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Dec 10, 2004 | 2:16 PM EST
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Description about sums it up. Just a quick remake of a game I did in high school to pass time until I finish "Roll Next". There's a delay in the beginning as it loads, I forgot the counter for the preloader though :(

Normal Mode:
- Press Up/Down to move your ship.
- Press "A" to fire.
- First to score 4 wins and goes to next level.
- Right-Click and select play to pause.
- 15 Levels, with a Boss at every 3.
- As the ball is shot or bounced it'll slowly build up momentum until someone misses.
- Whenever the ball is hit it goes in the reverse direction. It doesn't matter who's bullet hits it, it reverses the direction regardless. This prevents cheese and makes you have to use some strategy and timing.

Multiplayer Modes:
- Player 1: Up/Down Arrows move, Left arrow fires.
- Player 2: W/S Keys move, A Key fires

Versus:
- First to 10 wins

Team:
- First to 6 wins
- Enemy gets stronger everytime you score.

Powerups >>>
G = Gatling Cannon
L = Laser Cannon
S = Spread Cannon
M = Mega Cannon
E = Electro Cannon
W = Wave Cannon
T = Tracking Cannon
Heart = Upgrades weapon to Hyper form
Diamond = Upgrades ship size
Arrow = Upgrades ships speed

Notes: Different weapons affect the ball differently. If you beat the final boss (stage 15) you'll earn the stage select code. This isn't the absolute final version. I intend to have 2 player support and a maniac mode added in later. My site'll have the details once they're available.

Reviews


JibbaliciousJibbalicious

Rated 3 / 5 stars

8=-====D

i wish the buttons in the interface actually worked

and i think i've been sterilised by this game



FightingSeraphFightingSeraph

Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

How did this get overlooked?

Sure it may be Atari's old Pong game, but this adds a "versus space shooter" twist to it; and a well-executed twist at that. It's a damn shame that too few people on NG remember Atari and what they accomplished; they made some great games during the '70s, '80s, and early '90s. However, it pretty much declined when the Jaguar was released due to its lack of proper 3D acceleration hardware, bad development tools, and bad management. Of course, there were Hasbro and Infogrames who kept the name alive, but I heard that Infogrames has dropped the Atari name some tiem ago. Enough ranting about Atari, on with the review...
Graphically, the sprites are decent with some nice background variety, and a cool-looking energy ball. However, the paddles themselves could have been designed and shaded better. On the other hand, video games don't need to have phenomenal graphics; just enough to get the point across. Then there's the music, which makes use of what I think is the Guilty Gear soundtrack, but could have used more songs. However, that would have jacked up the filesize considerably. The sound effects, on the other hand, could have used some more variety. I think some sound effects from RayForce would be fitting to use for this. Then there's the gameplay, which in spite of the fact it was Pong, was top-notch if I do say so myself. Many may complain about the difficulty, but I like how this put up a challenge without being cheap. As for the "Versus Space Shooter" twist: it adds another element of strategy that adds to the replay value. Plus, I also like the power-ups in this as well, which can turn the tide to you advantage/disadvantage.

What I did like:
-Above-average graphics, with some nice level variety.
-Fun to play with an added element to keep things fresh.
-Good music selection
-The two-player option was a wise decision for those who have friends over.

What I didn't like:
-The fact that it's Pong, which a few snotty-ass pricks will whine about.
-Needs more sound effects, along with some voice samples.
-The paddles could have used an orange hue for the the jet exhaust.
-Could have used more songs, but that would have jacked up the filesize unless cut up into loopable pieces in Acid, Goldwave, or Audacity.

Overall: Here's a nine out of ten for doing something new to an old classic, Maelstormm.


People find this review helpful!

Zokko9Zokko9

Rated 4 / 5 stars

fun game!

it was fun, but it was a LEEETLE bit too hard. perhaps i need more practice?


maelstormm responds:

Without that last coat of polish on it, it plays a bit harder than intended. Someday when I get time again and this is touched up it'll run smoother and should be more player friendly.


llorakmanllorakman

Rated 1.5 / 5 stars

ehhh...

the game is pretty hard and when you shoot the ball, it reverses its direction instead of knocking it in the direction that the blast was shot.
good idea but the game play has a LOT of room for improvement.


maelstormm responds:

Hrmmm, what's that say up in the instructional comments? <"Whenever the ball is hit it goes in the reverse direction. It doesn't matter who's bullet hits it, it reverses the direction regardless. This prevents cheese and makes you have to use some strategy and timing."> Reading skills need a smidge of improvement too evidently ^_~


zuko123zuko123

Rated 2 / 5 stars

good, but put it more easy, please!

it has good music and graphics, but it's TOO hard


maelstormm responds:

Practice, practice young padowan.