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Title: [BS006] New ZX Spectrum game: COUSIN HORACE
Post by: Corporal Jonlan on October 01, 2014, 14:05:05 PM
Hello everyone!

After many months of work, finally COUSIN HORACE is here, my new game for the Sinclair ZX Spectrum 48/128 - an epic adventure with the following main features:

But who is Cousin Horace, actually?

The idea came to me by looking at the cassette inlays of the versions of Horace games made for the Timex Sinclair 2068, the American clone of the Spectrum. The character portrayed on them bears very little resemblance to the one we all know and love, although the games themselves are indistinguishable from their Spectrum counterparts.

(http://www.alessandrogrussu.it/zx/US-Horace-bis.jpg)

I then imagined such character not to be the British Horace, but his American cousin � incidentally going by the name of Horace as well � living his same adventures, or a sort of parallel life if you prefer, on the other side of �The Pond�. Hence COUSIN HORACE.

Each chapter poses a different challenge for the player, requiring different skills to be negotiated. By successfully ending each one of them (except for the last chapter, of course) the player will receive a code to enter after loading the next one in order to start it.

(http://www.alessandrogrussu.it/zx/CH-1.gif)(http://www.alessandrogrussu.it/zx/CH-2.gif)
(http://www.alessandrogrussu.it/zx/CH-3.gif)(http://www.alessandrogrussu.it/zx/CH-4.gif)

The game was developed with the help of several programming tools, among which La Churrera, Arcade Game Designer and Shoot-Em-Up-Designer.

Download it from my web site (http://http) (link at the bottom of article)

Have fun!
Title: Re: New ZX Spectrum game: COUSIN HORACE
Post by: Shadowrunner on October 01, 2014, 14:58:35 PM
Nice looking game  :)
Title: Re: New ZX Spectrum game: COUSIN HORACE
Post by: onthinice on October 01, 2014, 15:24:49 PM
Agree! Great looking game.
Title: Re: New ZX Spectrum game: COUSIN HORACE
Post by: zapiy on October 01, 2014, 15:42:48 PM
That looks absolutely fab, I can see why you used many different game creators. Getting a server error here on that link.
Title: Re: New ZX Spectrum game: COUSIN HORACE
Post by: Corporal Jonlan on October 01, 2014, 16:39:27 PM
:113: Thank you all folks, I really hope you will enjoy the game.

Quote from: "zapiy"
Getting a server error here on that link.

The link should bring you to my website; anyway, try the direct link to the file and please let me know here if you still have problems downloading it:

http://www.alessandrogrussu.it/zx/Cousin.zip (http://http)
Title: Re: New ZX Spectrum game: COUSIN HORACE
Post by: zapiy on October 01, 2014, 16:41:53 PM
It does, maybe it was something with my iphone when i tried earlier.. All ok now. :113:
Title: Re: New ZX Spectrum game: COUSIN HORACE
Post by: TrekMD on October 01, 2014, 20:54:30 PM
Looks very nice!
Title: Re: New ZX Spectrum game: COUSIN HORACE
Post by: JoeMusashi on October 01, 2014, 22:52:12 PM
This looks pretty cool. I like the little anecdote behind Cousin Horace' conception.

I'll certainly be trying it out. Good luck with it  8)
Title: Re: New ZX Spectrum game: COUSIN HORACE
Post by: AmigaJay on October 01, 2014, 23:10:09 PM
Looks very good! Will have a go on this sometime, must rekindle my Speccy love!
Title: Re: New ZX Spectrum game: COUSIN HORACE
Post by: zapiy on October 02, 2014, 12:11:04 PM
I have been playing it all morning, very accomplished game.. Highly reccommended..
Title: Re: New ZX Spectrum game: COUSIN HORACE
Post by: Corporal Jonlan on October 02, 2014, 23:16:48 PM
Thanks again! 

But wait a minute... There is an important message:

[size=120]Please note:[/size]

a bug that prevented the end-of-game message to be displayed has been discovered in Chapter 5.

The error has been dealt with, but please download the ZIP file again from my website.

Sorry for the inconvenience!   :77:

Many thanks to Albert "DeusEx" for bringing this issue to my attention.
Title: Re: New ZX Spectrum game: COUSIN HORACE
Post by: zapiy on October 02, 2014, 23:22:31 PM
Thanks for that fella and i will..
Title: Re: New ZX Spectrum game: COUSIN HORACE
Post by: zapiy on December 15, 2014, 21:08:24 PM
@corporal jonlan great to see your game featured in the latest retro gamer mag.
Title: Re: New ZX Spectrum game: COUSIN HORACE
Post by: Corporal Jonlan on December 17, 2014, 19:21:50 PM
Thank you very much zapiy!  :69:
Title: Re: New ZX Spectrum game: COUSIN HORACE
Post by: zapiy on December 17, 2014, 19:40:13 PM
Wallop. I would have happily got you a copy and posted it to you fella. Congrats. A great honour.
Title: Re: New ZX Spectrum game: COUSIN HORACE
Post by: Corporal Jonlan on December 23, 2014, 12:51:31 PM
Thank you for your kind thought zapiy  :113:
Title: Re: New ZX Spectrum game: COUSIN HORACE
Post by: Corporal Jonlan on September 28, 2019, 16:41:15 PM
And now... Cousin Horace gets an update!  :)
The updated game and documentation can be downloaded from my website (http://www.alessandrogrussu.it/diario-2014-10-01.html) as usual.

Enjoy!
Title: Re: New ZX Spectrum game: COUSIN HORACE
Post by: zapiy on September 30, 2019, 18:22:28 PM
Cousin Horace is now officially going to be released as a Bitmap Soft game.

More info soon.
Title: Re: New ZX Spectrum game: COUSIN HORACE
Post by: RPC_GAMES on October 01, 2019, 23:54:37 PM
Nice work. What time frame did that take to do?
Pete 😀
Title: Re: New ZX Spectrum game: COUSIN HORACE
Post by: Corporal Jonlan on October 06, 2019, 11:02:16 AM
Newsflash: A user reported that when loaded on a 128K and later models, sound might get garbled in Chapter 2. I fixed the issue and tested the level to be sure there were no more. Please download the game again, and sorry for the inconvenience.

I also increased lives in that chapter from 5 to 8 to make it a bit easier.
Title: Re: New ZX Spectrum game: COUSIN HORACE
Post by: zapiy on October 07, 2019, 14:18:10 PM
Cheers bud, we will get this corrected.
Title: Re: New ZX Spectrum game: COUSIN HORACE
Post by: zapiy on October 18, 2019, 15:42:12 PM
This game is now in proofing stage.
Title: Re: New ZX Spectrum game: COUSIN HORACE
Post by: Corporal Jonlan on October 20, 2019, 09:52:07 AM
Great!  ;D I can't wait to see the final product!
Title: Re: New ZX Spectrum game: COUSIN HORACE
Post by: zapiy on October 22, 2019, 21:01:34 PM
Same mate, you do get sneak peaks though being the coder lol.
Title: Re: [BS007] New ZX Spectrum game: COUSIN HORACE
Post by: Corporal Jonlan on November 17, 2019, 14:40:43 PM
More news!

Feedback for the updated game has been positive so far, but a recurring criticism was that the second chapter was too difficult, with many resilient enemies to shoot down. I modified it so that there are a little less of them flying around, and all of them take 2 shots to be destroyed, except for the blimp and the V-1, which only take one. You can download the new package from the usual address on my website (http://www.alessandrogrussu.it/diario-2014-10-01.html).

This updated version will be available on tape from Bitmap Soft as well.
Title: Re: [BS007] New ZX Spectrum game: COUSIN HORACE
Post by: zapiy on November 17, 2019, 23:09:56 PM
Nice one mate.
Title: Re: [BS007] New ZX Spectrum game: COUSIN HORACE
Post by: Greyfox on November 18, 2019, 20:10:11 PM
awesome stuff..cheers
Title: Re: [BS006] New ZX Spectrum game: COUSIN HORACE
Post by: zapiy on November 19, 2019, 18:19:14 PM
Not long now we hope.  8)
Title: Re: [BS006] New ZX Spectrum game: COUSIN HORACE
Post by: zapiy on December 05, 2019, 20:50:00 PM
The game is now available for pre-order.
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