Passage™. Canabalt™. Two masterpieces of the indie game world. But what would happen were they to join forces? Passagebalt™ finally answers this question... and the answer is "the most amazing game of all time".
Passagebalt™. Because Life is a Race™.
In the original version, SXMS (or possibly Game Maker) is super-buggy. If you get an error message, try playing one of the other versions! The game also starts out of focus, probably because of the SID player I implemented out of pure foolish desire.
The HTML5 versions run a lot slower, but I feel they still communicate the idea sufficiently. The font is also way uglier in the HTML5 version as GameMaker HTML5 refused to scale it to the size I wanted. The music doesn't seem to loop in these versions, so try not to play for more than 2 minutes!
Attempt to credit everyone I ripped off:
Creator of Passage, main character sprites, title font, concept
Adam Saltsman (Adam Atomic)
Creator of Canabalt, background / environmental art, sound effects, concept
Canabalt iPhone port
Danny Baranowsky (danny B)
Original music for Canabalt
Mikkel Hastrup (encore)
Commodore 64 song #1: 'Canabalt'
Niklas Sjösvärd (Zabutom)
Commodore 64 song #2: 'Space Fish'
Commodore 64 song #3: 'Rockbuster'
Commodore 64 song #4: 'Golden Axe'
Commodore 64 song #5: 'Plastic Pop'
Alan Petrik (Factor6)
Commodore 64 song #6: 'Magic Afternoon'
Commodore 64 song #7: 'Nemesis the Warlock'
Edwin van Santen
Commodore 64 song #8: 'PCW-Tune '88'
Thomas Mogensen (DRAX) & Søren Lund (Jeff)
Commodore 64 song #9: 'Beyond'
Anders Carlsson (Goto80)
Commodore 64 song #0: 'Datahell'
Game Maker 7
Brandon Rohrer (Shaltif)
SXMS WinAmp Wrapper for Game Maker
Nullsoft DirectSound Output
in_sidplay2 WinAmp module
Nokia Cellphone FC Small font
Director, additional art, concept, 'coding', 'design'
It's primarily an intimation about the tendency of old arcade games to have a strong vertical dynamic to their design. In many such games, the player occupies the bottom half of the screen, and the CPU opponent controls the top half. Every five seconds, ABOVE v. BELOW randomly swaps its bottom-screen player-character and top-screen antagonist with those from several such vertical arcade games, demonstrating that the vertical dynamic inherent in these games allows such match-ups to be both playable and interesting.
Play the game using only the mouse!
This mashes up the following games (don't read if you don't want spoilers):
* Space Invaders
* Missile Command
* Pang (a.k.a Buster Bros)
* Crystal Quest (admittedly not a vertical game, but included for variety).
There's no sound because I didn't feel like it.
Feed jellybeans to your shapeshifting friend to help you gun down aliens.