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The Pirate
03-02-2008, 02:17 PM
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Alright guys, Z-Worm has been around since forever, so I've been wanting to make a new sig game. But I needed something that could live up to it, something ludicrously simple in concept, but addictive and challenging. Here's what I came up with.

Z-Tower (keeping with the name scheme you know) is based off a game I played ages ago on our first family computer, an old Macintosh. The name of the original game, I've long since forgotten, but it was a simple, addictive concept that worked perfectly as a flash game. You control a little guy who runs back and forth, and you have no control whatsoever of his movement. The only control you have is jumping, and you have to use some strategy, timing your jumps right, and ricocheting off the walls, to climb the never ending tower.

I added a few ideas of my own to the game, a couple of special powers. The first is the Superjump ("A" key), which is simply a second jump that can be executed in midair. Then there's the panic button ("S" key), which immediately reverses the direction of your guy. Sounds simple, but it's a lifesaver when you notice him walking to certain death like the mindless lemming he is.

To keep things interesting I also had the game change colour once you reach certain heights. There is a finite amount of colours, it doesn't cycle through them forever, but I'll be thoroughly impressed if anyone even makes it close to the final one.

Finally please excuse the size of the game on the page, it's not quite as compact as Z-Worm, but this sort of game really only worked with a vertical layout.

That's all I have to say, play it, leave some comments, report any bugs or glitches you find, and all that stuff.

Enjoy <3



UPDATE

Alright, I made a really simple modification to the game. Since part of the fun is trying to beat people's high scores, it helps if high scores aren't so easy to fake. So I changed the game over screen so that instead of fading to black, the screen just darkens, and game over as well as your score appear over top of the game screen. It's a simple update, but It'll make people's high score screenshots more easily believable, and it makes the game over screen look a whole lot more professional.

http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i92/jayshostaccount/gameoverupdate.png

Cereal Man
03-02-2008, 02:23 PM
Uh, I jumped and kept going up until I hit jump again.

The Pirate
03-02-2008, 02:25 PM
Uh, I jumped and kept going up until I hit jump again.

:/

Well, it worked fine when I beta tested it, and it's working fine on my computer right now.

I can't seem to recreate the glitch, but if you find a way please do tell.

Cereal Man
03-02-2008, 02:29 PM
I have no idea how I did it. I was jamming the mouse buttons and it just randomly goes into flight-mode.

EDIT: I got it again. Now he's slowly bouncing off the walls and traveling at about 1 h/s.

Cosmonaut
03-02-2008, 02:31 PM
Sweetness, my highest so far is 134 feet/inches/pixels.

Didn't get the same glitch as cereal man.

Edit: Oh, you just repeatedly press the mouse button and it keeps on going up. I beat my old score now, huzzah!

Gray
03-02-2008, 02:36 PM
Just got 235.

Really addictive game you got here pirate. Really fun.

Good job, can't wait for your next game (if you DO make another game that is)

The Pirate
03-02-2008, 02:41 PM
Alright, I fixed the flying glitch.

You dicks will have to get high scores fairly now.


@Gray: bahhhh, I don't even want to think about my NEXT sig game right now, it took me long enough just to think of a good idea for one, and then two days spent coding it (making the platforms scroll, and spawn correctly was a ****ing nightmare). How about we all just enjoy this game for a few months!

Cereal Man
03-02-2008, 02:53 PM
I got 233 on my first real try. It's really fun.

The Pirate
03-02-2008, 02:57 PM
For those of you who would like a "developer's score" to compete with, here's my current best. I'll upload a better one later.


http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i92/jayshostaccount/ZTowerHighscore.png

The most important strategies are bouncing off the walls in mid jump, and using your superjumps and panics wisely.

Good luck.

Dudeman
03-02-2008, 03:06 PM
Highscore: 658

No glitches.

http://i30.tinypic.com/sfawt5.jpg

EDIT: DAMN YOU PIRATE, DAMN YOU

StrunG
03-02-2008, 03:07 PM
I got 533 on my fifth try.

Nice job, it's pretty addicting.

EDIT: DAMN YOU DUDEMAN, DAMN YOU!

Dudeman
03-02-2008, 03:14 PM
http://i30.tinypic.com/1pgt5c.jpg

DAMN YOU DUDEMAN, DAMN YOU

Cosmonaut
03-02-2008, 03:18 PM
Damn I suck at this game, cant get over 150. :C

Strife
03-02-2008, 07:40 PM
http://img131.imageshack.us/img131/7392/highscoreap8.png

DAMN YOU STRIFE, DAMN YOU

Cereal Man
03-02-2008, 08:42 PM
HAHA, beat this!

http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c339/fuzzykittenlover/rapedyouall.png

God damn it took me awhile to do that. :/

Strife
03-02-2008, 08:47 PM
HAHA, beat this!

http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c339/fuzzykittenlover/rapedyouall.png

God damn it took me awhile to do that. :/

Lol you are so pro!!

But for serious

http://img401.imageshack.us/img401/4112/highqv1.png

The Pirate
03-02-2008, 10:12 PM
Sorry everyone

http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i92/jayshostaccount/ZTower1000.png

:U

Rather Cheesy
03-03-2008, 02:01 PM
Awesome, you always make the best games, Pirate. How do you draw your pixel guys to achieve that retro look? You draw them in paint I'm assuming? Still its awesome and addicting like it always is.

Maybe I should make myself a sig game to >_>

But it'll have to wait till after the stairs collab.

Steyene
03-04-2008, 12:03 AM
Cheesy there is a pixel art plug in for flash, that you can get.

Also, again pirate I am "attempting" to rip off your game again >_>.

I can get the platforms to load properly on the x axis but the y one is ****ign me up, also are the platforms moving in yours our is there a vcam on the character?

LN3uq
03-04-2008, 12:38 AM
HAH

http://img187.imageshack.us/img187/4180/60864985dj4.png

Pirate, damn you.

Scarecrow
03-04-2008, 01:02 AM
I keep getting a glitch where I try to start off a jump before he hits the ground and then it locks up and I can't jump at all any more.


Also, where is this pixel plugin, give it to me.

LN3uq
03-04-2008, 01:13 AM
Yeah that happened to me a couple of times, but then I'd just use the superjump and hope I didn't need it any time soon

Scarecrow
03-04-2008, 01:41 AM
Lol, ok.


Say, I feel the addition of extra life pickups would be in order. Maybe upgrades, like increased jump height, and faster super jump and panic recovery?

Idk.

The Pirate
03-04-2008, 10:03 AM
Cheesy there is a pixel art plug in for flash, that you can get.

Also, again pirate I am "attempting" to rip off your game again >_>.

I can get the platforms to load properly on the x axis but the y one is ****ign me up, also are the platforms moving in yours our is there a vcam on the character?

I didn't use any fancy pixel art plugins, and I also don't draw my sprites in some other program like someone guessed. The pixel guy was drawn in flash, made out of a bunch of 1x1 pixel blocks. If you make sure that it's X and Y coordinates are always integer values (like, no decimals) the pixels will be crisp and not anti-aliased.

As for your question, I didn't use a V-cam or anything like that, I made it so that when the character reached a certain point on the screen, he hit an invisible boundary, and the rest of his jump power scrolled the platforms downwards instead. Fun fact: this was a nightmare to code, I wanted to rip my own face off and eat it from frustration.

Good luck :)


Say, I feel the addition of extra life pickups would be in order. Maybe upgrades, like increased jump height, and faster super jump and panic recovery?

Idk.

I like that you're trying to make suggestions, but I think permanent powerups would ruin the game, making it exponentially easier as you progressed, instead of harder. Same with extra lives, they would make it too easy to get further in the game. It's supposed to be a minimalistic game of skill, and I don't want to complicate that by giving people any sort of advantage as the game gets harder. Whether you're at 1500 points (which I believe is bright pink, can't remember the order that I made the colours cycle) or that first red floor, you should be able to die just as easily.


Also I made a minor update to the game, detailed in the first post.

elite34
03-04-2008, 11:06 AM
I got to 105 :) nice game.
http://img210.imageshack.us/img210/9272/picture2sc7.png (http://imageshack.us)


^GAME SCREEN^ I thought I would die instantly but I guess I don't suck THAT bad.

Raffi
03-04-2008, 11:07 AM
Damn. I tried to Super Jump, but I pressed Panic instead.

lololol. Fun game.

157

The Pirate
03-04-2008, 11:13 AM
Damn. I tried to Super Jump, but I pressed Panic instead.

lololol. Fun game.

157

90% of the time, that's how I end up dying too.

The panic button is a lifesaver in some situations, but when you hit it by accident, you're usually dead.

elite34
03-04-2008, 12:01 PM
90% of the time, that's how I end up dying too.

The panic button is a lifesaver in some situations, but when you hit it by accident, you're usually dead.

You should make jump the spacebar it would be much easier.

bronze95
03-04-2008, 02:38 PM
lol nice game man my top score 523 ive played your game every day i go on my pc for the last few days it ammense

Steyene
03-04-2008, 03:07 PM
Thanks Pirate, I have an idea about it now >_>.

Also it is a nice game :D

Scarecrow
03-04-2008, 03:20 PM
I think the reason I keep panicking instead of super jumping is that 'Panic' is on the [S] key, which is logically where the super jump should go.
yes, I'm just making excuses

The Pirate
03-04-2008, 03:34 PM
suuuuuuuure, like you're thinking about what the buttons on the keyboard stand for before pushing them.

SHIT GUYS I DIED IN HALO 7 BECAUSE I WAS LOOKING FOR THE "S" BUTTON BECAUSE "S" STANDS FOR SHOOT.

:U

notmaggot
03-04-2008, 03:56 PM
z-worm was better.
D=

The Pirate
03-04-2008, 04:23 PM
z-worm was better.
D=

I value your opinion deeply.


Go away.

Paco
03-04-2008, 08:06 PM
You should make jump the spacebar it would be much easier.

i agree,
could have used some music, just plain 8 bit stuff :P
but other than that great game.

and as of the people talking about pixles,
to make it always 1 by 1 pixle go under it think snapping and its there.

Raffi
03-05-2008, 10:55 AM
446. I almost died twice.

Once when I right clicked and I almost hit the bottom.
The other time I hit the bottom then hit Super Jump and survived.

:)

The Pirate
03-05-2008, 11:20 AM
Alright guys, this is it, the supreme unbeatable high score

http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i92/jayshostaccount/ZTower1500.png

Feel free to hate me.

Scarecrow
03-05-2008, 03:08 PM
I already did >:(

Raffi
03-06-2008, 12:02 PM
Alright guys, this is it, the supreme unbeatable high score

http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i92/jayshostaccount/ZTower1500.png

Feel free to hate me.
ishallbeattheunbeatablehighscoreevenifitcostsmeeve rythingitgivesmeapurposeinlife

Paco
03-06-2008, 08:41 PM
HA I ALREADY DID-
http://img217.imageshack.us/img217/2608/sppslolaj4.th.jpg (http://img217.imageshack.us/my.php?image=sppslolaj4.jpg)
yeah but i suck at this game so bad i think my highscore is under 200.

*edit*
crap i forgot to change the score at the top :(

inferno42
03-06-2008, 08:50 PM
dang highist i got was 718

zymn
03-11-2008, 02:37 PM
YAY!

is any of your stuff on armor games or something? you are an amazing coder. how about a tutorial or two?

The Pirate
03-11-2008, 03:59 PM
Well, heres "a tutorial (http://www.stickpageportal.com/forums/showthread.php?t=57552)", sadly there is no "or two". I'll get around to writing that sometime in the distant future.

And no, none of my games are sponsored. I might seek a sponsorship if I ever finish a larger project, but right now all my games are just simplistic little time wasters, nothing I feel the need to get an actual flash gaming website involved with.

zymn
03-11-2008, 04:29 PM
you call that simple?

make a high scores board, and people will beg to sponsor you...

i would...


and i meant for a tutorial on how to make z-worm or z-tower...

Paco
03-11-2008, 05:10 PM
yeah pirate i think you should at least put it on like newgrounds if you havent,
a tutorail would be cool i guess as long as its not a copy pasta tutorial.
that annoys me the most.

Raffi
03-12-2008, 06:03 AM
I'M NOT GIVING UP YET!!

http://img213.imageshack.us/img213/6671/556tl6.png

The Pirate
03-12-2008, 02:41 PM
make a high scores board, and people will beg to sponsor you...

i would...

I hear you, I've been trying for millions of years to find out how to implement a working high score table, sadly I'm either really dumb when it comes to webcode or everyone who has ever written a tutorial on the subject sucks at explaining it.

Maybe I'll ask around at actionscript.org or something. Never used their forums before, but I'm assuming there's people on there who are far more knowledgable than myself.

zymn
03-12-2008, 02:47 PM
http://www.flashkit.com/tutorials/Games/High-sco-Glen_Rho-657/index.php

theres a good one. if you don't have a site host, i can upload it to my site. or, sometimes, armor games and stuff makes one for you.

or, i could help you out and try to make one myself...

braidon
03-25-2008, 04:49 AM
it's pretty awsome you can shove such a totally awsome game in a signature.
it's addictive, i suck at it, but it's fun

imported_SPARTAN_117
03-25-2008, 05:04 AM
Everytime you post I play that game two or three times.
Its really fun, You should make more games and put more than one in your sig (if you can)

axcho
03-25-2008, 03:39 PM
The Pirate, MochiAds has a really easy-to-use high scores feature. If you sign up for MochiAds and put it in your game (free) you can make a leaderboard just like the one in my game _dRive, with customized colors and such. It only takes a couple lines of code.

rx00worth
04-08-2008, 03:47 AM
349 and still addicted...

i'd rate really really high for this :D

EDIT: yay 653 !!!

Gunned.Stick.
05-04-2008, 02:15 PM
I ALMOST BEAT YOU PIRATE!http://img396.imageshack.us/img396/8420/recordlk6.png

Wishfulshot
05-11-2008, 03:25 PM
Hiya

Really fun game!

I havn't read the last two pages but it wasn't on the first page, but i believe the game you got the idea from is called 'icey tower'
I should know as one of my friends loves the game to bits!

-Wishfulshot

The Pirate
05-12-2008, 06:23 PM
I ALMOST BEAT YOU PIRATE!http://img396.imageshack.us/img396/8420/recordlk6.png
http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i92/jayshostaccount/ZTower1500.png

Looks to me like you didn't even make it halfway.

I like your spirit though.

Gunned.Stick.
05-12-2008, 08:47 PM
I edit the message cause I didn't checked the other pages,but somehow it didn't edit.

the master674
05-21-2008, 07:16 PM
it sucked ma bad

Inconsequential
05-25-2008, 08:26 AM
Heh, pretty fun. Simple addictiveness.

Keep 'em comin'!

Oh yeah, you should also add a pause function.

lunch
05-26-2008, 12:29 PM
crap thats fun but hard

zymn
05-26-2008, 04:51 PM
i kno...

i can only get to like 300...

Scarecrow
06-01-2008, 01:17 AM
I am aware that this is a bump, boo hoo.

Pirate, I might be able to get a high score system working for you if you like.


Also, I just got 816.

Index
07-09-2008, 08:35 PM
http://img518.imageshack.us/img518/3438/scoredfh5.png