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Romhacking => Personal Projects => Topic started by: Jonas.F on July 22, 2018, 01:20:36 pm

Title: [Homebrew] INTO THE BLUE for the Game Boy
Post by: Jonas.F on July 22, 2018, 01:20:36 pm
Hi!

I'd like to show you INTO THE BLUE, a new game for the Game Boy I just released on this website. The goal of my project was to create a game that looks and feels like a commercial game from back in the day. The result is a puzzle game that plays similar to Tetris Attack. This game is a homebrew, so it doesn't use any other game's engine or assets.

Please check it out here: http://www.romhacking.net/homebrew/103/

Here are some screenshots:

(https://www.dl.dropboxusercontent.com/s/7dml22ol87f71s4/Screenshot1.jpg) (https://www.dl.dropboxusercontent.com/s/jfgsxujul2c3eo6/Screenshot2.jpg) (https://www.dl.dropboxusercontent.com/s/ni58e8g06iyvdnw/Screenshot3.jpg) (https://www.dl.dropboxusercontent.com/s/gox2u14qn91gmx5/Screenshot4.jpg)

I hope that you like it!

**** EDIT ****

Cartridges are available from Catskull Games: https://catskullgames.com/into-the-blue (https://catskullgames.com/into-the-blue)
Title: Re: [Homebrew] INTO THE BLUE for the Game Boy
Post by: Mister Xiado on July 22, 2018, 07:40:48 pm
Very nice. Alas, my skills at such games have rotted to dust over the years, but you've definitely achieved the level of a professional product. Perhaps look into having a run of carts produced? I have no doubt that they would sell well, as Game Boy homebrew carts aren't terribly common, and people pay through the nose to buy Pokemon ROMhack carts.
Title: Re: [Homebrew] INTO THE BLUE for the Game Boy
Post by: Midna on July 22, 2018, 11:27:43 pm
Panel de Pon or Puzzle League, not Tetris Attack. Puzzle League isn't my preferred name for the series, but it's still a better name for it than "let's give this female-lead puzzle game a low-effort reskin with mostly male characters because ew girly cooties, then give it the name of a completely unrelated series because we have that little faith in it selling."

Looks like fun, though!
Title: Re: [Homebrew] INTO THE BLUE for the Game Boy
Post by: Jonas.F on July 23, 2018, 06:56:02 am
Very nice. Alas, my skills at such games have rotted to dust over the years, but you've definitely achieved the level of a professional product. Perhaps look into having a run of carts produced? I have no doubt that they would sell well, as Game Boy homebrew carts aren't terribly common, and people pay through the nose to buy Pokemon ROMhack carts.

Thanks!  :) Actually there are plans for a small number of cartridges and I hope that will work out.

Panel de Pon or Puzzle League, not Tetris Attack. Puzzle League isn't my preferred name for the series, but it's still a better name for it than "let's give this female-lead puzzle game a low-effort reskin with mostly male characters because ew girly cooties, then give it the name of a completely unrelated series because we have that little faith in it selling."

Looks like fun, though!

Thank you!  :) I simply wanted to use the term most English speakers will understand.  ;) Actually, the gameplay of my game is based on an older Sega Genesis title named Megapanel which might very well be the true inspiration behind Panel de Pon/Puzzle League/Tetris Attack but I guess most people have never heard of it...
Title: Re: [Homebrew] INTO THE BLUE for the Game Boy
Post by: Midna on July 23, 2018, 09:10:59 am
Looking up the gameplay, it does look a lot like Megapanel...which in turn looks like someone decided to turn one of those "sliding tiles" things into a puzzle game.
Title: Re: [Homebrew] INTO THE BLUE for the Game Boy
Post by: Tom on July 23, 2018, 07:11:47 pm
I was just playing Retroid the other day. Absolutely loved your work, and I'm looking forward to playing this.

Still wish you didn't put "official" on the package, though.

Thanks agsin!
Title: Re: [Homebrew] INTO THE BLUE for the Game Boy
Post by: adrianbelmont on July 26, 2018, 10:04:52 am
I haven't played Retroid or Into the Blue yet, because I was waiting for a cartridge so that I could play it on original hardware! Once they are out I'm totally gonna buy two of them, for 2-Player Mode  :thumbsup:

But from what I have seen, you are doing excellent work! Can't wait to play both of them.
Title: Re: [Homebrew] INTO THE BLUE for the Game Boy
Post by: werewolfslayr925 on July 26, 2018, 02:56:14 pm
Perhaps look into having a run of carts produced? I have no doubt that they would sell well, as Game Boy homebrew carts aren't terribly common, and people pay through the nose to buy Pokemon ROMhack carts.

Nonelectronics (http://nonelectronics.com/index.php?route=information/contact) is usually pretty good about this kind of thing. I recall getting an EMS USB cart that had several mini-games preloaded onto it along with LSDJ.
Title: Re: [Homebrew] INTO THE BLUE for the Game Boy
Post by: Jonas.F on July 26, 2018, 05:13:42 pm
I haven't played Retroid or Into the Blue yet, because I was waiting for a cartridge so that I could play it on original hardware! Once they are out I'm totally gonna buy two of them, for 2-Player Mode  :thumbsup:

But from what I have seen, you are doing excellent work! Can't wait to play both of them.

Thanks a lot!

Playing on the real hardware is of course the best solution but it should not stop you from playing the game at all. ;) As already said, there are plans for a small number of Into the Blue on cartridges but I don't produce them myself, so I can't guarantee for anything. Retroid already had a very limited run in Germany but unfortunately it's sold out (click here to see the beautiful edition including a box and a manual: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0PE4odCYQ5E (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0PE4odCYQ5E)). Maybe there will be another release in the future.

Meanwhile, why not consider buying a flash cart? Prices for an Everdrive are very reasonable if you consider that you can play any game (or ROM hack) you want at any time on the real hardware.
Title: Re: [Homebrew] INTO THE BLUE for the Game Boy
Post by: adrianbelmont on July 28, 2018, 05:44:56 am
Yeah, I'm definitely gonna buy a flash cart some day, but I'm also a collector of cartridges and I would definitely want to have those as a single copy in my collection  :)
Title: Re: [Homebrew] INTO THE BLUE for the Game Boy
Post by: dACE on July 28, 2018, 09:48:08 am
I wish you could make the package say ’super official’ instead, since that would make it even more official.

/dACE
Title: Re: [Homebrew] INTO THE BLUE for the Game Boy
Post by: Jonas.F on July 29, 2018, 08:45:52 am
Yeah, I'm definitely gonna buy a flash cart some day, but I'm also a collector of cartridges and I would definitely want to have those as a single copy in my collection  :)

I won't forget to put a post in this forum once they're available. ;)
Title: Re: [Homebrew] INTO THE BLUE for the Game Boy
Post by: Jonas.F on March 22, 2019, 06:10:22 pm
Cartridges are now available from Catskull Games:

https://catskullgames.com/into-the-blue (https://catskullgames.com/into-the-blue)

(https://retroidgameboy.files.wordpress.com/2019/03/itb-cartridge.jpg)