High Score Challenge - Centipede by Tricky

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Post by JoolsH » Thu Mar 22, 2018 1:16 am

Best so far - 14,642

Nice conversion, I'm finding the spiders appearing right on top of you a little annoying though! Got to stay away from the sides, I suppose.
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Post by KarateEd » Thu Mar 22, 2018 1:56 pm

tricky wrote:
barbarossa69 wrote:45961...

Not sure this counts as point-whoring though...
I would say that it is not in the spirit of the competition, and that this sort of thing has come up before and we have had to avoid it in old games.
Yes, I have to agree with Tricky on this one. Thanks for being honest about this one Barbarossa.... we'll disallow this score though good job anyway as it's not that easy to avoid the spider. Sometimes he just pops onto you even when you're actually not sitting on the spot but trying to shoot something too.

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Post by KarateEd » Thu Mar 22, 2018 1:59 pm

High Score Table Updated......

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Post by KarateEd » Thu Mar 22, 2018 3:52 pm

I think I may be starting to get the hang of it...... oh, Barbarossa, I came across the same senario as you did.... could have sat waiting on the spider but I guess i chose to die instead as I tried to release the baddies.....

..... 16,147 ......

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Post by barbarossa69 » Thu Mar 22, 2018 4:09 pm

Are you guys trying to complete levels by completely killing the centipedes?

Is there any benefit to doing that? Does the game ever end?

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Post by MatthewThompson » Thu Mar 22, 2018 7:10 pm

New high score .
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Post by tricky » Thu Mar 22, 2018 8:41 pm

The game never ends, but I did make the spawning of the extra segments speed up, I'll have to check whether it speeds up per level or per
spawned segment.
Completing levels should be the best way to score points, but does have the drawback of more rouge heads, up to 7, then they go back to 0.The scorpion comes on at the start of every forth level to poison some mushrooms, which in turn makes the centipede go mad and dive down the screen.

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Post by JoolsH » Fri Mar 23, 2018 12:20 am

A bit better.

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Post by richardtoohey » Fri Mar 23, 2018 4:33 am

Very good, tricky/Richard. =D>

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(1) The game link doesn't work: http://bbc.godbolt.org/?autoboot&disc=h ... e.zip?dl=0

(2) And pretty, please, can our pathetic scores get into the table for the last round:

viewtopic.php?f=46&t=14666&start=30#p197950

Please, sir, please! [-o<

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Post by tricky » Fri Mar 23, 2018 7:38 am

I posted a working link about a third of the way down the first page ;)

Keep playing, they allow slow down :^o
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Post by barbarossa69 » Fri Mar 23, 2018 9:13 am

tricky wrote:The game never ends, but I did make the spawning of the extra segments speed up, I'll have to check whether it speeds up per level or per
spawned segment.
Completing levels should be the best way to score points, but does have the drawback of more rouge heads, up to 7, then they go back to 0.The scorpion comes on at the start of every forth level to poison some mushrooms, which in turn makes the centipede go mad and dive down the screen.
Ooh scorpion! That sounds fun!

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Post by barbarossa69 » Fri Mar 23, 2018 11:04 am

Haha yeah got to level4, saw the scorpion :)

... but didn't have time to appreciate it as they were on me in no time, lol.

Still, new (legit) high score.. 29236
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Post by KarateEd » Fri Mar 23, 2018 6:20 pm

richardtoohey wrote:Very good, tricky/Richard. =D>

Ed:

(2) And pretty, please, can our pathetic scores get into the table for the last round:

Please, sir, please! [-o<
My apologies gentlemen. I guess I was so relieved this one (gyroscope) was over that I must have forgotten some of my duties. Your scores are worthy considering this game and that you played it at all is meritorious.

I believe all is square on the score front now.

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Post by KarateEd » Fri Mar 23, 2018 7:18 pm

High Score Table Updated......

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Post by CMcDougall » Fri Mar 23, 2018 11:06 pm

Seen the scorpion too, but never killed it as too many mushroom in the middle :x
new high though 20,123 8)
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Post by KarateEd » Sat Mar 24, 2018 6:47 am

Slightly better score.... 18,140 ....

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Post by KarateEd » Sat Mar 24, 2018 10:39 am

and.... a bit better..... 19,378 ......

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Post by MatthewThompson » Sat Mar 24, 2018 10:53 am

New high score, this is a really good version of Centipede, my only critcism of it is that if the spider is on screen when you lose a life or complete a screen, you have to wait for it to go away before you can carry on, sometimes it goes straight away, other times it hangs about almost deliberately, when you just want to get on with playing, other than that, great game.
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Post by chrisn » Sat Mar 24, 2018 1:55 pm

A new high score ... 17,291
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Post by JoolsH » Sat Mar 24, 2018 6:24 pm

It's certainly got that "just one more go" factor. I'm getting the hang of it now...

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Post by KarateEd » Sat Mar 24, 2018 6:35 pm

High Score Table Updated......

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Post by tricky » Sat Mar 24, 2018 7:07 pm

I have a new version with tweaked spider:
It doesn't always start on your side if you are at the edge, this should free any trapped segments and be a little fairer.
It always starts at the bottom of the screen, meaning that if you are not at the bottom, you have time to dodge.
When the level ends, the spider goes down off the screen, rather than hanging around for ages.

I have also added three tunes:
"Happy days are here again" if you get the top spot.
"The Entertainer" if you get on the high score table.
"The skater's waltz" if you fail to get on the table.

The game now starts by displaying "GAME OVER" with the high-score table and the skaters waltz.
The spider waits until the tune has finished before "freeing" the segments.
The tune stops immediately if you start a new game.

I am also tempted to make new segments spawn faster and faster if you stay on the level for too long, point pressing the flea and spider :O

I will release this once the competition has finished, along with any other tweaks that get suggested.

It has been pointed out that because you are all sooo good, that it will be hard to get on the high-score table for "ordinary" players at events.
I will probably provide a high-score table file with everyone's scores divided by 10 that can be used for these, unless anyone strongly objects!

If you want a name other than the one you have entered in your screen shots, please let me know at the end of the competition.
Names can be up to 6 characters consisting of: A..Z, :, /, space, medium explosion, small explosion or the shooty head thing.

Thank you all for allowing me to subvert you competition, I hope you have enjoyed it.

PS I have just been playing on real hardware and although my beeb is at a funny angle, it is so much smoother and more responsive than an emulator on a PC, I can now get 10K+ with more lives than not on the competition version of the game.

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Post by KarateEd » Sat Mar 24, 2018 7:35 pm

Sure way for me to get a new high score against my last high score is to post the score table...... 27,180 ......

Awesome btw Tricky - a sure way to have our hearts is to listen and tweak.... you've certainly done that, thank you.

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Post by MatthewThompson » Sat Mar 24, 2018 9:21 pm

New high score.
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Post by JoolsH » Sun Mar 25, 2018 12:54 pm

Nitpicks:

One thing that's annoying me a bit. If you're in a situation like the screenshot below:
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...where the centipede is on the way back up the screen again - if you shoot the centipede from where you are, you will die. Is this a bug? Doesn't make much sense to me for that to kill you if the centipede is on the way back up again. It even happens if there's only one centipede segment going past. I've lost so many lives to this.

It would be nice if the Escape button aborted your game and took you back to the high score table. For some reason, I'm having trouble even getting off the first level without losing a life today, and it's a pain to have to kill yourself another three times to start a new game.

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Re: High Score Challenge - Centipede by Tricky

Post by tricky » Sun Mar 25, 2018 4:56 pm

I confess, the annoying centipede segment deaths are a bug, but at least the spider is better now. I will try and work out why it is happening and fix it.

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Post by KarateEd » Sun Mar 25, 2018 6:17 pm

High Score Table Updated......

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Post by chrisn » Sun Mar 25, 2018 8:24 pm

I'm enjoying this game a lot ... 28,454
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Post by FourthStone » Mon Mar 26, 2018 9:00 am

As good as it gets for me, can't quite work out an effective routine, great game =D>

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Post by sydney » Mon Mar 26, 2018 9:31 am

tricky wrote: It has been pointed out that because you are all sooo good, that it will be hard to get on the high-score table for "ordinary" players at events.
I will probably provide a high-score table file with everyone's scores divided by 10 that can be used for these, unless anyone strongly objects!.
What about keeping the top one or maybe top 3 score at their full value and reducing the rest? Give people a target to aim for.

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