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In March a programming competition started in Poland, where I live - https://100commitow.pl/

You need to develop an open-source project and commit at least once in a day for 100 days.

 

For several months I wanted to write something for Atari 2600. The contest finally motivated me to try it :)

Here is my repo: https://github.com/vandalton/BertaAndButterflies

I have the idea for the game, but it is not yet revealed :)

 

I hope that the result will be playable!

 

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Current version: berta-and-butterflies.v0.80.rc1.ntsc.intl.binberta-and-butterflies.v0.80.rc1.pal.intl.bin

Current high score: 415 in the Beginner level - Mieszko (my work collegue)

 

Update 2024-05-09: v0.80.rc1

 

  • high scores are displayed at the title screen for both "beginner" and "advanced" modes
  • there is a sound signal at the end of the game
  • proper PAL version with adjusted timings

 

Update 2024-04-19: v0.51

  • "International" title screen
  • Indication of the difficulty level. When the cloud is over "A" letter on the title screen it means "Advanced", while "B" means "Beginner". In the "beginner" mode the net is yellow and in the "advanced" mode it is red

 

Update 2024-04-16: v0.32 

  • title screen with music (currently Polish version, but there will be also "International" version ;))
  • two difficulty levels - you can switch them while you are on the title screen; there is no mark of the choosen level yet
  • you can get back to the title screen after game is over
  • butterflies are speeding up, the game is harder now

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berta-and-butterflies.v0.32.bin berta-and-butterflies.v0.51.pal60.intl.bin berta-and-butterflies.v0.51.ntsc.intl.bin

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So, my idea is to create a "port" of Game & Watch "Egg" game: https://nintendo.fandom.com/wiki/Egg

But I'm going to replace the main character with Berta - a small elephant based on my wife's stuffed toy :) And there are butterflies instead of eggs.

 

You can find more details in the dairy: https://github.com/vandalton/BertaAndButterflies/blob/main/DIARY.md

 

And here is the first version in which you can actually score a point, but you cannot lose life yet:

 

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berta-and-butterflies.v0.1.bin

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OK, so here is an update. In this version you can actually play - you can lose your three lives, there are sounds, there is "animation" of failure.

You cannot restart game yet :) And butterflies are released at constant rate at the moment, so the game is pretty easy. It will be harder soon and there will be two difficulty levels.

berta-and-butterflies.v0.2.bin

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I thought it would be better to put all these intermediate versions in the first post of this topic. So there is another update there - v0.32

 

Update 2024-04-16: v0.32 

- title screen with music (currently Polish version, but there will be also "International" version ;))

- two difficulty levels - you can switch them while you are on the title screen; there is no mark of the choosen level yet

- you can get back to the title screen after game is over

- butterflies are speeding up, the game is harder now

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Today is a 50th day of the "100 commits" competition, so here is another update. 

 

Update 2024-04-19: v0.51

- "International" title screen

- Indication of the difficulty level. When the cloud is over "A" letter on the title screen it means "Advanced", while "B" means "Beginner". In the "beginner" mode the net is yellow and in the "advanced" mode it is red

 

I don't plan to make any significant changes and the game is close to be finished. When comes to the competition, now I'll focus on different elements/subprojects - labels for physical cartridges, manual, special SNES controller adapter and so on. 

 

When I started this project I didn't know that "batari Basic" exists. It turned out it is a perfect tool for creating my first game. I know it's simple, but it looks exactly like I imagined it before I started coding. So, big big thank you for all the batari Basic creators!

 

If any moderator reads it: could you move this topic to the "batari Basic" subforum? 

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 ZeroPage Homebrew is playing Berta and Butterflies on tomorrow's ZPH stream LIVE on Twitch! Hope you can join us!

 

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Update 2024-05-09: v0.80.rc1

  • high scores are displayed at the title screen for both "beginner" and "advanced" modes
  • there is a sound signal at the end of the game
  • proper PAL version with adjusted timings
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The "100 commits" competition ends this Saturday. My game "Berta and Butterflies" is actually completed.

 

Now I'm updating documentation of the game and subprojects (special joystick adapter, cartridge PCB), I'm playing with RTC circuit and I'm working on a physical release:

 

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You can find all the details here: https://github.com/vandalton/BertaAndButterflies

I will be very grateful for any Github Star on this repo. Although the stars have no effect on the winner selection, repositories on the competition site (https://100commitow.pl/repozytoria) are sorted by the number of stars and I don't want to go beyond the first page ;) Thanks!

 

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