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A Very Galactopus Christmas


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'Twas the night before Christmas and all 'round the earth
Humans were celebrating Jesus' birth
They cheered and they sang and they rang festive bells
So loudly it reached were Galactopus dwells
There's no Christmas spirit in the cold airless void
And the cephalopod was becoming annoyed
He crossed the vast distance to earth in a hurry
And began his assault with unparalleled fury
Octonium bombs wrapped up like presents
Dropped from the sky to make things unpleasant
Our defenses were holding but only just barely
As Galactopus pummeled our force field unfairly
So we sent up a spaceship to chase him away
And maybe, just maybe, save Christmas day


The back story: I started this a couple of years ago but stopped working on it as the concept evolved into Ms. Galactopus. I dug it out the other day and started fiddling around with it, thinking that maybe finishing this would help inspire me to actually finish Ms. Galactopus. I guess we'll see if that happens.

Galactopus flies across the sky dropping his octonium "presents." Shoot them before they hit the force field. Every bomb that hits the force field weakens it a little. If a bomb gets through after the force field is gone, Christmas is ruined and the game is over. I ended up bumping this game up from 2k to 4k so there's a lot of ROM left. I don't think I'll add anything to the gameplay. Instead I'll use that space to stuff in as many Easter eggs as I can think of.


Edited by KaeruYojimbo
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I hope these presents came with gift receipts! :-D


Anyway, it's cute and fun. The only thing I thought as I was playing it is that it would be good if the force field changed color or brightness when it was hit to show the damage before it vanishes.

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We'll be playing A Very Galctopus Christmas on the ZeroPage Homebrew stream tonight on Twitch at 6PM PT/9PM ET! Hope everyone can tune in to watch us play!

Twitch Stream: https://www.twitch.tv/zeropagehomebrew/




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