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Spacebattle has been officially renamed! I have finally decided that Spacebattle is now completely different from the original livewires program. I hoped that I would receive some public input but I believe that this site is not very well known and if people do know this website they are too lazy to recommend a name or too immature. Thus I have taken matters into my own hands. Okay, enough of the waiting Spacebattle is due to be renamed Extreme Galactic Combat. A name that no one owns and I will be requesting a SourceForge project soon as a better file host. Spacebattle will remain with the same name for now until the whole website is changed.
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I am postponing the python single player option and giving the whole game a makeover. I will now change from the simple pixel graphics to proper images and sprites. At the moment some of the sprites aren't coming out well but that can be combatted with some Photoshopping. I have also decided to increase run speed by moving images outside the screen rather than reloding them every time. This will increase the initial run speed though and I haven't moved some of the text. I am also doing some tricky things with the menu, but I won't bore you with their details. At the moment Highscores is also disabled because of this but soon I will make everything moved. I have also added an options button to the menu which will in turn give you music, graphics and control options. It is disabled also and I will add an options bar to Battle soon. Finally, I have taken inspiration from a game tutorial to instead of deleting the spaceships and reloding them, but moving them to the spawn point.
Some additional upcoming ideas for Battle:
Here is a sneak peak of some of the images:
New centre object
Edited from Pixel Hive Design( 08/30/2007), Blood Moon Fantasy Art and Planetary Effects, from Tutorial Quest, viewed 15 September at http://www.tutorialquest.com/view_tutorial/blood-moon-fantasy-art-and-planetary-effects
Edited from Michalczyk D, Concept Gallery: Image: North Corridor, from eon works, viewed 18 September at http://www.art.eonworks.com/gallery/concept/3D_concept_artist-200204.html
Edited from Michalczyk D, Texture Gallery: Image: Wall 16, from eon works, viewed 18 September at http://www.art.eonworks.com/gallery/texture/sci-fi_texture-200049.html
Unfortunately I cannot find the website for the crate again. If anyone does please notify me with the details.
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I'm proud to announce my collegue Hamish will be helping with my projects. He will be composing some music for Spacebattle. It will include ingame music and menu music. The menu music is going to be an ambient background sound. The ingame music will be more adveturous and fast paced.
He may even extend it to a soundtrack so that their is more variety. The soundtrack maybe used for a possible RPG with a futuristic theme. His compilation may take a while so don't expect anything anytime soon.
This proposal also means I will start looking for sounds when you fire, drop mines, use the spaceships boosters, etc. If your thinking that these sounds will become annoying and may dertract from gameplay, I will add an option to disable the music in categories. For exmaple, background sound, menu sound or controller sound.
I am developing the single player mission so that enemy spaceships fly around the screen and if they spot you they will start shooting at you. These are the outlines for the Missions so far:
Mission 1 Scout- You have been sent to scout the area for enemy ships. Fire at any dangers and report back when you have examined the area. A basic mission in which you fly round the screen and shoot down enemy aircraft if they pop-up. You win if you destroy all the enemy ships in the area and they win if you lose 5 lives.
Mission 2 Defend- The enemy has assembled an assault squad of ships, you must shoot as much of the enemy down as possible without letting too many pass through the bottom to your base. The enemy will fly-around to give the player a chance to hit before passing through the bottom. When you reach a certain amount of kills you will win and when they reach a certain amount of invaded ships you lose.
Mission 3 Destroy the bomb- The enemy has discovered your space base and now they attempt to blow it up by planting a bomb nearby. You must destroy the bomb before the enemy can do harm but beware it is heavily defended. The screen cycles upwards when you have removed enemy from the area and if you fall behind and pass through the bottom screen you respawn and lose a life. If you reach the top then you simply stop moving and the screen scrolling upwards will soon reveal you. The sides wrap around as usual. If you destroy the bomb you win and if you lose 5 lives you lose.
Mission 4 Elemental Battle- Your base is near a newly fought battle between new elemental aliens. Their battle is wreaking havoc in the area and you must destroy them all before they do any damage to your base. Fight hardier enemy ships, some shoot laser beams and other release fireballs that seek out enemy targets. Destroy all the alien ships before you lose 5 lives to win.
Mission Boss- Fight an armoured spacestation with an advanced defence system. Fight through each phase of its attack and destroy it to win. You lose if you lose a certain amount of lives.
Spacebattle has been officially released as Spacebattle v1.0 Standard with an additional Installer Package. It includes a new interface system and some fixes to some earlier bugs. For my next release I am working on developing some sort of a single player aspect with some more fixes to bugs and an expanded interface system. To see any bugs that still exist visit the Bugs and Fixes.
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