New Vega Games

I've just released a games pack with five games specifically for the ZX Vega. Four are reworkings of older Spectrum games containing obscure bug fixes, enhancements, new colour schemes etc. These are Area 51, Amusement Park, Encyclopaedia Galactica and Retro Racer.

The fifth is a brand new game, my first full ZX game release in three years and the best part of two years in the making: Gamex 2 - Playing Dividends. Among other things, it features yet more amazing music from Yerzmyey. Obviously, a 48K/128K Spectrum version will be released in due course.

Don't try running these on a Spectrum emulator unless it's ULAplus enabled as the results will be messy. Even then, you might struggle with the keys. These are Vega games.

The game pack is available from my website or the Vega Facebook page. Keymap files are included, so stick them on your SD card and get playing!

Enjoy...
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  • Thank you Jonathan.
    They look and play great! and Yerzmyey's music is toe tapping as usual.
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  • edited February 2016
    Having fun with Gamex2.

    How many games do you invest in and keep track of at any one time Jon? And do you have a score that you are happy with before game over?

    I guess it can increase as I become more familiar but at the moment I'm piling all my cash into 1 game at a time when cheap, that way I find it easier to keep track of the price while playing.

    Any idea when the Speccy version will be coming out? (this game needs its own thread!)
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  • There is no way, by redefining keys, that these vega games work in normal Spectrums or emulators, right?
    Dave, how many exclusive Vega games do you have in your device?
  • edited February 2016
    Gamex2 is the only new title that's Vega only I think, the other's are rereleases of Jonathan's other games.

    These are the only Vega only that I have on mine:*

    Amusement Park
    Area 51
    EncyclopediaGalactica
    GAmex2
    RAcer

    If you can redefine the keys and have ULAplus enabled then they should be fine in an emulator. Gamex2 for the vega can't redefine, but it's 'H' to start (=S on the Vega pad) and 092WM keys.

    *though there are a few AGD games that have ULAplus versions added and announced on the Vega forum but not here.
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  • Edit - the 'Z' key is invest.
  • I played these on ZXDS, defining the keys as listed within the Vega key file thingy. No Vega here....
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    Bomb Munchies Ver1930 17th Nov 2017 (look for the blue download box ) If you get a time-out message and live in the UK then try after 9pm-3am.
    Send me a PM and I can email it to you too. Kent, UK
  • R-Tape wrote: »
    Having fun with Gamex2.

    How many games do you invest in and keep track of at any one time Jon? And do you have a score that you are happy with before game over?

    I guess it can increase as I become more familiar but at the moment I'm piling all my cash into 1 game at a time when cheap, that way I find it easier to keep track of the price while playing.

    Any idea when the Speccy version will be coming out? (this game needs its own thread!)

    Funnily enough, I was just finishing off the Spectrum version this weekend. All it needs now is a loading screen and some instructions.

    It's probably best to buy one share in each game (to play them) and then invest the rest in no more than 3 or 4 others if you want to keep track of those purchase prices mentally. More than that and you'll have to start treating it as a strategy game and writing things down, keeping a record. But that's the whole idea, you can play the game either way.

    Obviously when a bear market comes along you should sell almost everything and hold cash until the bloodbath is over with cheap shares aplenty. Bull markets are the opposite: pile in and sell when it's over.

    Don't be tempted to hold too much cash; the more shares you hold and the more games you play, the more features are unlocked. Tick off those achievements one by one and you'll find things start to get interesting...
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  • jonathan wrote: »
    Don't be tempted to hold too much cash; the more shares you hold and the more games you play, the more features are unlocked. Tick off those achievements one by one and you'll find things start to get interesting...

    I had a feeling there were hidden depths here. I still need to get a sense of how the market is behaving when not stated as bull or bear, I've mostly been looking for a bargain but that's maybe not the best way - this should come with more play. Though as you say, this game can be played on different levels.

    Brill - looking forward to the Speccy version. (in case it's not too late for feedback - I find that screech noise as it scrolls through the games really grating.)

  • edited March 2016
    Vulcan has a couple of bugs - a ghost sprite gets XORed on (a player sprite but in a baddy position) and destroys anything that collides with it, and the player start position can be the same as the ground, so you very quickly reach 100% tax before realising what's happened*

    *Pity as I was riding a double bull market - I was keeping close track of the prices of 5 games and would have made a killing :-(
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  • edited March 2016
    Pushover bug report.

    Fatal bug this one - if you reach the 5th (I think, might be 4th) level of Pushover you get a level that has RallyZX logic but pushover background!

    Snapshot here.

    This fie is actually saved from SPIN, but I've confirmed on a Vega that the bug is the same there.
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  • Sorry Jon - another Vulcan bug.

    Missile I thought I shot turned into an animated explosion that rose to the top, then along to the right with different attributes (this was on my Vega so not an emulator ULA+ thing), then down. Some screen corruption then the game ended prematurely.
  • edited March 2016
    Aha - first feature finally unlocked. I'm slowly working out how to play this game :-)
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  • Cheers for the feedback!

    I've fixed the bug in Pushover and will see if I can make the screeching noise a little less grating. Vulcan's a little tricker because of the way the code is written. The sprite code is object-oriented and the way things interact means things can get a bit complicated. Everything's done with lists and pointers to save memory. I'm not sure what's causing the problems but it's likely to be a single bug.

    Which feature have you unlocked? Casino banking? Or did one of the games go bankrupt and get removed from the exchange?
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  • edited March 2016
    Cheers, I honestly began to wonder if the pushover bug was intentional in that it was a toxic debt that you should only have for a few levels (in fact you should have taken that line!)

    I've unlocked two new games so far, not had casino banking yet. As far as scoring goes, it's really satisfying moving your cash around and getting massive payoffs at the right time, simply brilliant.
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  • Any one making/ releasing any new bega software ?
  • ianep wrote: »
    Any one making/ releasing any new bega software ?
    The answer is yes. There are no Vega specific games as such, they should all run on ZX Spectrums, emulators and Vega (and soon Vega+).
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  • Cool, any chance of a web link or name?
  • ianep wrote: »
    Any one making/ releasing any new bega software ?

    Most of the stuff I've put out this past year supports the Vegas ULA+, 2 of them are Vega-only titles. Only problem is they were only available on the Retro Computer forum which has now disappeared.
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  • Would you be able to post some info here please?
    No one important.
  • Cool, any chance of a web link or name?
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