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Attack of the Bingo Wings

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"Attack of the Mutant Killer Bingo Wings!" is a game inspired by the classic 8-bit shooters of the 80s that came with a massively overblown story line on the inside of the cassette cover that the poor, underpowered 8-bit processor backed up by a meagre amount of RAM could never hope to replicate but contained preposterous enemies with some fun and compelling game play - and all at a £1.99 price tag too!

I'd really appreciate any feedback you'd like to leave. I'm a little concerned that the bingo game mechanic is slightly confusing at first and may put players off - I guess I hope people stick with it :-)

Anyway here's the full story...

The Earth is a noisy planet. For decades a vast array of signals have been carelessly spreading from our world into the ether. We're about to find out that other worlds are listening...and in a terrible coincidence one planet has taken offence at the liberties being taken with it's deities.

The denizens of Bingonia have for centuries worshipped their many and varied Gods; Kelly's Eye, One Little Duck and Snakes Alive amongst others. So when the systems monitoring the skies of Bingonia began picking up signals from a small world at the outer reaches of the galaxy, indicating that the intricate numerology behind the Bingonian beliefs were being used as the basis for a form of primitive gambling, there was only one course of action available; the Bingonians dispatched their elite fighting force, the Bingo Wings, to destroy the Earth - and now only you stand in the Bingonians way!

Destroy the Bingo Wings, collect the Bingo Balls of Doom and break the code to destroy the Bingonian battleships!




Shoot Bingonians to release Bingo Balls
Collect Bingo Balls to add to your Accumulator and set the Timer running
Whilst the Timer is running, collect more Bingo Balls to add to your Accumulator
Shoot Bingo Balls to reduce their value or destroy them


Let the Timer run out to cross a number off your Bingo Card
Complete your Bingo Card to advance to the next level
Complete lines and corners on your Bingo Card to release Cash Bonus Balls
Collect Cash Bonus Balls to buy ship upgrades between levels


Bingonians and Bingo Balls that escape the screen add to the Bingonian Accumulator
Game over when the Bingonian Bingo Card is complete
Avoid Bingonians and Bingonian Bombs
Game Over when your shields run out

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Good concept. Love the 8-bit style, and the creativity enough to give it a high score. I wasn't completely engaged in it. Still, cool idea.

tafty responds:

Sorry it wasn't that engaging but thanks for the good score :-)

I'd forgotten how difficult it can be to draw stuff with just a 16 colour palette and 2x2 pixels. The sound effects were easy enough to create though using SFXR.


Interesting concept, but it got awkward hanging out until the counter ticked down to cross off the numbers. Still, pretty good. Beats the pants off of almost any game that was in the arcades back in the early 80's. Except Dig Dug. =P

tafty responds:

Dig Dug is indeed a classic - and, in case you hadn't guessed, I love that era of arcade games!

One concept I did consider was having a base that you took your ship to when you'd got a number to cross off your bingo card. I decided against that as I liked the element of play where you had to survive whilst the timer ticked down - maybe I was wrong though?

It's ok...

It gets kind of old after you die for the first time.

tafty responds:

I guess it's no real surprise that a game based on old games that has old-style sound and graphics gets old quickly :-P

I did wonder whether I should include a level select screen to let players start at levels up to where they've reached. I wasn't sure whether the effort required would out weight the benefit as I think the main issue is that games of this style are fairly repetitive anyway.

Not bad, but not special

The game was quite good but that kind of entertaiment doesn't entertain me any special (and doesn't entertain many of players)

tafty responds:

Thanks for giving it a try and taking the time to comment. Sorry it wasn't your kind of thing. I am aware that there's probably going to be a limited number of people that enjoy this - probably mainly old guys like me that are still living in the past :-P