Re: [stella] Space Treat with score

Subject: Re: [stella] Space Treat with score
From: "Fabrizio Zavagli" <rasty@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 31 Dec 2002 13:10:46 +0100
Hey Albert!

You wrote:
> Awesome!  I spent some time playing earlier this evening and it gets
> with each version!  I'm glad you added the score, as well as the ability
> see the score and level after your game is over.  I do agree that if you
> manage to shoehorn this into the title screen, even better.  I think this
> would be a smoother flow, and also harder to fake pictures should we ever
> hold a high score contest.  :)

Do you think it would be better to keep the current "final level screen"
with an added "game over" text and then display the hi-score on the title,
or just jump back to the title screen?

> I agree with Paul's comment about being able to see the score as you're
> playing, although I guess if you're only awarded points at the end of each
> level it's not really a big deal to me.  The score would never change
> you're actually *playing*.  What would be interesting is if the maximum
> amount of points you could receive in a level counted down as you're
> playing, taking in account your fuel, level number/difficulty, and number
> lives.  This would further increase the pressure to finish the level as
> quickly as possible!

Well, I'm not really a fan of a "decreasing" score, it's a bit confusing IMO

> > At the moment I'm almost completely out of ROM space, but I'd still like
> to
> > add a few more features...
> What features?  :)

For instance, having the Reset switch start the game also ;))

> Keep up the great work!  It's a very addictive game, and one that I find
> aggravates the hell out of me when I do something stupid.  But it keeps me
> coming back for more, which is the important thing!  I have now gotten up
> level 16 several times, and I can often get up to Level 10 without dying.
> partially blame my Epyx joystick, which is very sensitive (no, I still
> haven't grabbed a normal Atari stick from one of the many boxes cluttering
> my place).  I'll take a picture once I beat Paul's Level 19.  :)

Let me know how it feels with and Atari joystick if you get the chance to
try my game with it, since I also don't usually play the game with original
Atari sticks (maybe beacuse they're all broken? :)


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