## High Score Challenge S7- R2 - Hunchback

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### High Score Challenge S7- R2 - Hunchback

Stardot high score challenge
Season Seven: Round 2
Hunchback chosen by Chrisn

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RULES
Round One starts at 9pm on Monday the 20th of March and ends at 9pm on Monday the 3rd of April
The aim is to score as many points as possible
Post scores and screenshots/photographs in this thread
The rules are here
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DISK IMAGE
http://www.bbcmicro.co.uk/game.php?id=6
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INSTRUCTIONS

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SCORING
Points will be awarded using the following formula.
points = (YS / BS * 50) + ((NOP - YP + 1) * (50 / NOP))
BS = Best Score
NOP = Number of Players
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HIGH SCORE TABLE

Link to Overall High Score Table...viewtopic.php?f=46&t=12659

Thanks to Galax for the Mode 7 fonts.

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### Re: High Score Challenge S7- R2 - Hunchback

This is just to get a score on the board....

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### Re: High Score Challenge S7- R2 - Hunchback

I thought we were doing a tribute game for Gary Forest this round?

In light of that I've had a crack at Hunchback and seem to be hitting the wall so to speak at level 'J', 'K' just seems impossible to me at the moment. Good that we can practice levels I guess. Never played a game where you can lose all 4 lives in the space of 15 seconds

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Well, a bit of an improvement, don't see how I'm going to get much better at this one. Didn't do the screen copy until after a few more, that's why the difference in the top score and the current score.

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So this one is a current one.....Somehow got a better score.

Ed......

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1700.

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### Re: High Score Challenge S7- R2 - Hunchback

From one extreme to the other! If Banana Man was a game I could run riot in score-wise, this is one which I'm still nowhere near recording a qualifying score on even after 20 tries so far this evening.

I don't know whether the ultra-fussy fixel-perfect timing has always annoyed me about Hunchback, or whether it's just I've never been able to forgive it for not being a different game.

Y'see, although this game has been around since 1983 on the Beeb alone and presumably was a coin-up before that, I didn't see it until five years later - in between which I'd spent hours playing Wonder Boy in the arcade at our local swimming pool. With all the logic an early teen can muster, the screenshots for Hunchback led me to believe that it, too, would be a fast scrolling pelt along a very long playing area such as Wonder Boy, maybe with the odd power-up to collect en route. Imagine the disappointment.

Either way, my diary of hi-scores from years back (yes, I did keep one) suggests that I did breach four figures at some point in 1991, so looks like I'm going to have to keep on trying to dig out a performance like that again from somewhere...

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### Re: High Score Challenge S7- R2 - Hunchback

Well, I wondered why I didn't play this very much in Iceland, now I know.

It's a very good idea for a game but the difficulty level rises way too fast. There's no 'break-in' period to kind of roll into the game.

At any rate, I think I'm further than I ever got when I was 35 in Iceland so I guess that's not too bad.

Ed......

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I didn't get any further level wise, but got a better time bonus on one of the later levels. This game is so twitchy and timing exact although there does seem to be slight randomness built in, sometimes I get 390 time bonus on level A but most times I get 380, must be something to do with the timing values when starting the level. Determined to do at least the next level but can't see getting much further as when practising the next level I am at a loss at how to get through the darn thing

Score: 2580

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Yeh, I hear ya.... I'm getting close to finishing the first set of walls but it's really tough because one mistake leads to a quick end to the game.

There are more 'efficient' ways of doing the individual sections of wall and that's where I think my score came from. I've developed some efficiencies because of repeating the levels so often.

This score is up to section K.

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High Score Tables Updated......

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Another old favourite from my younger days... Hope to improve on this with some practice. Best so far: 1940.

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Broke 3k but just can't consistently get past the K section. When I practise that section, I can get through it once in 10 tries or so but ingame, forget about it.

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Still can't quite get through level K yet, but close a couple times. 3060

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Creeping up there but when I hit a certain level the panic sets in and lives disappear faster than I can press buttons... I have this belief that one day I'll dig out one of my beebs (replace all the dry caps) and my game skill will automagically improve...

Score: 2770

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Got something, anything, to go on the scoreboard at last, but I don't think I'm going to do an awful lot better than this on what's a real nemesis of a game for me.

1,540.

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### Re: High Score Challenge S7- R2 - Hunchback

High Score Tables Updated......

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Cracked 3k, made it to level 'K' which so far has been a hard brick wall but I think I have a strategy to complete it... just need to have perfect luck to string all the levels together before that... not sure why the 'Bonus' is called a bonus when it's the only points you can get

Score: 3180

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### Re: High Score Challenge S7- R2 - Hunchback

I got a bit further this time, caught out by a fast moving boulder thing... I'll keep practicing! 2,480

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### Re: High Score Challenge S7- R2 - Hunchback

FourthStone wrote:not sure why the 'Bonus' is called a bonus when it's the only points you can get
I found out the reason. I finally broke K, not once, but twice. The first time I got through it, I didn't notice an increase in my score so the next time I broke it I noticed the 'Bonus' went to 0. You don't lose a life but you get no points, even if you succeed in getting through the section.

So..... Bonus means you went fast enough to collect some points, hense.... BONUS!!!

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still prefer the original Elk version

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Not sure I've got the patience for this, it's way too frustrating!

I had "The Great Wall" on the Electron BITD, which was a bit less annoying than this was.

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I have finally rescued ESMERALDA after about 30 attempts today

Everything seemed to be going the right way by the time I got to level 'K', I had 1 spare hunchy and made it through on the second attempt, got to level 'L' which is where Esmeralda hangs out and somehow did it first go on my last man. I had been practising the last two levels for about 15 minutes before I had the breakthrough run with many more failed attempts beforehand.

I was so happy and excited, mainly about breaking through 'K' in an actual game run, that I didn't last too much longer losing my last guy on level 'C'. Everything goes a bit faster the second time around so the timing feels like a whole new game to get used to....

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Got a bit further, got through K with points. I ended up practicing that level quite a bit to get it, may have to do the same with L but I'm not far off your score now FourthStone. If I get through L, I'll be past your score so you have to keep going. 3,100

Edit: One more for posterity..... 3,230

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Hmmm, this time zone difference is killing me haha, it's already Monday night here

My strategy for 'K' for what it's worth:

1. Immediately run right and jump first pike man, need to jump again as soon as you land to avoid the first arrow. This doesn't always work, second time usually does work after burning a life...
2. Run forward a few steps and wait to jump over the second arrow.
3. Jump over second pike man and then be ready for the next two arrows and do two quick jumps in a row to clear them.
4. Take a couple of steps forward and wait for the next two arrows and do another two quick jumps in a row to clear them.
5. Jump over the third pike man (and hopefully the next arrow if timed correctly), jump again to avoid the second arrow and you're home

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Yup, pretty much what I do as well..... usually get between 180 and 210 points for that level.

What time zone are you in, I'm in PST.....

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Is PST western US? My timezone is UTC +10 which is east coast of Australia... AEDT apparently

Which makes this post almost 9pm in the UK...

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FourthStone wrote:Is PST western US? My timezone is UTC +10 which is east coast of Australia... AEDT apparently

Which makes this post almost 9pm in the UK...
Well, Western Canada actually. I live in Squamish so yeh, we have fun with time zones with some of the members here for sure.

This post is 3:44 PM PST on Monday afternoon.

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OK, you're turn FourthStone...... and yes, it does feel a bit like a new game.... can't imagine what the later levels will be like.

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OK, you're turn FourthStone...... and yes, it does feel a bit like a new game.... can't imagine what the later levels will be like.
Oh dang it, I should've looked at the round dates, I thought this round ended today but it's next week
Which makes this post almost 9pm in the UK...

I was so sure

Now I have to repeat that once in a lifetime effort and go one better