My latest MSX game: Westen House

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By santiontanon

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26-09-2021, 14:50

Yeah, the lamp item color clashes A LOT! I ended up leaving it like that, since I thought it looked like the lamp was lit, and it was just light pouring out haha. But indeed, I'll see if I can redraw it to minimize color clash Smile

By Uninteresting

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26-09-2021, 15:43

Still enjoying the game, and also filling up the start of the post with spoilerfree text so that the spoiler contents won't be seen on the FP thread preview...

1. The lamp is lit before you pick it up?
2. [spoiler]Behind the combination-lock door[/spoiler], a purple stack of books has the use-description of a decorative chest.

The spiders keep killing me...

By santiontanon

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26-09-2021, 16:06

Oh, no, no, the lamp is supposed to be off. It's just color clash... haha. And thanks for the note on the book stack! Looking into it!

By Kai Magazine

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26-09-2021, 19:21

I love isometric games and I love this one even more.
I got very upset when I was killed in the dungeon by the beetles and I saw there was no continue, thus making this game only playable on an emulator (nowadays), which I don't enjoy one bit. I only play on the real thing.
PLEASE add a continue option (and even a password option while you are at it), you have my assured physical release purchase. I am mostly an MSX2 user/player so I own and play very few MSX1 games, but this one must definitivelly be in my collection.
But please, take into consideration that we are in our 40's now, we don't have the time, patience or need to play 1 game for months from start to death. We already have enough frustrations in our lives so we don't need any extra frustration for how bad we have become at playing hardcore games and getting killed and having to re-start again.
Pretty pleeeaaaseeee?
This is literally my only suggestion/complaint about the game. I didn't find anything else out of place or annoying.
Exelent work.

By AnsiStar

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26-09-2021, 20:48

In our 50`s! Wink

By Grauw

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26-09-2021, 20:53

Het, still in my 30s Smile. Though not for long!

By santiontanon

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26-09-2021, 22:16

Haha, thanks Kai!! Ah, a "continue" option is interesting! I had originally planed to do a password system, but there was too much state in the game, and the password would be too long. So, I thought of maybe saving to tape, but that might be a bit annoying. So, I eventually gave up on that. But a "continue" option is definitively interesting. I still need to think how would it work (checkpoints vs re-spawn in the same room, etc.), but let me note that down! Thanks for the suggestion!

By Kai Magazine

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26-09-2021, 22:51

Yeeeey!
I am happy!

By Kai Magazine

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26-09-2021, 22:56

Just a thought:
Would it be possible to add a manual RAM "save state"?
Meaning: You can save on RAM whenever you want and when you get killed by those nasty bugs you can continue from your last RAM save. In my mind that solves a whole lot of things and it takes very little work, but I might be wrong.

By santiontanon

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27-09-2021, 00:04

Ah, that's another very interesting suggestion! I currently have 62 bytes of free RAM when the game runs. Which sounds like very little, but it's just enough to store a saved game (which I think is exactly 60 bytes of state).

Also, I just updated the GitHub page with the new version (1.3): https://github.com/santiontanon/westen/releases/tag/v1.3

In addition to the Spanish version, and many bug fixes, this version includes an option to toggle the mapping of keys to directions in case you find it more intuitive that "up = northeast" instead of the default "up = north". After playing many times today, I tend to alternate between them depending on the room!

Ah, and "N" can also be used instead of "M" :)

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