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The Deadly Orbs
Posted By Ken Gagne On Dec 17, 2012 @ 11:59 pm In Game trail | 1 Comment
Retrospectiva is rediscover the fascination and wonder the first home computers generated in us. Challenges you to put your knowledge and inspiration to the test under the constraints of obsolete computers.If you like programming, draw or write music and are interested in the retro-computer world, this competition is meant for you.
Here's some gameplay footage  of The Deadly Orbs:
The Deadly Orbs demonstrates a consistent improvement in the graphics of Picchi's products, as seen by comparing it with the blockier antagonist of his former Retrospectiva entry, Surfshooter . Orbs accepts input from either the keyboard or the joystick. With either, the pace is a bit slow for me, though maybe that's for the best, as I also find the orbs' movements less predictable than Picchi does, making for a good challenge. Speaking of patterns, some randomization in the initial placement of the sword would've made the levels, at least the first few steps, less rote.
The game took 30+ hours of extracurricular programming to produce, resulting in a self-booting .DO disk image inside a ZIP archive. It's an encouraging reminder that one person can be responsible for game design, programming, and art and still produce an entertaining title.Applesoft , BASIC , Brian Picchi , Deadly Orbs , Retrospectiva , TanruNomad 
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URLs in this post:
 Applesoft Action and Dogfighters of Mars: http://www.apl2bits.net/2012/03/05/brian-picchi-applesoft-games/
 The Deadly Orbs: http://rsp.retrocomputacion.com/games-the-deadly-orbs-by-brian-picchi/
 Retrospectiva: http://rsp.retrocomputacion.com/about-retrospectiva/
 RetroChallenge: http://www.apl2bits.net/tag/retrochallenge/
 Here's some gameplay footage: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CDqu8weP-Ys
 Surfshooter: http://rsp.retrocomputacion.com/games-surfshooter-by-brian-picchi/
 Applesoft: http://www.apl2bits.net/tag/applesoft/
 BASIC: http://www.apl2bits.net/tag/basic/
 Brian Picchi: http://www.apl2bits.net/tag/brian-picchi/
 Deadly Orbs: http://www.apl2bits.net/tag/deadly-orbs/
 Retrospectiva: http://www.apl2bits.net/tag/retrospectiva/
 TanruNomad: http://www.apl2bits.net/tag/tanrunomad/
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