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2600 Homebrew Review - Dead of Knight


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#1 RickR

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Posted 12 March 2017 - 05:34 PM

This game was placed in the last Retro Junk box by Rowsdower70 (Thank you, sir!)

I finally took the time to really play it, and thought I'd give my impression here.

The game itself is labeled as #17 of 20, and signed by Joe Grisaffi (one of the designers and director of the film) and was made in 2013. I have not seen the film this game is based on, but it appears to be available for free on-line, and I'm going to check it out. I also don't know if only 20 copies of this cartridge were created. If so, that's a shame, as the game is really good. It came with a manual which is simple and well done.

The game has a really nice opening screen with great music. You start as a naked guy who has to find his armor. Once you find it, you can use your sword to hack up 4 victims that you have to search for. Each time you kill a victim, a policeman is spawned. They shoot you, and you are unable to kill them. After the 4th victim is killed, the goal becomes to find a character named "Marla" and drag her into a castle. Once inside, you must defeat a Boss Queen by shooting away at her shields and then the queen herself.

The game reminds me a lot of "Haunted House" -- lots of searching and exploring, while avoiding the bad guys as best you can. I think it's really a lot of fun. It makes you want to keep playing until you can defeat at least one boss. The graphics are great, and there's no flicker at all.

RickR's final grade: A

Anyone else have more info on this game, or an opinion on the gameplay?

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#2 Rowsdower70

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Posted 12 March 2017 - 06:09 PM

Joe buys them in small batches, so 20 is all that have been made for now.    

Sounds like it is a total blast, and I love the review!     

Thanks for posting :)


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#3 TeddyGermany

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Posted 13 March 2017 - 07:35 AM

The picture on the cartridge sticker looks fantastic!

I would like to have that as a poster!

 

Is it possible to make a second edition of the game via Atari Age or anyother producer?

I bet, there are many grateful consumers.


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#4 Rowsdower70

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Posted 13 March 2017 - 10:30 AM

The picture on the cartridge sticker looks fantastic!

I would like to have that as a poster!

 

Is it possible to make a second edition of the game via Atari Age or anyother producer?

I bet, there are many grateful consumers.

I'm almost positive that Joe paid Albert to make the 20 copies he had, so I'm sure it's possible to make another batch if there was enough interest. 


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Posted 14 March 2017 - 09:07 PM

Sounds fun. Going to look up gameplay footage!


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Posted 02 January 2018 - 06:23 PM

Hey, thanks for the review RickR (and input from fellow Atari.io'ers). 

 

I'm glad the lack of flicker got noticed.  I got to email Howard Scott Warshaw and tell him about the Yars Revenge-like effect when you beat the boss.

 

I think Joe and I have a deal where I can make some "developer" editions.  Though, I've been stuck in the mud with other projects.

 

​I'll definitely check back here if people have more questions!


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Posted 02 January 2018 - 09:40 PM

Hey, thanks for the review RickR (and input from fellow Atari.io'ers). 

 

I'm glad the lack of flicker got noticed.  I got to email Howard Scott Warshaw and tell him about the Yars Revenge-like effect when you beat the boss.

 

I think Joe and I have a deal where I can make some "developer" editions.  Though, I've been stuck in the mud with other projects.

 

​I'll definitely check back here if people have more questions!

More questions:  What other games have you worked on?

 

Thanks



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Posted 02 January 2018 - 10:04 PM

More questions:  What other games have you worked on?
 
Thanks


That have had physical releases?

Boss https://www.indiegog...ari-2600-game#/
Dead of Knight (of course!) http://www.atari2600...-of-knight.html
Conjoined https://www.kickstar...red-by-the-movi
Super Trash Truck http://atariage.com/...nterest-thread/
CandyBar https://panic.com/bl...bar-2600-found/
Upp! (No longer in stock - digital only) https://theloon.itch.io/upp
Twist R Shark http://atariage.com/...ion-atari-2600/
M.M.S.B.C. https://thisisbitpop...om/retro-games/
M.M.S.B.C. II http://indiegames.co...release_mm.html
A.C.i.D. 2 https://www.youtube....h?v=NYI4bQ_LAW0
Game Panic http://www.atari2600.../game-panic-lcd
Bigfoot's Family Search https://www.kickstar...i-2600-homebrew
Nitebear on Sleepystreet (no physical stock left - digital only) https://theloon.itch...reet-atari-2600
Bacon Blast (Given to vendor at ArcadeRX to sell 2015-2016)
Strangeland http://neoclassicgam...atari-2600.html
C@tacombs of Chaos (aka Atarowg) http://atariage.com/...combs-of-chaos/

There are also titles that were finished but the contractors haven't published yet
RVG Blast (Client couldn't find manufacturer for carts)
Duel (Client received product not sure of publishing status) https://www.youtube....b26kYNwRE&t=13s
Laughing Boy (Joe Grisaffi commissioned for his movie. Physical release seems to be on backburner?) https://www.youtube....h?v=hWlttiswu90
Balloon Girl (Haven't published it on my own) http://retrogamingma...-on-atari-2600/

Digital only games:
Tornado Blast http://www.romhacking.net/homebrew/63/
Drunken Pooper 2600 http://retrogamingma...-development-2/
UppaCreek http://atariage.com/...449-uppa-creek/
Cyber Willy (compo version of Boss) https://www.romhacking.net/homebrew/8/

Sega Genesis Titles:
Game Panic 2 https://www.etsy.com...he-sega-genesis
Space Foxes (re-branded version of Code Eliminator) http://segabits.com/...hp?topic=3887.0
Code Eliminator https://gbatemp.net/...at-prge.397393/
War in the Machine http://www.gooddealg...ga Genesis.html

For PC:
Super Pitifall (digital only) http://www.retrotaku...la-version-nes/
Simply Cavern (Digital Only Ludum Dare release) http://ludumdare.com...ly-cavern-done/

Probably missing some :)

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#9 RickR

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Posted 02 January 2018 - 10:31 PM

WOW!  Well, glad to have you here.  Pretty cool.


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Posted 06 January 2018 - 11:11 PM

That have had physical releases?

Boss https://www.indiegog...ari-2600-game#/
Dead of Knight (of course!) http://www.atari2600...-of-knight.html
Conjoined https://www.kickstar...red-by-the-movi
Super Trash Truck http://atariage.com/...nterest-thread/
CandyBar https://panic.com/bl...bar-2600-found/
Upp! (No longer in stock - digital only) https://theloon.itch.io/upp
Twist R Shark http://atariage.com/...ion-atari-2600/
M.M.S.B.C. https://thisisbitpop...om/retro-games/
M.M.S.B.C. II http://indiegames.co...release_mm.html
A.C.i.D. 2 https://www.youtube....h?v=NYI4bQ_LAW0
Game Panic http://www.atari2600.../game-panic-lcd
Bigfoot's Family Search https://www.kickstar...i-2600-homebrew
Nitebear on Sleepystreet (no physical stock left - digital only) https://theloon.itch...reet-atari-2600
Bacon Blast (Given to vendor at ArcadeRX to sell 2015-2016)
Strangeland http://neoclassicgam...atari-2600.html
C@tacombs of Chaos (aka Atarowg) http://atariage.com/...combs-of-chaos/

There are also titles that were finished but the contractors haven't published yet
RVG Blast (Client couldn't find manufacturer for carts)
Duel (Client received product not sure of publishing status) https://www.youtube....b26kYNwRE&t=13s
Laughing Boy (Joe Grisaffi commissioned for his movie. Physical release seems to be on backburner?) https://www.youtube....h?v=hWlttiswu90
Balloon Girl (Haven't published it on my own) http://retrogamingma...-on-atari-2600/

Digital only games:
Tornado Blast http://www.romhacking.net/homebrew/63/
Drunken Pooper 2600 http://retrogamingma...-development-2/
UppaCreek http://atariage.com/...449-uppa-creek/
Cyber Willy (compo version of Boss) https://www.romhacking.net/homebrew/8/

Sega Genesis Titles:
Game Panic 2 https://www.etsy.com...he-sega-genesis
Space Foxes (re-branded version of Code Eliminator) http://segabits.com/...hp?topic=3887.0
Code Eliminator https://gbatemp.net/...at-prge.397393/
War in the Machine http://www.gooddealg...ga Genesis.html

For PC:
Super Pitifall (digital only) http://www.retrotaku...la-version-nes/
Simply Cavern (Digital Only Ludum Dare release) http://ludumdare.com...ly-cavern-done/

Probably missing some :)

is Bacon Blast the same as BLT Blast?  https://theloon.itch.io/blt-blast


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Posted 07 January 2018 - 12:23 AM

For PC:
Super Pitifall (digital only) http://www.retrotaku...la-version-nes/

Probably missing some :)

FYI - download link is broken for this one

 

missing ones I have info on:

Destiny: http://atariage.com/...86-destiny-wip/

Macky Man: 

Pet Rock (w/ Ed Riley & Scott Dayton): <can't find any links>

Tunnels & Trolls: http://photobucket.c...3MDU3NjE=/?ref=

The Walking Dead: https://www.facebook...&type=1


consoles I own: Atari 2600 Vader & Jr. (short rainbow) w/box, GCE Vectrex, Radio Shack CoCo2 (64k) w/box, Intellivision, NES, SNES, N64 (x3), Xbox (Halo Ed.), PS1 (x3), PS2 slim, Wii, Mattel HyperScan (x2) handhelds I own: Microvision w/box, Electronic Football (by Sears) w/box, Tomytronic Pac-Man w/ box, Entex PacMan2, Coleco Donkey Kong tabletop w/box (w/ Coleco "Perma-Power" Adapter), & all MGA Classic Arcade's and Jakk's Pacific/TV Games Plug-n-Play.





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