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Title: Impulse X - New Atari Jaguar Game!
Post by: TL on November 27, 2012, 14:16:10 PM
[align=center:1dojw3me](http://sales1632.myzen.co.uk/acatalog/impulsex_logo-578x150.png)

[size=140]Does anyone remember Breakout, Arkanoid or the original Impulse on the Atari Falcon? Well now meet Impulse X.

Basically the goal of the game is to destroy all bricks using a bat and ball in each of the playfields. There are 40 to start with. So far so good, predictable you may think - but now check this out. You can control the bat with the usual Jagpad, ProController, Rotary Controller and also supported is a digital mouse! [/size]

(http://mdgames.de/ImpulseXCDProductpackage_small.jpg)


[size=140]You remember I said 40 playable fields? Well you can also create your own playing fields using the built in level editor and using webcodes supplied for your Top Ten scores compete on High Score Tables with other players.

Features include:

User designed levels can be stored on the Memory Track cartridge
High scores can be stored on Memory Track
A BJL Loader is also included allowing download of RAM based Jaguar programs via the PC to your Jaguar
Both CD and cartridge versions
Difficulty levels
Level passwords
Full colour box and manual[/size]

[size=140](Cable and Memory Track are not included)[/size]

(http://mdgames.de/impulsex_editor4.png)

[size=140]So as you guessed from above the game is on Jaguar CD, but fear not a Cartridge version will be available in a couple of weeks. This post will be updated as soon as they are available![/size]

[size=140]Mathias Domin has worked extremely hard on this, you get a CD Box with a Full Colour Manual, Impulse X Poster on which you can record your score on the reverse and a Colour printed CD. The presentation shows the amount of thought and care that has gone into this game. In the manual are pin outs for the BJL cable, mouse and rotary controllers. This product oozes dedication, bringing you a great addition to your collection and something to be proud of.[/size]

(http://mdgames.de/implvl05.png)

[size=140]Something of interest for you computer music fans, there is a note inside each box promoting "505" who did the music for Impulse X. They are well worth checking out and you can look at there website HERE![/size]

[url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-LwpwwgMOYE]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-LwpwwgMOYE (http://http)

[size=140]Impulse X on CD is available from Nick at 16/32 Systems for the fantastic price of just £24!!!! Follow the links below to order the game and to look at the website of the programmer Matthias Domin.[/size]

[size=240]ORDER HERE! (http://http)[/size]

[size=180]MD Games Website (http://http)[/size][/align:1dojw3me]
Title: Re: Impulse X - New Atari Jaguar Game!
Post by: TrekMD on November 27, 2012, 14:34:29 PM
I want to get this both in CD and Cart.  I wonder if I should wait to order them both together since the cart will be delayed. 
Title: Re: Impulse X - New Atari Jaguar Game!
Post by: Shadowrunner on November 27, 2012, 14:53:51 PM
Cool! I'll be ordering this, just not sure if I want CD or cart. The CD price is pretty cheap so I might go with that.
Title: Re: Impulse X - New Atari Jaguar Game!
Post by: TrekMD on November 27, 2012, 14:55:04 PM
My only concern is it selling out on CD before the cart comes out.  I may just get it now and get the cart once they are out. 
Title: Re: Impulse X - New Atari Jaguar Game!
Post by: Shadowrunner on November 27, 2012, 15:00:22 PM
Quote from: "TrekMD"
My only concern is it selling out on CD before the cart comes out.  I may just get it now and get the cart once they are out.

Yeah that's probably a good idea. I'm going to order a CD copy today.
Title: Re: Impulse X - New Atari Jaguar Game!
Post by: TL on November 27, 2012, 15:21:16 PM
I have ordered mine already, review coming soon!  8)
Title: Re: Impulse X - New Atari Jaguar Game!
Post by: TrekMD on November 27, 2012, 15:23:36 PM
Quote from: "The Laird"
I have ordered mine already, review coming soon!  :)
Title: Re: Impulse X - New Atari Jaguar Game!
Post by: Shadowrunner on November 27, 2012, 15:55:25 PM
Just ordered mine too. I see it has rotary control support. I've never bothered to buy a rotary cause I only had T2K to play with it and seemed like a lot of money for one game. Now that I'll have two games that support it I may look at getting one. Anybody have one?
Title: Re: Impulse X - New Atari Jaguar Game!
Post by: TL on November 27, 2012, 15:58:30 PM
Quote from: "Shadowrunner"
Just ordered mine too. I see it has rotary control support. I've never bothered to buy a rotary cause I only had T2K to play with it and seemed like a lot of money for one game. Now that I'll have two games that support it I may look at getting one. Anybody have one?

Kobayashi Maru supports rotary control too, as will Rebooteroids when that is released.

Personally I don't really like the rotary controllers.
Title: Re: Impulse X - New Atari Jaguar Game!
Post by: TrekMD on November 27, 2012, 15:59:11 PM
Quote from: "Shadowrunner"
Just ordered mine too. I see it has rotary control support. I've never bothered to buy a rotary cause I only had T2K to play with it and seemed like a lot of money for one game. Now that I'll have two games that support it I may look at getting one. Anybody have one?

Yes, I have two different rotary controllers and love them both (so I'm the polar opposite of Laird there).  T2K plays much better with them and now I can use them with Impulse X as well!
Title: Re: Impulse X - New Atari Jaguar Game!
Post by: Shadowrunner on November 27, 2012, 17:03:18 PM
Thanks for the input guys  :) If I can find one for a good price I might get one.
Title: Re: Impulse X - New Atari Jaguar Game!
Post by: TrekMD on November 27, 2012, 17:15:13 PM
This one is my favorite of the two, the T2K Commander:

(http://www.gundarn.co.uk/gundarn/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/Rotary-Controller.jpg)

I got from Danny Galaga on JS2.† He makes them (or at least, he did).
Title: Re: Impulse X - New Atari Jaguar Game!
Post by: 108 Stars on November 28, 2012, 02:15:27 AM
Mathias Domin has put a lot of effort in this project, and as he said on Jagfest let's hope it pays off. Homebrewers must feel it's worth the effort to do really great games, so whether on CD or cartridge, this is a must-have for Jag-fans. :)
Title: Re: Impulse X - New Atari Jaguar Game!
Post by: TL on November 28, 2012, 12:31:28 PM
My copy has already been despatched so hopefully I will have it soon!!!!  8)
Title: Re: Impulse X - New Atari Jaguar Game!
Post by: TrekMD on November 28, 2012, 13:29:39 PM
Quote from: "The Laird"
My copy has already been despatched so hopefully I will have it soon!!!!  :)
Title: Impulse X - New Atari Jaguar Game!
Post by: zapiy on November 28, 2012, 16:32:24 PM
Looking forward to a review then. 
Title: Re: Impulse X - New Atari Jaguar Game!
Post by: TL on November 29, 2012, 15:15:32 PM
(http://i193.photobucket.com/albums/z280/mrkizza/20121129_144517.jpg)

Just need to get my Jag CD working again now† 8)
Title: Re: Impulse X - New Atari Jaguar Game!
Post by: TrekMD on November 29, 2012, 15:22:44 PM
Cool!  You got it!  And what happened to your JagCD?!
Title: Re: Impulse X - New Atari Jaguar Game!
Post by: TL on November 29, 2012, 15:24:29 PM
Quote from: "TrekMD"
Cool!  You got it!  And what happened to your JagCD?!

Somebody broke it at Video Game Carnival by slamming the lid down with their fist. I am now on the 4th attempt to try and fix it  :'(
Title: Re: Impulse X - New Atari Jaguar Game!
Post by: TrekMD on November 29, 2012, 15:27:12 PM
Quote from: "The Laird"
Quote from: "TrekMD"
Cool!  You got it!  And what happened to your JagCD?!

Somebody broke it at Video Game Carnival by slamming the lid down with their fist. I am now on the 4th attempt to try and fix it  :'(

You should have whoever the idiot was pay for a new one.  But you don't know who it was, do you?  How can people be so careless with something that isn't theirs?!
Title: Re: Impulse X - New Atari Jaguar Game!
Post by: TL on November 29, 2012, 15:33:32 PM
I know, to say I was angry is an understatement, really ruined my weekend.

I need to get it working so I can play Impulse X!!!
Title: Re: Impulse X - New Atari Jaguar Game!
Post by: TrekMD on November 29, 2012, 15:38:44 PM
Quote from: "The Laird"
I know, to say I was angry is an understatement, really ruined my weekend.

I need to get it working so I can play Impulse X!!!

I can imagine.  Best of luck getting it fixed! 
Title: Impulse X - New Atari Jaguar Game!
Post by: zapiy on November 29, 2012, 16:04:46 PM
What's up with it? Lid not shutting?
Title: Re: Impulse X - New Atari Jaguar Game!
Post by: TL on November 29, 2012, 16:53:41 PM
Quote from: "zapiy"
What's up with it? Lid not shutting?

That is the main thing now, the clip is broken that holds it down/ in place and it seems to be impossible to fix. It just broke again for the 4th time. Don't think its fixable  :'(
Title: Re: Impulse X - New Atari Jaguar Game!
Post by: TrekMD on November 29, 2012, 16:55:30 PM
Quote from: "The Laird"
Quote from: "zapiy"
What's up with it? Lid not shutting?

That is the main thing now, the clip is broken that holds it down/ in place and it seems to be impossible to fix. It just broke again for the 4th time. Don't think its fixable  :'(

Why don't you check with the folks from Best Electronics?  Maybe there is a solution they can offer.
Title: Re: Impulse X - New Atari Jaguar Game!
Post by: 108 Stars on November 29, 2012, 18:36:37 PM
Man, that's tough luck. I don't have a Jag CD here, so I'm not sure anymore how it worked, but maybe you can trick it to think the lid is closed like with the original PlayStation?

Not easy to explain in English, but in the original PS1 there was a long part on the inside of the lid; that part would stick into an opening in the console when the lid is closed; this was how the console checked if it was open or closed. So you could stick a match between  the open lid and the opening in the console and the system would think the lid is closed.

This was used in the early days to run imports and bootlegs.

Maybe such a trick would work on JaguarCD too, there should be a similar simple mechanism that checks if the lid is open or not. It's no long term solution, but this way you could play with the open lid...
Title: Re: Impulse X - New Atari Jaguar Game!
Post by: TL on November 29, 2012, 18:56:30 PM
I managed to get it working by putting something heavy on top to weigh it down, allowed me to play Impulse X anyway.

Review to follow very shortly . . . . . . .
Title: Re: Impulse X - New Atari Jaguar Game!
Post by: TL on November 29, 2012, 19:27:50 PM
[size=180]REVIEW:[/size]

The latest game for the Jaguar by Matthias Domin, this is his biggest project yet and is actually an upgraded conversion of Duranik's (Sturmwind, Alpine Games and Native) Atari Falcon game of the same name. In essence this is pretty much a straight clone of Taito's classic Arkanoid, which was itself an evolution of Atari's Breakout. For those who have somehow never played either game, you have a bat and a ball and must use them to destroy the rows of bricks above you. Clear all of these multi-coloured walls and it's on to the next level to do the same again. Each level has the bricks arranged in different layouts that become harder to destroy as the game goes on. The main difficulty comes in the shape of indestructable blocks that get in your way, you really need to get your angles right to get past them. Thankfully the game also gives you power-ups to help you along the way. These are distributed at random when you destroy the bricks and must be collected using your bat. These powers include glue - where the ball sticks to your bat allowing you to aim it, magic - your ball will pass through any and all bricks without stopping and a crazy multi-ball too, which is very hard to keep up with! The most useful power-up of all though is the warp, this pink coloured icon lets you skip to the next level. Impulse X also include handy level codes which, when attained, allow you to go back to where you left off. Add to this a level editor that also allows you to save your creations to the memory track (CD version) or cartridge and we have a real winner on our hands. Another nice touch is that this game supports a mouse (with adapter) and the Tempest 2000 rotary controller as well as a joypad! The graphics might not be anything special but they are colourful and do the job perfectly. The sound is wonderful though with a wonderfully melodic sound track by 505 Music. All in all I would say that Impulse X is one of the best homebrew games ever released for the Jaguar and MD Games should be applauded for what is an incredibly professional product.

[size=180]9/10[/size]
Title: Re: Impulse X - New Atari Jaguar Game!
Post by: TrekMD on November 29, 2012, 19:39:40 PM
Very cool! 
Title: Re: Impulse X - New Atari Jaguar Game!
Post by: 108 Stars on November 29, 2012, 20:33:54 PM
Huh? You had played it before?

I mean, you can't play a game and write that review both in half an hour? XD
Title: Re: Impulse X - New Atari Jaguar Game!
Post by: TL on November 29, 2012, 20:52:59 PM
Quote from: "108 Stars"
Huh? You had played it before?

I mean, you can't play a game and write that review both in half an hour? XD

It came this morning, I played it for a few hours  ;)
Title: Re: Impulse X - New Atari Jaguar Game!
Post by: Alberto 2K on November 29, 2012, 22:33:19 PM
You received it fast Laird!

Nice review, I can't wait to play it!
Title: Re: Impulse X - New Atari Jaguar Game!
Post by: TL on December 01, 2012, 20:07:23 PM
Quote from: "Alberto 2K"
You received it fast Laird!

Nice review, I can't wait to play it!

I think I must have been one of the first people to get it (apart from those who attended eJagfest) as I posted my review on here before the release had even been mentioned on JS2  8)
Title: Re: Impulse X - New Atari Jaguar Game!
Post by: Shadowrunner on December 06, 2012, 03:39:52 AM
My copy of this showed up today and I just finished playing it for 2 hours straight!¬† I've never been a big fan of Breakout 2000 but I am loving this game. It's incredibly fun and the power ups are really cool. The packaging is very well done too, highly recommend this game.¬†  :)
Title: Re: Impulse X - New Atari Jaguar Game!
Post by: TL on December 06, 2012, 03:43:45 AM
Quote from: "Shadowrunner"
My copy of this showed up today and I just finished playing it for 2 hours straight!¬† I've never been a big fan of Breakout 2000 but I am loving this game. It's incredibly fun and the power ups are really cool. The packaging is very well done too, highly recommend this game.¬†  8)
Title: Re: Impulse X - New Atari Jaguar Game!
Post by: DreamcastRIP on December 06, 2012, 06:11:57 AM
Quote from: "The Laird"
... I posted my review on here before the release had even been mentioned on JS2  ;D  8)
Title: Re: Impulse X - New Atari Jaguar Game!
Post by: Shadowrunner on January 15, 2013, 17:25:34 PM
http://duranik.com/impulsex/webcodes.php?difficulty=1 (http://duranik.com/impulsex/webcodes.php?difficulty=1)

How come nobody else is submitting their high scores? I mostly play in easy mode just cause it's too frantic in normal mode and right now I am in 5th place  ;) I'm calling out Laird and Trek and anyone else who has this game to start putting some scores up! This could be a lot of fun if everyone starts posting their scores for everyone else to try and beat. Oh and if other people prefer normal mode then post those scores too and I guess I'll try to get better at it!
Title: Re: Impulse X - New Atari Jaguar Game!
Post by: TL on January 15, 2013, 17:29:17 PM
Quote from: "Shadowrunner"
http://duranik.com/impulsex/webcodes.php?difficulty=1 (http://duranik.com/impulsex/webcodes.php?difficulty=1)

How come nobody else is submitting their high scores? I mostly play in easy mode just cause it's too frantic in normal mode and right now I am in 5th place  ;) I'm calling out Laird and Trek and anyone else who has this game to start putting some scores up! This could be a lot of fun if everyone starts posting their scores for everyone else to try and beat. Oh and if other people prefer normal mode then post those scores too and I guess I'll try to get better at it!

You know what, I totally forgot about this!

I will give it another play and try submitting some!
Title: Re: Impulse X - New Atari Jaguar Game!
Post by: TL on January 16, 2013, 17:25:57 PM
Ok I just submitted a score, it's not very good as my eye strain started playing up and I had to stop. Will give a go another day.  :)
Title: Re: Impulse X - New Atari Jaguar Game!
Post by: Shadowrunner on January 16, 2013, 19:03:28 PM
Quote from: "The Laird"
Ok I just submitted a score, it's not very good as my eye strain started playing up and I had to stop. Will give a go another day.  :)

Cool! I submitted a score on the normal level last night but it's really bad lol
Title: Re: Impulse X - New Atari Jaguar Game!
Post by: Shadowrunner on January 27, 2013, 19:30:39 PM
Just got an email from 16/32 who I bought this from and they're sending me an update. I have no idea what it is but that's some incredible customer service. Anybody know what this is about?
Title: Re: Impulse X - New Atari Jaguar Game!
Post by: TL on January 27, 2013, 19:34:15 PM
Quote from: "Shadowrunner"
Just got an email from 16/32 who I bought this from and they're sending me an update. I have no idea what it is but that's some incredible customer service. Anybody know what this is about?

No idea
Title: Re: Impulse X - New Atari Jaguar Game!
Post by: TrekMD on January 27, 2013, 20:02:30 PM
Quote from: "The Laird"
Quote from: "Shadowrunner"
Just got an email from 16/32 who I bought this from and they're sending me an update. I have no idea what it is but that's some incredible customer service. Anybody know what this is about?

No idea

No clue either.  I got a similar message.
Title: Re: Impulse X - New Atari Jaguar Game!
Post by: 108 Stars on January 28, 2013, 04:21:50 AM
A bug was found that appears under certin conditions in later levels, and Matthias Domin felt he should replace all game discs. :)
Title: Re: Impulse X - New Atari Jaguar Game!
Post by: TrekMD on January 28, 2013, 04:29:22 AM
Quote from: "108 Stars"
A bug was found that appears under certin conditions in later levels, and Matthias Domin felt he should replace all game discs. :)

Thanks for the info!
Title: Re: Impulse X - New Atari Jaguar Game!
Post by: Shadowrunner on January 28, 2013, 05:21:41 AM
Yeah thanks for the info. Very nice of Matthias to do that.
Title: Re: Impulse X - New Atari Jaguar Game!
Post by: TL on January 28, 2013, 12:18:52 PM
I have actually noticed a few bugs but I didn't really care that much.
Title: Re: Impulse X - New Atari Jaguar Game!
Post by: 108 Stars on January 29, 2013, 01:14:26 AM
This was probably a bug of a more serious kind, like it happens rarely but can break the game so you can't go on I imagine. Still it is very generous to replace discs, imagine big publishers to do that. Today they can patch, but in older days you were just stuck with the buggy copies; and unlike Matthias they have a budget and it's not just a hobby for them.

So I find this ver ind of him to. :)
Title: Re: Impulse X - New Atari Jaguar Game!
Post by: TL on January 30, 2013, 22:38:32 PM
I got my replacement CD today  8)
Title: Re: Impulse X - New Atari Jaguar Game!
Post by: Shadowrunner on November 25, 2013, 17:12:42 PM
Just a bump as the cartridge version of this great game is now available.
http://sales1632.myzen.co.uk/acatalog/16_32_Webshop_Jaguar__D___I_217.html#aJAG_2dImpulseX (http://http)

At £58.00 it's a little pricy but it does also include the previously CD only release Double Feature.
I have both games on CD already and can't really justify buying this at that price but if you don't have a Jag CD it's definitely worth it  :)
Title: Re: Impulse X - New Atari Jaguar Game!
Post by: TL on November 25, 2013, 18:47:07 PM
Quote from: "Shadowrunner"
Just a bump as the cartridge version of this great game is now available.
http://sales1632.myzen.co.uk/acatalog/16_32_Webshop_Jaguar__D___I_217.html#aJAG_2dImpulseX (http://http)

At £58.00 it's a little pricy but it does also include the previously CD only release Double Feature.
I have both games on CD already and can't really justify buying this at that price but if you don't have a Jag CD it's definitely worth it  :)

Yeah I have passed as I have them on CD too.