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KlarthAilerion
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 24, 2004 8:07 pm    Post subject: April 2004 - Spotlight: Squashed Reply with quote

Spotlight: Squashed

Mr. Chris Covell, of NES demos and living in Japan fame (amongst other things), has delivered an introspective look at vegetables, video games, bad puns, and children in ninja costumes saving the world.

Did I mention the bad vegetable puns? Peas read the article, lettuce know what you think, and then see if you can beet the game. Enjoy the meal.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 24, 2004 8:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

*stabs you with a spork*

Very interesting article. Although... I didn't really think of all the similarities when I attempted to play this game a year ago. And uh... *Shush you now. Patience.*?
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 26, 2004 2:55 am    Post subject: Obscure Reply with quote

Wow, you guys find some really weird $&!@#.
Keep up the good work.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 26, 2004 6:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I found another similarity, story-wise. Has anyone heard of the "Commander Keen" series of games (for PC)? More specifically, "Keen Dreams", where the brave Commander Keen (who is actually just a kid with a weird helmet) is sent to bed early for not eating his vegetables. Then he wakes up in a weird dream-land and has to go trough many levels with veggie-themes, to finally meet the horrifying Potato King!

Sounds familiar? Tought so...

EDIT: By the way, is there a ROM available for this prototype? There weren't any links for one in the article.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 26, 2004 3:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fredde wrote:

By the way, is there a ROM available for this prototype? There weren't any links for one in the article.


I was wondering that myself. The game looks rather fab! I'm all for some SMB3 clonage.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 26, 2004 8:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

See, I'm not the only one that noticed it being missing!

Look out or you'll get censored too *mmph*

*Kitsune_ gets dragged to a nearby room and knocked out with cloroform. Three Feka goons exit the room.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 26, 2004 11:06 pm    Post subject: Digging Reply with quote

Your digging up some history there with Keen. Over all I would have to say no, Keen wasn't inspired by this game or it's clones.
Commander Keen was Id software's original cash cow before it created Wolfenstein 3D.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 27, 2004 1:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.mobygames.com/game/shots/p,2/gameId,1666/

Definitely no resemblance at all.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 27, 2004 2:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You guys are nuts, the download's there.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 27, 2004 1:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just checked. Red's right (of course). It's right above the screenshots. The link is smaller than the other text but if you scroll slowly you'll see it.

-n
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 27, 2004 1:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

NYVOPLAV Power ups last a longer time.
PAVOPLAT Power ups exire right away.
OXVOZPVK Power ups never expire.
AEKOPKNY Get rid of lag going into title screen.

Was bored, any requests?

edit;
ram offset 95 contains the current level. Use fceu to keep it forced to a value, then exit the current level or reset to goto that level. level4 = crud, (5+ are fine), 0 = level 1, I havn't experiemnted much (at work). have fun.

OZVOGTSX Always have armor.


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 27, 2004 5:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

nateJC wrote:
Red's right (of course).


Of course. I'm always right.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 30, 2004 10:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

TheRedEye wrote:
You guys are nuts, the download's there.


Hey, that wasn't there before...

*X-Files theme plays*
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 30, 2004 8:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

"I bring you love."

"It's bringing us love. Break its legs!"
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 30, 2004 9:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's great to see this brought to the public's eyes and hands once and for all :) I didn't know Chris Covell was such a good writer. I'm really pleased with this one.

If only great games like this were released every month ;)
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PostPosted: Sun May 02, 2004 7:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jeez, thanks Hoe. those'll come in handy.

I dunno why, but i *really* suck at this game
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PostPosted: Sun May 02, 2004 11:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I run this joint, and I can't get past maybe level three before quitting.
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PostPosted: Mon May 03, 2004 12:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

TheRedEye wrote:
I run this joint, and I can't get past maybe level three before quitting.


Running this joint does not give you the magical power to beat all games, Red.

Does anyone know if the difficulty changed from the Japanese version? I haven't tested out this version but the JP one was a bitch and a half at times.
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PostPosted: Mon May 03, 2004 2:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kitsune wrote:
Running this joint does not give you the magical power to beat all games, Red.


Oh. Yes. How silly of me. Thanks for clearing up my obviously serious observation.
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PostPosted: Mon May 03, 2004 4:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well I know you can actually pause in Sqaushed. In the Japanese version, the game would only stay paused as long as you held the start button. As soon as you let it go, it unpaused, making the pause feature rather useless.
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