Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Wonderdog [CD32][SX32][Cobe][Approved]



Core Design
Uses: CD32Load by JOTD, Slave by JOTD and Bored Seal
Cover, backing and Label: Cobe
ISO Master: Cobe
Special Edition hacks: Earok
Special thanks to Dan Scott

Time for another re-release!

Wonderdog is a game that I didn't give a fair go during our original release. While it's certainly yet another "animal with attitude" platformer, it's surprisingly deep and playable once you really get into it. Worlds, enemies, bonuses, bosses, secret rooms and even secret levels are plentiful! The gliding mechanic and aimable weapon (the longer you hold fire, the higher it'll arch upwards) are also quite nifty. On top of everything else, the game features a password save system so an average gamer has a reasonable shot at being able to beat it.

Cobe was fortunate enough to receive the blessing of original coder Dan Scott for his efforts (whose handwriting graces the updated cover) so we've decided to dust off the release and give it a little more love.

First up - some of the levels have had their palettes altered to more closely resemble the vibrant feel of the Mega CD original. While we understand the artist may have designed the palette with Amiga monitors in mind, we feel that the more saturated palette suits the console oriented nature of our release.

(Original on the left, new on the right)


Secondly, it wouldn't be a proper CD32 platformer unless jump was on a button rather than the dpad. We've done this, just tap Blue to jump and hold Blue to glide.

Thirdly, we're now using the magic of JOTD's CD32Load. No OS flashes, pause with play, quit with forward+reverse. Toggle music/sfx from the menu with blue.

And of course all of the bonuses from the previous release are still there:
  • CDXL intro from the Mega CD version
  • Alternative HAM6 CDXL intro. Smaller screen but more colours. Hold down FORWARD+REVERSE on startup to see this.
  • All of the level passwords are on the title screen, in case you forget or get stuck!
  • Infinite lives trainer can also be activated from the title screen.
  • The original ISO is still present in the download if you prefer one button controls and the original palette.
CDXL Intro

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Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Heli Attack Triple Pack! [CD32][SX32]

It just happens we were working on three separate projects that revolved around Helicopter shoot-em-ups, so we thought, why not release them all at once!

Apocalypse





Virgin Games. Slave by Codetapper. ISO by Earok, covers by Steve and Earok

This beautifully rendered Choplifter / Fort Apocalypse clone is the only standalone release in the pack. This is one I've wanted to play on CD32 for quite some time, but it was impractical to do so without gamepad support. Thanks to the magic of JOTD's CD32Load, the game is now fully CD32 pad compliant.

Three covers are included, one by myself with the really cool Blue Thunder image by JCH. The other ones are by Steve and are much more faithful to the original box art, thanks to a collector for sending in high resolution scans.

(PS - AmigaJay, we stole your A500 Classics logo. Hope that's ok!)

Zeewolf Collection



Binary Asylum. Slaves by John Girvin. Cover by Steve. ISO Master by Earok.

A duo of fantastic Amiga-Exclusive 3D games. This one was a popular request for some time, but a release has only recently become practical thanks again to CD32Load!  We've taken full advantage of John Girvin's slaves, offering the ability to skip right to eight different missions in the first game, and all thirty two in the second. And maybe a trainer option. Shhh.

In addition to full CD32 Pad support, you can activate a Virtual Keyboard to access all other missions and cheats that are only available from the password screen (such as 'FRAMPAGE' to access the Kestrel Jet).

Strike Collection



Cover and select screen by Steve. ISO Master and CDXL conversions by Earok.

Three games from the legendary franchise, and one "Inspired by" game.
  • Desert Strike (EA): Using CD32Load and Abaddon's brand new slave, the game is fully gamepad compliant, loads without OS flashes, allows trainers and level select on startup, defaults to NTSC (for full screen and silky smooth updates) and has guns/hydras/hellfires mapped to separate buttons exactly like the Mega Drive edition (no more fumbling with the select key in the middle of a heated battle!). Huge thanks to Abaddon for putting up with my constant feature requests and implementing all of them!
  • Jungle Strike (Ocean / EA): This is the plain-old CD32 version, but with the option of two intros - the PC CDROM DOS version and alternative "comedy" intro.
  • Urban Strike Game Gear (Black Pearl / EA): Don't flip, this isn't anything amazing. It's just the emulated Game Gear version, which is too slow to be really playable on anything underneath a 68030. It's included just as a gimmick.
  • Seek and Destroy (Vision / Mindscape): A fun little top down shoot-em-up, it notably features extensive voice acting, smooth rotating graphics and a two player mode where the second player controls the Apache's weapon systems. This again is the stock CD32 game.

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