Thomas Jentzsch Posted November 13, 2022 Share Posted November 13, 2022 (edited) Attached you find my latest little project called TopBot&Tom 2. If that name sounds familiar, please have a look at the game's history below. Here are some basic instructions: TopBot&Tom 2 is an enhanced variation of the browser game game Top&Tom by chsxf. Like in the original, you play TopBot and Tom, two bots that went on a road trip while being attached to one another. The twist is you can only control TopBot directly, but you have to help both of them continue their journey. Use a joystick in the left port, to move TopBot up and down. Tom cannot be controlled directly, but you can make it avoid obstacles anyway. Jump then rush for the ground to bounce it below obstacles on its side of the road. Jump just after to bring it back to the road faster than it would be by itself. A 2nd player can take over control of one direction, up or down by using a joystick in the right port. Press Select to check and change the current game variation. There are three difficulties which each can be played on three non-random and one random tracks. On top of this, you can combine each variation with power-ups and shield options. The current variation and its options are displayed at the bottom of the screen, while the game is stopped. To start a game, press Reset at any time. Or press the fire button, when a game is over. During the game, TopBot and Tom will face numerous blocks in multiple combinations. If they hit these blocks, they will lose energy. If all energy is lost, the game ends. Use joystick up to make TopBot jump up and bring back Tom fast to the road. Use joystick down to bring it TopBot back fast to the road, which then allows Tom to jump. The game is played in stages, each lasting ~60 seconds. At the end of each stage, you gain some extra energy and the game pauses. If you have the Power-Up option enabled, you can collect power-ups, which randomly appear at the top or bottom of the screen. But you will get no extra energy at the end of a stage. The shield option allows you to pass an obstacle without losing energy from it. But while the shield is enabled, it will require a little energy too. And if you still hit an obstacle, you will lose twice as much energy as without this option. Note: The options can only be changed while being in select mode. During the game changing them has no effect. While you select a variation, the display will alternate between the current variation, high score and high score stage display. After the game is over, the display will alternate between score, stage, high score and high score stage. High scores will be displayed in red. Note: The ROM supports the PlusROM Highscore Club. But since this is a WIP and I am still tweaking some paras, all scores will be deleted for the final version. Some history Since I am always lacking ideas, I was browsing the web when I found Top&Tom by cxsxf. I really liked the unique twist in game play and the nice physics. And it looked very doable for the 2600. This was late in 2021 and I started working on it until I got a nice kernel and were able to play the game. Then RL and other projects interfered, so development stuck until after summer vacation. I was making good progress when Arlasoft (who I thought was chsxf) released his 2600 version the same original idea. This came a bit like shock. What should I do now (I thought it was his original idea)? I contacted Arlasoft and it turned out that he is a very nice person who likes my version and doesn't mind at all about me releasing it. Nevertheless I decided to wait some weeks before I got public to give him time to finish his version. Since that did not happen, I finally decided to announce and release my WIP during AtariAge day. And after going public, Arlasoft came here and corrected my mistake. Top&Tom (V0.9).zip Top&Tom 2 (V0.91).zip Top&Tom 2 (V0.92).zip Top&Tom 2 (V0.93).zip Top&Tom 2 (V0.94).zip Top&Tom 2 (V0.95).zip Top&Tom 2 (V1.00).zip Bot&Tom (V1.01).zip Edited February 9 by Thomas Jentzsch 19 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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