed to extract the most important aspects of SW:TOR and gave full priority to them, so they are completely implemented. So the game lacks some things from the original, but the essence is there: the exciting light-saber duels between Jedi Knights and Lord Siths, complete with power-ups and character level growth. And, of course, you can’t play this alone, as this is a MMORPG. May the force be with you, young padawan! (sorry, I had to say that).

Summary

Q controls the Jedi Knight. P controls the Lord Sith.

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December 1st 2011

Absynthe_boy – Washing Machine Simulator

This is the kind of entries I enjoy most. A good, nice simulator. And, for the first time in history, a great Washing Machine Simulator. In the author’s own words, «Presenting the first washing machine simulator for the Sinclair ZX Spectrum, the most realistic and complete laundry simulator yet written. Featuring three different washing machines, 4 wash temperatures and 3 different types of clothes you can wash this is the ultimate in clothes cleaning gaming excitement. Never before have laundry and gaming been married so successfully as in Washing Machine Simulator. Realistic sounds during the filling, wash and spin cycles. Amazing animated graphics. Superb reality and playability. Literally minutes of fun for all the family». And it doesn’t come short at all. I haven’t seen such a faithfully simulation in years of videogaming. This is really one of the best entries we’ve gotten so far, and we have got plenty of good ones! So watch out. Cows and simulators are win. So there’s a special prize for every faithful cow simulator from now on. What are you waiting for?

Summary

Choose among the tons of options, sit back, and enjoy your simulation.

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December 1st 2011

Kabuto Factory – Invasion 3D

People, this one is really cool! Kabuto Factury sends in a a true, working 3D game for your ZX Spectrum! So dust off your good ol’3D glasses from the drawer (those which came with some old magazine which come with a red/blue cellophane sheets, anaglyph I think they were called) ’cause you are going to need them in order to play this game. The mechanics are pretty simple: you have to be FAST and press 1, 2 or 3 depending on which alien is the nearest. If you fail or you take so long… BANG. Needless to say, if you are not wearing glasses you won’t see a shit. And chances are that you won’t either with them on. But this is a great effort. The only problem is that glasses are usually CYAN and RED, not blue and red. But hey, good effort! And possibly one of the most original entries this year.

Summary

Use 1, 2 or 3 to shoot the approaching aliens! And don’t forget your 3D anaglyph glasses!

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November 10th 2011

Salvacam – First (and last) First-Person Hamster Wheel Simulator

Fellers, this has to be the most original simulator we have received this year! Salvacam announces this is the last game in his own one-key-only trilogy, and announces that, next year, he’ll try and make two-key games. Good for him, and good for us. And now, on to the game! This game simulates a big part of every hamster’s everyday routine: running the wheel. The game goes straight to the point, and starts with the above mentioned hamster already positioned in the running wheel, ready to get into action! No useless waits (and I’m looking at you, Mr. Apenao!), no neverending intros (like in nowadays games – when you finally get into action you have already spent the only two hours you had to play beforing getting back to house chores). Just sheer enjoyment. And from the very point of view of the hamster himself. Now you will know how it really feels. Have or ever had a hamster? This game will help you sympathise with every hamster in the world! This will make you a better person! Hopefully, with more games like this, wars and hunger will end for good. Unbelievable. This ain’t just a videogame… This is a complete digital, interactive experience. I’m quite sure that, in the future, this will be considered like a true masterpiece of our times! Ico and Shadow of the Colossus my ass.

Summary

One just can’t summarize the experience you get from this game, so go and try it NOW.

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November 10th 2011

He had such a big head that, if he were a *cat* he would have to toss the mice from under the bed with a brow, Part II

Apenao enters this awesome sequel (with a mistake in the title) to last year’s Mojon Twins’ entry, the infamous He had such a big head that, if he were a cat he would have to toss the mice from under the bed with a brow, which made us almost lose the compo. Apenao’s own He had such a big head that, if he were a cat he would have to toss the mice from under the bed with a brow, part II, which title is incorrectly written in the intro screen as He had such a big head that, if he were a mouse he would have to toss the mice from under the bed with a brow, part II uses a revolutionary concept of fast loading: in fact, after the loading screen, the load is 100% immediate! I really don’t know how Apenao achieved this, I hope he will tell us. The game comes complete with a great backstory, very reminiscent of the Mojon Twins style: After saving his girlfriend, our hero, Manolito Cabeza, goes to El Corte Inglés to buy her a present. The problem is, the square is full of people demanding a  more just distribution of prawns (digital or not) and, more important: the mall is closed for hollidays. Once there, Manolito discovers that a bunch of hippies are unknowingly being controlled by a group of ultra-center-wing fanatics and are being used to spread a plague of lice which will end up bringing the end of the world. Luckily, Manolito has three full packs of anti-lice liniment and is ready to save the world!.  After waiting for the title screen to get drawn (this has to be a feature in most Apenao‘s productions), you realize that the game has nothing to do with this. Great job, Apenao!

Summary

Just try not to lose your patience in the title screen.

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November 10th 2011

Chris Thomson – Robot Defence Corps

Yay – this is what I call a really good contender! It has everything: The visuals are crap, the controls are not responding, everything flashes and flickers and moves slowly, it’s unfairly überhard, is buggy and plays worse. And, to add even more points to the score, it comes with a complete, deep backstory which has actually little to do with how the game plays, just like the in good ol’ days of commercial crappery!  “Robots are invading your boss’s secret moon base. The robots are evil and will kill even the women and children. You must ensure that they don’t make it in to your boss’s base, even though your boss is slightly evil. Fortunately you can order some evil robot eradication turrets from your bosses company, unfortunately they use internal cost centres, you have been provided with $200 credit to get you started, but you must earn more money by selling any evil robots that you kill. The use of Sinclair basic ensures that this game is compatible with all spectrums and the amstrad phone thing.” So engage your controls and try to save the boss! If you can. I’m sure there’s some kind of strategy to follow, I just can’t fathom it. Will you? Can you help? Also: Pavero, we need you to map this ASAP.

Summary

OPQA to move your pointer. M to place a defence. Be wise!

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November 10th 2011

Paulo Silva – Memorama

Paulo Silva sends us a really nifty entry which should be considered Crap solely ’cause the game it implements is utter crap. I’ve never understood the appeal of those games where you have to find couples in a set of cards. No matter if they are the jewel of game coding in terms of technical complexity, they are always Crap. So good choice of game for a CSSCGC entry, Paulo! Graphics are colourful but they suffer quite a lot of the automatic conversion used. ‘Cause if you are suggesting that those are hand drawn I’d tell you that you need to seriously improve your skills as a graphics designer. Once you get past the opening screen, the game plays well. One may say “hey, this works flawlessly, where’s the crap in this game?” I already told you: in the game concept. Memory games = instant crap. So good one!

Summary

Use WASD (not WASP) or the cursor keys to control this.

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October 3rd 2011

Bloodbaz – Byrd

Aye, Bloodbaz changes from hoster (last year) to entrant this year for the CSSCGC. And he likes doing it big, and I mean BIG. Behold, ’cause this game is the direct sequel to the community favourite SQIJ. And, of course, it has to surpass the original game in any way possible. For example, this time the bird is EVEN BIGGER, cats are EVEN NASTIER, and bird food is EVEN TASTIER. One could say that Byrd is, in fact, SQIJER, if you tolerate the pun. Yes, boys and girls, this game has probably the biggest number of UDG ever featured in a pure BASIC game: around 779 in all. Yes, you have read correctly. 779 unique UDG. Just peek at the screenshot. But the sad thing is, to move such a massive bird in pure BASIC is quite hard to achieve. If you are fine with a 0.5 frames per second rate, then this game is for you.  And it comes complete with a big deal of garbage on screen, depending on which direction you move. Use O, P, Q, A and explore the shitload of screens available. This one got me inspired, I might do something simmilar. Something even SQIJER.

Summary

Try this: fill your mouth with rollos and shout SQIJ as louder as you can. Laughs granted.

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